Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Book Review: 'The Quarterback' by Mackenzie Blair

California author Mackenzie Blair not only writes books (THE QUARTERBACK appears to be her publishing debut), she also is an award-winning screenwriter. Making her home in Los Angeles Mackenzie has moved from her post university career in finance to her real passion for story telling. She enters the gay romance genre with a winner.

Mackenzie grew up in the deep South and that is one reason the atmospheric setting is so credible. She has a keen sense of the interactions among sportsmen and how lines can cross when it comes to sexual preferences.

Her synopsis outlines the plot well – ‘Matt Lancaster is the star quarterback at Bodine College, a small Southern Division II school with an ultra-conservative Dean of Athletics. Matt is also very much in the closet, and he thinks he’s kept his secret well hidden. Until his best friends take him to a happy endings massage parlor and request a male masseuse for him. In walks Trevor Kim, a gorgeous, pierced, tattooed fellow Bodine student who does massages—without happy endings—to pay for school after his family kicked him out for being gay. Trevor takes one look at Matt and breaks all his own rules about mixing business with pleasure. Matt needs to keep his scholarship, win the National Championship, and survive his father. Instead, he falls in love. Trevor needs to accept that the football god is meant to end up with him rather than a perky cheerleader. It’s time for a happy ever after for both of them.’

This is fine blend of male relationships in the college milieu – sports, outings, secrets, and love. Oh, and massage parlors…“You carry a lot of tension here,” Trevor murmured.’ A fine first novel for Mackenzie Blair. Grady Harp, October 17

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