Title: Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player – Part One
Author: Patrick Darcy
Publisher: Wilde City
Length: 12k words
Genre: m/m Contemporary Erotica
Heat: 5 – Off the Charts!
Sex Frequency: 5 – Over and Over
Keywords/Tags: Short Story, Series, Charlie Harding Presents, Wilde City Press Erotica Week, Sports, Rugby, Athletes, Irish, Multiple Partners, Clubbing, (Semi) Public Sex, Diverse Partners, Dirty/Raunch Sex, Kink (Felching, Facials, Cumeating, Snowballing, Fighting/Wrestling), NYC
Rating: So So
Star Irish rugby player, Conor Murphy, lives and breathes rugby. He spends his weekends playing rugby, drinking beer, and singing songs with his teammates. There is only one thing he loves more than rugby, and that is hot rugby players. But after the final whistle sounds, the real competition begins: the hunt for the hottest men.
Conor’s muscular body and roguish good looks ensure he can have his pick of the sexiest players. But what happens when this alpha male meets his match on and off the field? Who will come out on top when he meets the horniest rugby players from the USA? Can two alpha males have the night of their lives?
I was a bit unsure about this erotica story as I started reading. I just needed to get in the right mindset. I wasn’t sure about how I felt about Conor, he’s a bit of an asshole. But after reading further into the story it started to not make much difference to me because I could see that the story was playing on the hot/asshole/macho/badboy type, the two alpha men going at each other. Once I figured that out and that it wasn’t about just one asshole guy out looking to screw over whoever, then it was fine with me 🙂
Conor is a Blind Side Flanker (I have no idea what the hell that is, but…) who is on a tour with his rugby team from Ireland at an international gay rugby championship in New York City. Much of the beginning of the story sets out to explain a bit of the game, in particular their semi-final match with the San Francisco team. The SF team are one of the best in the world, but they underestimate what a bunch of crazy fuckers the Irish guys are (which is a story-long sentiment, lol) and the game gets rough and stays that way until the very end. In the game, Conor makes an enemy and they continually one-up the other throughout the game. Tonio is on the SF team and is a kickass player. He’s latino, built and bronze-skinned and he gives it back to Conor as good as Conor gives it to him. So when the tournament is finalized and the teams are all headed to a night of sponsored clubbing (and fucking) by the tournament, Conor knows that he’s going to do whatever he can to find Tonio and see if he can make him his tournament-end conquest. And… it seems that Tonio has been looking for Conor as well.
This was a pretty solid erotica story, or what Patrick Darcy calls “full strength gay erotica” in the author bio. It’s definitely full strength. Take a quick look, if you haven’t yet, at the tags up above and that will give you some insight into the kind of stuff they get into in this story. It’s less about specific kinks and more about the dirty raunch, in both action and dialogue that they get up to. Even more, their sex is just like their competition on the field and they go quite a while trying to best one another in bed, which leads to some pretty hot naked wrestling. But, neither seems to be upset by what happened on the field. What happens during the game seems to be left in the game and the importance of the night is all about fun.
So, assuming that you understand by now that this isn’t romance at all, and you like to read some pretty heavy erotica that’s just a touch raunchy but doesn’t go too far really, then I’d recommend this one to you. It’s rather short, but definitely hot. And if you’re interested and like the first one, you can always continue on with Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player 2, Conor’s exploits in Copenhagen.
Posted by Cole in 3 So So, Authors D-F, Contemporary, Erotica, Heat 5 - Off the Charts!, Sex Freq 5 - Over and Over Again!, up to 15k Tags: Athletes, Charlie Harding Presents, Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player, Dirty/Pig/Raunch, Diverse Pairing, Facials, Felching, Fighting/Wrestling Sex, Gay Bars/Clubs, Irish, Kink, Multiple/Other Partners, NYC, Patrick Darcy, Public Sex, Rugby, Series, Short Story, Sports, Wilde City Press, Wilde City Press Erotica Week
Title: Save the Date
Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Loose Id
Length: 31,978 words
Genre: m/m Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 – Sexy & Mild
Sex Frequency: 3 – Average Story to Sex
Keywords/Tags: Kate McMurray Week!, Gay Weddings, Exes, Closeted, Coming Out, Friends to Lovers, Sports, NYC, Boston, Rugby
Rating: Pretty Good
Tristan knows he and his ex-boyfriend Stuart were not meant to be, but that doesn’t make the invitation to Stuart’s wedding any less of a punch in the face. Tris decides that the only thing for it is to find a super hot date to prove to Stuart that he’s moved on and is doing just fine, thanks.
The path to the altar is fraught with obstacles, however, and Tris has to deal with the wilds of online dating, wardrobe malfunctions, men who look like pirates, emotional baggage, grooms with cold feet, and sports team rivalries before he even gets to the wedding. But when Tris stumbles on love in the last place he expects, he’ll need to let go of the past in order to move forward.
Tristan has been “getting over” his ex-boyfriend Stuart for two years now. But it takes getting an invite to Stuart’s wedding to his new boyfriend to make him realize that he’s not over him as much as he thought. During a powwow with his crew of straight guy friends and rugby team at their local sports bar, Tristan concludes that the only way he can really go to this week (which he’s already stupidly committed to) is to take a really hot date.
The road to finding suitable arm candy does not go as planned. Tristan is out of the habit of dating and picking up guys and going to bars is now firmly in his past. He’s not sure if he should take one of the friends’ suggestion to try online, but when even he admits that he’s at his last resort, he starts to do a little window shopping — only to find uncover a surprise secret that could not only serve as his answer to finding a date for the wedding, but might actually turn into something real. He started looking for a date thinking he was really over Stuart, but actually finding himself starting a new relationship brings up the fact that he just might not be.
The first thing I want to tell you is to go into this story with the idea that Tris really has a lot of growing up to do. I wrestled with this for a while and it’s been a couple weeks since I read this that I’m writing the review. I had a little bit of a problem at first because I felt like the relationship between Tris and his mystery guy doesn’t really get the showcase that it should. But now, I think that that really just wasn’t the point, which is a bit of a diversion in style from Kate McMurray’s previous work. Tristan finds himself starting a relationship when, even though he’s two years single, he’s really only mentally getting out of one. And all the complications with that start to drive a wedge between the new relationship. It’s completely the wrong time for him to fall in love, but no matter the bumps in the road, the two make it through it.
I ended up liking the story, but I still would have really liked more. I’m not just saying that I want more because I liked the book. It doesn’t matter how many times I say that I still hate it when I say it and other people say it. The truth is, I would have liked to get to know the new relationship just a little better, as well as the new guy. What we see of him is good because he’s supportive and a good guy. But I think that he had his own issues to deal with that we didn’t get to see as much and I would have liked to have some time for them to settle into the relationship into the story rather than have it end at, pretty much just after the climax. I had a similar problem with Blind Items, the book of Kate’s that I read most recently (and which I’m reviewing tomorrow). I’ll talk about it more in detail then, but many of you might have felt the same, which is that I wish we got just a bit more at the end. But, that’s a matter of individual opinion and perhaps Kate McMurray just likes to end the story on the highest note 😉
So, while this wasn’t a favorite of mine from this author, I still enjoyed it. It’s being released at the perfect time, Gay Wedding Season 😉 and I think that Kate is growing as an author with some more dynamic characters. So, I give her props for that.
Another note: I have this listed as a Love Triangle in the tags. Technically, that’s not true, but it is figuratively. I don’t want to discourage anyone who isn’t a fan of those from reading this book. The real third person in their relationship is specter of the past one that Tris just can’t seem to let go of yet.
Happy Release Day to Kate! And I hope all of you enjoy the book 🙂
Save the Date is out today from Loose Id!
Posted by Cole in 16-40k, 4 Pretty Good, Authors M-O, Contemporary, Heat 3 - Sexy & Mild, Romance, Sex Freq 3 - Average Story to Sex Tags: Boston, Closeted, Coming Out, Friends to Lovers, Gay Marriage, Kate McMurray, Kate McMurray Week!, Loose Id, NYC, Return of the Exes, Rugby, Sports, Weddings