Reviewed by Tracey
Favorite Quote: “I usually hated when people said ‘just saying’ because they thought it gave them an excuse to say whatever the hell they wanted.”
Blurb: New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.
Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…
I was pretty excited, and pretty anxious to get my hands on this arc. There’s football, men, sex, and romance…what’s not to like about this book? It has one of my favorite tropes, the nerd and the jock, so I was beyond happy. I really hate to get overly excited about a book, because sometimes that just doesn’t pan out well…the disappointment and letdown hits kind of hard when it’s not as good as expected. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen with Illegal Contact. Thank you Mr. Hassell. I actually picked this book up in bed, at midnight, after finishing another book. I thought, “Well, I’ll just read a chapter or two and then go to sleep”. Nope. Two hours later, I made myself lay the book down. I picked it back up first thing in the morning and finished it in one sitting.
Gavin Brawley is a tight end for the New York Barons, but he’s under house arrest for assault. He has a little problem with anger management…it’s actually a HUGE problem for him and everyone around him. He is convicted of assault, and sentenced to six months of house arrest, making him unable to play football for the upcoming season. Unable to leave his home for six months, he hires Noah Monroe to be his PA for the time of his incarceration. Noah is fresh out of a job where he had an affair with his boss, and is not wanting to be involved with Gavin in any way except professional. Needless to say, things don’t work out quite that way. The temper and attitude that Gavin cops to in the first part of the book makes him a pretty unlikable character…hot, but not likable. This is a purely relationship driven book, with almost all of the attention placed on the two main characters. The secondary characters are drawn just asl well and nuanced as the main characters, resulting in some interesting side stories.
Noah discovers that there is a nice guy underneath Gavin’s horrible seeming personality, and Gavin discovers in Noah a man he can love. The sex is hot…..really good and hot. Two hot guys having hot sex…did I mention the sex was hot? Mr. Hassell does have the ability to create exceptionally well crafted sex scenes, and I think that’s a very difficult thing to do. I did like that even though the attraction manifested early in the book between the two men, it was months before they acted on their attraction. The sexual tension was nicely done and drawn out, it built slowly and naturally to the natural conclusion and…did I mention the sex was hot? If not…I’ll mention it again. The sex was hot!
I wasn’t sure if Gavin was going to become likable after such a rough start with his irritating personality, and I was glad to see, later in the book, that he was in therapy and anger management classes, because, he’s just a world class ass in the beginning. I loved Noah’s character from the get go….he is snarky, clever and intelligent. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing sexier than brains in a man, and Noah is a smart cookie. They make a great couple, but opposites always do make the most interesting stories.
I don’t want to include anything that could be a spoiler, because you just need to read this one. I would love to insert a quote here, I found myself laughing out loud at one point, but I hate to ruin it for others. It’s not often I find a book that I literally can’t put down….but this one stayed in my hand till the end. I’m really excited to be getting Simeon’s story next.