No Take Backs is the first book in Becca Seymour's Zone Defense Series.
From the blurb:
If you say those words, get caught glancing at his bulge, or share a heated kiss, it’s game over. The “no take backs” rule strikes, and there’s no way you can backtrack.
That’s the way it’s always been with me and Nate Griffin, my old best friend who thought he could change the rules.
It doesn’t matter that time and distance have pulled us apart. I’ve finally figured myself out and yanked my head out of my backside. Now, if only I can drag myself out of the closet and be the man I want to be for Nate…
But I’m a pro basketball player who has no desire to be a poster boy. Not only that, Nate and I don’t even live in the same country.
Nate, big-hearted guy he is, takes it all in his stride, and I can’t help but wonder if just maybe he’s too good for me. But hell if I can resist him.
It all boils down to: Do I want to take anything back when it comes to Nate Griffin?
Red's Book Reads Review:
Nate and Ryan are childhood best friends who get separated for college. Years later they reconnect and try to work through their issues to see whether they can be friends again - or maybe even something more
I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved Nate and how strong and dependable he was throughout the book. I am unsure on Ryan as to me he was quite selfish and a lot of the relationship felt one sided with Nate always giving and Ryan always getting his own way. On the whole though I did enjoy the book and Ryan started to redeem himself for me. I hope we get to see more of these two in subsequent books as well to see how their relationship evens out.
Rating: 4 Stars
Miki J.'s Review:
"I've got your back, Nate." Unable to resist, I shouted, "No take backs"
I absolutely enjoyed this book.....we have 2 childhood friends who love each other. One goes onto make a name for himself in basketball and the other stays home. I loved how we could see their relationship grow from childhood up with flashbacks, which explains a lot in the story and why those decisions were made. It's not convoluted or awkward - the story flows beautifully. It's all about 2nd chances and taking a leap of faith. The story is sweet, heart-wrenching, a little angsty and romantic and lovey-dovey.
Rating: 5 Stars
I had a hard time understanding Ryan as a character - how he simply abandoned his family in Australia, including his best friend Nate, and that impacted my ability to get into the book and enjoy it. Once he reconnected with Nate, I was able to enjoy the story more, but I probably would have DNF'd at 25% if I hadn't been reading it to review.
I always love the way that Becca Seymour writes her stories in the real world and you feel that throughout the book, because the story revolves around so much more than the two main characters.
I cautiously recommend this book if you're willing to start out frustrated and are willing to dig in to get to the good stuff.
Rating 3.5 Stars