Fourth and Long

Michele M. Rakes
Fourth and Long
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Release Date
March 2015
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Irus Beaumont, cornerback for the Highlanders, has an issue with his nemesis: wideout for the Pirates, Jackson McCoy. Partly jealous over Jackson's skill and ability to scrub coverage, Irus also struggles against an unbearable attraction to the receiver. Firmly ensconced in the closet, Irus has a no football player rule, leaving his desires for Jackson unfulfilled. Anti-gay sentiment in the league keeps Irus closeted, even though he'd rather be out and proud.

When Jackson McCoy suffers a gay bashing at the hands of his team mates after winning the national championship, he finds himself traded to the Highlanders. Spring training brings out Jackson's competitive nature, eliciting the aggression of his new team's cornerback, Irus Beaumont.

In practice, Irus hurts Jackson badly. The injury places Jackson on the reserve roster. Jacks has plenty of time to contemplate his life, career, and his attraction to the sexy cornerback. Off to Orlando for the best rehab where guilt inspires Irus to call him every evening, Jackson can't stop thinking about Irus, or what the season holds for his team.

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
May 27, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
202 people found the following review helpful
Who knew a football romance between two men could be so incredibly hot? In FOURTH AND LONG, author Michele Rakes makes a touchdown with the rivalry between Irus Beaumont and Jackson McCoy.

While I am not a football fan, the author provided detailed game information that even I could understand and appreciate. The fact that this is a m/m story taking place in the midst of a seemingly masculine sport is only one of the many draws.

Both Irus and Jackson are highly complex characters. While one is open about his sexuality, the other is not. When Jackson gets traded to Irus' team, the heat level boils over.

From start to finish, the story focuses on love without boundaries. There's even an aunt who used to be an uncle. With a sizzling amount of explicit detail to round out the story, this was definitely a spicy read.

The extra plot twists are deeply emotional as the author weaves in a secret from the past that resurfaces. Of all the m/m erotica I have read, this ranks among the best.
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