Author: Santino Hassell
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Page Length: 230 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.
Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.
At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…
Down by Contact is book number two in The Barons series and I absolutely LOVED this. This is so much fun and is a fantastic snippy enemies-to-lovers story. Simeon and Adrián do not get along. At all. They’ve taken to press interviews and social media to attack each other and both of their PR managers have had it.
Simeon and Adrián are forced to work together with children as part of their six game suspension, and reading all of their scenes together is a delight. The background between their disdain for one another is that Simeon used to be on Adrián’s team, the Predators. Well, he wasn’t really being utilized on the team and the brutal culture at the Predators was toxic. Simeon’s only closest friend, or the closest thing to a friend, was Adrián. When Simeon leapt at the chance to sign and play for the Barons? Well, that only sparked the beginning of a long, drawn-out rivalry.