Book Reviews

Rebound by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Athletes/Coaches / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-February-2019

Book Blurb

Professional basketball player Bri Early needs a physical therapist after an injury, and he’s heard that Obie is the best. Bri takes an immediate liking to the out-and-proud man with the magic touch, and even though Bri isn’t openly gay himself, he’d never let anything stand in the way of something he wants.

 

Obie can’t deny that the sexy athlete presses all his buttons, but he’s a professional and has no intention of getting involved with a client. While they’re working together, it’s hands off, no matter how great the temptation.

 

But being a pro athlete isn’t easy. Bri has enemies, and one of them is making his life hell. When his house is set ablaze, Bri can no longer pretend the threatening messages he’s receiving are jokes. He needs a safe place to stay, and Obie can’t turn his back. But the two of them in the same house is a recipe for combustion that could burn them both….

 

Book Review

‘Rebound’ is full of emotion, suspense, and a slow-burn romance that had me crossing my fingers for both men to realize the great potential between them. Bri is a professional athlete who falls for his therapist, has a creepy stalker after him, and is conflicted about coming out. Obie is a great therapist who is out and proud, great at his job, and super tempted to give in to his feelings for Bri. I enjoyed the dynamics between the two of them and their friends – two of whom, Monty and Hunter, I remember from ‘The Playmaker’ – because it makes for a great ambience. Both men’s families added to that as well because, for once, they were very supportive and I really liked seeing that. All in all, this turned out to be an intense read with lots of emotion around Obie and Bri’s developing romance and quite some suspense around the mysterious stalker and his evil intentions.

Bri is a basketball player with a lot of passion, and while he makes a lot of money now, he hasn’t lost sight of others, be they his fans or people he meets when going out for a meal. He does have a temper – but most of that is rooted in his need to be in perfect playing condition for his team – and when his injured knee that just won’t heal keeps him from doing that, he gets grumpy. Bri’s point of view gives a good perspective of a professional athlete’s public and personal life with all the pressure and stress that goes with such a career.

Obie is a very dedicated physical therapist, he understands his clients’ need for privacy, and he is utterly professional. He is lucky enough to be able to work from home, makes no secret about being gay despite having experienced the gay bashing of a close friend, and likes to go out and have fun in his spare time. The more he gets to know Bri the more he likes him – but nothing can come of it, as far as he is concerned, while Bri is his patient.

It takes a serious attack on Bri’s safety for the two men to become closer than before – and moving in with Obie just proves too tempting. But they have more than their growing feelings for each other to deal with because Bri’s mysterious stalker is a real danger to both of them. On top of Bri having to deal with whether to come out and when, this made for an explosive mix. All I could do was hang on and hope for the best…

If you like sweet romances that come under threat from a nasty stalker, if you think two successful professionals deserve some private happiness, and if you’re looking for a powerful read with lots of threats that are balanced by some very happy moments, then you will probably like this novel.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 194 pages/68159 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-February-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/rebound-by-andrew-grey-10185-b