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Open Tackle (Don't Read in the Closet Events)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  901 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Official Description: Rory Ballard has been best friends with Owen Harris since they were both knee-high to a grasshopper -- and Rory's been in love with him almost as long. Not willing to ruin their friendship, Rory keeps his feelings buried. But a drunken confession by Owen changes everything. Will Rory lose his best friend, or will he realize his sweetest dream?

ebook, 18 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads (first published June 30th 2011)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Jan 08, 2015 ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ by: Brad
CUTE & HOT best friends to lovers story

But can someone explain to me how two 20-year-old men who have:

-been sexually attracted to each other for years
-have never been with anyone else
-don't WANT to be with anyone else
-dive into blow jobs and butt sex like a duck into water

are NOT gay?

Rory even watches gay porn.

Also, if they're both virgins and are talking forever, (view spoiler)

The Story
Best friends to lovers.

Writing Style
Poetic and engaging.

Sweet and hot.



***** 5 I Love You (too) stars *****


A short story in the collection"Don't Read in the Closet, Volume One"from the MM Romance Group Hot Summer Event 2011.
ClickHEREfor the story online orHEREto downloadthe whole collection for your reading device.

Picture and prompt --> (view spoiler)

This was a sweet and sappy friends to lovers story. It was really short! ( 18 pages) but free!
Jan 11, 2015 Isabel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Isabel by: Marte and Eva
Really sweet and so hot!!!!
Britta ★ Nachteule ★

***Read as part of the free Don't Read in the Closet: Volume One anthology. Story #8***

Sweet, sexy best-friends-to-lovers-GFY.

Simply adorable and cute!

Oh, I LOVE THIS!! This is very well-written best-friend-turn-to-lovers theme (one of my favorites). The two boys are so adorable and I enjoy their experience of 'first time' together. Though still early in the summer, it's probably going to be one of my favorites (hopefully from many) from the Hot Summer Reads. Thanks for the story, LC!!


Little BR, January 8th with Julie

Loved this...

About two friends in college admitting they love each other.

Sweet, Sexy and hot!!!!

If Owen had only stayed at the bar. If only he'd answered his phone the million times Rory had settled in a single, four word sentence.

"I love you too."

"I can't believe it took us so long."

"We're both total idiots, you know."

"Yeah," Rory said. "And we totally deserve each other."
I really liked this m/m short story about childhood friends who become something more. Owen reveals his love for Rory, who is stunned to find that his secret love for Owen is reciprocated. However, while Rory is stunned into silence, Owen interprets that as rejection, and thus the story begins for their clearing the air and consummation of their mutual love. The big, brawny guys who are gay/out-for-you aspect actually reminded me of Damon Suede's Hot Head, which I loved. This story had less angs ...more
2.8 stars.
Not a hell of a lot of story, but a porny short never hurt anyone!
Odd at best. Like others I couldn’t quite place their age. I was thinking possibly 20 but then thought had to be more like 25 based on one of the guys saying they’d been friends for like 20 years and the other boy had moved next door as a kid. What is the probability both these guys would still be virgins at 20 OR 25 especially with one of them getting all knowledgeable by watching gay porn. Also first everything, first kiss, first blow job, first time having sex…where are you two from?

I also d
2.5 stars.

The writing was too pretty and descriptive for my taste. The set up was poorly laid out. The sex scene was too long and bored me.
Heather C
I loved this story! Friends-to-Lovers is one of my favorite themes and Rory and Owen were oh so hot together!
Friends to lovers is fast becoming one of my favourite genres - discovering feelings for a best friend and the emotion when both realise they feel the same makes for beautiful reading.
Open Tackle was a fun short read with great writing - at times heart -breakingly sweet and with quite a bit of unexpected humour

fav lines:
Owen’s eyes widened, desire and trepidation danced a slow waltz in their depths, his lips parted and his mouth worked silently. “I-- ” He lowered and raised his gaze. “I don’t k
I couldn't get into this at all, the language was too flowery, it stopped me connecting to the characters and took away any possible angst/tension. I found myself skim reading and wishing they'd just get to the point.

You start with a declaration of love, then get their almost twenty friendship in a nutshell (I thought they were college students as there's mention of dorms, but for that they'd be meeting as babies?!) and then they have sex.

The sex started at 47% of the way through on kindle and c
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This one was very sweet. I enjoyed seeing Rory and Owen work through their misunderstanding and admit their feelings. It was borderline too much sex for me (view spoiler) but other than that it was a quick and easy read that I quite liked.
I hate to say bad things about m/m romance, especially if authors provide free stories like in Hot Summer Days, but this story seemed rather generic to me, and while the sex was hot, there wasn't much substance to it. Sorry, but it was just ok for me.
This is a sweet and sexy friends-to-lovers story with appealing characters.
Super cute little short! Friends to lovers is always a fun little trope and this was no different.

Rory Ballard and Owen Harris have been best friends their entire lives, but Rory could never tell Owen how he really felt. The older they got the more he realized his feelings for his friends weren't exactly what other guys felt for their best buds. Now they're in college together and still the dynamic duo on the football field, but off Rory just can't take it anymore and has moved out into his own
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
It's more of an encounter-a first encounter, to be precise- than an actual story...and sadly nothing new or exciting.

Maybe it's just me but "getting busy" right after you've had a hard and sweaty workout is not my definition of hot.

I prefer someone not smelling like manure. But hey, that's just me.
This was a short, sweet story about two best friends who finally, after lusting after each other for years, become lovers. I don't know how they made it through adolescence without figuring each other out and fucking like bunnies, but I'll suspend my disbelief for now. It was very cute and a bit hot.
Rory and Owen have been best friends for long. They were both in the football team in high school, and now in college. The pressure has been so hard on Rory that after an impulsive move on Owen that went bad, Rory decided to move out from their dorm room and lived off campus. But he still wanted to be with Owen, his best friend. Little did he know, Owen also had a same feeling toward him.

I always enjoy reading a childhood-friends-turn-lovers story. I'm glad that the two keep up with their routi
Jenn C
Cute quick sexy read!
Camille wrote in her review that this little story was "So damn ornately and chickishly written!" -- and that's absolutely true. There are tons of emotions and almost overwrought descriptions throughout.

But I really liked it anyway.

I can't help it, passages like these just make me happy:
Coherent thought and speech danced just beyond his reach and left him sitting there
“I’m an idiot,” Rory mumbled to himself. He looked back to the cerulean heavens for contradiction. The sky returned a mocki
RB Martin
sweet enough to give 3 stars
Story Prompt:

Dear Author,

I can't tell you how long I've wanted a story to go along with this picture. I love the thought that they have been friends forever and just couldn't resist each other anymore.

I would be forever grateful if you could help me out!!

Nic B
A sweet little story that would've been even sweeter if 3/4 of it wasn't sex. I mean, even the sex was sweet, both of them fumbling, this being their first time with a man, but I would've preferred to learn more about them, about their past, about their friendship, how they fell in love... I think I just prefer sex scenes a little less graphic.
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Cover artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic, free spirit, and adventure seeker who loves hitting the open road just to see where it takes her. When not road tripping or writing about beautiful men falling love, L.C. can be found designing book covers featuring said beautiful men, drawing, horseback riding, or hiking the trails with her goofy four-legged buddy.
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