Irus Beaumont is a cornerback for the Highlanders and is obsessed with the wide out for the Pirates, Jackson McCoy. Irus is both jealous over Jackson’s skills and his attraction to the man. However, Irus has one rule, no dating any football players. Jackson is traded to the Highlanders after a gay bashing at the hands of his fellow teammates. However, things not mesh well when they are put together, and Jackson ends up hurt. This ends up bringing Irus and Jackson together.
The beginning of the story leaves you interested in knowing more. By the end of the first chapter, I could not wait to finish the book. The author did a good job of bringing the reader in to her world. She did a great job of making her world realistic. The pace of the story was a bit slow at some points and fast is others. The main characters and the secondary characters were motivating and realistic. I loved that neither Irus nor Jackson was perfect and each had faults that they had to deal with making them realistic.
The point of view alternated between Irus and Jackson, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat story lines. The main conflict of the story is the relationship between Irus and Jackson and how they deal with the molestation scandal of Jackson’s coaches. The conflicts keep the story moving forward leaving you wanting to know more. The dialogue between the characters was frank and unique. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. This book kept you on your toes all the way through to see how it would end. I hope we see more of these characters in the future.
Forth and Long is a follow up to Saving Kane by Michele Rakes. This book can be read as a standalone but to fully understand the plot lines and characters consider reading Saving Kane first.
Irus Beaumont, cornerback for the Highlanders, has an issue with his nemesis: wideout for the Pirates, Jackson McCoy. Partly jealous over Jackson’s skill and ability to scrub coverage, Irus also struggles against an unbearable attraction to the receiver. Firmly ensconced in the closet, Irus has a no football player rule, leaving his desires for Jackson unfulfilled. Anti-gay sentiment in the league keeps Irus closeted, even though he’d rather be out and proud.
When Jackson McCoy suffers a gay bashing at the hands of his team mates after winning the national championship, he finds himself traded to the Highlanders. Spring training brings out Jackson’s competitive nature, eliciting the aggression of his new team’s cornerback, Irus Beaumont.
In practice, Irus hurts Jackson badly. The injury places Jackson on the reserve roster. Jacks has plenty of time to contemplate his life, career, and his attraction to the sexy cornerback. Off to Orlando for the best rehab where guilt inspires Irus to call him every evening, Jackson can’t stop thinking about Irus, or what the season holds for his team.
Previous book: Saving Kane