Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Can college roommates go from friends to lovers?
Kyle: I’m confident that with hard work, my position as point guard can carry me from rural Indiana to the NBA. I also know I’m attracted to guys, but admitting it might disappoint my father, who is all I have in this world. I have big dreams, so I’ll stay in the closet. As long as my life remains scandal-free, I have a shot.
Micah: My large family can’t spare the money to help with my education, but that won’t stop me from studying medicine. I needed to get out of the house I was sharing with my ex before I went insane. Luckily, I heard about a guy looking for a roommate. Living with a straight jock won’t be easy, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.
Review: I’m a fan of this author and the the closet athlete trope. I was happy this one wasn’t too angsty for me as some of the NA books can be. It also helps that the jock isn’t your typical type seen in these stories. He’s doesn’t objectify women or even pretend to be interested to keep up appearances. For me it was kind of refreshing. I also enjoyed that it wasn’t a drunken accident they get together. This is also a friends to lovers story. It started with a kiss. Poor Kyle has been so firmly in the closet he hasn’t even kissed a guy! Reading from Kyle’s POV about how often he just wants to reach out and kiss Micah really built up the tension between the two for me.
Rim Shot is the sweet and sexy journey of Kyle and Micah. Kyle is the jock. His entire focus is basketball and getting to the NBA. He’s very dedicated to living a healthy life. Kyle doesn’t do any of the typical college guy stuff partying and looking to get laid. It’s both he doesn’t want to and he’s afraid he’ll out himself. He trains, practices and keeps his eye on the endgame. Kyle knows he’s gay but he also knows the success rate of out athletes and it’s not great. His father is just as determined to see Kyle be drafted by the NBA. His mother died when he was younger so his dad is all he has. Kyle worries about how his dad would react if he knew. He doesn’t make many friends. His best friend leaves the team to get married and have a baby. Then Micah walks into Kyle’s door.
Micah wants to be a doctor. He loads up on classes and works two jobs. Him being too busy is the excuse his ex uses to dump him for another guy. Micah isn’t ready to start something with a new guy but Kyle is crazy tempting with all his muscles and the nice guy thing. Micah thinks he’s straight at first but Kyle’s attraction to Micah can’t stay hidden long. They promise each other it’s just hooking up but of course it’s so much more.
I really liked the couple in this book. They’re both really nice guys. Nobody crushes anyone. I can see how some people may miss that type of angst and pain in these types of stories but I personally liked it. Micah and Kyle are there for each other at different times. To me this felt like a true best friends to lovers story. There is a good amount of time spent building the relationship and setting up the attraction to the point I felt totally invested in their story. In this book there’s no big public reveal of the college basketball star coming out. Through love Kyle learns that there’s more to life than basketball. With Micah he finds happiness and support of his whole self. If you enjoy closeted jocks and friends to lover stories I’d recommend checking this one out.