Kindle Alexander – Double Full

Double Full by Kindle Alexander

Series: Nice Guys #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Up and coming football hero, Colt Michaels, makes a Hail Mary pass one night in the college locker room that results in the hottest, sexiest five days of his young life. However, interference after the play has him hiding his past and burying his future in the bottom of a bottle. While Colt seems to have it all, looks can be deceiving especially when you’re trapped so far in a closet that you can’t see your way out. When ten years of living his expected fast-lane lifestyle lands him engaged to his manipulative Russian supermodel girlfriend, he decides it’s time to call a new play.

Jace Montgomery single-handily built the largest all-star cheerleading gym in the world, driven by a need to forget a life-altering encounter with a handsome quarterback a decade ago. His reputation as an excellent coach, hard-nosed business man, and savvy entrepreneur earned him respect in the sometimes catty world of competitive cheerleading. When Jace learns of his ex-lover’s plans to marry, his heart executes a barrel roll and his carefully placed resolve tumbles down without a mat to absorb the shock. Can his island escape help him to finally let go of the past and move his life forward?

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Somehow managed to be too much…
And not enough….

“I’ve loved you since I first laid eyes on you.”
“It was slower for me,” Jace said. “But it’s forever for me.”

We took a poll of our followers and asked which MM titles we’ve skipped over. This series was the overwhelming winner. By leaps, bounds, and ‘I can’t believe you haven’t read this; what’s wrong with you’ comments…

Let’s start with the ‘Why I haven’t read this’ question – Even though I read and review over two-hundred books each year, my TBR is still out of control. I can’t read everything. This book wasn’t even near the top of my TBR, but I give in to book-related peer pressure and there was definitely a lot of hype about the series.

Why didn’t I pick the book up when it was a new release? Easy. I hate the blurb. Still do. I firmly believe in the power of the blurb. The description of your book sets the tone, and needs to hook your reader. I was soooo not impressed with the sport-metaphor BS happening in this book’s blurb.

A book with a badly written blurb is like a model with a Drivers License photo for a headshot. That bitch isn’t getting invited onto the runway, and that book isn’t going to land on my Kindle.

Ok… Grievances aired – Mostly – Let’s move on…

I went into this book expecting something fluffy – a second chance romance with a side of homophobic football players and a ton of sex scenes… I wasn’t too far off… Except for the fluffy part. This book layered on the angst like crazy. It actually felt a bit depressing at times…

This story began with the two MCs in college. Even though the vast majority of the story takes place while the characters are in their 30s, I don’t feel like this book ever managed to shake off that overly-dramatized NA feel…

If you can prepare yourself for an emotional read,
If you’re not looking for too much depth in your characters,
If you enjoy soap-opera level drama,
Yeah, this book is for you…

The Unofficial Breakdown:
30% – College Romance and obligatory split.
20% – Present day pining for each other
50% – Reconciliation and fallout

Colton “Colt” Michaels

His life had become nothing more than a drug and alcohol induced blur, with moments of playing football mixed in between.

I can’t say for sure if I ever really liked this character. I definitely felt sorry for him, and was happy to see him get his shit together… But yeah, can’t say I completely understand Jace’s infatuation with Colt. Not after he behaved so horribly and broke his heart.

Colt started this story as the golden-boy college quarterback who corners the handsome male cheerleader in the locker-room for a scene strait from a porno… Seriously, this book started with a dick in the ass… Impressive…

Anywho, their little tryst began during Spring Break, senior year of college. Colt has more money than sense, so he invites Jace to join him for a romantic Hawaiian getaway. Apparently the jock has had his entire college career to secretly fall for Jace, and he spends their vacation making sure the object of his affection receives the full force of his sweet/sexy romantic attentions…

All goes well (wall to wall deliciously sexy) but reality comes crashing down almost as soon as the boys come back to school. I don’t think it’s spoilery for me to tell you that Colt’s homophobic abusive asshole father and douche-bag money-grubbing agent made some threats significant enough to make Colt walk away from Jace forever.

Jace Montgomery

That day on the beach in Kauai, Jace willingly gave his heart and soul over to Colt; they were no longer his.

Jace was a character I could easily sympathize with. He was weary of Colt’s over-excited attentions while in college, and knew he would be hard-pressed to be in a secret relationship. Jace never hid his sexuality from the world for even a second, so trying to reconcile his feelings for Colt with the reality of their situation was difficult.

Jace started this story as the gay male-cheerleader perfectly comfortable in his own skin. Sure, he has a crush on the god-like quarterback, but so does the rest of the school. Jace knows it’s a bad idea to fall for a closeted jock, but a private Hawaiian vacation for two will melt anyone’s resolve.

Jace and Colt start planning out their ‘Happily Ever After’ during those five days of island bliss. They fell in love and the future was oh-so-bright.

Heres Where it gets tricky…

They weren’t back home for a full twenty-four hours before Colt walked away. No explanation. No ‘Good bye’. Not a word, not a text, no note, nothing. Even when Jace goes looking for Colt and finds him in a bar with his football buddies (who beat up Jace for ‘being a fag’ before literally throwing him out on his ass) Colt doesn’t say a word.

Silence.

For.
Ten.
Years.

I get the infatuation with the ol’ closeted jock falling in love with the out-and-proud male cheerleader thing… But I simply can’t believe that two men could fall so deeply in love over FIVE DAYS together, that they would willingly sabotage every personal relationship for the next TEN YEARS.

No amount of suspension of disbelief could make me reconcile that idea…

If they had been apart for TWO years, I think the entire story would have sat better with me. As it stands, however, the absurd level emotional ineptitude displayed by these characters… for a freakin’ DECADE?

That’s ridiculous.

These characters deserve each other, because there is no way either could exist in a happy healthy relationship… They couldn’t even live a happy healthy life alone.

So these two broken men have managed to become super successful leaders in their respective fiends…
I mean, they’re famous millionaires but emotionally crippled… so…

It was hard to read the middle section of the book where Colt and Jace were withering away… Everything seemed so helpless, but we KNEW they were going to get back together! That’s the light at the end of the dark tunnel, right?

So why did their reunion seem so infuriatingly anticlimactic?

Seriously Jace, Colt walked away from you with out a single word. No explanation. You haven’t seen him in ten years. He shows up on your doorstep on his mother-fucking wedding day (because let’s be as dramatic as possible, right?) and what do you do?

Fuck him.

And that brings us to about the 50% point. I won’t say more because of spoilers, but know that Cole and Jace can’t hide behind youth any longer. They’re both sport celebrities, so there’s no hiding, period.

Look, this book had it’s high points and low points, but it was absolute over-dramatic nonsense from beginning to end. You have to love superficial soap-opera level drama to enjoy this book…

If one of the characters wound up with amnesia or an evil twin, I would not have been surprised.

I think I know where the next book is going – pretty sure it shifts focus to US Marshall Mitch Knox (who gets a sizable cameo in the last 30-40% of this book) and I think I could get behind his story much easier than this one.

The writing wasn’t bad, but the timeline and thick layer of angst simply wasn’t for me. I’ll let you decide for yourself if it’s your cup of MM tea…
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One thought on “Kindle Alexander – Double Full

  1. I liked this series..waiting for the third..if you have time read Always if you didn’t already…for me it’s the best romantic story ever (not just M/M best story)..Love Kindle’s writing..thank you for this review!

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