Backup Plans by Lou Kelly

"To fight for your life off the field as hard as your fight on the field." Backup Plans.

From the blurb:

Kieran McKinney moved from being a third-string anonymous backup to being a starting quarterback for a brand new NFL franchise. It ought to be a dream-come-true, but with a mentally ill mother, a
scheming political snake of a grandfather, a team that sees him as a poor substitution for the first-round draft pick they should have had, and fans that hate him, Kieran is ready to buckle under the stress.

Travis Harris is a small-town sheriff in rural Alabama who has been hiding his sexual identity from his conservative family for years. On the surface, he seems like the perfect catch. A smoking hot southern man who married his high school sweetheart and took up a job in law enforcement. But when his wife passed away, he was finally able to admit that while she’d been his best friend, she hadn’t been the lover he truly wanted. Now it’s been seven years since Rachel died and he still can’t reveal his true feelings to his football loving family.

When fate throws Kieran and Travis together, there doesn’t seem to be a chance in hell that they can make things work. Can two deeply closeted men overcome the obstacles their different world’s present? Or will they both resort to backup plans?

Backup Plans is an MM sports romance with a sexy Southern sheriff, an age gap romance, and hurt/comfort themes. This book can be read as a standalone novel, although there will be a sequel out in November. There is NO cliffhanger, no cheating, and one very steamy Thanksgiving.

Miki J's Review:

Wowsers! This one will certainly take you through an emotional wringer. We have 2 guys who are dealing with their own personal demons. When they meet, there is a spark... but Travis, oh Travis...  he does get a second chance and we're swept along with the new romance. (One is a famous football player and the other, the local sheriff)  

I couldn't put the book down. There's plenty of angst, awkwardness, stoic moments, and bittersweet moments. They both have issues that come out, but they finally have someone in their corner that helps them. Along with the romance and spice.... and then those endearing moments - they really got to me.  But it's well balanced out with some humor - that Thanksgiving is totally unforgettable!!! 

A powerful and emotional story - just simply brilliant!!

Rating: 5 Stars

Backup Plans is available to buy as an ebook or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.