Wendy reviews Go Deep (True Bliss, #1) by Sam Elswit. Self published December 22, 2016, 76 pages.
This is the first book in the True Bliss series. However, it can be read by itself (stand-alone).
Michael Dwyer has it all. He’s good-looking, tall, popular, and is one of the best football players his small Minnesota hometown has ever seen. He’s being courted by the NFL draft out of college. Michael also has a deep, dark secret that could endanger his life and career: he’s gay. And the man of his dreams turns out to be his teammate and rival quarterback, Terrence Richmond. Will Michael survive his bid to become an NFL star and get out of his hometown, or will the pros discover his secret and tear him apart?
We were given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: This weeks theme is New To Me Author, this is a new author that I just happened to stumble upon and when I was given the opportunity to read Go Deep I jumped on the chance. Perfect timing!
This is the first book in this series, but can be read as a stand-alone.
I really enjoyed these characters. This is a trope and a real life situation that always breaks my heart a little bit. Michael has to hide who he is because of the career path that he’s chosen. I will never understand the prejudice and bigotry that happens in the sports world. It doesn’t make sense anywhere, but it seems to be especially harsh in this setting. I guess that in my head, since it is predominately a male world, that it should be common place and accepted *sighs*.
The lengths that Michael goes to in order to keep his secret was written so well and I could totally believe his character. I also love the little signs that he and Terrance give each other, to show their attraction, yet are both afraid to act upon. Some of those signs show exactly how attracted they are to one another, even if they don’t mean for them to. I was so happy for him to be able to experience a city like SF, after being brought up in a small town and having to hide in his everyday life. The only thing that I had any trouble with at all in this book was that he didn’t seem to be as careful as his circumstances called for when he was out and about in the city. I would have thought that he would have protected his identity more.
Terrance was a great character too, yet harder for me to like. I felt like he (having more experience, both as a gay man and a Pro football quarterback), would have been a bit more understanding of how Michael was just learning to navigate his way through all the in’s and outs of being gay and having to hide a relationship in the sports world. He was very abrupt a couple of times to Michael and poor Michael didn’t understand why. However, he really comes through when it matters and the chemistry between these two men was electric! I love steamy sex scenes and Sam Elswit can really write a great one ;).
This author wanted to give us readers this book, I spoke with him and he told me that he just wanted to give something back to the readers. Go grab this book, it’s free forever and then go get the rest of the series once it’s ready! I enjoyed this book very much and am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
I gave this book 8 Pots Of Gold. The equivalent to 4/5 stars
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Sam was born and raised in Peterborough, ON, where he still resides with his chubby cat Ruby, Sam has had a special fascination about reading and writing since he was a child. He is devoted to creating contemporary M/M romances that are sexy and emotionally satisfying. He loves to explore both the dark forbidden and the sensitive sides of his characters while taking his readers on a rollercoaster adventure. Sam is excited to share with the reader the amazing stories in contemporary and mystery.
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