Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Down by Contact
SERIES: The Barons #2
AUTHOR: Santino Hassell
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 220 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 16th, 2018
Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact.
Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.
Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.
At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…
I don’t even know how this is possible but I think I liked this one better than the first book and I friggin loved Illegal Contact. There was something about Simeon and Adrian on page that just sucked me in so completely. Their connection was intense, passionate, and aggressive and I could feel when the feelings started to stir in both of them and I loved experiencing the progression of feelings as a reader.
Simeon is like the perfect mix of sensitive, masculine, self assured, honest, and loyal. I really enjoyed his character in Illegal Contact but absolutely fell in love with him in this book. The way he is with his friends and teammates, how caring and patient he is with the kids, and how he doesn’t take Adrian’s crap and sees through his façade…what an amazing character. Absolutely adore Simeon!
Adrian doesn’t know why he resents Simeon so much. All he knows is that he does but when his resent boils over it sets into motion weeks and weeks of contact between both men.
Even the training camp for kids they are forced to volunteer at doesn’t curb the animosity but what starts to happen is the attraction starts building to uncontrollable levels leaving both men in impossible positions.
To say Simeon and Adrian are hot together is an understatement of epic proportions. These two burn up the pages and it just adds to their connection. I love the way Santino Hassell wrote these two characters. I can’t say enough good things about this book. I’d also say this could be read as a standalone as it gives you enough of book 1 to where won’t feel like you are missing anything. But book 1 is phenomenal too so…don’t skip it.
Amazing story…fabulous writing…absolutely recommend.