Sagittarius: Mr. November [Boys Of The Zodiac]
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by Pepper Espinoza
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Gay Fiction
Description: Patton Cooper won three national championships as the starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Marauders, but that didn't stop them from trading him to Phoenix without so much as a warning. At thirty-two, he finds himself weighed down by old injuries and forced to start over again as a backup quarterback for an untried rookie. Deeply hurt by the betrayal of both his team and his ex-lover, Patton keeps to himself and takes what solace he can in football.
Cornerback DeShawn Jones has loved two things in his life--football and Patton Cooper. It seems like his dreams have come true when he's drafted to play for the Phoenix Wildcats, until he realizes the coach has no intention of letting him start, and his childhood hero is a withdrawn, wary man. But DeShawn refuses to give up on his dreams of playing, or his hope of reaching Patton.
A tentative connection forms between the two men, but the pressures of the game may be too much for the relationship to withstand. Especially when DeShawn is given the chance of a lifetime while Patton struggles not to relive the mistakes from his past...
Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Sports / Athletes / Series
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2010
eBookwise Release Date: August 2011
13 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [252 KB]
Reading time: 157-221 min.
"I am. I just..." Patton stabbed at his steak. "You wouldn't understand."
"You're young. You have your whole career ahead of you. I don't. And I don't know...I don't know what's expected of me anymore." He bit down on the other half of that thought. I don't know who I am anymore.
"What happened in LA?"
"I hurt my knee."
"You can still play. Hell, you still have the best arm in the league. You know how to control a game. So how did you end up playing second string on a team that hasn't seen the playoffs in five years?"
"My arm isn't the only thing that matters."
Patton wasn't even tempted to tell DeShawn the truth. He doubted he would ever utter those words out loud. Unlike his mother, Patton had never felt like confession was good for the soul. "You don't have to believe me, but it's true. I'm slower now, and they would have had to rethink the entire offense to account for that."
"So they're lazy."
"They have a good scheme and they found a quarterback that fit well. It was either take the Phoenix deal or retire."
"Why didn't you retire? I don't think this is what you want. You don't act like you're very happy here."
"Because I...I can't think of anything more terrifying that never playing football again."
"Yeah." DeShawn exhaled slowly. "Yeah, I know what you mean. I'm not so young that I don't understand anything."
"I know that. You probably understand more than most."