Erryn reviews ‘Right as Raine’ (Aster Valley Book 1) by Lucy Lennox. The ebook was published February 2, 2021, 278 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Michael Dean. It was released on February 2, 2021 and is 8hrs and 45mins long.
Why I read this book: I’m a huge Lucy Lennox/Michael Dean fan.
The first book in an exciting new series by Lucy Lennox!
Right as Raine features a rookie NFL player and his unexpectedly adorable live-in chef. The only problem? That chef happens to be the coach’s son. And that’s a personal foul.
There’s something about Lucy Lennox books that I really like. I suspected I’d enjoy this new series, and I’m now a fan. For an author to leave a successful established series to start something new can be nerve-wracking. Will fans follow? Will they love the new characters as much as the old? I think the answer to those questions is yes, if the reviews are any indication.
This new story centers around Tiller Raine. He’s an NFL football star with an ability to forget to eat properly. If it doesn’t involve playing, it’s not important. His coach has other views on this and when Tiller gets sick yet again, coach sends him to his son, Mikey. Mikey knows nutrition. Having grown up with a pile of older athlete brothers, he understands the needs of athlete bodies. He also has dreams of sharing his recipes with the world. Those dreams get put on hold when Tiller needs help.
From that point, the story jumps forward five years. Tiller has a Super Bowl ring, and Mikey has spent five years entrenching himself in his boss’ life. He isn’t just the chef. He’s the assistant, the organizer, the confidante. He’s heard about out and proud Tiller hooking up with various men while on the road. All the while Mikey’s kept his own feelings closeted. He’s afraid to lose Tiller, so he doesn’t say anything.
Then Tiller’s injured and Mikey quickly realizes nothing short of getting the man out of town will get him to rest. So he books them a lodge in Aster Valley where no one will know who Tiller is. They can just kick back and relax. Because of course Mikey’s going, right? To cook, to monitor, to mother. To make sure Tiller rests up and gets back in fighting shape.
Except this is the first time the men are truly alone. No friends dropping by. No football buddies hanging around. No coach fathers to run interference. Tiller finally sees the real Mikey, and Mikey finally finds the courage to be his authentic self.
So they get together, but the happily ever after isn’t guaranteed. The team might miss the playoffs, and when Mikey’s father gets wind of their relationship, there’s going to be hell to pay, right? Because it’s one thing to have a gay player who doesn’t flaunt his relationships. It’s another thing entirely to have a gay player openly dating the coach’s son. Involve some pressure tactics and suddenly their perfect life isn’t looking so perfect. The magic they shared in Aster Valley feels like a hundred years ago.
Mikey knows he needs to move on – and he knows just the place to do it. But will he have the man he loves by his side or is he destined to walk the path alone?
This book had all the feels I expect of a Lucy Lennox book. Just the right amount of angst. I had the moment of ‘of course they’re going to wind up together but how the hell are they going to make it work?’ I can’t wait for the next few books.
I was introduced to Michael Dean through Lucy’s books and he’s always the perfect choice and he delivered another great performance. Off to read the next one…
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Lucy Lennox is finally putting good use to that English Lit degree earned way back in the 1900s.
She enjoys naps, pizza, and procrastinating. She has some snarky kids and is married to someone who is better at math than romance but who makes her laugh every single day and is the best dancer in the history of ever.
She stays up way too late each night reading M/M romance because that stuff is hot.