Monday, April 29, 2019

Crossing The Touchline by Jay Hogan - Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

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.

4 out of 5 stars
Crossing The Touchline is the second book in a m/m contemporary romance series. I don't know that it's truly necessary to read the books in order but it will give you an introduction to the one main character, Cam. 

This is the first book from this author that I've read and I really did enjoy it. Now I will preface that with, I'm also a huge sports girl, and this book is as much focused on the sports as it is on the romance. So if you're not a huge rugby or sports fan, this may not be your cup of tea. But I'd challenge you to give it a try because Cam and Reuben are pretty worth the read. Crossing The Touchline is also a book that's filled with lots of dialogue and a lot of time spent in characters head-space. Which I know those aren't always for every one but for this reader, it really worked. This book needed the dialogue and the inner dialogue because this is a deep read. 

There are a few heavy subjects touched on within this book. Reuben's hiding his sexuality yet wanting a relationship with Cam generates a lot of angst and conflict throughout the book. This also ties into Reuben's issues with his family, which include an extremely homophobic father, a brother drowning himself in alcohol, and a young nephew with extra needs. 

As I said above this book was a great read for me because I am a huge sports girl, and absolutely love the NZ All Blacks Rugby team. This was a book that I really didn't want to put down but it's also one that you occasionally have to put down because it's not a fast, breezy read. These are deeper subjects and lots of feelings and emotions that have to be dealt with by the characters. Reuben showed a huge amount of character growth throughout the book, both in his personal life and his sports career. He learned to realize what and who were most important in his life and make that his priorities but still worked with his current lifestyle. The pacing is a bit slow but there is a lot to cover in this story, but it's well worth it. 

I completely recommend Crossing The Touchline for anyone looking for a good coming out story with a good amount of angst but a huge amount of character interaction and personal growth. 

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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