(Dublin Rugby Romance #4)
Genre: MM Romance, Sports
My Rating: 5
Publication: February 21st 2018
Read: February 13th 2018 (ARC)
Series: Dublin Rugby: Trying Sophie; Ruck Me; SCRUMptious; Break Down
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?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 Stars to Break Down (Dublin Rugby #4) by Rebecca Norrine.
Wow this book was sexy! I have become a fan of MM romance over the last couple of years and while I don’t read every one I come across, I do read quite a lot of MM books. That said, Break Down was one of my favorites ever. I won’t lie, this genre is sexy and hot. But while there were those same aspects of hotness in this book, there was also something different. An aspect I don’t often read with male protagonists in the MM genre. While both Liam and Lachlin were male dominants in every way, there was a sensitivity between them I don’t always come across. Don’t misunderstand me, there were plenty of rugged, sexy moments. That said, I found their relationship to be romantic as well. It was a slightly different addition to what I commonly read and I loved it.
Both Lachlin and Liam have past issues that have shaped their current circumstances. While Lachlin does not hide his sexuality, Liam is securely in the closet. Being a professional rugby player has him understandably hiding. Also, Liam has very little experience in this area. For years he denied to himself his attraction to men because he is also attracted to women. But when Liam meets Lachlin, he realizes he has been lying to himself. As a result he is scared and does not know how to proceed.
Lachlin cares about Liam enough that he is willing to be patient while Liam confronts his feelings. But eventually, Lachlin will not be the dirty little secret. There are a lot of ups and downs in their relationship. The chemistry is there from the first moment they meet, however the growth of a relationship between them is slow and rocky. I won’t give away details. Although this is nothing we haven’t read before, it was still a heartwarming story. I loved every moment Liam and Lachlin spent together. In and out of the bedroom. I felt their concerns, their fears and their love for each other in every word.
This book was amazing. Since this is the first time I have read this author, I was not aware this was a series. I was introduced to secondary characters who previously had their own books. I would like to read those as well.
This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂
Originally from California, she lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband. When not writing, Rebecca is watching her favorite rugby team, drinking craft beer, or traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next story.
For more information, please visit http://www.rebeccanorinne.com.