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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  22 reviews
As a professional footballer it looks like Adam Hunter has it all, but when the secret of his affair with midfielder Louie Jackson begins to leak out he’s plunged into the depths of misery – prompting a desperate series of manoeuvres to conceal the truth. Injured, distrusted by his team-mates and plagued by personal tragedy, Adam goes from hero to zero – and by the time Lo ...more
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Published May 31st 2013
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Kaje Harper
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, m-m
This is the most frustrating, yet very good, book I have read in a long time. Five stars for the characters, story, emotions, realism. One star off for the really annoying structure.

Adam Hunter is a professional footballer (soccer player) who is in the second half of a stellar career. He's a quiet guy, whose best friend is his agent and school friend, Sophia. She's been caring about him, helping his career and wishing for more for a long time, while he fends her and everyone else off as best he
Fani *loves angst*
Update 19/2/2020
An unpolished diamond, that's what this book is. As a result, I can understand both those who hated it, and those -like me- who loved it. Personally, I just can't get enough of Louie and Adam (and Finn) :P

Update 20/10/2015
It's very rare that I re-read a book less than a year after the first time, but in this case, I couldn't stop thinking of it. And I loved it even more this time, since now I didn't have to get through the first quarter to understand what's happened to our heroes
Kade Boehme
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. Not what I expected at all but one of the best sports stories I've read so far (and i've read my fair share). I think this was self pubbed and I'm stunned at how flawless it was. Some peeps may not like the way the time jumps worked but to me it was like a fucking movie and it just built each moment so well.

Adam and Louie are so great and you just want them together so badly. Bless Louie and his patience with Adam's curmudgeonly ways for as long as he did hold on but I also didn't
Anna D.
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Wow..the angst!!

This couple really sucked me into their story..but the back and forth confusing time line would suck me out! Reading about these two hot, young, rich, talented, famous soccer superstars, you would think that they should be envied but because they held one big secret it was hard to even consider wanting to trade places with their seemingly perfect life. Their in-the-closet love life/relationship was draining to read because however much they loved each other (and they really reall
John The Cosmic Wanderer
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
This could have been really amazing if some parts were edited out. It went in circles a bit in the middle and the timestamps got confusing. Nevertheless, Adam and Louie are great together and I found myself sucked in by all the angst and kept me guessing on how the story will end. 3.8 stars! Recommended to those who love sports themed M/M romance!
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was a great read, on the one hand. This was a rather horrible read on the other hand. The writing was very compelling, the author managed to pull me into the story with just a few pages. Then there was the first time jump and the next and the next... Somehow I started losing my perspective so I started writing down the dates on the beginning of each new scene. Imagine my surprise - in the end there were 73. Yes, 73 breaks while I read this story. Every time my reading flow was disturbed, un ...more
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the best sport gay romance I've read since Peter Lefcourt's "Dreyus Affair: A Love Story". I'm pleasantly surprised by how good it was for a first time effort (I believe?). Apart from a few editing/proofing errors, the story is nicely told in a non-linear, time jumping manner - even managed to throw a few suspense and tense moments,

It's probably not for some m/m readers though, it's really focused on the "sport" - English football. There are on the pitch action, a bit of club p
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well. This was a heavy, depressing read. The MCs are professional football players (that's English football, aka soccer) and they develop a very secret relationship. Both are in the closet and both are struggling with it. There are addiction issues, very thorough descriptions of the sport and the sport celebrity world, as well as a very emotional mental health struggle with depression.

This was done really well IMO, but the entire story was told in multiple flashbacks. We're basically given 3 di
Julie Bozza
Now that I'm an 'official' part of Manifold Press, I know I shouldn't continue my practice of reviewing my fellow authors' work. But for what my opinion is worth, this is a good solid read, long and detailed, that feels like a very realistic portrayal of life as a closeted gay footballer.

Well done, Liz! I'm looking forward to reading (and, I hope, publishing!) more from you.
S.E Dee
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really loved this. I love character driven stories and this really did it for me. The author has her characters down so perfectly, I never felt like I was reading about cardboard people and I enjoyed the transitions they made.

It's a coming out story but one that deals with being gay not just under the public eye but in an area where there has yet to be a gay person! Reading this, I thought of the real life footballer Justin Fashnu and wondered, before his suicide, what sort of turmoil he went
Ryan Santle
At first, I didn't like the ambitious way this story was written. The jumping sequence/ time hopping method is taking away the suspense at some parts. Although when I was in the middle of the book, I found its charm but still I am annoyed by it. I just hope the author just provided actual dates instead of "xx years ago" since the method of writing is confusing enough. Typos are everywhere and this book says it has an editor. Someone is not doing their job apparently.

Enough of that. The story is
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Holly shit...I need to sleep on this and then


I don't often cry whilst reading fact there are only a couple of books that I can remember were I had a really good cry. This book made me cry proper wet tears.

This book had me gripped...the story is told in three different time arcs. Present day, 4 years ago and 6 months ago and flips between these times throughout the book. I didn't find it too confusing but I could see how some people might.

It was an interesting format as
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Rather tortured "coming out, back in, out, in" soccer M-M 'romance'. I get that some people struggle to come out ... the emotional sturm and drang was really drawn out here. I've no clue about the sport of 'football/soccer' but was not too confused by the playing details outline throughout the book (not so much detail that I was put off reading at least). The BIGGEST drawback is the chapters of the book jump backwards and forwards in timeline from present day to events a year and bit back in tim ...more
There are a lot of times I read mm romance stories and within a couple of months, truthfully, I can't actually remember the characters, their names, or even the story anymore. This is not one of those times. I was completely engrossed in this character driven love story set in the English football league and I won't be forgetting Adam and Louie any time soon. I can't recommend it any more highly than that. ...more
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just got impatient while reading in reaching the present time in the story but all in all this is an amazing book. I super love the end part! :D

It's amazing how the story was in the point of view of Adam, the character who was the one always hesitating and so afraid of coming out because if it was in Louie's POV I think it wouldn't come out as amazing as it is now, Adam would probably become the so annoying character where I will say 'WTH is the problem with you! Get on with it and be with him
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a really excellent read about 2 British premiership football players dealing with being gay. The author is clearly a football fan and really knows her stuff. It's a fairly long read which allows the characters to be well drawn and the situation they find themselves in pans out in a very natural way. The problems they face are very real and their lives and choices are messy and complicated. The story is told in flashback, jumping around from years ago to months ago to the near present, s ...more
clear skies
As a huge football fan I had some serious issues with certain elements of how the actual sport was handled. That being zero. This was more about a man's emotional state about his own acceptance in a homophobic sport.

I didn't like how we kept jumping time lines. There were three and that's one too many. This book does nothing new. It's stupidly long and I didn't feel the connection between the MC's. New boy shows up and it's love at first sight. That's pretty much it.

I love sports. This did nothi
Anne Barwell
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, ebook
I loved the characters, and although I'm not a sports' fan that didn't detract from the story. I got involved with the storyline very quickly and needed to know that everything was going to be okay as it wasn't obvious that it would or wouldn't be. The main character's struggle came across as very real.

However, I did find the time jumping distracting in that I kept having to stop and work out where the pieces and continuity fit together, so it threw me out of the story in several places.

Hope to
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Why is no one else reading this? It was amazing. Made me cry, which doesn't happen very often when reading M/M books. The time jumps threw me off the first time I read it, but it was very well-written so I persevered and decided to go back to square one when I got through about halfway. One of the most satisfying endings I've read in a long time. Highly recommended. ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly good book. It gave me all kinds of emotions, I laughed, I cried, and it made me think a lot. I worshipped every page and didn't want it to be finished ever.
I can't recommend it enough!
Jan 23, 2015 marked it as mm-stand-alone
Too many dates to keep track to know at what point in the timeline I'm reading... Need to keep notes. Not a book to read when I have a cold. Shelving for a later date. ...more
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Awesome, edge-of-your-seat tension, heartbreaking and sweet.
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