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POWER PLAYS & STRAIGHT A’s by Eden Finley & Saxon James
Release Date: June 29, 2020
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Genre: M/M College Sports Romance
“Look out for Zach and don’t hit on him.”
My brother’s request sounds easy enough. Keep an eye out for his best friend on campus and keep my hands to myself.
Even if Zach is a quintessential nerd, who I’ve always thought was cute, I don’t have the time to think with my … stick.
There’s only one stick I should be focused on this year, and that’s my hockey stick. My goal once I graduate is to get an NHL contract.
The last thing I need is a distraction. On or off the ice.
Only, keeping to the rules is harder than I thought it would be.
People confuse me.
And no one more than Foster Grant.
I’ve barely spoken two words to him in the whole time I’ve known him, but the second I step foot on campus, he’s impossible to shake.
I can never anticipate his next move. And whenever we’re together, my next move is a total mystery as well.
I want to give in to him, but that might mean coming clean about something I’ve never been bothered about before.
I’m still carrying my V-card.
And I think it’s time to turn it in.
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He stands at his door, blinking at me as if he’s forgotten how to talk.
I lean in. “I think the word you’re looking for is hi.”
“Umm … hi.”
“Yay, good start.” I run my gaze over him again, and the shirt thing clicks. “Did my brother dress you?”
His eyes widen. “No! Umm, maybe.”
Seth appears behind him.
I bow to my brother. “Well played. Nothing is a better cockblocker than knowing my date is wearing my twin’s clothes.”
“I can’t wait for you to meet some girl. There is going to be payback. I don’t know how yet, but there will be.”
Zach looks down at his shirt. “Should I change?”
“Nope.” I grab his hand. “Hope you know how to sew, brother, because that shirt’s coming back buttonless.”
“Okay, okay, you win. He can keep the damn shirt. Now it’s his. Just don’t hurt it.”
I’ll defile it instead.
I interlace my fingers with Zach’s as I lead him across campus to Greek row.
“Where are we going?”
“W-what? Is that your idea of romance?”
“Nope. It’s my idea of college.” I stop walking and tug on his hand. “College experience you need to have number sixteen: frat party.” I smile wide.
“Seth took me to a few parties.”
“Frat parties? How long did you stay?”
He stares up at me defiantly. “I’ll have you know, I lasted two drinks at one of them.”
“Whoa. I take it all back. You’re a party animal, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up. Have you sought counselling for your partying addiction?”
Zach shoves me with a laugh. “Shut up.”
I love playful Zach.
“Are you forgetting the whole”—he points to himself—“doesn’t do well in groups thing?”
I pull him along again. “Yes, we’re going to a party, and yes, there will be lots of people there, but you’re forgetting the most important part.”
“Awkward conversations and small talk with people I don’t know?”
“Funny, but no. I will be right beside you the whole time, and we’ll get to stand there and analyze everyone.”
It’s Zach’s turn to stop walking. “H-how do you know I do that?”
“I’ve seen you do it. You look at everyday interactions like they’re fascinating. You do it in class, and you were doing it that day in the dining hall.” I shrug. “It’s your thing.”
He still looks unsure.
“If you ever become uncomfortable, we can leave. I promise.”
“And …” I wrap my arms around him and pull him against me. “You’re also forgetting a major frat party rite of passage.”
“Nailed it.” I move closer. “Actually, I was thinking about the tradition of hooking up in an upstairs bedroom or bathroom.”
Zach’s cheeks flame red. “I-I’m not … I’m not having sex in someone else’s house.”
I fake shock. “Your mind is so dirty. I’m talking about making out.”
He looks like he doesn’t believe me.
“No sex in someone else’s house,” I say seriously.
We start walking again. We’re almost there now, and I can’t resist teasing him a little more.
“Is a blowjob considered sex?”
He almost trips over his feet.
Luckily, I catch him.
Tonight is going to be so much fun.
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Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.
She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.
With a short attention span that rivals her son’s, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF.
She’s also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don’t make sense to anyone else.
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Saxon James unapologetically writes happy endings for LGBT+ characters.
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