Tuesday, October 8, 2013

ARC Review: Double Full (Good Guys Series Book #1) by Kindle Alexander

Expected publication: October 8th 2013 by The Kindle Alexander Collection

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

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Up and coming football hero, Colton Michaels, makes a Hail Mary pass one night in the college locker room that results in the hottest, sexiest five days of his young life. However, interference after the play has him hiding his past and burying his future in the bottom of a bottle. While Colt seems to have it all, looks can be deceiving, especially when you’re trapped so far in a closet that you can’t see your way out. When ten years of living his expected fast-lane lifestyle lands him engaged to his manipulative Russian supermodel girlfriend, he decides it’s time to call a new play. 

Jace Montgomery single-handily built the largest all-star cheerleading gym in the world, driven by a need to forget a life-altering encounter with a handsome quarterback a decade ago. His reputation as an excellent coach, hard-nosed business man, and savvy entrepreneur earned him respect in the sometimes catty world of competitive cheerleading. When Jace learns of his ex-lover’s plans to marry, his heart executes a barrel roll and his carefully-placed resolve tumbles down without a mat to absorb the shock. Can his island escape help him to finally let go of the past and move his life forward?

Reading the blurb will get you readers a glimpse of what Jace and Colt had to undergo before they could finally and forever be together. It was a rough ride that spanned ten, very long and painful years. For Jace, it was a time spent trying to get over the heartache of losing out on the only man he ever loved. The time they spent together was such that the memory of what they had and what could have been was just too beautiful and painful to endure. Focusing his life on the building of a Cheerleading Gym, Jace's success took him and his wards to the annals of national and world Sports Cheerleading Competion. 

For Colt, his brief time with Jace was the only beautiful memory he could hold on to, something that kept his sanity intact, even if his body was burning out like a candle lit from both ends. He was breaking down, literally and figuratively. His life for the past ten years was filled with a bad mess of alcohol and drugs even if his game was still of championship calibre. An epiphany jolts him out of his mess of a life and he drops everything to get his life back, preparing for the time when he could get his act together and have the courage to get his Jace in his arms and life once more.

When he broke off relations and communications with Jace, he had no idea his actions would just get him deeper into a mess. He was just too young then. But now he is an adult. He has grown into himself, he had a support no one knew of, and all the plans made undercover were soon to  be realized and he took his chances. 

Jace had a harder time figuring out what to do. The past ten years may not have been tough financially, but emotionally, he was a mess. Colt coming back was suspicious and no matter how he tried to shake Colt off, the guy just held on to him like a rabid dog, locking his jaws and arms around his Jace, refusing to give up. It paid off, but with a price.

This is where the second part of the book comes into play. We meet some side characters like Doc and his son, Mitch. Mitch is there as the US Marshall. He plays a role that was necessary and essential. This teases us readers of what to expect in the second book. 

The journey of Colt's and Jace's romance may sound like a rough ride for everyone. There is a lot to take in - it does span a decade - so there are angsts and drama. Having said that, this does not read like a super-duper heavy drama. Instead, we readers find ourselves unable to release our focus from the men and their journey. We take part in their process of growing, of making the wrong and right decisions, of healing, and of the rekindling of a romance. 

And what a romance it is! This is they type of love story that just grips your heart and sets it to pitter-patter to the point of discomfort. What a wonderful discomfort!

At this point, I have to issue my own WARNING. This is a really, really HOT! book so it can be difficult not to get too involved in the hotness of these two men! Don't say I didn't warn you!

Kindle Alexander has this talent of sucking her readers into her stories and not letting them go even after the last text is read on that page. It can be quite disconcerting trying to get out of the story she has woven and back to our humdrum realities. She has unfailingly managed to get entertaining dramas out there like this one that has locked that goofy smile on my face for hours on end. Worse (or better ?), I dreamt of Colt and Jace and their forever kind of love. All. Night. R.E.M. Sleep. Long.

It felt GOOD! 

Note: I received my ARC copy from the publisher and author. Review based on ARC.

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