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The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story

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Division I college football coach Peyton Stone has a secret. It’s not so much that he’s gay. It’s that he’s fallen in love with his older Iraq-War-vet-turned-starting-QB Brady Winter. Willing to deny himself for the sake of the Golden Eagles football team, Peyton focuses helping his team score touchdowns, but when he discovers the attraction is mutual, he jumps in with bot ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published June 12th 2016 by Lethe Press
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion

I sat on this review so I wouldn't knee jerk rate it and I will say it certainly elicited a response, even a couple days later and I can still get fussy over it. I considered DNFing, but sheer stubbornness is my only excuse for not throwing the towel in. I wanted to find out where this was going, what the point or the message or whatever was.

I developed a few working hypotheses:

(1) a platform to sound off on how homophobic sports are;
(2) a platform to showcase how narrow-minded athletes can
I'm at such a loss with this one...
I've basically spent the day pondering this book. I finished it early this morning and I actually started my review shortly after and now it's the middle of the afternoon and still I've got nothing. I didn't hate it, It certainly wasn't horrendously bad. In fact I liked the blurb it intrigued me. Seriously sports, ex-military. Forbidden romance coach falls in love with the star quarterback. So much of it whispering 'come on you know you're going to enjoy th
Peyton and Brady. And friends who aren't really friends. And enemies that really aren't enemies. This story had action in spades, and I found myself actually pulled in and ENJOYING the play by plays of football. Me! I'd have never thought, but I learned a lot about the game. And the author has a gift for pulling the reader right in and made me feel like I was right there, on the field, with these guys. And Loretta and her scarecrows. And antique shops, golden eagle statues, whiny queens, and col ...more
May 16, 2016 marked it as back-burner-for-now
This blurb sounds a little harebrained but football! and military boys!
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bgirls, ebook, mm

3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.

The blurb pretty much tells it all here. I love football and sexy football players, combined with ex-military hotties, finding love together, and it’s a win-win. That is what I enjoyed most about this story. But there were also a lot of things that just didn’t work for me or made the story a bit too unbelievable.

Peyton is an assistant coach in charge of the quarterbacks at a Division I college. If you know anything about college football, these guys are all b
Joyfully Jay
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: camille
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Read this book! This is an amazing book! And this from someone who can’t even stand the commercials for the Super Bowl anymore, let alone the actual game.

First, the writing. The tone of the narration is incredibly true-to-life. I find myself sympathizing and empathizing with our characters. The story is told in third-person, semi-omniscient from Peyton’s perspective. He proves to be quirky, passionate, foolish, determined, scared, and so much more. Peyton is a hi
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing

"The Front Runner of our time"....Jon Michaelsen

Not since Patricia Nell Warren's "The Front Runner" has a gay love story cut so deep. I absolutely loved the sports angle in the fine novel as the author clearly knows his (American) football from the inside out. This is not an erotic story, unlike the cover suggests, but instead a love story of unlike anything I've read in a long time; at times sweet and gentle, at others the exact opposite with the harsh realities of post-war PTSD after having ex
Daniel Mitton
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the publisher / author for an honest review.)

One of our other reviewers originally signed up to review this book, and then was unable to because of personal reasons. I’m really glad she didn’t, because I got to read it instead.

Scott Pomfret brings us the story of a young football coach. One who made a bad personal decision a few years ago, and didn’t show up for an opportunity that might have put him in the NFL. He was hiding. H
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Jeffery for MM Book Escape

The Second Half tells the story of Division I-AA football coach Peyton Stone and his quest for love, fulfillment, and a season championship for the Southern Ohio University Golden Eagles.

Peyton seems to have found his niche as a highly motivational offensive coach and has even gained the grudging respect of bigoted Head Coach Hackett. But it’s all a carefully constructed veneer and the cracks are beginning to show. The unfulfilled promise of a career in the
Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

Peyton Stone, former star quarterback, is now an offensive line college football coach. And he’s totally in love with his quarterback, Brady Winter. Brady is older than the other students, having completed a tour of duty with the Army, and Peyton knows that even though he worships the ground Brady walks on, it’s inappropriate to start something with a student, and to top it all off, he’s
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I loved the blurb, and I couldn't wait to dig in. Sometimes you just know from the first sentence. You read that first sentence and it can make you want to close the book and move on to the next one. I'll be honest that's how this book started for me. I thought several times in the beginning about putting it down and moving on to something else. This book started slow. The beginning of the book and even
Molly Lolly
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Original review on Molly Lolly
Three and a half stars!
This story was really interesting however there were parts that took away from my enjoyment. I liked the premise of the story. I enjoyed Peyton figuring out who he is and growing as a person to where not only is he comfortable with himself, he’s just about ready to live openly with Brady. Though he wasn’t without fault, he was fascinating to watch. I liked Brady. He overcame a whole lot of obstacles to get him to even the start of the story le
Peyton Stone is the offensive coach for a Division I-AA football team. While he had what it takes to go pro, there was something missing. Some call it a spark; others call it a killer instinct. But either way, he's found his calling in coaching. The only problem is he carries a big secret: on Sunday evenings after practice he heads over to a nearby town and cruises the gay bar. And that's not Peyton's only secret. He also has a major crush on the team's quarterback.

Brady Winter is an all-star qu
Kris Mielke
Jul 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book reads more like a football coach’s playbook than a love story. I read 32% of the book and was on chapter 19! Most of the chapters contain nothing but football information, with some other content thrown in. I received a free copy of this book from Inked Rainbow Reviews in exchange for an honest review.
The only other information we get is about Peyton. We learn about what his life was like growing up with just his Mother. We also learn about his Mother’s past, and his Father’s alcoholis
Natosha Wilson
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book in my opinion is about second chances, believing in ones self, excepting yourself for who u are and not what others want you to be, and finding love.

When I first started reading this book I was not sure if I was going to like it or not. But I kept on reading and before long I found myself engulfed in reading what was going to happen.

Peyton in my opinion views himself the way that others do. He does not follow through on things and he runs from the good. He creates disaster in the wake
Mike Adams
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Amusing yet odd romance between a frustrated assistant coach who missed his NFL chance, and a charismatic college football quarterback.

In the fictional Southern Ohio University, Peyton and Brady hit it off after two years of being closeted, to each other, and most everyone else. Peyton gets abruptly fired for getting intimate with QB Brady, not because he's gay, but because he lied.

He retreats to the the trailer home of his eccentric senior mom, and a lot of other things happen, all of them wr
Jeff Adams
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
College football coach Peyton Stone has a crush on his starting QB Brady Winter. Peyton’s also in the closet because his head coach is a homophobe. Brady sees through the screen though and after many attempts he finally gets Peyton to acknowledge there might be something between them. The courtship between these two is fantastic–Peyton is constantly worried something’s going to get them in trouble and Brady keeps pushing his boundaries.

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Scott D. Pomfret is author of the novels The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story (Lethe Press June 18 2016), The Hunger Man (Ninestar Press June 2 2016), and Only Say the Word (Ninestar Press May 16, 2016) as well as a collection of short stories You Are the One (Ninestar Press April 2016). Past published works include Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir (Arcade 2008), the Romen ...more