Blindsided (LSU #1) by Becca Steele

Some jerk hits your car and he turns out to be your new housemate, life is not being kind. Anger turns to lust turns to love for college students. 

"He'd shown up in my life and completely blindsided me, and everything had changed." 

From the Blindsided blurb:

My first year at university started with a bang…literally.
I crashed into someone’s car. Even worse? It turns out that the person I blindsided is my new housemate, Liam, second-year student and football player.

It’s hate at first sight…until it isn’t.
But even if he doesn’t hate me anymore, it doesn’t change the fact that he’s straight.
At least, I thought he was.

One night, one kiss, and everything I thought I knew turns upside down.
They say actions speak louder than words.
And his actions tell me that he wants me.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

Becca Steele writing an enemies to lovers, bi awakening MM romance? I am freaking here for it. After having read and absolutely LOVING Savage Rivals last year, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. By the way, the audio for SR is also fantastic in case you were wondering. Blindsided wasn't as angsty and hardcore enemies to lovers as the previously mentioned book, but it still had all that UST and steamy goodness.

A chance meeting where Noah and Liam end up in a fender bender definitely starts the two off on the wrong foot. It doesn't help that they later find out they happen to be dormed in the same suite and spend their days sniping at one another. Both Liam and Noah are strong willed MCs and neither wants to back down. We all know what happens when all the tension bottles over. The result is some hot AF hooking up. Problem is, while Noah is out and proud, Liam has never even found himself attracted to a man before. He's actually quite the man whore with the women if I'm being honest.

Most of the angst in the book stems from Liam's uncertainty about his sexuality and how others will take it if he starts a real relationship with Noah. I liked how Noah didn't play the doormat. He told Liam he'd have to think about whether hiding was something he could do and it turned out, it wasn't. Kudos to him for knowing what he's worth. However, this doesn't stop Noah and Liam from slipping up a time or two and jumping back into each others arms.

One thing I love about Steele's books I've read are the epilogues. They are set in the distant future and show our MCs still blissfully happy all those years later. It really cements the HEA and leaves me with a sense of satisfaction when I finish reading. I also really enjoyed seeing cameos of Levi and Asher. I miss those two. I'm glad this book is the start of a series because this is me sending out my begging into the universe for Elliott and Ander. Elliott was such a sweet friend to Noah throughout the book and I just really need him to get his HEA.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

SNik's Review:

First in series (LSU). Enemies/housemates to lovers. Dual POV. 

Starting off with a bang up meeting, Noah and Liam are immediately at odds and being housemates their interactions continue the anger and ability to snipe at each other. 

However, attraction overrides sense between the two college students, and Liam realizes he is attracted to a man for the first time in his life. 

Most of the angst comes from Liam not being able to accept his feelings for Noah, while Noah tries to distance himself but keeps getting pulled back in. The push and pull of trying not to be together but acting on their lust feels realistic for college aged characters, and Noah gets my respect for actually standing up for himself in not wanting a secret relationship. 

Good background for Noah and Liam, fun secondary cast, cameos, steam and relatable emotions about fighting against feelings for someone and having to break things off and the pain that comes with that. 

Blindsided is an enjoyable start to a new series.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Janet's Review:

Fantastic. Liam and Noah literally crash into each other, and things just go downhill from there Noah. Noah is put into a football house, and he’s had bad history with football players. Noah ends up in Liam’s house. 

Liam and Noah were seriously fun to read. There was so mush push-pull between them. Noah and Liam are pure fire, hot and steamy. 

Blindsided made me laugh and cry so much, so may emotions flooded me. I wanted to smack Liam so many times! His jealously was off the charts at times. 

Blindsided is an enemy to lovers, college, sports romance that with hook you and not let go. This one hit all my buttons!! Overall, a fun and fantastic read that is really well written. The pacing hooked me! 

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

Blindsided is an emotional roller coaster with a slow burn to high heat to huge burn style enemies to lovers romance with a strong bi-awakening and internalized homophobia.  

I love the bubble that Noah and Liam appear to create for themselves - the looks, the reactions and the steamy build, fighting their attraction to each other.  I also appreciate that Liam isn't all sunshine and happiness when he begins to unravel his bisexuality - his struggle definitely adds depth and suspense to the story.    Blindsided has serious helpings of angst, self-doubt, introspection and it's all set in a place where that is meant to happen - a college campus and more specifically a shared house on campus!

I loved the pacing of this book, the depth of the characters, the strength of their chemistry and the epilogue that takes us years into the future to see their HEA in action!

Rating: 5 Stars

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

An intense enemies-to-lovers read filled with so much animosity and tension! I began to feel sorry for Noah and his circumstances, but he grew from them and became a better person. Liam struggled so much with his sexuality throughout most of the book, but the author kept the reader engaged. 

“𝕀 𝕨𝕒𝕟𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦, 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕀 𝕔𝕒𝕟’𝕥 𝕥𝕖𝕝𝕝 𝕒𝕟𝕪𝕠𝕟𝕖.”

Their chemistry was definitely swoon worthy!!  The constant back and forth did become a little painful and unbearable at times, but she brought them back around again stronger than before. Their intense connection kept them coming back, never capable of leaving the other. 

This was an enjoyable first experience with this author, appreciating her word building and character development. As great as the storyline was, there was just something missing for me, will definitely start reading more though. 

Rating: 4 Stars

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