Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy. Lance is shocked when he's immediately attracted to Danny's feminine side. Danny is happy to be the subject of Lance's first man-on-man experiment—until Lance begins to struggle with the fact that despite his appearance, Danny is indeed a man.
Lance's whole life has been focused on his goal of playing in the NFL, and he knows those dreams will be smashed if anyone finds out about his little secret. Although Lance has come to hunger for Danny's touch, he's not willing to give Danny what he's grown to crave: a boyfriend who's proud to love him for every flamboyant and snarky cell in his body.
Life sends Danny and Lance in different directions, each of them focused on his respective Plan A. But the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
Have you ever read a book and wanted a character to be real just so you could be friends with them? Danny is that character for me. I LOVED everything about him...from his quirky hair to his fabulous boots! He comes off as cocky and self assured, which for the most part he is, but he also has his insecurities that make him real and likeable and the kind of person you want in your life.
Now Lance....I wasn't too sure about him at first. LOL The first time we meet him he comes off really creepy...like stalker creepy. But the more we get to know him and the more he opens up you can't help but fall a little in love with him. You know he is so in love with Danny but being an openly gay football player is just not doable. His only goal, his only plan in life is to play in the NFL and he can't do that and be himself, or the person that Danny needs him to be.
The story is told from Danny's POV only so that may be why I felt such a strong connection to him. I like funny, snarky people and Danny is definitely that, but there were many times I really wanted to know what was going on in Lance's mind and would have liked a dual perspective.
This is a well written, emotional story with engaging characters that will pull you in before you realize it. You will agonize and root for these two and experience all of the angst and drama along with them. This story will reaffirm that falling in love isn't easy and that sometimes Plan B is the better option.
It's hard to believe that I read my first book by this author only a few months ago and she has moved to the top of my must read list.
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RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by Dreamspinner Press. Many thanks.