TITLE: Rim Shot
AUTHOR: Skylar M. Cates
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Kanaxa
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 29, 2017
PRICE: $8.32 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
Can college roommates go from friends to lovers?
Kyle: I’m confident that with hard work, my position as point guard can carry me from rural Indiana to the NBA. I also know I’m attracted to guys, but admitting it might disappoint my father, who is all I have in this world. I have big dreams, so I’ll stay in the closet. As long as my life remains scandal-free, I have a shot.
Micah: My large family can’t spare the money to help with my education, but that won’t stop me from studying medicine. I needed to get out of the house I was sharing with my ex before I went insane. Luckily, I heard about a guy looking for a roommate. Living with a straight jock won’t be easy, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.
First of all, let me apologise for the long review, but there was no other way for me to get across how much I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book.
Written in the first person from both Kyle and Micah’s POV, this story was an absolute delight to read. I thought the plot was really interesting and entertaining, the characters had depth and believability, and I couldn’t help myself from forming an attachment to them as they grew and developed.
Kyle Sweeney is a sophomore who plays basketball for the college team, the Barons. Basketball has been Kyle’s love and focus since he was a child, and he will do whatever he can to set himself above the rest and be the best. If that means training longer and harder than everyone else on the team at the expense of a social life, then it’s a sacrifice he’s willing to make. Since his mum died in a car accident, all Kyle wants to do is make his dad proud, and that means making it to the NBA. His dad can be overbearing and demanding at times, but Kyle knows its only because he has his best interests at heart. His dad knows that Kyle is good enough to make it to the top, so he constantly pushes him to reach his full potential. When Kyle’s room and teammate Keller quits college due to his girlfriend becoming pregnant, Kyle is left looking for a new roommate. When Keller suggests to Kyle that the team’s personal trainer assistant Micah is looking for somewhere to stay, Kyle at first has doubts. Kyle knows Micah is gay, and also out and proud, which Kyle doesn’t have an issue with. Kyle’s problem is that he’s also gay, except he’s so far in the closet, he’s practically in Narnia. Kyle can’t risk anyone finding out about his sexuality and messing up his chance of going to the NBA, so sharing a room with a gay guy who also happens to be kinda cute is going to be more of a challenge than he’s ever had to deal with.
Micah is an upperclassman pre-med student. Micah comes from a big family and has six brothers and sisters, but is the first of the family to attend college. Ever since he was a child, his dream was to become a doctor to help people. His family didn’t really give him any encouragement and never really thought he’d be able to make it, so with a lot of hard work and determination, and working with the basketball team and as a porter at the teaching hospital to finance his education, Micah is making his dream become a reality. Micah was sharing a house with his ex-boyfriend Chance and a few other friends, but since Chance moved his new boyfriend, Austin, into the house, Micah has found it increasingly uncomfortable being there, but due to his financial situation he can’t really afford to move out either. When Micah receives an unexpected call from Kyle to say that he’s looking for a new roommate, Micah believes that all his prayers have been answered and he can finally be free of Chance. The fact that Kyle is exactly Micah’s type and he’s been secretly crushing on him, even though he knows Kyle is straight so nothing can ever happen between them, just sweetens the deal.
Throughout the story, we follow the evolution of Kyle and Micah’s relationship. From almost strangers to roommates, then friends, and lovers. It’s a very sweet and almost emotional journey that we are led on. Kyle, who comes across as being very confident and a natural leader on the court, is actually quite shy and self-conscious, especially in social situations. He feels like he always needs to hide his thoughts and feelings so as not to upset anyone or let anyone down, and most of the time this is to his own detriment. Micah may be out and proud, but deep down he just feels a little lost and alone. Coming from a big family he was almost invisible as a child, and when he came out to his parent’s nothing was really said about it after that day. He knows he’s lucky that his family accepted him, but he’s also not very close to his family either. Every relationship he’s been in has ended up with him being hurt, so now Micah thinks that he’s unable to love or be loved. Because in his experience, putting your heart on your sleeve is too much of a risk to take. When Kyle and Micah start to develop their relationship, their lives begin to completely change, what they thought was important in their lives suddenly seems less meaningful. But they do help each other understand the true meaning of dedication and contentment.
This book and characters completely stole my heart. I adored Kyle and Micah, they were so beautifully perfect together. The way they grew to love each other gave me butterflies in my tummy and made my heart skip a few beats. It was such a charming and wonderful love story that I really really hope we get to see more of these two in the future. The author has definitely impressed me with how good the storytelling and writing was. I’m now a very happy reader and a new fan for life.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***