Erryn reviews ‘Extra Time (The District Line Book 4)’ by C.F. White. The ebook was published December 29, 20120 and was 172 pages.The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Piers Ryman, released February 13, 2021 and is 5 hrs and 22 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m loving this series and I want to see how it ends.
When it’s time, it’s time.
Jay Ruttman and Sebastian Saunders are back.
Used to the press, used to the public interest, and used to being just the two of them, they’ve forged a life juggling their high-profile careers with their low-key relationship. And it’s working. Mostly.
There’s only two things left hanging that could elevate their contentment to perfection—marriage and a child.
Six years since bridge-gate, and Jay’s spectacular proposal on the Millennium Bridge, the bill has now passed for legal same-sex marriage. It looks like they might be able to finally tie the knot, and the pitter patter of tiny feet isn’t as far flung an idea as it might have first seemed.
Until Jay has his first call up to play for the national team and must, once again, decide what’s more important – family or football.
This is an add-on novella to wrap up The District Line series.
I have a huge crush on Sebastian and Jay. Back from when they first ran into each other through to their happily ever after, I’ve rooted for them, I’ve occasionally wanted to slap some sense into them, and I’ve fallen in love with them. From virtual unknowns to one of the best footballers in the UK and a famous rock star, they’ve stayed true to their roots and to each other.
So what happens when it all comes crashing down?
Jay has the opportunity of a lifetime. Play for the national team. One small problem – he plays in a game where being gay isn’t just frowned up, it doesn’t happen. He and Sebastian are out as a couple and that’s okay in the UK, but there are countries where being a homosexual is illegal. Where Jay won’t be welcome. But all he’s ever wanted is to play in the big leagues. And Sebastian understands. To a point. He also wants his happily ever after and when gay marriage becomes legal, he figures it’s time to make it official. The tattoos on the ring fingers are nice, but he wants the piece of paper that goes with the real thing.
On top of that, things are moving forward in their personal lives. They have always had the dream of starting a family and when it looks like that’s going to happen, things get even crazier.
So the question is – can they achieve their dreams and stay true to who they are? Can they keep the eye on the prize and the focus on the happiness they share?
Well, this is a romance so you probably know the answer. But I was still on the edge of my seat a few times. I wanted them to have everything but wasn’t sure they could. It was a big ask.
I’ll round off by talking about the narrator Piers Ryman. He’s done a brilliant job with this series and I look forward to more books narrated by him. As well as more books from Ms. White. I admit I’m going to miss Sebastian and Jay. Like I said, I’ve fallen in love with them. I’ll also say it takes talent to hold my interest for not just one book, but four – all with the same couple. So well done. Definitely a great ending to a lovely series.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
Brought up in the relatively small town in Hertfordshire, I managed to do what most other residents of the town try and fail. Leave.
Going off to study at a West London University, I realised there was a whole city out there just waiting to be discovered, so much like Dick Whittington before, I never made it back home and still endlessly searches for the streets paved with gold; slowly coming to the realisation that it is mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of stare at them endlessly whilst holding a polystyrene foam cup of watered down coffee.
Eventually I moved from West to East along that vast District Line, and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles, and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job, creating a life, a home, a family.
Having worked in Higher Education for the most proportion of my adult life, a life-altering experience brought pen back to paper, having written stories as a child but never having the confidence to show them to the world. Now embarking on this writing malarkey, I cannot stop. So strap in, it’s a bumpy ride from here on in.