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Review ~ Match Point by Leigh Carman


Title: Match Point
Series: Sports of the Seasons #1
Author: Leigh Carman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Genre: M/M Sports Romance
Word Count/Pages: 56,189 words/200 pages

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Two stubborn men.

One is a rude jerk. The other, the life of the party.

It was hate at first sight.

Pro beach volleyball players Finn Callahan and Dexter Savage have been rivals since college. While Finn always comes out on top on the court, Dexter’s carefree and fun-loving personality earns him scores of adoring men and women. And as much as Finn fights to deny it, there’s another reason for the tension he feels when Dex is around. Hate wasn’t the only thing he felt when he first laid eyes on his opponent.

When they’re forced to team up, the two men must bury their differences—on and off the court—if either of them is going to succeed professionally.

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Two firsts rolled into one. Leigh Carman is a new author for me and this is also my first beach volleyball story. I haven’t read many sports-themed stories, but this one was gripping. The sports scenes didn’t dominate the story and were written in an exciting way, often highlighting the tension between the two MCs.

Leigh’s engaging writing style kept me glued to the pages from beginning to end. It made a refreshing change to read a present tense narrative, and yes, some scenes jump ahead in time, but I liked that.  I also thought the alternate POVs gave us insight into the thoughts, backgrounds, and motivations of Finn and Dex, which help make us aware of their situations and feelings. I liked both of these great characters and their enemies-to-lovers romance. Their hatred stemmed from being rivals at college and on the pro-circuit, and we gradually get to find out the reasons why as the story unfolds.

I felt like I was actually watching a volleyball game at times with all the going back and forth of emotions and changes of heart between these two. And yet, their love-hate relationship oozed sexual chemistry from the start and this all added to the UST. And when you think they’re finally getting somewhere at last. Gah! How you want them to bash their heads together and tell them to just get together and sort things out once and for all. They both come across as hot headed drama queens who have a tendency to storm off when they get angry or jealous rather than talking through their problems. There are plenty of intense scenes between them and when they finally get down to making out, it’s super hot!  Once they are together, they are perfect for each other. I loved their dialogue throughout, even when they were at each other’s throats. It came across as real and vivid.

I must say that whenever Finn’s ex was mentioned I was in tears.  Tris was a lovely guy and they were great together. My heart went out to Finn, especially as he had to keep his feelings to himself and couldn’t share his grief with anyone, not even his family. I liked that Finn’s attraction to Dex developed slowly as he came to terms with his loss of Tris. The transition didn’t feel morbid or unfaithful to the memory of his ex and the scene at the graveside had me weeping. So moving.

For me, I didn’t find Dex’s reasons for not realizing he was gay, and then for not coming out to be entirely plausible, and the continued animosity between the guys seemed a little far-fetched at times. Yet despite these few issues, I adored this story, the writing, and the passion-filled characters. If a book grips me like this one did, I overlook minor points and still award it 5*.

Overall, a wonderful enemies-to-lovers story involving two men who wished to remain in the closet at the start, but eventually bring out the best in each other. Highly recommended.







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Leigh Carman is the M/M writing alter-ego of Heather C. Leigh.

Heather C. Leigh is the author of the Amazon best selling Famous series. She likes to write about the ‘dark’ side of fame. The part that the public doesn’t get to see, how difficult it is to live in a fishbowl and how that affects relationships.

Heather was born and raised in New England and currently lives outside Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 kids, and French Bulldog, Shelby.

She loves the Red Sox, the Patriots, and anything chocolate (but not white chocolate, everyone knows it’s not real chocolate so it doesn’t count) and has left explicit instructions in her will to have her ashes snuck into Fenway Park and sneakily sprinkled all over while her family enjoys beer, hot dogs, and a wicked good time.



I had a wonderful week of walking, reading and writing in the Peak District.

I survived without an internet connection in the cottage and read quite a few books on my Kindle.



I read Scrap Metal by Harper Fox while I was away and can highly recommend it.


Is there room for love in a heart full of secrets?

One year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he’s hip deep in sheep, mud and collies. His late brother and mother had been well suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much.

As lambing season progresses in the teeth of an icy north wind, the last straw is the intruder Nichol catches in the barn. He says his name is Cam, and he’s on the run from a Glasgow gang. Something about the young man’s tired resignation touches Nichol deeply, and instead of giving him the business end of a shotgun, he offers Cam a blanket and a place to stay.

Somehow, Cam quickly charms his way through Nichol’s defenses and into his heart. Even his grandfather takes to the cheeky city boy, whose hard work and good head for figures help set the farm back on its feet.

As the cold Scottish springtime melts into summer, Nichol finds himself falling in love. When tragedy strikes, Cam’s resolutely held secret is finally revealed and Nichol must face the truth. He’s given his heart away, and it’s time to pay the price.

Warning: Contains explicit M/M sex and the disruption of a quiet Scottish town by a fistfight and some tight designer jeans.


Two amazing books written by AJ Rose.

Power Exchange


From the moment Detective Gavin DeGrassi steps into the world of BDSM to solve the brutal slaying of Dom George Kaiser, his course is not his own. Mesmerized by the context in which the victim lived and the images seared into his soul, Gavin has to find a way to navigate these unknown waters. With his personal life in upheaval due to a marital split, and his professional life uncertain with the assignment of a new partner, Gavin needs all the help he can get understanding the case.

Enter Ben Haverson, a psychologist and a well known Dom. With Ben’s help as a consultant on the case and attention to Gavin himself, Gavin delves deeper than he ever thought he would into the world of restraints and paddles. Forced to take a closer look at himself, his true nature, and his innermost desires, Gavin has a choice: keep the fear of submitting at bay, or dive in and solve the case with the knowledge he gains? When another victim is discovered, Gavin’s choice is made for him, and he’s pulled headlong into the deepest, most emotional journey of his life.

Unfortunately for him and Ben, a killer has noticed, has taken stock, and has set his sights on the D/s pair. Can Gavin outwit him, or will his first exchange of power be his last?



Everywhere Detective Gavin DeGrassi looks he’s reminded of his attack by the Breath Play Killer. It’s in the house he lives in with his partner and Dom, Ben Haverson. It’s in the sympathetic yet pitying looks he receives from his fellow detectives when he returns to the force after a year-long hiatus. It’s in the suffocating coddling of his entire family, and the relentless reporter demanding an exclusive of his ordeal.

Most of all, it’s in his lack of submission to Ben, who isn’t convinced Gavin’s recovered enough to trust the power exchange between them.

The miraculous recovery of two teen boys from a twisted kidnapper gives him heart, and Gavin’s determined to prove he can handle anything despite increasing strain between him and Ben, painful nightmares, and panic when anyone touches him.

But his next case is too close for comfort: a friend and colleague found raped and murdered in a fate chillingly similar to what could have been his own, and this killer isn’t stopping with one cop. As the body count rises and taunting souvenirs are being hand-delivered to Gavin, he faces a frustrating lack of leads, a crushing need to prove himself, and a sinking suspicion the imprisoned kidnapper’s reach is further than originally thought. A miasma of uncertainty and fear threaten to suffocate him when he asks a question with which he’s overwhelmingly familiar: what happens when a victim is pushed too far?

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