Games We Play by Jerry Cole

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Full Length Bonus Novella “Worth the Wait” also included!

Alex Loren has always known what he wants and he’s not afraid to get it. Things are going great for him. He’s training for qualifiers and might even go to the Olympics. Lucky for him, he’s been handpicked by one of the best trainers in the United States to join a team of prestigious swimmers, some of whom are guaranteed to be representing the country in the most important sports event in the world. Not just that, but his best friend from high school, Brooks Zhang, is also there. Being in Detroit is already a dream come true for Alex and he knows that things can only get better.

Brooks Zhang isn’t quite as ambitious as his best friend, but being in Detroit and training for qualifiers is also a dream come true for him. He doesn’t expect to get as far as the Olympics, and if he does, by some miracle, he doesn’t expect to be a medalist at all. One thing both Brooks and Alex agree on is that they are glad to have each other.

Until things start getting complicated. Alex soon realizes that what he thought were congenial feelings toward his childhood best friend may be more than that. Which would be fine, except that Brooks is straight and he’s not going to be interested in Alex in that way. Alex has to decide what matters most to him: his friendship with Brooks or his feelings for him. While Alex tries to make a decision, Brooks has to deal with his own changing feelings toward his best friend.
And as strong as their bond is, they might not be able to survive scheming teammates, a coach who seems to have ulterior motives, and getting through to qualifiers. At least not together.

Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Novel, approx. 70,000+ words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger”.

BONUS NOVELLA “Worth The Wait”

Aiden has spent most of his life in love. Jack was the first and only man ever to steal his heart. Too bad he’ll never be his. Growing up together and keeping silent was hard enough, but when Aiden learns his best friend is moving away for good to join the army, he’s never felt more heartbroken. Their friendship ends with a whimper, and Aiden never even got to tell Jack, the All-American boy who everyone loves, exactly how he felt about him.

After years of radio silence, Aiden falls into a downward spiral of one-night-stands. The only cure for his depression is the arms of a stranger and the embrace of drunkenness. To the world, Aiden has it all together. He’s a divorce lawyer living in Boston, making more than enough money, but inside he never has managed to recover from losing Jack.

Years pass and he’s nearly forgotten what it’s like to feel much of anything. The only thing keeping him going is his dog, Fiona. Jack is moving through his life like a zombie, unable to form a healthy relationship that lasts for more than a few hours.

His routine becomes painfully predictable. Wake up, go to work, get a new true crime novel and go the café, where he spends most of his free time. The woman who works there pities him and does her best to take care of him, but he keeps even her at arm’s length.

It seems as though nothing ever is going to change. Until Aiden walks into the café and finds a novel at his table. Inside is a note from a stranger.
‘I thought you might like this book. Tell me what you think.’

That single note sparks a whirlwind journey that forces Aiden to face his fears and tear down every wall he’d built between himself and the world.

MY REVIEW: Good again, as expected from this author. Somewhat predictable but not boringly or tediously so. Just enough that the surprises don’t kill your poor heart rate. Sweet and cute.
I read a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of this book & am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review.

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