Author: Wade Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page/Word Count: 294 Pages
At a Glance: I think this was a good follow up to the first book in the series.
Reviewed By: Karen
Blurb: What is a sexy soccer stud supposed to do when “following family tradition” falls 180 degrees opposite his closeted ideal?
From birth, Chris Jackson has been schooled on how to land a cheerleader. After all, his father married one, and his father’s father before him. Heck, even his older brother married a stereotypical cheerleader the summer before Chris went off to college. For two years, Chris dodges invasive questions about relationships by blaming his lack of female companionship on grueling practices and heavy course loads. But his lack of interest in girls should’ve given his family a clue. It isn’t until Chris mentions meeting a boy that his father’s synapses short-circuit.
Alonzo Martin is anything but a buxom blond. From his black hair, combat boots, and trench coat to his nail polish and guyliner, the mysterious introvert isn’t easily persuaded to date. Alonzo’s insecurities keep Chris at arm’s length, but Alonzo’s painful past might meet its match in the charismatic jock’s winning smile and sense of humor.
When opposites attract, only cheerleaders and gummy bears can help overcome fear and family tradition.
Review: I really enjoyed No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys, and Chris and Alonzo’s story. The patience that Chris showed, to first be friends and spend time with Alonzo, and to take things at his pace, was super sweet. Over and over Chris showed that he would be loyal, supportive and stand by Alonzo through anything, and that made me fall for him even more.
Now, I will say that there were a few times Chris really got on my nerves, and I kind of wanted to slap him upside his head—especially when dealing with Doug—but I tried to overlook it since I could see Chris was blinded by his first relationship. I guess I would have just liked to see the same loyalty and support he showed for Alonzo, shown a little more toward his best friend. The only other issue I had was with Chris’s dad. I mean, the cheerleaders…at one point it just got a little creepy for me.
Then we have Alonzo, who is introverted, scared, a little lost and a little broken. Due to things in his past, he has multiple issues, but it was great seeing how Chris slowly broke down those walls, helping Alonzo come out of his shell and be who he was meant to be.
I think No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys is a good follow-up to the first book in the series, and I enjoyed getting a glimpse at what’s been going on with Cole and Ellis. I missed a some of the snarky humor I loved so much in the first book, though this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, it was just different than what I had expected. But, I can’t wait to see what happens when we get Doug’s story.
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