Wednesday 7 June 2023

🏳️‍🌈 The Star (Charleston Condors #1) 🏳️‍🌈 Beth Bolden 🏳️‍🌈


 Expected publication June 7, 2023

Tight end Landry Banks knows the score when he signs with the Charleston Condors in a rebuilding year.

New owner. New coach. New players. New rules.

But one rule hasn’t Don’t hook up with your best friend’s little brother.

Rookie quarterback Riley Flynn knows what it takes to make it in the NFL. He’s in Charleston to prove himself—to the world and to his teammates, but mostly to his older brother, who’s never believed he could be a star.

The last thing he expects is for his brother’s best friend Landry to welcome him with open arms and an offer to become roommates.

Riley’s always believed Landry was straight—but the way Landry keeps checking him out leaves him suddenly unsure. And Landry’s hot looks certainly don’t help squash the crush he’s always had on his brother’s best friend.

Revisiting his teenage crush isn't part of the plan. But as he and Landry fall into a rhythm of thrilling plays on the field and sizzling tension off it, there's no denying their connection.

Riley isn’t willing to trade becoming the next big NFL superstar for love. But with a man like Landry Banks waiting to catch anything he throws at him, maybe he can have both.


Copy received from Neon Rainbow Reviews for an honest review

In my head, I have renamed The Star "Landry's Gaywakening".

I know nothing about NFL other than it is some kind of sports ball, but that did not affect my enjoyment of The Star.

After reading a couple of very emotional reads, this was the kind of light read I needed.

Riley and Landry are just lovely. The out and proud guy, lusting for years over his brother's straight best friend - gah, love it.

Straight best friend realising he is not so straight after all? Heck yeah!

Now, I haven't read any of Ms Bolden's previous works, so I am sure I am missing some nuances about brothers and other players and dramas, but I had enough information to a) keep me interested in this book and b) make me keen to go back and read her back catalogue.

I will say that I was quite annoyed with Riley's brother/Landry's bestie for most of the book, he drove me batty with the way he was, but he did come better by the end.

I am looking forward to more of the Charleston Condors series, and want to see where our lovelies from The Star end up.