REVIEWED by Caroline
TITLE: Any Given Sunday
SERIES: Southern Scrimmage Book 6
AUTHOR: Mercy Celeste
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 68,000 Words
RELEASE DATE: March 29, 2017
Mind the gap.
Any Given Sunday is the story that takes place in the gaps of Six Ways from Sunday.
Six Ways from Sunday was NEVER supposed to be part of a series.
Six Ways from Sunday was written in five days and was supposed to be a standalone short story.
As the Scrimmage series evolved and the story grew I realized that I needed to know Bo and Dylan’s whole backstory.
Any Given Sunday started out as Sunday Schooled. It retells Bo and Dylan’s story from the day they met until the ending of Six Ways from Sunday. Including the flashback scenes from Sidelined and certain aspects of Bootleg Diva from Bo’s POV.
Any Given Sunday explores the time gaps in Six Ways from Sunday, in greater detail.
Any Given Sunday is a companion to the Scrimmage Series and can be read in any order.
Any Given Sunday is an original story, the scenes from Six Ways from Sunday are not repeated in this companion edition.
Certain details and characters from this expanded story will return in Blindsided.
Readers sensitive to the perceived cheating in the original two books should avoid.
I think this is the second time in this series that I have said Mercy gives us the stories we didn’t even know we wanted or that were missing. The really bizarre thing here is that we know what happens in Bo and Dylan’s future. We know what happens in Levi’s future. Any Given Sunday is not about where any of these men’s journey’s end but about how they got there and what they endured to finally get their HEA.
Whenever you are invested in a series, as I have been in the Southern Scrimmage series since it began, it is always exciting when a new book is published. When it’s a book that comes before and not after the events you are already familiar with it can be a nervous prospect as you wait to see if the author’s story and your memory of events run smoothly alongside each other. Mercy has excelled in the detail in this one – lots of subtle hints at what was to come further on in the series – little clues and ‘aha’ moments that really help to gel everything together.
This starts out with Bo and Dylan still at school. Struggling with their feelings towards each other when they finally find the bravery to do something about it it’s a case of too little too late and they are separated by circumstances for the next six years. Those six years are formative for both men and we see how they grow, how new relationships affect them and how Levi becomes so important to Bo.
This is back story that answers a lot of questions and makes things clearer – particularly where Sidelined is concerned. I love this series, I love this author’s way with words and I cannot wait for the next one! Highly recommended.