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Home Goal

(Gay Footballer Romance #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  33 reviews
In the closet...
Career-focused Jason Tant has given up on love to play football at the highest level: his team is in the Premiership, and Jason also plays for the English national team. He doesn’t want to be the poster boy for LGBT people in sport—and his advisors have told him that coming out will ruin his career. It’s not an issue until Scott captures Jason’s heart and
Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 275 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by LoveLight Press
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Tanu Gill
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I loved the plot, no doubt about it. I absolutely loved Scott and Jason, at least, as much as was told about them. I absolutely adored Liz, Mark and Harry.

But despite all these positive points, I, unfortunately, won't ever be revisiting the story. And the reason for it is this: I couldn't get past the choppy writing. I tried to understand everything, but it felt like the story was being narrated by someone high on caffeine or something. There was all dialogue and action, very little ba
Ula'ndi Hart
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
ARC kindly provided by Author for an honest review.

Overall book review: 3
Audio book: N/A
Book Cover: 4

This is my first Helen Perry.

I want to start off by saying, I’m from SA. And my general feeling about soccer is as follows (Just let me enjoy the moment please) :

Okay, enough with the joking. Let’s get to the story. I am one of those annoying “detail” readers. I like detail, I live for it and when I don’t get that I tend to get cranky. It’s a personality flaw I know.

I can honestly say I enjoye
This one had potential, but I never really connected with either character. It didn't help matters that the story started out with both characters, separately, out for a night at a club with friends, so I was introduced to a LOT of people in a short amount of time. The story was told in alternating POV chapters, but other than the author telling readers that Scott was more obvious in his gayness, while Jason was very good at hiding, there wasn't really anything else to differentiate the guys for ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars! This is an enjoyable sports themed romance that takes place in the Premier Football League in Birmingham England. You get dual POV from both Jason and Scott- Jason being the footballer, and Scott studying science at university.
The relationship is sweet with very little angst. The story is realistic and spans three years, so you get to see how people and attitudes change - especially macho athletic footballers.
There is a great supporting secondary cast with a strong female BFF.
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Is love that's kept a secret ever enough?
I loved this story and the bravery of the characters in it as they learn hard lessons about what the true priorities in their lives are. In a sports industry where homophobia is rampant, Jason, a deeply closeted elite footballer, is forced to confront his fear that he can have either his career or love, but not both. There’s a sweetness to the way these two men fall for each other, despite the pressures Jason feels to protect the details of their private
Andrea D
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a honest review in exchange for a free copy of Home Goal.

Home Goal is the story about Jason, a young football player in the premier league. Jason is gay and, to most people, in the closet.
This book starts in January 2012 and spans over almost four years.
At the beginning Jason encounters Scott in a club. It is revieled, that Jason had noticed him for quite some time, always dancing with the same girl. But Scott also has his interest on Jason and on a rare opportunity is able to give him h
Mary Mary
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc, jocks-sport
* a copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review *

* 3.5 stars *

It was my second book by HJ Perry and I have to say it was soooo much better than the previous one.
The style is pretty good and the plot is interesting. I can't say it is very original, but there is so many stories about gay people in sports it would be impossible.
The pace is fast, there is at least one big plot twist (or two, really, if we count the end) and the story itself is believable which
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, jock-strap, dnf
Yep, that just got slammed into the DNF pile. Shame too, story looked like it could have been good but the writing was so poor that I just couldn't get past it. I've stated it before, if the story line is good enough and the characters are interesting enough, I can get past bad writing. Not this time. Things get repeated constantly as if I wasn't paying attention just 2 pages ago. ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jason is a Premiership football - soccer for us Americans - player who is also on the English national team. Out with teammates one evening, roped off in the VIP section in a bar/club, he sees once again an astounding dance couple, tearing up the dance floor. He's been watching them for weeks. Of course his teammates think he's looking at the girl, but it is the gorgeous guy that catches his attention. Not that anyone would know that because Jason is deeply in the closet at the continued urging ...more
Kendra T
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, athletes, own-review
I received a copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review

Jason is a professional football player who is deep in the closet. He spies Scott across a bar and is immediately drawn to him. There are sparks and the two form a solid relationship. Scott has been out and proud, and hiding eventually gets the best of him. There is no doubt the two guys love each other, but sometimes it can just get to you when you have to pretend all the time.

There were parts of the story I really enjoy
Sharon Hatt
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hot young football star Jason is deeply closeted due to his career path. Having had it drilled into his head since he was a teenager, he could be a football star or gay, not both. Casual secret hook-ups were ok if not fulfilling and he was happy enough until he met Scott. Scott, openly and obviously gay, has been awestruck by Jason even though he has no idea who he is, but week after week, they have caught each other’s attention at the club. A chance meeting in the restroom of all places gives S ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-from-author
A good story without a cliffhanger.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Jason and Scott’s story. I especially liked the Author’s Afterward that explains some of the background for this book.

The story spans 3 years in lives of Jason and Scott. Jason is a professional footballer (soccer player to those of us in the U.S.) and he’s in the closet as far as his professional life is concerned. His advisors have told him that he can’t be a pro footballer and be out as a gay man. He’s pretty much OK with this un
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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Angela Charles
This is a story that I did not know that I needed. I do not know anything about H.J. Perry aside from the fact she writes M/M romance. When I first started this book, I thought one of the main characters that is a footballer, Jason, was not going to admit that he is gay; I was wrong. He did admit and know he is gay however he refuses to let the world know that he is gay. His partner, Scott, who is openly gay did not have the same issue.

I loved this story and it makes me understand more about ho
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
A great book! As an Italian I obviously love football, I've lived and breathed it since birth, so reading a well written book set in this world was a treat to me!
HJ Perry is a new to me author, and I loved this first sample of her writing so much I can't wait to get to the next one, My Goal, to have more, more, more!
Piers Ryman is a terrific narrator, and I loved how his accent mad the book sound so "English", if you know what I mean, I'm just so used to American narrators, that at first I had s
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable! I’ve read a few m/m sports romances and this one stands out because it didn’t go down the well-trodden path of a forced outing. Jason Tant is a premier league closeted gay footballer (soccer) who falls for university student, Scott Cole. The story intelligently highlights the economic pressure on gay sports people to stay in the closet and as well as the incidental homophobia amongst team members. The main characters were likeable and the plot engaging. 🎧 I’m a big fan of Piers R ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Two characters trying to navigate a homophobic environment and deal with own fears and insecurities - potentially a trivial plotline, but the author has managed to dress it into a very interesting story! I liked the characters and their development throughout the book, as well as the secondary characters that added a lot of flavor to it :) The narration style was quite unique for me, with very characteristic selection of scenes the reader gets to "witness".
Leci Forde
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this sports themed book

Great love story, accurate football references, young adult characters. Story is about a closeted gay Premiership football player and the graduate student with whom he falls in love. The story is sweet and the heat is mild! I really enjoyed it!
Derek Fleming
Jul 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: my-elibrary
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-read
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Home Goal is an enjoyable story about Jason, a football/soccer star playing at the highest competitive level and who is deeply in the closet, and Scott, an out & proud, very intelligent student going for an advanced degree. The two see each other in a club and over time they finally get the opportunity to meet and the relationship begins. The story covers several years and the time jumps were a little off to me, maki
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
3.5 stars. Overall I enjoyed this.

Yeah, there were a few grammatical errors and a tiny bit of repetition, but I liked these characters. I liked Scott and I loved Jason. He manned up in so many occasions when others probably would not. Right up until 82% they were open and honest and had a very healthy (but unfortunately closeted) relationship.

Then the drama happened. And it wasn't huge and overly written but I hated one of the MC for what he was thinking. (view spoiler)
Anne Marie Crookes
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Scott proud and out gay man meets closeted footballer Jason and the attraction is immediate. Scott must come to terms with the fact that he can't touch is boyfriend in public or tell anyone about him. This book shows how these two manage to have a life within these boundaries and how much stress is involved in keeping their lives secret. I enjoyed a lot about this book. The secondary characters were as appealing as the two MC's. The use of dialogue was very well done. The only reason that this r ...more
Jane (PS)
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, kindle
An engagingly smooth story of a gay football (soccer in my country) player (MC Jason) in England and the love of his life (MC Scott). Its not without some minor trauma but it is more about following their journey and growth. (view spoiler)

Its interesting to read the progression of sports romance
Pam Kay
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet story of two men who found love together. Scott has never been in the closet or hid the fact that he was gay. Jason was a footballer in England has always been told that he can't be an openly gay man and have a career in football. Because of the love they shared, they made their relationship work in secret, but after three years of secrecy, the toll that it caused between them split them up. The story line was good and the characters were well developed.....Can these two work th ...more
K Cherry
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great story!!

I really loved Scott and Jason!!!!! Scott was so adorable, and Jason's character was a perfect match for him. I also loved their
"love at first sight" story. Usually, this type of story seems a bit contrived, but these two guys were so cute together from the beginning, it made the storyline perfect!!! What can I won't be disappointed reading this book. Now considered one of my favorites!!!!
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I received and ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This was a short and sweet story about in-the-closet footballer Jason and out and proud science-y Scott. Being a famous footballer comes with lots of issues when trying to hide your real self and that causes many problems with their relationship.

The story itself is good but it does jump around which is a bit annoying. It kind of tells the highlights of their lives.

Overall I look forward to seeing where the story goes.
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very good story

I enjoyed reading the story of Jason and Scott. I especially liked the references to real sports figures who came out. There was some repetition in describing both Scott and Jason's respective families, but outside of that, I really enjoyed reading it, (all in one sitting).
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Needed a bit of pruning

This is an okay story which would have benefited from perhaps another edit to remove some of the superfluous show and telling surrounding the gay romance.

With a little bit of tightening up, a bit better editing to clean out the small errors and grammatical hiccups, this would jump up to being a good read.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0-sports, h-j-perry
An ARC copy of this book was given to me for my honest review.

Read in July
Jason in the closet as well as a soccer player meets scott who is fun lovely guy who is out and proud. They start an love affair that span over the years. In that time jason still in the closet will the two of the them make it or break.
Kindrea Hicks
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it

It shouldn't matter who you love, as long as you love. This world needs more love. Whether gay or straight. Just love.
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Almost 50 and English. Lives in the UK.
Identified as part of the LGBT crowd since before those letters came together. A lifelong campaigner around those issues that affect us.

An avid wide-ranging reader. Mostly reads:
* YA
* SF
* M/M romance.
* Books with LGBT themes and characters.

Latest book ~ Home Goal ~ published end of May 2016. ASIN: B01G5C9GG0
I have another (soccer) football book planned for Ju

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