Title: The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story
Author Name & Publisher: Scott D. Pomfret (Lethe Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 12, 2016 – 286 Pages
Division I college football coach Peyton Stone has a secret. It’s not so much that he’s gay. It’s that he’s fallen in love with his older Iraq-War-vet-turned-starting-QB Brady Winter. Willing to deny himself for the sake of the Golden Eagles football team, Peyton focuses helping his team score touchdowns, but when he discovers the attraction is mutual, he jumps in with both feet.
For each, the stakes are high: bowls, limelight, press, and the NFL. But Peyton and Brady find time during the season to carve out their own private and sexy refuge. Only jealous whispers force the head coach to see what he didn’t want to see and he tears the two apart. It’s only when Brady’s war injuries threaten his health that Peyton reluctantly returns to the team — under cover! The two concoct a plan to pass off Peyton as Brady at the bowl game, thereby preserving Brady’s health and perhaps earning a national championship. Will anyone notice the difference? Does anyone really want to? Most of all, can the pair’s sense of honor outlast the deception?
This book in my opinion is about second chances, believing in ones self, excepting yourself for who u are and not what others want you to be, and finding love.
When I first started reading this book I was not sure if I was going to like it or not. But I kept on reading and before long I found myself engulfed in reading what was going to happen.
Peyton in my opinion views himself the way that others do. He does not follow through on things and he runs from the good. He creates disaster in the wake of good for fear that he cannot live up to the good. But when he finally gives in and starts a relationship with Brady he finally realizes he wants to continue with the follow through. He wants to be an honorable, courageous man and he wants to proud of himself and wants Brady to be proud of him.
This is a book that goes through the struggles of starting a relationship and expecting ones self in the middle of it. It is a book about believing in oneself and having courage and it is about finding love and fighting for it every step of the way even when you have the instinct to run.
Scott Pomfret did a great job on this book and it was a very captivating read.