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Man On

(Black Jack Gentlemen #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Bad boy of European football, Nicolas Garza is about to hit American shores with a vengeance. Signed by the Detroit Black Jack Gentlemen as lynch pin for their expansion club, Nicco only half believes he’s making the right move. But with a past full of ghosts and rotten behavior chasing him from his homeland, he has no real choice.

Parker Rollings is a college soccer supers
Kindle Edition, 134 pages
Published August 10th 2013 by Tri-Destiny Publishing
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*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
~Arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review~

2.5 stars

This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.

Somehow, when it comes to arcs from Netgalley, I had more luck with mm romance reads than fm so far, but sadly, this book was one of the exceptions.

~ Why it didn't work out for me:

- I had mixed feelings about one of the protagonists- Nicolas Garza. In my opinion he behaved as a arrogant, uptight, spoiled brat/ man-whore / drama queen since the very beginning and even if he did have s
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, mm, hof

Review written for Hearts On Fire Reviews

This is book 1 of the Black Jack Gentlemen Series. This is a solid start to an interesting new series about professional soccer. This story centers around the start of a new Detroit team, the Black Jack Gentlemen. This team is somewhat of a crapshoot project, comprising of retired professional stars for coaches, players retired or kicked out of European leagues, and a few up and coming rising stars.

This installment is about the team coming gathering and
1.5 stars

Warning: M/M, M/F and M/F/M on page sex scenes.

This book is the first instalment of The Black Jack Gentlemen series, all set around Detroit expansion soccer team. There were three leading characters here: Nicco, the Spanish footballer; Parker the fresh-face American, Rafe the ex footballer turned club manager cum assistant coach. And the main pairing - at least I assumed so - was of the in the closet Parker and bisexual Nicco.
Worried if there'd be too much sports talk in this book? Don
DJ Sakata
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Favorite Quotes:

“He felt strong but weak at the same time. Sure of himself, yet gut-churning terrified. All of which buoyed him, and made him even more positive about his decision.”

“Men, boys, there wasn’t much difference especially among pro athletes. They worked hard and played harder, spending their money on fast moving things that made a lot of noise, looked nice, and made them fell important. Rafe stopped, realizing he could be describing their automobiles as well as their wives and girlfri
Simply Just Jen
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Liz Crowe and have never been disappointed by any story she has put on paper! I was given Man On as a Arc and am honored by this. I fell in love with this book on some many levels. I loved the soccer background as I played for many years. This first book in the Black Jack Series was awesome. Liz always writes strong characters and Nicco and Parker were amazing. The story is about two men standing up to their demons and overcoming life's complications while finding love. Nicco is the ex so ...more
Rachael Orman
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-story, m-m
I don't think I've read a book about soccer players before and this one was a good one to start on.

Nicco and Parker have a unique chemistry that really shines through in their interactions. I would say that both are bisexual, although they are more portrayed as gay. Both have been married to women and randomly hook up with women, but in the end they only want to be together and only have real feelings toward each other.

While the plot was pretty good, I had issues with so many time jumps in the
Ruthie Taylor
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads

This is one really hot, enjoyable and addictive start to a series read. I know a fair amount about football (European style), and the bad behaviour of the players such as Nicco, isn't really a surprise - but is fascinating to see from the inside. For Parker, the US educated player, things in his repressed world have been somewhat different than for Nicco - but those differences force them both to reevaluate what is important
Drue DePompei-Hoffman
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow - I'm not a big sports person but I LOVED this book, come to think of it I'm not a big M/M reader either but I LOVED this book.

This book is written in true Liz style and my advice would be, if you can't handle the heat don't step into the kitchen. This book is filled with the high drama you would expect to surround professional athletes and a few of those legendary Liz style curve balls.

What can I say I absolutely love it when a book throws me off the plot, when I can't figure out which way
Stephanie Daley
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I was not expecting how great of a read this was. I saw the cover and was like meh, just shows never judge of book by its cover. I normally research teasers but this is part an anthology i am reading so I was reading regardless. Anyways, I loved this book! I have really never read anything like this and I am glad that i did because I want to read more from this author. The characters were awesome and lovable. There was some sports in it but not overboard (yeah I am not a sports fan!) and it ...more
Midwest Galley Girl

Read this review, and others, at MIDWEST GALLEY GIRL.

Man On

A literary conundrum. I has one.

I love a good love story. I don't typically like most books marketed as "romances" though. Most of them are just FAR too fantasy-based for me. I am a stark realist...except when I like dystopian teen fiction. Damnit, Katniss.

I don't HAVE to have an Alpha male in a story to love it (although I won't rule one out). I have a not-so-secret crush on most sensitive man-types
This review can be found at The Armchair Reader.

The first thing I want to say is if you’re coming into this book thinking it would be a real sports story, you won’t get what you expect in this one because it follows Nicco through his journey to finding love in Parker but doesn’t contain many scenes regarding the actual sport.

I liked Parker because he was so innocent, naive and vulnerable. He comes from money but he’s not an obnoxious spoiled brat. He’s very sweet, dedicated to soccer and just wa

I’ve always been a fan of sports-themed plots in movies and books, so I jumped at the opportunity to read MAN ON, a book about a newly formed professional soccer team with male players who were likely to have as much fun in the locker-room shower as they would playing the game itself. Sweaty bodies… flailing limbs… balls… the Black Jacks soccer team nicknaming themselves BJs… I mean, how can you resist? I had never read anything by Liz Crowe before, but I thought that this series would be a goo
Heidi Ryan
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite of Liz Crowe's books. This one had a bit of everything in it for me. The start up of the soccer team is interesting, the love story is complicated, and the various characters are fun. It is not a cut and dried love story. Both main characters have a lot of baggage, and they struggle to be what the other one needs. It is kind of like real life. Things rarely go smoothly. If you are a fan of the author, you will like this one. It is very true to her style of writing. Yo ...more
S.M. Harshell
**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**

Nicolas (Nicco) Garza comes to America to play soccer for the Black Jack Gentlemen. He's been forced into retirement after being a star in Europe. The love of his life, Leandro, died in a plane crash. He's wild ways are exposed by his now ex-wife. It has his agent and his team giving up on him. He's signed to the Black Jack's in their first season in hopes of drawing attention. They know he's the bad boy of the game but
Emma Allsop - Perusing Princesses
4.5 Crown Stars

This is book 1 in the Stewart Realty spin off series, The Black Jack Gentleman

firstly, I am ashamed to admit that even though the Stewart Realty Series is one of my top reads EVER!! This series has been on my TBR for ages. Having now read the series, all I can say is: Why haven't I read this sooner?

Book 1 starts with the set-up of Detroit's new Football (soccer) team. Rafe Inez (a crossover character) has been integral in this and has been given the task of putting together a team
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-incomboset
I wrote a series review for all 4 books at once on the blog. My Thoughts about the Black Jack Gentlemen series:
Man On, book one – this M/M story grabbed a hold of me from page one and never let go!
Nicco is the 29 year old veteran soccer bad boy and Parker is fresh from college graduation. We see these 2 very different men from very different backgrounds learn to live with and like themselves while fighting an attraction to each other. Nicco feels that he would not be good for Parker because Pa
books are love
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first in the blackjack gentlemen series and what a terrific start. We have Nicco who comes to the team from Europe after his ex-wife outs him as gay/bi. Than there is Parker who is so far in the closet and denial that Narnia isn’t even in the stratosphere of where he is because its to close to reality. Parker is trying to be his Parents dream person. He has already disappointed them by doing professional athletics so he doesn’t want to disappoint them further. These two meet on the p ...more
Julie Barrett
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man On is the first book in a new series called The Black Jack Gentlemen, which is based around a new Detroit soccer team. This particular book is m/m, but I believe some of the other books are m/f, so it's nice to have a variety of stories in a series. I am a big soccer (or football as it's called here in the UK) fan, so I was excited to discover this series as I don't think I've read a romance novel about this sport before. I was happy with the sport to romance ratio, I think the author got th ...more
Joyfully Jay
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wendy
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

This is the first book in The Black Jack Gentlemen’s series focusing on two of the players of the new expansion team. For a sports-themed book, there really wasn’t a whole lot of sports action going on. If anything, this book was a “behind the scenes” look at the players. So, for those of you who aren’t into sports, this book really doesn’t really have any play-by-play on the field. For the rest of you, who are like me, and like to have a bit of action going on i
The Smutbrarians
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earc
Storyline: 4
Angst: 4
Tissue: 0
Value: 5
Panty Scorching: 3
Over All Rating: 4 Stars
Netgalley eArc reviewed by Robin

I haven’t read many soccer books so I was pretty excited to jump into Liz Crowe’s Black Jack Gentlemen series. We start off with Nicco Garza, the bad boy of the European leagues. He has a bit of a sex addiction so his impulse control is a little on the shaky side and his previous relationships have crashed and burned. At 29 years old, he’s not exactly a “star” anymore. Parker is a colle
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man On
by Liz Crowe

Man On is a sweet tale of love that can’t be denied. It doesn’t matter who the two people are who fall in love. Nicco Is an older famous soccer player who’s wife publically humiliated him before she divorced him. With nothing to lose, he comes to Detroit to play for a new expansion team funded by Jack Gordon from Liz Crowe’s wildly popular Stewart Realty Series. Nicco comes face to face with fresh faced Parker who is hiding his desires.

Misunderstandings ensue as these two men
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story, as I find all of Liz Crowe's books! A lovely continuation of the Stewart Realty series (which I also highly recommend, as they are extremely addictive!). She always makes me want to be part of the story which takes me in from the second I begin reading.

The characters in this book draw you in and make you feel so deeply for them and their struggles. Socially conscious at all turns, no matter the struggles, you instantly feel for Nicco and Parker and are drawn into a love story
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st book in this series, about a Detroit soccer team called the Black Jack Gentlemen. The bad boy Nicolas Garza played in the European leagues until signing with the BJ's (Black Jack's), known for his bad behavior and sexual acting out with men, women and men, and women together. Hoping to start over with a new team and a new country...

Parker Rollings is a sweet and innocent college soccer phenom, controlled by his parents, get married, become a doctor like his father. Parker has oth
Cheryl Sanders
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book! Liz Crowe, you are an amazing author. Parker Rollings wanted to play soccer. He didn't want to quit and go to med school like his parents wanted. He also didn't want to marry Christie like they wanted. He always suspected he was gay. After his parents disowned him he accepted Rafael Inez's offer to play for the Detroit Black Jack Gentlemens expansion soccer team. The first time Parker laid eyes on team bad boy Nicolas Garza, the sparks flew. The only thing Parker didn't ex ...more
Marichus Real
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
A gifted copy was given in exchange for an honest review. (Indulgence Anthology)
It was very difficult for me to get into the story. Nearly the whole book refers to Nicco’s sex addiction. It is one orgy after another and then some more. I don’t like him at all. However, I like Parker. He is so sweet, humble and honest. I love him. It should have been better if the author would have cut on some of the orgies and developed further the relationship between Nicco and Parker.
It has some editing issues
Smut Hut
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nicco is an a$$ plain and simple. A cocky jerk who needs put in his place. I don't like him much even reading from his prospective. Kinda just wanted him to lose out. However like all bad boys he starts to grow on you like a pair of super cute shoes that are such a pain to wear but you love them so can't toss em'.
Parker is such a doll and a sweetheart. I just wanted to wrap him in bubblewrap so the world couldn't hurt him.

I was able to read all four books and loved them. That said they were al
Anne Parks
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-romance
The first installment of the new Black Jack Gentlemen series by Liz Crowe. And what a way to start. Never one to shy away from controversial issues, Man On delves into the burgeoning love affair of two world-class professional soccer players. In a world where homosexuality occurs but is never acknowledged, Nicco and Parker find themselves trying to discover each other, while keeping their relationship under wraps. Throw in an older man with a severe sex addiction, and a younger man still not ful ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it

Man On was the first book by Liz Crowe that I've read. It was also my first M/M read. I loved Parker. He was sweet, and innocent, and the blushing he always did brought a little smile to my face. Coming from money, I was almost waiting for the moment where you got the vibe that he felt better than others, but I honestly never felt that. Nicco on the other hand is a different story. I couldn't connect to him at all. I didn't like how cocky and arrogant he was. All in all, the book was no
T.A. McKay
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Copy from netgalley

I picked this book because it was m/m, the football theme didnt really appeal but the story did sound good. What I got was a really enjoyable story that kept me reading and I was done before I realised. I liked both main characters but the secondary characters were what made the story feel whole. Its also those characters that made me read the rest of the series in only a few days.
This was a n easy story to read, it didnt have a lot of dips and turns, and in this case it work
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love no matter man to woman, man to man, adult to child is never easy. Nicco and Parker did some things right, did some things wrong but ultimately figured out their place in the world to express that love in a way that worked for them both publicly and privately. Like all couples, their love went from hot in the loins to a deep respect and caring that was meant to last forever. Though the journey was long and sometimes painful, in the end it was a deep love that was meant to be, and simply beau ...more
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Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a ground

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