A big welcome to Jay Hogan as part of her review tour with Signal Boost Promotions for Crossing The Touchline from Dreamspinner Press.
I’m probably one of the few Kiwis who doesn’t follow the All Blacks, yet I got caught up in Reuben’s dream of wanting to be one. This story kept me up late for a couple of nights as I was determined to finish it, as it sucked me in on page one, and even now as I write my review a few days later, I’m still thinking about Reuben and Cam, and their story. Crossing The Touchline is one of my favourite reads for this year, and not just because it’s set in New Zealand.
Despite loving the setting, and my delight in recognising so many Kiwi references, it was the characters who drew me to their story, and kept me reading. I felt for Reuben, his love for Cam, and his fear of losing not only his chance at the All Blacks, but to be a part of his nephew’s life. A frequent thought I had throughout reading this book was what an arsehole his father is. On the flip side, Cam’s family is great, and I particularly loved his mother. She’s a force to be reckoned with, and sensible and wise with it.
Angst aside, Reuben and Cam’s romance is very sweet. I love the way they’re both obviously smitten when they first meet, and I thought the author captured the emotion behind that very well. Cam is wonderful. I love how he comes across as so very sure of himself, yet still very much doubts he will get his man and their happy ending, but refuses to keep their relationship a secret forever. I enjoyed reading about their growing friendship, and loved the song lyric text contest. The way Cam connects with Cody says a lot about him as a person, and I loved the way Reuben accepts everything about who Cam is too.
This story is very much about family, with Reuben’s being dysfunctional and contrasting Cam’s, and also the family they make along the way. I loved the banter between Cam and his brother Mathew, and also with his cousin Jake. I loved the way the All Blacks were portrayed in this story too. It made me proud to be a Kiwi.
The way the story comes to a head had me on the edge of my seat, and I thought it showed both Cam and Reuben’s strengths. The ending made me very happy. I was left feeling ‘wow’ and that I need a hardcopy of this book as it’s one I will be reading again.
I’d highly recommend Crossing the Touchline to readers who enjoy sports romance—and also to those who don’t—and love characters who stay with you long after you’ve finished reading. 5 out of 5 stars.
Cover Design: Kanaxa
Length: 119,000 words approx.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
An Auckland Med. Story
What if you’ve worked your whole life for a dream, to play rugby for the most successful sports team on the planet, the New Zealand All Blacks?
What if that dream is so close you can smell it?
What if you meet someone?
What if you fall in love?
What if your dream will cost the man who’s stolen your heart?
And what if the dream changes?
Reuben Taylor has a choice to make.
Cameron Wano is that choice.
Jay Hogan is a New Zealand author writing in m/m romance, romantic suspense and fantasy. She has travelled extensively and has lived in quite a few countries. She has a BA degree in Nursing and in Theology, and in another life, she was an Intensive Care Nurse, Counselor, and a Lecturer.
She is a cat aficionado especially of Maine Coons, and an avid dog lover (but don’t tell the cat). She loves to cook- pretty damn good, loves to sing – pretty damn average, and as for loving full-time writing -absolutely… depending of course on the day, the word count, the deadline, how obliging her characters are, the ambient temperature in the Western Sahara, whether Jupiter is rising, the size of the ozone hole over New Zealand and how much coffee she’s had.
She has complex boys telling stories in her head that demand attention and a considerable number of words to go with them. Their journeys are never straightforward and even surprise Jay. She does her best to plot things out ahead of time but those pesky characters seem to have a mind of their own. Go figure.
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