Looking Back: On January & February

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The last few months while I was away on my hiatus were some pretty tough times. So when 2017 rolled around and I decided to make a comeback to blogging, as well as some huge decisions. So this time around, I’d decided to combine both months in one post – I didn’t wanna miss recapping the post I did in January.

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Book Review: The Locker Room by Amy Lane

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I had read this a while back, and had written a review on it in Goodreads, but I decided since I was traveling for the month of December I will add a little more posts to my scheduled queue 😀

It’s Christmas eve…so I’m gonna just wish y’all MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I’m not sure anyone would be reading this on a day like this, but one has gotta have manners 🙂xmas-dividerSo, anyways I decided to put my two cents on a goodie I had read before I started this blog 😀 Let’s start off with a short summary…

Synopsis from Goodreads
Xander Karcek has only wanted two things in his life: Christian Edwards and basketball—the man he loves and the game that let him escape a childhood he’d rather forget. His two obsessions have served him well. He and Chris beat the odds and stayed together through high school, college, and right on to the NBA.

But life under fame’s microscope isn’t easy, especially when two men are pretending to be frat-buddies so the world doesn’t know they’re the next best thing to married. Their relationship survives the sacrifices they make and the lies they tell to stay together, but when their secret is exposed, the fallout might destroy them when nothing else could.

Chris and basketball are the two things holding Xander together. Now the world is asking Xander to make a choice. Is there an option that includes a future with the man he loves?xmas-dividerFirstly, please allow me to rant a little about the cover…I really dislike it! It in no way expresses the book. In fact it looks tacky. I have no problem with two attractive guys on a cover…but THIS is just NO! The background and the models its just does not work, trying too hard there! The typography, *sigh* I don’t wanna continue bashing this, but I think its clear I don’t love this cover.

On the other hand…

Nothing less than 5 stars for this book. Props to Amy Lane who managed to keep me hooked to a style of writing I normally dislike and would usually complain about; to her amazing characters which made me just wanna hug them and comfort them throughout story. I blazed through this…it brought me out from my reading slump at the time (although I’m presently plagued by another), brought tears, smiles and long drawn out “awwwww”s.

A beautiful story, from innocence of childhood to the harsh reality of adulthood. Growing up for these boys definitely wasn’t easy, but they kept at it…kept at each other. Lane had  managed to make some of the angsty-est moments less melodramatic and at some point even detached, rather told in a ‘matter of fact manner’. I felt some of the more personal moments that were “told” rather than “shown” made Xander’s voice,(the main narrator, in third person, came off detached and cold. It was exactly this format that allow me a glimpse of how Xander  processes his feelings and thoughts.

I can understand how the narration would bother some because I know normally it would bother me. As I’ve mentioned earlier, there was something about Amy Lane’s writing which kept me reading, which did not annoy me to a style of writing that would normally bother me. The way she crafted Xander’s voice just kept me going.

I was in love with Xander and Christian. I love them as they are, while they were growing up and I just loved them as a couple! I wanted to hug these two boys and protect them from all that was hurting them and keeping them apart. They were really two people who belonged to one another and worked incredibly hard to be with each other. You couldn’t help but root for them.

The ending did slightly disappoint…I won’t spoil it for you, but just know I was a little disappointed by it, the book was moving so well and just I expected a little more closure I guess. Although, I won’t be taking out any stars for that due to all the goodness which had been delivered from the beginning.

Would I recommend this? YES YES YES…omg infinite YES! I’ve probably rambled on and on above about why…but yes! It was a wonderful read for me.

How about you? Have you read the book? If you had what did you think about it?  Once again…MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! xmas-dividerThe banner for this was designed with the idea of how Xander and Christian met, at a public basketball court. The original photo was taken by Aaron Burden from StockSnap.io.