Saturday, April 27, 2019

REVIEW & BLOG TOUR - Crossing the Touchline (Auckland Med #2) by Jay Hogan

Buy Links: Amazon USAmazon UK

Cover Design: Kanaxa

Length: 119,000 words approx.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press


An Auckland Med. Story

What if you’ve worked your whole life for a dream, to play rugby for the most successful sports team on the planet, the New Zealand All Blacks?

What if that dream is so close you can smell it?

What if you meet someone?

What if you fall in love?

What if your dream will cost the man who’s stolen your heart?

And what if the dream changes?

Reuben Taylor has a choice to make.

Cameron Wano is that choice.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Damn! Jay Hogan's Crossing the Touchline gave me all the feels. Addressing one of my favorite topics, the author focuses on the life of a closeted athlete.

Reuben's been closeted, not just because he's an athlete, but also to protect his nephew. But the effeminate Cam is too much to resist. Oh, how I love Cam, with his lace, eyeliner, and his flamboyant mannerisms. But, it's Reuben's nickname of Sugar for Cam that had me swooning. 

I adore Reuben for everything he does for his nephew. His family situation is heart-breaking, and he's an amazing man for stepping up to care for his nephew the way he does. 

Reuben and Cam complete one another and are just perfect together.
The sex is hot. The lace is hot. Their story if full of pain, hurt, sacrifice, and love. It's about trust and love. 

The author excels in exploring the effects of being closeted. It harms the closeted person tremendously, as they're stuck always living a lie, denying their truth. As for the one they love who can't be acknowledged publicity, it's both painful and sad. Being a dirty little secret is harmful and exhausting.

Reuben's reasons for being closeted are completely understandable. Yes, he fears the reaction of his rugby team, as well as the fans. But his homophobic father is manipulative, taking the decision out of Reuben's hands.

I love this book from the start. It has great writing, but an even better storyline, along with well developed characters. It's long and detailed, so be prepared to spend some time on this gem. 

If you love athletes falling in love, be sure to check out Crossing the Touchline. And if you like effeminate men, you'll love this one. Jay Hogan perfectly combines some important issues with a swoon worthy romance.

Jay Hogan is a New Zealand author writing in m/m romance, romantic suspense and fantasy. She has travelled extensively and has lived in quite a few countries. She has a BA degree in Nursing and in Theology, and in another life, she was an Intensive Care Nurse, Counselor, and a Lecturer. 

She is a cat aficionado especially of Maine Coons, and an avid dog lover (but don’t tell the cat). She loves to cook- pretty damn good, loves to sing - pretty damn average, and as for loving full-time writing -absolutely… depending of course on the day, the word count, the deadline, how obliging her characters are, the ambient temperature in the Western Sahara, whether Jupiter is rising, the size of the ozone hole over New Zealand and how much coffee she’s had.

She has complex boys telling stories in her head that demand attention and a considerable number of words to go with them. Their journeys are never straightforward and even surprise Jay. She does her best to plot things out ahead of time but those pesky characters seem to have a mind of their own. Go figure.

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