(read my review of book one in the series here)
I was SO READY for this one because I knew it was going to heavily feature our resident series drag queen, Ricky/Rosie - and honey, I am here for more romance books with drag queens!
I loved the portrayal of Ricky so much. The way he struggles with both sides of his identity being accepted, contrasted against the security he has in all other areas of his personal life. I almost could switch off from Ian's storyline because I just wanted to know more about Ricky, his friends, and everything in their lives. Not to say I didn't like Ian - his backstory with his parents and best friend was also really interesting and touching. Needless to say, I loved it!
Loved: How Ricky's chapters were in 'he', and Rosie's were in 'she'. Effortless, stunning, and showing us all the way for correct gender representation.
Liked: The intrigue all around the other characters.
Disliked: Not getting the answers! I mean, I know this is a set-up for the next book, but the next book isn't out yet and I am way too impatient to find out!
Burning Question: There are a few, but I'm going to have to go with one - do we get to find out the mystery with the club in the next book?!? I really, really hope so. I'm dying to know what the deal is with Jason and Damon...
I received a free ARC copy of this book but my review is my genuine opinion.
Openly gay college swimmer Ian Harrington feels like he's fighting against a current of tragedy. He's grieving the loss of his parents and best friend, and now he's dealing with a toxic coach and judgmental brother. But he won't let that stop him from chasing his dream: Olympic gold.
Ricky Chavez has just about everything he wants in life: a great career, a supportive family, and a side gig as drag queen Rosie Riveting. The only thing he's missing is a partner to share it all with.
When the two men connect after Rosie’s performance, they're immediately drawn to one another. But it's never that simple. Ricky isn't the type of man to hide, and with Ian's coach breathing down his neck, he can't openly love a drag queen without making waves.
They'll have to brave deep waters to make it to the finish line.
About the series:
A former college hockey stars decision to come out of the closet and reunite with his high school boyfriend does more than change the direction of their lives.
It sets into motion events that will lead to their respective best friends, a former hockey player and a psychology major, being stuck on a summer road trip together.
They cross paths with another old friend, an injured pro baseball player whose been forced to move in with his physical therapist. Old hurts are healed and the six become close friends.
When a night out for the guys leads to their meeting an Olympic hopeful swimmer who is fascinated by a drag queen it’s clear that none of their lives will ever be the same.
They are standalone stories featuring four different couples. Reading in order is helpful but not required.
Overall Heat Rating for the series: 4 flames: Detailed love scenes, graphic description of anatomy and of sexual acts.
Publisher: Two Peninsulas Press (self-published)
Cover Artist: Brigham Vaughn