Legend (Pride F.C. Book 1) by Willow Thomas, Isla Olsen

A grumpy/sunshine sports romance about a long standing footballer known as a Legend of the Pride FC falls for the newbie, young and out, player on the team. 

From the blurb:


Legend of the Game. That’s me, apparently. I suppose it’s meant to be a compliment, but to me it just sounds like one of those labels people slap on you when you’re on your way out.

Legend. Stalwart. Dinosaur. It all sounds the same to me.

I’ve been in the Premier League for over twenty years and I’m not ready to leave. I’m definitely not about to let myself get pushed out by a flashy upstart like Archie Milligan.

The kid is way too shiny, way too bouncy…and way too attractive. And if I have to spend any more time training one-on-one with him, I’m going to go insane.


Playing for Croydon Pride has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. The circumstances that led to me switching clubs weren’t ideal, but I’ve always been a bright side kind of guy, so I plan to make the most of it.

There’s just one problem. Tom Whitford—AKA the not-so-secret object of all my youthful fantasies, and my current training partner—is a total arsehole.

He thinks we’re rivals, but all I want is to be mates. Okay, maybe that’s not all I want, but it’s what I’ll take…after all, what are the odds the legendary player I’ve been swooning over for years is not only secretly attracted to men, but to me in particular?

Legend is book one of the Pride F.C. series. Expect soccer (ahem, football!), shenanigans, sexytimes, British humour, British slang, British spelling, and men falling hopelessly in love.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

Grumpy /sunshine is a fav of mine so that totally did it for me. Tom was definitely a grump. To everyone. I think it's even mentioned once he was even a total prick to a teammates MOTHER! That conversation actually had me laughing out loud. I've read Isla Olsen many times and I could totally pick out her wry humour in this. I haven't read Willow, but I felt the book read easy so their writing meshed really well. I'll have to go back and check out their backlist. The little one liner zingers always kill me and up my enjoyment of books. Who doesn't like sassy banter?

"I get it, you're closeted....Say hi to Mr. Tumnus for me."

Archie was definitely the sunshine. He was an awkward word-vomit type MC which is a total weakness of mine. And apparently Tom's. I honestly believe he kind of wore poor Tom down with all his brightness. It was actually cute the way Tom would be with him when they decided to make a go of things. He could be incredibly sweet to his young boyfriend.

"God you really are a prick."

"I thought I was beautiful."

"A beautiful prick."

The Pride FC players were a huge highlight in this book. They are all totally bonkers. I loved them all, especially how supportive they were in regards to their teammates sexualities. They may not have known exactly the way to support them like a normal person, but they did it with their own enthusiastic spin and it definitely came from a good place. Viz was one of my favorites and I might be wrong but I thought I caught some sparks between him and the twinky Davey. The ending of this one was a tad abrupt. I mean we get a HFN ending for sure, but I felt like I wanted a bit more closure at the end I guess you could say? Or maybe I just wanted more of Tom and Archie in general. Excited for the next one.

Rating: 4 Stars

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