Friday, April 22, 2011

Crunch Time

Title: Crunch Time
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61581-828-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

George Higgins loves his teaching job but never expects to use his skills to help a soon-to-be-former professional football player prepare for an audition on a sports talk show. After their first meeting, George doesn’t expect the cocky, Darren White, to even show up for their first appointment, but surprisingly he does, making a huge effort to learn from George. It soon becomes apparent Darren has some serious problems--he can barely read and his public speaking is terrible, but lucky for him, Darren has a dedicated and determined George on his side. It’s Crunch Time with the audition fast approaching and together, these two men must work together to get Darren the job he needs, all while their budding relationships grows into something that could last a lifetime.

Crunch Time is the latest release by Andrew Grey in his Gym series and while there are appearances by some previous characters, it can still be read as a standalone read.

George is a real cutie. He’s kindhearted, hardworking, just a little nerdy and loves his teaching career. The other thing about him that I appreciated is that despite his physical disability, he refused to back down from life. Darren was just as endearing in his own right. He’s young, the career he loves is over and because of his lack of education, he has little prospects for the future. Mr. Grey did a nice job with the personalities of both men, rounding them out so that I felt I had a good idea on what made these vulnerable guys tick.

The plot flows smoothly and at a good pace from the opening pages to the end. It’s a sweet story of blossoming romance and growing love as Darren overcomes his personal shortcomings. I liked the stress on his dyslexia and how, because of his football abilities, his reading problems were ignored by his teachers. It reminded me of what happens too frequently in schools everyday, making the story very realistic. Never fear…it’s certainly not all seriousness…there is plenty of fun, bantering conversation to make you smile as Darren and George get to know each other. I can’t wait to see what happens with the next release, Positive Resistance, coming in June - watch for it.

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