June 12, 2017
Nixon Cross isn’t wired to share his life with anyone. He’d considered a relationship once, but after the one man patient enough to put up with all his quirks shut him down, he committed all of his energy to football and helping his players. Now, one of his players need more help than Nixon can provide and his former flame is the one man who will know what to do.
Retired NAFL player Lincoln Sims had no choice but to stay in the closet; he was a professional athlete at a time when it was impossible to be honest about his sexuality. After retiring, he confessed his secret to his wife and son because he was tired of living a lie. Now, he’s ready to live his life. Nixon Cross is the man he left behind but could never forget.
Can these men find a way to recover from their false start years earlier?
I’m loving this new series, Wilmington Breakers, by one of my favorite authors, Sloan Johnson. I especially loved False Start for two reasons. It’s a friends to lovers romance with a little second chance in there, and they are over forty. Thank the Lord! We met Nixon and Lincoln in the first book and I just knew there was a good story to be told! Nixon is cranky, set it his ways and very good at his job. He’s committed to the team and doesn’t have a life outside of work. Lincoln is a retired player who shocked his wife and son by coming out of the closet. Nixon and Lincoln were best friends a long time ago. Nixon thought once Lincoln confessed his sexuality they might get a chance to be more than friends. But, that didn’t happen and their friendship was never the same. Nixon needs a favor and Lincoln would do anything for him. Maybe this is his chance to right that wrong and finally have the life he wants. The man he wants. Can Nixon and Lincoln make it work this time around? Can they let the past go and trust their feelings and have a future? I loved this story! There’s so much more than just a romance and football. There are real issues and tough situations to overcome. I think they are one of my favorite Sloan couples. They are mature, have lived and know what they want. They might be stubborn and leery about taking the step, but that’s what makes it worth it. Again, I loved that they are in the forties. I need to have more older men in my romances, please people!
“Besides, I intend to spend hours exploring your body tonight and I think we’re both too old for necking in the living room.”
“Speak for yourself old man.”
When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.
Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?
Now, Sloan is a tattooed, purple haired mom of two kids, one of which was a thank you present to her husband for letting her get a Staffordshire Terrier with more anxiety issues than Sloan has, which is saying something. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself in a good book and forget that she has somewhere to be.