Wednesday, December 12, 2018

✱✱Book Review✱✱ The Weighting Game by Declan Rhodes

The Weighting Game 
by Declan Rhodes 

In their battle against post-retirement weight gain, a former football star and a former hockey star meet in a hush-hush counseling group for celebrities. 

Soon retired pro football player Gabe Finch is working on trash-talking his way into Logan Peterson's heart.

Logan was an ice hockey star. Selected as league most valuable player in four different seasons, he retired after fifteen years as an eventual shoo-in for the Hall of Fame. Then he took a break. It was his time to let down and enjoy life. He didn't know that the good times would catch up with him as a coach two years later when he found himself lying in a hospital bed after collapsing on the ice.

To all but those who knew him well, Gabe was the least likely of quarterback heroes. He trash-talked his teammates, bad-mouthed the media, and he was gay. However, with a football in his hand, Gabe achieved greatness. Three years after retirement, out of shape, overweight, and aimless, he didn't know where to turn for his next act in life. Then he met Logan.

Saving the life of the man he might love is finally reason enough for Gabe to commit to turning his own life around. The only hitch is Logan is divorced, has two daughters, and has never loved a man before.

The growing passion between them becomes too intense to ignore, and they both know they can't move forward without opening their hearts and letting them soar. A hush-hush weight loss counseling group for celebrities, current, and past, brought them together. Love, persistence, patience, and an iron will are all necessary to keep them there.

The Weighting Game is a standalone 55,000-word gay romance with first time gay, friends to lovers, and struggles with weight gain themes. It has steamy scenes and a happily-ever-after ending.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Declan Rhodes has become a go-to author for me when it comes to sweet romance with a bit of steam, and great characters to revisit from time to time. The Weighting Game is just one more reason why. There's just something about Gabe and Logan and their slow-burn romance. I love that they're friends first and they just genuinely enjoy each other's company. Their struggles with weight gain and loss, and the health issues that can go along with it are something a lot of people can relate to, and the author does an excellent job of showing the emotional side of that, including the depression that can set in when we don't see the results we hope for. That, along with Logan's confusion about his sexuality does generate some angst, but it's tempered wonderfully with lighter moments, wit, and secondary characters that give the whole story a well-rounded feel. The best part for me is that Gabe and Logan's story is good with or without the romance. Even if there had never been the first kiss between them, I would've kept turning the pages and enjoyed every word. 

❃❃ARC provided by the author

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