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    Promising debut

    As a fan of sport romances, I’ve read plenty of books where the celebrated, hot quarterback falls for the quintessential “nerd” who doesn’t know much about the game. So when I saw this blurb, I was both intrigued to see a m/m spin on a popular m/f plot, but skeptical that The Quarterback would bring something new and exciting to the table. For the most part, I was pleasantly surprised and definitely enjoyed this book even more than I expected. As this is Miss Blair’s first published romance, I didn’t know what to expect. I found the writing smooth with a causal tone that offered just enough details to pain the scenes without slowing the pace. The characters were incredibly likable and I enjoyed their backstories as much as I liked reading about their romantic connection. I appreciated the pacing of the romance as well. It fit both with the characters’ ages, as well as the social complications Matt faced. So often the closeted athlete or hero jumps into the open without a backward glance when the right man comes along. I liked that the author didn’t rush this, examining all the emotions Matt warred with in his decision whether to come out or not. I also liked that Trevor never was pushed to the side in the plot. The reader truly was treated to both sides of the conflict in the blossoming relationship, and it made their story balanced and complete. As for the physical aspects of the romance, The Quarterback contained some incredibly sexy scenes that drew out and built upon the palpable chemistry between Matt and Trevor, while staying true to Matt’s inexperience. By far though, my favorite aspect of the book was that the conflict resolutions weren’t overly tidy. Things didn’t turn up sunshine and rainbows for Trevor and Matt, and while there were substantial hiccups, I still got a fantastic ending that left my heart happy. Where The Quarterback lost some of its steam for me were the random comments that fell into the misguided stereotypes column. Some of these questionable inclusions could be chalked up to this being a book about college students whom we all know to behave bizarrely and speak off the cuff. However, some simply didn’t make sense in the moment or for the character and they left me scratching my head a bit. While I really enjoyed most elements of this book, I can’t say that it was without a few fumbles (pun entirely intended) and I’ll definitely be interested in reading whatever Miss Blair publishes next. *eARC provided via Netgalley. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*
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