Review: The Blueprint by S.E. Harmon (The Game #1)


Note: This ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.

The Blueprint is my first read from S.E. Harmon. Sad but true, but after having devoured this first in a new series entitled The Game in one sitting, it most certainly won't be my last from this author. Not only am I planning to go through her back list, but I've already got the sequel to this newest release on my to-be-read list! More on that sequel later. For now, let me tell you a wee bit about this sports romance novel which uses the friends-to-lovers trope quite nicely while satisfying the need for balance when it comes to both aspects (i.e. sports and romance) of the genre. There wasn't any diluting of the football scenes either, so when I say there's a balance, I was satisfied with the amount of football that was there alongside all the sex and romance as well.

We've got physics professor Kelly Cannon and professional football superstar Britton "Blue" Montgomery who have been best friends since they were children. They know everything about each other--well, almost everything, since Kelly has yet to confess to Blue that he's been in love with him since they were preteens. Kelly knows nothing can come from his unrequited feelings. After all, Blue is straight. Always has been, always will be. So maybe keeping his distance is best, but Blue isn't happy about the turn their friendship has taken. Kelly has always been the most important and constant presence in his life. He doesn't understand why everything's changed, and Blue is determined to keep the one person and the one relationship that means the most to him.

I was THIS close to giving this book five-plus stars, but then I had to be take a step back because there were times these two were so frustrating with all the back and forth going on. The thing is, I wouldn't necessarily consider that a negative. As far as I'm concerned, I was so invested in Kelly and Blue that I really wanted them to get their act together since it was clear to almost everyone else that whatever they were feeling for each other went beyond platonic. But I get it. These two had to figure things out on their own time, and just like in real life, you can't force someone to come to terms with their feelings or sexuality simply because it suits you. At the end of the day, I loved that this was a story of a friendship evolving into something that it seemed destined to be all along, and I'm thrilled that there's a sequel due later this year! Five stars go to The Blueprint. ♥

Release Date: 13 March 2018

Date Read: 13 March 2018

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