Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Rainbow Clause” as Want to Read:
The Rainbow Clause
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Rainbow Clause

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Librarian's Note: This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN B06XBS26YF

Don't like the athletes. Don't sleep with the athletes. Don't fall for the athletes. It had never been particularly difficult to keep the rules but Nick had a feeling he was about to be tested.

Heisman winner. Member of the National Championship team. NFL Rookie of the Year. Quarterback Colin O’Connor
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published April 3rd 2017 by Beth Bolden
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Rainbow Clause, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Rainbow Clause

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.84  · 
Rating details
 ·  342 ratings  ·  88 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Rainbow Clause
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Extremely polished sports romance

I've a feeling I was supposed to read something before this one but I rarely read M/F these days so I haven't but I don't think it really had a negative effect on my enjoyment of this one.

There's nothing new here, it's a typical 'coming out' sports romance between a bisexual football quarterback and a reporter but it's done really well.

There's a lot of polish to this one, which I note is a re-release, so I'm guessing it was cleaned up then.

I loved both Colin and
**2.5 stars**

Well, this one didn’t work for me. This is the story of Colin, a football player, who decides to go public about his bisexuality and Nick, a journalist, is going to spend 3 weeks with him to write an article for this occasion. No surprise here, they end up together.

There were events that seemed thrown and not expended. I saw this author wrote a previous MF book with the characters. Maybe it would have been better to have read it first ? Still, for me, it was too full of clichés and
3.5 stars

Beth Bolden is a new-to-me author. I believe that this is also her first M/M book? I bought it on a whim when I saw the blog tour and read one of the blog tour reviews.

For a book with "practically" a virgin bisexual football quarterback who is planning to come out -- so he can date *lol* -- and a reporter who is tasked to write the coming out feature, this one is pretty sweet and angst free.

To be honest, Colin sometimes comes off as adorably innocent despite his fame and popularity as
This is going to sound rather ranty and I recognize that I am solidly in the minority on this book. Many loved it. It frustrated me beyond belief! Generally speaking I love football books and the whole somewhat closeted athlete. Better yet was the fact that one of the characters is bisexual and I'd hoped that this was treated respectfully. The clever title roped me in and I thought, oh goodie and sat back to enjoy it. After reading about 20% I realized that the characters, Colin, Nick, Jemma, Ga ...more
Michelle Dare
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I've read by Beth Bolden and it did not disappoint!

Colin is a star quarterback in the NFL. He's also bisexual, only no one knows. Well, his closest friends do. When he first signed with the team, he had a clause added - The Rainbow Clause. It's what he put in place should he decide to come out. Now that he's ready, it's time to put that clause into effect.

Enter Nick. He's the reporter whose been tasked with writing the story, which will announce to the world that Colin i
Steph ☀️
***3.5 stars (rounded-up)***

For this being Beth Bolden’s debut MM book, it’s not too shabby. I have to say the blurb intrigued me, and what I got was better than what I expected. I was happy to read (at least I haven’t come across it yet) something new. Namely The Rainbow Clause. I cannot go further, because I would be spoiling it for others, but it was truly nice and refreshing.

While I did enjoy seeing the relationship develop between Colin and Nick, I have to say I did have a hard time followi
*A copy of this book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Okay, first - This book is technically part of a series. I had the feeling Jemma/Gabe had their own book and was proven right when I got to the end. I would've liked to have know that, or had less focus on Jemma/Gabe. (Summer Attractions)

Second - The title. While I get that more people are familiar with the rainbow symbolism, every time it was mentioned I cringed a little. Bisexuality has their own colors/
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

When Colin negotiated his NFL contract he had, what has come to be known as the Rainbow Clause included into it. Colin is bi, and wanted to be sure if a man was who he chose to settle down with he had a choice to come out. Colin leans more toward being attracted to men than women and decides he is tired of hiding. He goes to his argent who arranges a coming out interview with Nick, a sports writer.

Nick is out and proud, something you don't see much of in the sports world. He agrees to shadow Co
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first by this author and I really enjoyed it!

Colin knew what he wanted. He wanted to find love and if that meant coming out in the world of football then that’s what he was going to do.

Nick was going to be the journalist to write Colin’s coming out article. Nick has been waiting for an opportunity like this and to have it be a man he felt an instant attraction to a year ago, well even better.

Nick and Colin has chemistry and even though Nick tried to fight it, they just worked. They balance
T.A. McKay
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

Who wouldn't want to read this book....I mean look at the cover!! That completely caught my attention but like with any hot man it was what was inside that kept me around. It may be pretty to look at but it was so much better to read. I will admit I have a slight passion about football books and this one is way up there in my favourites.
It was well written and the story well thought out. I felt the connection between the characters and I was rooting for them the entire time. Even the
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Romance, drama, humor, this book has it all and more. It was so good I could hardly put it down, and finished it far too soon - I just didn't want the story to end! Another win from Beth Bolden!
Stacey Jo
I was given a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the first book I’ve read by Beth Bolden and I enjoyed it. It’s the story of Nick, an NFL football star and Colin, his reporter boyfriend. Nick lives a quiet life for a NFL star. He lives on a private island, does his own shopping, and keeps to himself. The problem is that he wants to date, which means he’s going to have to come out. He had a rainbow clause written into his contract to handle the publicit
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
~ 3.5 Stars ~

Apparently The Rainbow Clause is part of a series, but I didn’t feel like I really missed anything in reading this as a stand-alone.

Colin is the hot football star of the moment, but he’s got a big secret, one he’s tired of keeping to himself. He’s distant with his teammates, and his best friend is the girl he loved and lost. He is so done with not being able to be who he wants to be, but he knows the potential consequences if he does pursue the person he wants.

When he finally decid
HEChapter -Tina J
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ 4-STAR ✩ #AUDOIBOOK #REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

> > Judging a Book by its Cover < <
Two men standing at angles away from one another, one in a suit and the other in football gear.
The title font is fun and catchy.

> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third person
=== Book ===
I think when reading a 300+ page book, one does not realize how many times Ms. Bolden uses certain words, particularly “wryly”. But in the audio narration, it became increasingly obvious as the story went on.
Nick’s a reporter with han
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine there's this star NFL quarterback that you've been following since his college days, that you've had a crush on. Now imagine you've been chosen to write the most important profile on him, bringing to light his most highly guarded secret...and to do so you get to shadow him by living with him to learn the ins and outs of his life. Sounds like a dream come true, right?

Colin likes to keep to himself-he'd rather enjoy a quiet evening at home away from the spotlight than be out clubbing with
Mary Mary
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
* a copy of this book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review *

I strongly recommend this book to everyone.
It was the first book by this author and I am in love. I love her writing style, the way she created the world, made everything feel real. Additionally I am head over heels with both main characters.

Romance books with athletes are my favorite but most of them are too predictable, too sweet and sometimes just ridiculous. Here we have an AMAZING love story, lots of humor, scorch
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it

I love sports M\M stories because of that extra level of emotions. The characters touched my heart ❤ yet made me smile.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Story: 3.5
Narration: 4

Colin O’Connor is a closeted bisexual NFL quarterback who had the foresight to include coming out stipulations into his contract that became labeled “the rainbow clause”. After a successful rookie year, Colin’s desire for a relationship and to move on from being in love with his best friend Jemma leads him to evoke the clause, and the team’s PR machine decides on several months’ worth of events and interviews to “soften” the impact, culminating in an in-depth article.

Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love sports, and I love the issue of LGBTQ+ visibility in sports, so this book was very much up my alley.

Beth Bolden tells an ambitious story about Colin O'Connor's coming out. "Ambitious" because a coming out of this caliber of athlete has never happened before. Colin is not your second string punter or NCAA defensive lineman. He is the star quarterback of an NFL team. (Someday. Someday soon I hope.) Colin is bisexual, and he wants to live his live honestly and openly, so he decides that it i
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.75 stars

This was almost a four star read for me, but it fell just shy.

There were a lot of positives here. Sexy, hot, cute, innocent (almost naïve), talented quarterback. Smart-mouthed, hot, sexy, inquisitive reporter. Sparks, etc. I liked them together, and overall, the book held my interest for the entirety.

This was definitely a case of external stressors. Coming out and doing so in a manner that would benefit
Joyfully Jay
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

This book offers many things I like to read, starting with athletes. While Colin is indeed a quarterback, the majority of the book takes place during the off season and there is no actual football. There were two good characters here, but this book just didn’t quite resonate with me the way it should have. For a coming out story and for Colin basically having his first relationship, this book lacked emotion as well as depth for me.

Colin has made it to the NFL, but
Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
3.5 Stars

I’m a huge sports fan so I love reading about athletes! This is my first book by Ms. Bolden and while I liked it alot, the author’s writing style took some getting used to. Part of that, as it turns out, is because Jemma and Gabe were introduced in their own story. That may explain why some of the assumptions were made about the characters and were confusing if you hadn’t read their story. There is a pretty big thing that happens with Nick that is kind of glossed over in this story so I
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Rainbow Clause begins with such an interesting premise that really helped make this book feel fresh and different. I found it hard to put down and read it quite quickly!

Colin O’Connor is a star quarterback in the NFL with a secret; he’s bisexual. He has worked an interesting clause into his contract (hence the title of the book) that will clear the path for the day he decides he wants to come out. Well, that day has come. I liked that he wasn’t the typical football star character and had a l
John-Torleif  Harris
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nick and Colin were very cute

I liked how sincerely naive Colin was about the impact of his rainbow clause. He had spent so long being closed off and private from the press that he didn't realize how much of an impact his coming out would cause.

Nick was the perfect match for Colin, both in personality and in the cynicism he had for the world. Colin was exactly what Nick needed to help him open himself up to realizing that being strong didn't mean not ever seeking help.

I would have liked for Nick'
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Beth Bolden and I really enjoyed it. I am a fan of football books and give me a good coming out story and I am thrilled. Colin is a pro football player who always planned on coming out as bi, so much so that it's written into his contract, The Rainbow Clause. When he decides it's time because he wants to date freely, he does an interview with Nick and sparks fly. Their chemistry was great and I really liked them.
a sweet romance with a sports background .... I liked the MCs and how the story developed but I was a bit annoyed by Nick inbetween.

nevertheless, there were a lot of things I liked ... eg. there was no big freak-out, the problems were inbetween and not in the end.
the characters were great.

all in all a nice read
So it looks like I’m going against the grain on this one, it seems like everyone liked this book except for me. There was just something about this book that I didn’t like. It never drew me in. I never connected to the story, the characters and didn’t really care one way or another what would happen and where they’d end up in the end. It wasn’t a horrible read, I was just bored and uninterested.

I was going to give this book 3 stars, but then I realised I’ve rated many books with 3 starts that I’
Shee Reader
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Rainbow Clause by Beth Bolden

Review by Shee Reader for Boy Meets Boy Reviews.

Rating 4.5 Hearts

Find us on the web at

Before I start, this was a hugely enjoyable book I would recommend with very few reservations. There was just a couple of annoying things, but this was an ARC, so I assume they’ll be fixed by publication? There were a couple of annoying typo niggles, and one huge one that set my teeth on edge. At one point, our lovely men were in Florida, sitting on
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I've read by this author and I couldn't put it down! She jumps right into the action of the plot, but still finds the time to create vivid, likeable characters. At times, I had to remind myself this was fiction! Definitely recommend.
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Blogger Girls

This story was really cute and sweet…and I don’t usually like a lot of fluff but this was…well, sweet. It didn’t hurt that it was sports themed because I do love my professional alpha athletes being all manly with another man. There was just something about Nick and Colin that resonated with me. Yes, it was full of fluff and low on angst, and it was a little goofy and unrealistic in how the “rainbow” clause was played out. But, it was fun. It had many “awe” moments that for som
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Best Friend (Red's Tavern, #1)
  • Out on the Ice (Out in College, #5)
  • Fake It 'til You Make Out (Love & Luck #1)
  • Pop Star (Famous #1)
  • Nailed (Four Bears Construction, #2)
  • Love Him Free (On the Market, #1)
  • Say You’ll Be Nine
  • Caulky (Four Bears Construction, #1)
  • First Impressions (Auckland Med. #1)
  • Giving Chase (Havenwood #1)
  • Spring Strings
  • Out in the Deep (Out in College, #1)
  • Crossing the Touchline (Auckland Med #2)
  • Out in the Offense (Out in College, #3)
  • Charlie Sunshine (Close Proximity, #2)
  • Love Him Breathless (On the Market #2)
  • Blindside Hit (Toronto Wolverines #1)
  • Out in the Field (Out in College, #4)
See similar books…
A lifelong Oregonian, Beth Bolden has just recently moved to North Carolina with her supportive husband and their sweet kitten, Earl Grey. Beth still believes in Keeping Portland Weird, and intends to be just as weird in Raleigh.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestse

Related Articles

Dedicated fans of authors Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan might know the duo better by the affectionate moniker “The Fug Girls,” after their l...
11 likes · 2 comments