Title: Illegal Contact
Author: Santino Hassell
Published by: InterMix
Publishing date: August 15th 2017
Genre: Romance, M/M
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…
This book is full of banter and chemestry between the main characters, Gavin and Noah, which was my favorite part of the book. Their dynamic is entertaining to read about from the beginning. This is definitely a slow burn but there’s a instant attraction that’s very obvious even when the main character have a rocky start to their relationship. Once they’re together, they become so soft and precious and you can help but root for him.
Gavin is the type of character that doesn’t make a good first impression, he is hot tempered and can come off as rude, but you fall in love with him because of the loyalty he has to his friends and the passion he feels for the sport he has dedicated his life to. Also, the bisexual rep is fantastic and I love the fact that even when it was a secret Gavin was so unapologetic about it with the people that knew he was bisexual.
On the other hand, Noah is a good son, a good friend and he wants to help LGBT youth. He’s nicer and polite, but my first impresion of him wasn’t the best either; he wasn’t taking his job seriously and I understand that sometimes doing your best in a job you don’t want is hard, but at the same time going to an interview unprepared, being late to work and making excuses is unprofessional and I was a bit frustrated with him, but he gets over it quickly and starts to do a good job, so I got over it and at the end I really liked him as a character as well.
I think those are the most important things to know about this book: it has characters you’ll fall in love with and the banter and chemestry between them is incredible and makes their dynamic captivating. Other things that were really well done: the discussion about homophobia in sports and the fact that the side characters are also compelling and their relationships with the protagonist are really interesting.