Friday, July 1, 2022

Rules, Schmules! by Becca Seymour


Book: Rules, Schmules!
Release Date: June 29th, 2022
Series: Fast Break #1
Genre: MM Romance
Cover Designer: Booksmith Design
"With good heat and moderately low angst. It had me laughing out loud at multiple times and has me itching to read more of Becca Seymour's work." - Read with Sarah Reviews *****
It’s not my milkshake that brings Kieran Kendall to my yard. Okay, maybe it’s a little bit my milkshake. But I also like to think it’s my dazzling personality and my magical… uhm… you get the idea.

Since meeting Kieran, my first, second, and admittedly third impressions of him have changed radically. Not surprising, since he was a prize D during at least two of those encounters. What I should be doing is running from the college basketball star who checks so many of my dream-guy boxes. But do you know how hard it is to find a hot guy who’s as smart as he is talented?

And I’m not just talking about his talent on the basketball court. Heck no.

It’s easy to get distracted by him, because of him, yet as far as he’s concerned, I’m the one who’s a distraction and throwing his carefully constructed plans out of whack.

I should be sorry. I should also be better at guarding my heart.

But Kieran Kendall is under my skin, and getting him to break his rules is far too much fun.

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

This is college based read features basketball player Kieran and Dean, who is described as a twink. These two could not be more opposite yet in some ways so similar. Dean has recently moved colleges to remain close to his mother and brother, who plays basketball in high school. Dean is also out and proud. He is also a little snarky towards Kieran when they first meet and beyond.

Kieran is not yet out. Whilst his team-mates know about his sexuality, being openly gay and playing sports is still very rare. Those professional stars who are openly gay receive a lot of abuse, making him hesitant to be open about his sexuality.

For both Kieran and Dean, family is important - Kieran includes his basketball family in this. When they are forced to work together on a project, the intensity and chemistry between changes from snark and dislike to the complete opposite. In fairness it wasn't a huge jump in feelings for either. 

What was great about Dean was that he was completely supportive towards Kieran and his journey around his sexuality and no pressure about coming out publicly. They support each other always. Whilst Kieran is not publicly out, he integrates himself fully into Dean's life, showing his commitment to the young man who is a constant at his side. 

Becca Seymour always manages to write unique MM reads that bring incredible characters with very different stories and journeys, not afraid to tackle the difficult stories. This one was no exception, especially with the small number of publicly gay professional sports stars there are. It shouldn't be a big thing to be gay and play professional sports. It shouldn't be considered an issue and it certainly shouldn't result in the negative feedback that they receive that tips into abuse.

Swoon-worthy low-angst contemporary MM romance
You first meet Kieran and Dean in No Take Backs!
Becca Seymour is the #1 gay romance best seller of the True-Blue series. Known for “steamy and endearing” and “emotionally profound love stories” (InD'tale Magazine) her books have been nominated for multiple RONE Awards.

Becca lives and breathes all things book related. Usually with at least three books being read and two WiPs being written at the same time, Becca's life is merrily hectic. She tends to do nothing by halves so happily seeks the craziness and busyness life offers. 

Living on her small property in Queensland with her human family as well as her animal family of cows, sheep, chooks, and dogs, Becca appreciates the beauty of the world around her and is a believer that love truly is love.  

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