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?

 

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Kara's Review

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.”

 

Sandra's Review

False Start is the second book in the Wilmington Breakers series but it can be read as a standalone. If you read Down by Contact then you have met Nixon and Lincoln. I knew they had some kind of past but I had no idea how deep it truly went.
Nixon and Lincoln met each other when Linc played in the NAFL while Nixon was the team strength and conditioning coach. They became the best of friends during that time and even after they both left the Birmingham Bengals. But, a few years ago their friendship changed. Now, they only speak on holidays and birthdays. That was until Nixon needed to ask Lincoln a favor. Of course Lincoln would say yes. He would always be there for Nixon even if the man had been avoiding him over the last three years. This one favor could be the push they needed to talk about what happened or didn’t happen between them in the past.
Nixon and Lincoln are both in their mid-forties now. They once felt something between them but it wasn’t their time. Lincoln want ready even after retiring and getting a divorce. He had his reasons but Nix was hurt and couldn’t handle it. Couldn’t just go back to be best friends with the one man he wanted to have a real relationship with so he avoided. Now, that they are in the same room, does that mean they are in the same place? Nixon is a private person. Used to being on his own. Is he ready to let people know his personal business? He never hid his sexuality but he didn’t shout it to the world either. And even though Lincoln’s ex and son knew he is gay, was he ready for everyone else to know? Even if they didn’t care who knew they were gay, did they want to finish what they started years before?
I loved this story! These men are strong, sexy, and beautiful. I also loved that they are in their forties. They are older, wiser, and know what they want. Maybe. Sometimes. It’s complicated. Nix is afraid Linc will leave again. Linc is scared that Nix will avoid again. They live in different states. Lincoln has his son to think about. They have their obstacles but what they have is worth it. They both just need to believe that this time around is going to work. Can they get their shit together before it all falls apart?
Overall…it’s a second chance at a first time. I felt invested in this couple. I cheered for them. I thought it was awesome that they brought out each other’s other sides. It was more emotional then I thought it would be and I loved that. So yes, I cried. I also laughed and felt hot all over. I can’t wait for the next book. Oh man…I have a feeling its going to be even better. And that’s says a lot.
Quotes:
“You should know, no matter how busy life gets, I’ve always had time for you.”
“Do you think I’m looking for someone to march in parades with me?”
“I love the way you fall apart for me,” Linc whispered.

Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s body. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

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.

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