Provoking the Punter (Austin Troopers) by TJ Nichols

For these polar opposites, the most interesting plays happen off the field

From the Provoking the Punter blurb:

For these polar opposites, the most interesting plays happen off the field

Garrett Stevens is done with scandal. The drinking, the hookups…he’s over it all. It’s time to grow up and focus on his pro football career. The last thing he needs is a new romance. So why can’t he keep his mind (or hands) off the sexy bar owner who makes him question everything he thought he ever wanted in life?

Chester Monroe is too busy working day and night, making his business a success, to worry about finding love. Even if he was looking for a relationship, it wouldn’t be with someone famous. Which meant getting involved with Garrett was definitely a mistake. The easiest one Chester ever made…

When all is said and done, will the memories of the past—and the secrets of the present—destroy Garrett and Chester’s shot at happily ever after?

There’s only one way to find out…

Provoking the Punter, a spicy, standalone, M/M contemporary sports romance in the Austin Troopers series. Download today and get ready to fall for Garrett and Chester.

Nedra's review:

This was a first time read for me of this author and I plan on reading more in the future. The connection between the characters what palpable, feeling every bit of emotion from either side. Their relationship progressed organically, never being rushed despite what Chester says. Both characters were raised in an emotionally charged environment that they were evading for a better life, only to stumble upon one another during a difficult time.

I absolutely loved the realness of this story, from their progression of feelings to the intimate details of their sexual experiences. T.J. does not shy away from expressing it’s okay if a partner isn’t comfortable or circumstances are not right. Plus, Chester’s reasoning for holding off was understandable yet normally never given the attention it deserves. And to make sure that everyone knows, it is never okay to out someone intentionally! The animosity throughout the story was evident but not warranted.

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