Series: Dublin Rugby #4
Published by Self Published on February 21, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, M/M Romance
He knows his place on the pitch, but in life, it's a whole other game.
All his life, Liam Donnelly looked and wondered. Could he? Would he? And then, finally, he did. But when he sampled a taste of that forbidden fruit, his whole world came crashing down, his position with Dublin Rugby right along with it. When the chance to ply his trade in Edinburgh comes along, Liam jumps at the offer, knowing it could be his best opportunity to start fresh and get back to the man he once was. But one look at Chef Lachlan MacLeod-his knowing, whisky-colored eyes, the abrasive scruff dotting his jaw, and the colorful ink lining his forearms-and Liam's wondering all over again. Can he? Will he? His heart says no, but his body says yes. Too bad love is never that simple.
He's conquered his own demons; can he help another man do the same?
Out and proud Chef Lachlan MacLeod has no problem with who he is, except he has a history of hooking up with bi-curious straight men. He's vowed never to go down that path again, but when Liam Donnelly shows up in his restaurant, his eyes filled with heat and secret longing, Lachlan can't help himself. He knows the closeted rugby player is a terrible idea, but the man calls to him in a way no one ever has before. What started as a safe way for Liam to explore his sexuality quickly morphs into something much deeper, and now Lachlan wants more. But can his heart reconcile what his head already knows-that loving the gorgeous, broken athlete might actually mean letting him go?
This was not only a beautiful love story but a journey of hope, struggle and the long road to self acceptance. This is book 4 in the Dublin Rugby series and can be read as standalone.
After giving into temptation, of the manlovin’ variety 😊, rugby player Liam Donnelly ends up being betrayed and blackmailed. All he can do is watch helplessly as his life starts falling apart. In the aftermath, Liam is uncertain of his future and when given the chance to play in Edinburgh he jumps at the opportunity. He vows to keep his head down and focus on what’s most important to him…rugby. That means hiding part of who he is. But that was BEFORE he meets the charming and hot chef Lachlan MacLeod!
Lachlan is an amazing character. He’s kind, supportive and incredibly patient with Liam. Lachlan understands that Liam is scared and that it’ll take time for him to reconcile who he is and who he wants to be. To further complicate things Liam is under a lot of scrutiny and pressure from both his team and public opinion. But Lachlan is determined and in a way serves as Liam’s rock.
These two were made for each other and the attraction was palpable. The story progresses smoothly and I felt for both of them. Liam’s struggle to accept who he is and come to terms with his love for Lachlan was moving. But hands down Lachlan, in my opinion, carried the story. I found Liam’s character could be overly abrasive at times which bugged me a bit. That’s the only reason I didn’t give full stars. But it all worked out and they ended up being a perfect match.
Overall, this was a fabulous story about two complex characters coming to terms with their feelings and being brave enough to grab onto their HEA even in the face of both internal and external adversity.
I received an eARC from the publisher via Inkslinger PR in exchange for my unbiased and voluntary review.
What reviewers are saying…
I absolutely adored Liam and Lachlan’s journey. It was sweet, smexy, frustrating and real and I savored each step forward and back that these men took in order to find their HEA. – Books-n-Wine
What do you get when you take a hot rugby star who is sexually confused and add in a sexy, chef who knows what he wants? An excellent read! – Que Sara Sera Book Blog
From start to finished i devoured this read and couldn’t put it down till i had. I was drawn in and captivated with Liam and Lachlan’s story. – Millsy Loves Books
Break Down was everything and more; all of Rebecca Norinne’s words are so beautifully and tastefully written you will not be disappointed with this book. –Scandalous Book Blog
Wow this book! I am having a hard time putting into words how I feel. I absolutely loved this book. This is one of the best M/M romances I have read in a while. –Laid Back Book Bitches
Holy amazing story Batman! This is the first story by this author that I have read. I’m a automatic one clicker for her now. WOW. – The Heathers Blog
This M/M read, is beautifully written. The characters being both sexy & rough, yet emotional & vulnerable. – Dani’s Book Review Blog
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