Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: Man On by Liz Crowe

Title: Man On
Series: Black Jacks Gentlemen
Author: Liz Crowe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: August 10, 2013
Review Source: 
Bad boy of European football, Nicolas Garza is about to hit American shores with a vengeance. Signed by the Detroit Black Jack Gentlemen as lynch pin for their expansion club, Nicco only half believes he’s making the right move. But with a past full of ghosts and rotten behavior chasing him from his homeland, he has no real choice.

Parker Rollings is a college soccer superstar, but his parents’ plans for their only son do not include professional athletics. When the Black Jacks approach him to finalize their roster, Parker leaps at the chance to keep playing, leaving behind medical school, stability and his first and only college sweetheart.

Nicco and Parker face off as bitter rivals for a coveted starting spot at midfield and are forced to channel their negative energy into something positive for the sake of the group—and themselves.

All eyes are on the fledgling team in its debut season. It’s crucial that the Black Jacks prove all the doubters wrong. They must make a good showing in the league and with new fans. But player drama, club dynamics, and misplaced priorities may tear it apart before it even begins.

What happens when you recruit the on player whose reputation is so muddled with drama that he can't go anywhere with out causing a scene.  The answer to this question lies with the Black Jack Gentlemen's expansion soccer team.

Nicco Garza has lead a life basically full of emptiness.  He has had the perfect model of a wife who was in it for the money, led the lavish life of a pro athlete, including the parties with sex, drugs, booze, you name it.  How many nameless faces have woken up in his bed.... to many for him to remember.  But, when he spots the one man he thinks is untouchable he questions all that has led him to this point in life.

Parker Rollings has basically lived his life for the dreams and wants of his parents.  Knowing that his final days of playing soccer are drawing near he has no choice but to face the hard reality staring him in the face.  Not only does Parker have to face the coming end of his game, but he is getting ready to embark upon a life and career that he has no desire to enter.  Knowing that he has the perfect girlfriend, but questioning who he really is, Parker knows that moving forward with her is not in his cards.  When Rafe offers Parker the chance of a lifetime with the new expansion team in Detroit he doesn't think twice. Walking away from everything he knows, he heads towards the one thing he truly wants in life... soccer.

Being the ex-athlete that I am, I love a great sports story.  I don't care whether it is a M/M, F/M, of F/F, I want to read it.  This book does not disappoint in that aspect, but it actually has much more to it than that.  Liz Crowe writes her stories so that we feel as if we are watching the performances of these players right there among them, feeling the pain, heartache, as well as, anger and confusion with them.  As we move forward with Nicco and Parker we follow how each one deals with the emotional pull that keeps drawing them to each other, but unable to do anything about it, because lets face it, would pro sports actually support a gay athlete?  Not really.  I think that the fact that Liz Crowe is not afraid to broach such a taboo topic says a whole lot about her as a writer and an individual.

This is the first book that I had read of Liz's, and was excited to be able to move onto her next two books.  I will definitely look forward to finding and reading more of her stories.  If you like books that have you wanting the two main characters to not only find themselves, but their true Norths, than you must get a hold of the Black Jack Gentlemen's Series.  Now, time for me to jump into another one of her books.  Catch up with me to see how my next review turns out on Red Card.

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