4 and 3 Stars for Horizons (Horizons #1) by Mickie B. Ashling #MM #Sports


Title: Horizons (Horizons #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Mickie B. Ashling (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 10, 2013 – 250 pgs


College football player Clark Stevens, a popular wide receiver with a potential NFL contract, has a few problems. He’s got a jealous girlfriend, a narrow-minded and controlling father, an attention problem, and an unexpected and powerful attraction to the trauma doctor—the male trauma doctor—who treats him for a broken bone.

Dr. Jody Williams is getting some really mixed signals. He can’t ignore how much he wants Clark, because it’s obvious Clark feels the same way. For the out and proud doctor, the solution seems very simple. For Clark, it’s not! His world is not gay-friendly, and the obstacles he’s faced have led him to deny his sexuality for years.

It’s the Super Bowl of disasters, no matter how you look at it. In the end, Clark has to decide if he’s going to stick with the only life he’s ever known or take a chance on a new one with Jody.

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This was such a conflicting story. I want to say it was beautiful, but there were some seriously hard times that made me want to cry because of the hatred displayed by secondary characters.

Watching the relationship blossom between the two main characters from Doctor/Patient to Tutor/Student to lovers was really fun and sweet.

I didn’t particularly care that for the fact that Jody wasn’t a little more careful about protecting his heart and the fact that he accidentally hurt Clark by going to see his family, but I understood his reasons for that one at least.

Overall, it was a good story and I really enjoyed listening to it. The narrator did an excellent job with the different characters. I especially loved his voice for Lyle.



This story was one that has been written about before.  There were a few different angles, but for the most part, jock meets someone who’s open and out, jock falls for said person, issues ensue.

While I can appreciate Jody’s kindness and desire to be with Clark, his back story was somewhat strange for me.  He fell in love with a socialite and despite him being gone, Jody is still a semi-celebrity?  I wish that we knew more about Jody’s past, in order to maybe make more sense of the present.

Then you have Clark.  While he’s good at football, there were some incorrect references about college ball – no real MVP.  So that was somewhat strange to read about.  Then you have the fact that his family is so horrible – well, accept for the twins, who I came to really like.

The trouble begins, but due to no communication, nobody knows the others’ side.  So the story goes on – there are big gestures made, then it ends in a somewhat unrealistic fog.  No words were ever really spoken, just some strange truce.

On a slightly more happy note, I really liked Lil.  He seemed to be much more put together – without all of the drama surrounding his life.

I just needed more from the story.



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Mickie B. Ashling is the alter-ego of a multifaceted woman raised by a single mother who preferred reading over other forms of entertainment. She found a kindred spirit in her oldest child and encouraged her with a steady supply of dog-eared paperbacks. Romance was the preferred genre, and historical romances topped her favorites list.

By the time Mickie discovered her own talent for writing, real life had intruded, and the business of earning a living and raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing and the inevitable emptying nest, dreams were resurrected, and the storyteller was reborn.

She stumbled into the world of men who love men in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world.

Her novels have been called “gut wrenching, daring, and thought provoking.” She admits to being an angst queen and making her men work damn hard for their happy endings.

Mickie loves to travel and has lived in the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East but currently resides in a suburb outside Chicago.


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