Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell (Review)

34346381.jpgDIVERSE READ: Bisexual MC + Gay MC

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Romance, Sports, Contemporary, LGBTQIAP+

Summary: The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…

My thoughts: Illegal Contact was such a pleasant surprise, for me. I am not the biggest fan of novels centered around sports, so I was hesitant to pick up this novel, but my friends have hyped up this story so much that I had to see what it was all about. And, somehow along the way, Gavin and Noah’s story centering around love and life and football captured my heart and kept me reading until I finished this story in one sitting. It offered me everything I needed from a tension filled relationship to some heart felt moments and fantastic character development which made this one of my favorite reads of 2017.

There were so many elements to this novel that I adored. From Gavin’s aloofness to Noah’s nerdiness and need to please everyone around him, I adored both main characters equally. They are polar opposites and yet had this chemistry that flew off the pages and made me root for them at every moment. Noah is the Soft Boy who was so kind and yet snappy when he needs to be and works as hard as he can for those around him. And Gavin is the Brooding Boy who delivers all kinds of angst which I LOVED. They both had fantastic character development as well, especially Gavin who learns to open up his heart to others and isn’t afraid to speak his mind. This story was written so well and was just so engaging, and I absolutely loved every moment of this book, even the conversations centered around football and its pros and cons. While this novel was centered around sports and athletes having to be closeted in order to keep their jobs, it was a novel that was heavily relatable and lovely to read. It is definitely a New Adult novel to pick up because it had a fantastic story line, relationship, and character development.  

Book Info: Goodreads | Barnes and Noble | Amazon

* I received an E-ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *

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