Sunday, April 23, 2017

New release from TS McKinney - Gasping For Air (Gameday Series - Book Two)

Title: Gasping for Air
Series: Game Day #2
Author: TS McKinney
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 20, 2017
How far will Trystan go to win the heart of the man he loves? All the way. Trystan Matherly is conceited, arrogant, and rich. He has plenty of money, athletic ability, and gorgeous looks to keep the men forming a long line just to be with him. Choosing his next lover has been as simple as down-selecting to the hottest candidate. Until Dakota. With his sad eyes, full lips, and perfectly sculpted swimmer’s body, Dakota is just the kind of lover Trystan wants. After only one look, he knows he has to have him. Too bad Dakota seems to be totally oblivious to all his charms. Dakota Jacobson is lonely, tired, and depressed. He’s at Alabama Temple to complete his degree, not to put up with idiots. He works diligently to be as invisible as possible. He doesn’t need friends and he sure doesn’t need lovers…especially not football titans that think they rule the world. Nope; been there, done that. Until Trystan. With his sexy eyes, arrogant smirk, and muscled physique, Trystan is just the kind of lover Dakota never intends to have…again. Too bad Trystan refuses to allow him to be invisible.

T.S. McKinney lives in East Tennessee with her high school sweetheart/husband and all the countless dogs she picks up from deserted country roads. Her professional career has been in business but her heart has always belonged to the fantasy world found in books.
Creating wicked worlds where one can meet the perfect hero – and then do anything to him that you want – has been a hobby that has brought her plenty of hours of fun and naughty entertainment. When not working, reading, or writing, she loves to spend time with my family and forcing them (because they don’t really have another choice) to allow me to redecorate their houses…and listen to my naughty…sometimes sadistic stories.


Before I begin I have to say that I have absolutely no interest in the lifestyle of the main characters. That being said, I have no problems with others living the lifestyle as long as they're safe and respect the wishes of their partners and not force anything that the partner is not comfortable with.

I found the story to be interesting and well written, as well as the characters. I felt the emotions and apprehensions on the part of the characters were very realistic even though the plot, while very consistent was slightly unrealistic. To my thinking, a rich college boy falling for an average college boy and persuing a relationship is kind of a fairytale. I'm sure it does happen, however. This way of thinking does not in any way detract from my enjoyment of the story.

Being as it may, I think that a little more explanation as to who the characters of Alex and Lincoln are when they first appear in the story, while not really necessary would be helpful. You can read more about them in Touchdown (Gameday Series Book One) as they are the main characters in that book.

What did detract from my enjoyment was the atrocious editing. Paragraph spacing was inconsistent, words were strung together which made me stop and try to figure out what the words were, spaces in the middle of words, and the continual use of "I'm" where it should be "I am". For example, "that's who I'm" instead of "that's who I am."

As a published author myself I would be hard-pressed to give Gasping For Air a rating higher than a 3.5. Considering the excellent story content and the fact that I've never seen these editing issues in any of the TS McKinney novels I've read previously, I will give it a 5 out of 5. Regardless of whatever rating I gave it, I would still recommend it.


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