Marc reviews ‘Playing The Field: Getting Wet’ by J.M. Snyder. The eBook was published on August 3rd, 2014 by JMS Books and is 48 pages long.
RGR received a free audio copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review.
Why I read this book:
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Rory Holt is the best swimmer on the team at State U. and he knows it. Swimming is his life, and if Rory hopes to attain his dreams of Olympic gold one day, he can’t let anything distract him. Every morning finds him practicing at the campus fitness center, and every afternoon he blows his teammates away with his speed and finesse in the water.
The new semester brings with it new tryouts, including the bright, up-and-coming Chase Cohen. Chase is sexy and sure of himself, both in and out of the pool, and seems determined to catch Rory’s eye.
Rory doesn’t want to share the podium with anyone else, and he doesn’t like hearing his coach say Chase might even be better than he is when he already knows he’s the best. Chase’s attentions are annoying at first, but the more he persists, the harder Rory finds it to ignore him. Soon Rory can’t deny the growing attraction he feels towards his new teammate.
But when that attraction costs him his top spot on the leaderboard, Rory is pissed. Is Chase after Rory’s position on the team, or Rory himself?
‘Playing the Field’ prepares potential readers for a sports themed story that has romantic elements. ‘Getting Wet’ revealed that it was about a water sport and as former swimmer in my school team, the subject matter really intrigued me. The title is very direkt and does a good job of telling what the book is about in few words.
The title was okay for me, but I was really drawn to the book by the beautiful cover. Again, as a former swimmer who still loves the water and a gay guy who loves eye candy, this artfully crafted cover pulled me in from the get go.
This is the Story of Rory Holt and Chase Cohen. Rory is the star of the State University team, but not really well-liked. His sole focus is his dream of Olympic Gold and he is swimming on a level that none of his team mates can beat. That is until Chase joins the team and gives him the competition he doesn’t really want – but may need to push himself even higher and reach his goals.
Chase is also sexy, talented and sympathetic. It was much easier to root for him than Rory. He is a great swimmer and the sport is importnt for him, but he does not sacrifice all other parts of his life on the altar of the Olympics and is not just interested in the sport, but also the star swimmer.
This is a short story, but it was a really good read. However, I was not really a fan of the main protagonist in the beginning. He seems utterly in love with himself and his ablity and very arrogant.
Interestingly, at some point I suddenly had to think of Glee’s Lea Michele (Rachel). SHe plays a character with such a strong focus on being the best singer that she comes across very similarily. It kind of made me see Rory in a different light. There must be an insane amount of focus, work and talent involved in pushing athletes to Olympic Heights.
To reach levels of athletic heights that are out of reach for most people, Rory would have to believe in himself, would need to limit distractions and focus all his energies on becoming the best. He does everything to make his dream come through and I appreciate that. I probably would not be able to do the same.
Someone who is deservedly confident in his abilities may come across as arrogant, so I had to consider that. I think Rory definitly has faults, but that makes him human and in the end I was impressed by his devotion to the sport.Still, I was glad that in the end he gave love a chance. It was not just hot, but I loved the hope for love and the way both boys fit together in the end. I think they would push each other to great heights and I did enjoy this short story a lot.
7.5/ 10 pots of gold (75% recommended) -compares to 3.75/5 or 4/5 stars rounded up.
A multi-published author of gay erotic/romantic fiction, J.M. Snyder began writing boyband slash before turning to self-publishing. She has worked with several different e-publishers, including Amber Allure Press, Aspen Mountain Press, eXcessica Publishing, and Torquere Press, and has short stories published in anthologies by Alyson Books, Aspen Mountain Press, Cleis Press, eXcessica Publishing, Lethe Press, and Ravenous Romance.
In 2010, Snyder created JMS Books LLC to promote and publish her own work as well as that of other authors she enjoys.
For more information, please visit http://www.jmsnyder.net