Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: The Playmaker
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 188 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 18, 2016
Professional football player Hunter Davis is learning that saying he’s gay is very different from actively being in a relationship with another man—especially in the eyes of his teammates and fans. So when Hunter needs a personal assistant to keep him organized, he asks for a woman in order to prevent tongues from wagging.
Montgomery Willis badly needs to find work before he loses everything. There’s just one position at the agency where he applies, but the problem is, he’s not a woman. And he knows nothing about football. Still, Hunter gives him a chance, but only because Monty’s desperate.
Monty soon proves his worth by saving Hunter’s bacon on an important promotional shoot, and Hunter realizes he might have someone special working for him—in more ways than one. Monty’s feelings come to the surface during an outing in the park when Hunter decides to teach Monty a bit about the game, and pictures surface of them in some questionable positions. Hunter is reminded that knowing he’s gay and seeing evidence in the papers are two very different things for the other players, and he might have to choose between two loves: football and Monty.
Hunter Davis is an out and proud gay, professional football player who just happen to have not had a relationship since he hit the pro’s. His teammates and fans support him but as he’s never actually been seen in public with another man it’s not sure if they support the theory of him being gay or the reality of him being gay. When Hunter’s agent lays down the law and demands that he hires a personal assistant Hunter decides he needs a woman so there won’t be a hint of scandal.
Montgomery Willis is unemployed again. He’s discovered that it’s quite difficult to hold a job when either your boss or a work mate has decided your fair game because you’re very good-looking and nice! Monty happens to be at the agency when the call comes in for a personal assistant and he decides to put his hand up for it. Against Hunter’s best instincts he decides to give Monty a chance because he can see how desperate he is for the job. Monty soon proves he was worth taking a risk on by organizing Hunter within an inch of his life and making sure he’s on time for all his appointments.
Although Hunter and Monty are soon an inseparable pair, there isn’t anything sexual between them, not because of a lack of interest (there’s a lot of interest) on both sides but because Monty is determined not to do what he left his last job for, (sleep with his boss). The one black cloud, is Hunter’s father. Every Thursday like clockwork he turns up at Hunter’ house with his crony’s and they proceed to watch sport and eat Hunter out of house and home! When it’s time to leave, they leave the house looking like a pig sty. Because he’s Hunters father Hunter feels he must put up with his father’s behavior until Monty puts his foot down and makes Hunter realise that no, he doesn’t have to accept anything of the sort, what has to happen is that his father has to start respecting him instead of taking advantage of him.
There are a lot of emotional ups and downs in The Playmaker. You get to read about how Hunter’s upbringing stunted not only his emotional growth but his learning as well. Monty discovers by accident that Hunter went through years of schooling and came out the other end not being able to read. When Monty organizes for his sister, who is a teacher to give Hunter reading lessons, Hunter’s parents discover his secret and then all hell breaks loose!
Andrew has got another winner on his hands with The Playmaker. I can’t say anymore because I will invariably give away spoilers. I can’t recommend The Playmaker enough.
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