Title: Winter Ball
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 25th 2015- 200 pages
Through a miserable adolescence and a lonely adulthood, Skipper Keith has dreamed of nothing but family. The closest he gets is the rec league soccer team he coaches after work—and his star player and best friend, Richie Scoggins.
One brisk night in late October, a postpractice convo in Richie’s car turns into a sexual encounter neither of them expected—nor want to forget. Soon Skip and Richie are living for the weekends and their winter league soccer games—and the games they enjoy off the field. Through broken noses, holiday decorating, and the killer flu, they learn more about each other than they ever dreamed possible. Every new discovery takes them further beyond the boundaries of the soccer field and into the infinite possibilities of the best relationship of Skipper’s life.
Skipper can’t dream of a better family than Richie—but Richie’s got real family entanglements he can’t shake off. Skipper needs to convince Richie to stay with him beyond winter ball so the relationship they started on the field might become their happy future in real life!
Winter’s Ball is wild, raw, emotional ride. Skip and Richie are two very ordinary men whose friendship has been knit together over the six years they have played on the same Rec League soccer team.
Both men are lonely and damaged. Skip was left to fend for himself when his mother died during college. Richie’s father uses him to run his business but has failed to care for Reggie in a very long time.
When the best friends finally find each other as more than friends, the chemistry is magical. Only Amy Lane could make a double gay-for-you storyline plausible. Skip and Richie’s sexual awakening is innocent, tender and very, very hot. The romantic connection is the cumulation of several years caring for each other as best friends. The friends-to-lovers transition is very sweet and very natural. This is a beautiful, angst-free connection.
As always in an Amy Lane story, there is a healthy family to anchor this slightly lost pair. Here, Skip and Richie’s football team and their friend Carpenter’s family provide the men with a sense of belonging and family.
This is a simple, beautifully written story. I absolutely loved it. Amy Lane is an amazing writer and she just keeps getting better.
Skipper and Richie decide to take their friendship one step further and attempt their attraction to each other. But there are outside forces like family that may try to stop them.
Okay to start of this review this book was so sweet but yet at the same time so hot! I loved the way this author wrote these characters and this story! Skipper was such a sweetheart and is so caring while Richie was so strong being there for his family and friends like he was.
You meet a lot of different characters in this book too which I have to say most of them I loved! You also get the characters that you are not a fan of at all.. Like someone’s family who shall remain nameless due to me not wanting to give out any spoilers lol.
There was honestly so much about this book I loved and I really hope there will be more with these characters.
So I will leave this review with.. .I 100% loved this book and would recommend it!