Catch Me by Jerry Cole

AUTHOR’S BLURB: **For a limited time “Catch me” comes with a free full-length bonus novella “Magic of Love”**

As a star quarterback and straight A student, Will Gray doesn’t have much time to spare for his relationship which prompts his girlfriend to dump him. Their abrupt ending sends him running to his best friend, Devon Sanders, who offers comfort like he would under any other circumstances. But when Devon kisses Will, it catapults him into a world of emotions that he had never considered. He had always been straight and had always been masculine, so why was his body aroused by the male body? And when had he become attracted to his best friend? All these questions rack his brain as he tries to determine whether the stress of his break up inspired this reaction or whether he’s been hiding his own sexuality throughout his life. An attraction forms between the two and Will finds himself struggling to reconcile these new feelings and the happiness he feels spending time with his best friend. While finding his way in the world of emotions, a teammate spots Will and Devon kissing and drama erupts. A fight ensues between Will and his teammate which gets them suspended from the team. It seems that some of his college peers aren’t receptive to Will exploring his sexuality, even people he’s known for years. Will feels as though he has been wronged and attempts to convince the coach and the school that he should be permitted to return to the team. Football is his life and he can’t imagine living without it, but it seems to come in the way of his new budding relationship. His fight or flight response is kicking in. Will he be able to handle the heat brought on by this new attraction or will he crumble under the pressure? How can he expect his coach and team to accept his emotions when he can hardly reconcile them himself? Love and a little humor go a long way on this journey as Will Gray realizes when it rains, it pours.

Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Novella, approx. 70,000 words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger”.

**Magic of Love**

Things aren’t going well for Mark. Though it has been nearly a year since he broke up with his ex-boyfriend Roger, he has still been unable to land on his feet. After exhausting his options with friends and family, his only recourse is to live in Cleary, a small Southern town in the middle of nowhere that has nothing to offer to someone like him. He can’t pass up the bed and shelter offer from his welcoming aunt – mostly because it is the only place that he has to go.

At least that’s what Mark thinks about the small town until he meets Jon McIntyre. Jon just needs someone to redecorate a house he hates after the death of his mother. That person has to be efficient, very good at their job and, overall, discreet. That person also gets to live with Jon while they are redecorating the house and while Jon tries to get over his mother’s death.

As if that wasn’t complicated enough, no one knows who Jon actually is. Everyone in Cleary knows him by his performer name, Jackie Mack. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important that Mark keep the details of this arrangement to himself.

Jon doesn’t expect anything that hasn’t been outlined in the contract, except perhaps a little companionship. Mark expects nothing but a job and the opportunity to be able to move out of his Aunt Rosa’s house. But things start getting way more complicated than either man ever bargained for as feelings that neither one of them expected start to develop.

After what happened with Roger, the last thing Mark wants is to develop feelings for another man.

MY REVIEW: Okay story, written clumsily, awkwardly and with a heavy hand. The author doesn’t seem to know where was going with the main character or how to get him there. And I simply must ask: if the two boys have been friends for the better part of a decade, why doesn’t anyone know Devon? Not the teammates of 3 years or the girlfriend of 6 months. Plus, Will seems to believe an apology makes everything okay. How about changing your actions? And I know getting drunk is not an attempt to kill yourself and if you have those thoughts, they don’t go away in one night. No matter how sorry you are about thinking those kinds of thoughts.
As for the bonus book, it’s a cute story. It would have been better with more attention put to the editing and if the timeline weren’t ridiculously farfetched. But a sweet story idea.
I think I sprained my eye, rolling them so often for these two stories. And normally this author writes way better. So I’m just disappointed.
I read a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of this book & am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review.

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