Getting Off by JR Hart

"With you, I feel the connection and the closeness that makes it feel right."

Getting Off Blurb:

JJ is certain he’s got everything figured out. He’s straight, right? He’s just not into the hookup culture prevalent on his college soccer team. But he’s trying to hide that to avoid getting on his team captain’s bad side.

Kade is anything but straight. Out and proud, he’s curious about how the “other half” lives… even as his best friends remind him there’s more to the LGBTQ+ community than just the “G.” Curious, Kade texts JJ a simple question: do straight guys ever get off together?

When JJ’s reply leads to a head-spinning sexual spark, he starts questioning everything he knows about his sexuality, both in terms of who he’s attracted to, and also why hookups have never been his thing. But when JJ endures trauma that confuses him more, he starts pushing Kade away. Kade has to learn how to be a supportive friend, and more than that, a supportive partner, or risk losing JJ altogether. And JJ? He has to fight for his team to be team players, even when they suspect he’s “playing for the other team.”

Miki's Review:

Getting Off is quite simply, beautiful. 

Based in a university setting, we have 2 guys who connect through study group and a silly question…I mean, really?? bahahaha. But the focus is also on the perception of sexuality and working through that. It’s hard enough to get through university with study and sports and peer groups and everything else, let alone trying to work out who you are. 

I found Getting Off thought-provoking, with a realisation that there are a lot of different types of phobic behaviours, even with the LBGTQ+ communities. The author has written a beautiful story that will touch you…. All the emotions and feels and confusion… and the “yes” moments. 

Thank you, J.R. Hart.

Rating: 5 Stars

Amy_TBS' Review:

I just want to start this review by saying I feel so honoured to have been provided with an ARC copy of Getting Off. This felt incredibly personal,  a personal story of ones search of self discovery and acceptance. Whilst highlighting the prejudices, hardships and isolation from family, friends, staff/student population and within the LGBTQ community.

JJ has everything figured out, Soccer, friendships, School and he's straight, but is he really??
(Enter) Kade! Out and proud! But he's curious after a conversation with friends, how do the ""other half"" live?

Kade, has one question for JJ do straight guys ever get off together? What happens next changes both Kade's and JJ's lives. "

I went into Getting Off expecting a fun, light, familiar story of a Jocks Bi-awakening but this was so much more! It was very insightful/ enlightening story. It was very educational and raised very important issues the Bi, Pan, Ace and Aro community unfortunately have to face.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED JJ and Kade they were just the absolute sweetest! And the whole Spaghettigate situation was hilarious (poor JJ) it took him a while to figure what Kade was getting at.

I feel extremely reflective after reading this and will further be educating myself about the subjects within JJ and Kade's story.

Rating: 5 Stars

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

An educational opportunity!

𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙝𝙞𝙢 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣. 
𝙄 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙝𝙞𝙢 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣. 
𝙄 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩.

This excerpt perfectly describes the contents of the story. Along with the hate and animosity queer people are subjected to. The authors do an amazing job of educating readers to various forms of homosexuality, while also covering hardships endured by this community. 

The character development was on point, with an intensity of actions interlaced into the plot.  Discussions of hesitancy issues with coming out, along with the good and bad occurrences, was handled with the upmost care. And, capturing the mental changes college students undergo enhances the experience. 

JJ experiences confusion regarding his sexual orientation and discovers who is meant to be with the help of a friend, Kade. How he deals with problematic concerns, while struggling within himself, was harsh yet commendably handled. The knowledge and educational skills of the authors were an additional perk! 

Rating: 4 Stars

KJNRose's Review:

Absolutely wonderful book about truly finding yourself and who you should rely on.  

Grabbed me from beginning to end and couldn't put it down.

This book was a little different from what I normally read, but I am so excited that I did. If you have any triggers you definitely need to pay attention to the trigger warning, it's there for a reason. 

This story is a story of discovery and survival after trauma. I loved the dual POV letting us meet and get to know both MC's. The book is well written and has a great storyline and the author shows a real knowledge of how to get through some delicate topics with sensitivity.

Rating: 4 Stars
Honestly, I think these reviews speak for themselves, but you can get even more about Getting Off by visiting the Release Blitz, Excerpt and Giveaway post (for a $50 Ninestar Publishing GC)