Monday, August 21, 2017

🏈 Illegal Contact (The Barons Book 1) by Santino Hassell 🏈

Kindle Edition251 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by InterMix

The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over…

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Wow. I didn't want to put this book down once I started. I'm not even totally sure I can pinpoint why. Maybe it was the lion of a man with an attitude to match, or a Clark Kent style book nerd with a lot of fire and spunk. 

Their chemistry flew off the pages from the very beginning. It wasn't a lusty thing at first, at least not on the surface. It was more loathing and judging a book by its cover- from both ends. 

I adored Noah. He took ZERO shit from this guy who was twice his size and held his own. I thought it was admirable and kind of adorable and also a little surprising. Apparently Gavin thought so too. Their banter was great, especially once Gavin loosened up a bit. 

Yes, this series is about football and a football team, but it's not fully what the story is about, because Gavin can't even play this year. This was a lot about Gavin growing into his own and being the guy he wants to be, not the anger fueled monster everyone tries to make him out to be. He's fiercely loyal to his team, and eventually to Noah. 
In turn, his teammates, and Noah, are fiercely loyal to him That's how you know things are going to be all right.

Let's talk about Gavin's PR guy, Joe Carmichael. Good guy or bad guy? I can't really tell if I like him. He has Gavin's best interests at heart, but he seems like such a sleaze, I can't help but be angry at him throughout the whole book. I still feel a little unclear about him even at the end. 

Either way, I thought it was a great story of healing and growing and also pushing passed stereotypes.

#nerd #sports #oppositesattract #enemiestolovers #antihero 

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Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.

He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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