Title: Winter Ball
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher/GR Link: Dreamspinner, GR
Genre: MM Contemporary
Vice: Holiday, OFY, sports
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Lock this book up: 4 keys. This is a hot book where the sex adds to the romance.
Cover Impressions: Adorable and wintery
Synopsis:Through a miserable adolescence and a lonely adulthood, Skipper Keith has dreamed of nothing but family. The closest he gets is the rec league soccer team he coaches after work—and his star player and best friend, Richie Scoggins.
One brisk night in late October, a postpractice convo in Richie’s car turns into a sexual encounter neither of them expected—nor want to forget. Soon Skip and Richie are living for the weekends and their winter league soccer games—and the games they enjoy off the field. Through broken noses, holiday decorating, and the killer flu, they learn more about each other than they ever dreamed possible. Every new discovery takes them further beyond the boundaries of the soccer field and into the infinite possibilities of the best relationship of Skipper’s life.
Skipper can’t dream of a better family than Richie—but Richie’s got real family entanglements he can’t shake off. Skipper needs to convince Richie to stay with him beyond winter ball so the relationship they started on the field might become their happy future in real life!
Impressions: I love Amy Lane, and I gobble her books up as soon as I can, sometimes over and over again. This book was a perfect wintery, holiday read. I LOVED this gem!
Richie and Skip are too adorable, and this was a low angst, OFY, friends to lovers, Christmas miracle. I read, after reading this, that it was a modern, MM take on a Cinderella tale, and what an adorable idea!
Richie was adorable, and I couldn't wait to see him get away from the troubled people in his life and get his prince Skip. Skip is the head of their soccer team, and he has everything to offer and no one to give it to. When he realizes that Richie is that person, his love is patient, kind, and so supportive.
I could go on and on about how cute this one was, but I don't want to waster your time. Go get it and cuddle up for a book about love, friendship, and happily ever afters.