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As A Professional Footballer It Looks Like Adam Hunter Has It All, But When The Secret Of His Affair With Midfielder Louie Jackson Begins To Leak Out He S Plunged Into The Depths Of Misery Prompting A Desperate Series Of Manoeuvres To Conceal The Truth Injured, Distrusted By His Team Mates And Plagued By Personal Tragedy, Adam Goes From Hero To Zero And By The Time Louie S Transferred To A German Side He S Running Out Of Reasons To Stay Alive If There S Any Way Back From The Brink Of Suicide, It Isn T Clear To Him At The Moment

10 thoughts on “Hunted

  1. says:

    This is the most frustrating, yet very good, book I have read in a long time Five stars for the characters, story, emotions, realism One star off for the really annoying structure.Adam Hunter is a professional footballer soccer player who is in the second half of a stellar career He s a quiet guy, whose best friend is his agent and school friend, Sophia She s been caring about him, helping his career and wishing for for a long time, while he fends her and everyone else off as best he can, because he s gay and really deep in the closet Then his team gains a new player, Louie, who ends up being Adam s roommate on away trips And it spirals out of Adam s control from there Add in being a public figure, having an injured knee that plays up badly at times and makes taking pain pills a near necessity, a father who s anything but a positive influence, and a drug addicted brother, and it s no wonder Adam s life begins to fall apart.There is a lovely, realistic feel to this book, in the sports part, the conversations, the character development, and There are some throat catching emotions The times when the MCs are together show some real chemistry ButStructure Aargh This book is told in flashbacks, layer upon layer, to multiple different time frames They are simply labelled with 2 years 10 months ago, 2 years 2 months ago, 2 months 3 days ago and so on Even when two sections come sequentially one day after the other, the reader s only time clue is that heading rather than The next morning or Two days later I can t count how often I went paging back to figure out which time I was in relative to what I just read At 30% I wasn t sure if I d ever spent than one section in now For a while I thought it was me being dumb and forgetful, but I concluded it was really bad editorial advice.In a high end literary work, a convoluted structure may add artistic juxtaposition and tension But it demands that the reader keep a bit of distance from the work You can t just fall into the story, because it forces you to maintain extra temporal awareness layered over the narrative You have to step back, each time, and calculate where you stand relative to the other bits you ve read Is this before he saw his dad in the pub or after Before the episode with his brother It s distancing, and choppy, and so there has to be a strong reason to hold the reader at arm s length from the flow of the story And maybe this book was meant to be literary, but it didn t read that way, in anything but structure In genre fiction, especially romance, the biggest goal is to suck the reader into the book, to feel and live with the characters, to know their pain, their passion and their joy Every time I almost got there I was yanked out Plus the reader is shown the relationship before it happened, and also after a break up, back and forth, long before you see the middle part where the romance actually began to develop, where the love between the guys would be visible You see Adam say I love you in an after moment, before you ever have the pleasure of watching that love grow It s harder to ache for the break up of two guys whom you have never yet really seen together It s a shame, because I could have adored this book, I think Had it been linear, had I lived through it from Adam s loneliness to confusion to love to heartbreak to the ending, I fully expect this would have been a five star book As it stands, it s still worth a read, especially if you love sports coming out angsty stories But if the author ever decided to rewrite it as a linear narrative, I d read it again to feel the emotional richness of it deeply.I would also read a new book by this author again in a minute, as long as the narrative had a conventional structure.

  2. says:

    Wow Just wow Not what I expected at all but one of the best sports stories I ve read so far and i ve read my fair share I think this was self pubbed and I m stunned at how flawless it was Some peeps may not like the way the time jumps worked but to me it was like a fucking movie and it just built each moment so well.Adam and Louie are so great and you just want them together so badly Bless Louie and his patience with Adam s curmudgeonly ways for as long as he did hold on but I also didn t blame him for what he did later in the story Gah the way these two broke each others hearts over and over and all over such an easily solved issue It was fucking BLEAK, man I just didnt know how it could come together in the end Part of me expected it not too, honestly There was just so much hurt and B.S under the proverbial bridge Oh and Finny I just have to take a moment for you I ve had people who ve breezed through my life just like you Born with this void that cant be filled but enough heart to affect everyone around you long after you go Wow.Only some little niggles Wish the end had been a BIT longer since I hadn t expected it to turn out well, when it did i expected there to be some work to it, not just a I threw away the and called then flash to 6 mos later and TELL all the good stuff Hmph For that the book gets a 4.5 star but HOLY BALLS this onejust wow Such a great random find I cant believe no one is reading this one Do it You so won t be sorry.Ohfor those looking for sex It s here but rather I cant say fade to black cuz it s there I entered her and she came too fast, but I had to fake mine because I couldn t do this any and he stroked my cock and the orgasm barreled over me LikeOne or two lines just so you know it happened but no details AnywhoI didnt mind it but if you hav a stick up your ass about seeing a dick up their ass then this may not be your cup of tea.

  3. says:

    4.5 starsThis book sure started strongly, as we meet the hero when he stops on a bridge, thinking of jumping down Unfortunately from there things didn t go as well the next section moves the timeline 6 months earlier while the one after that, starts at 5 years ago And we have to move between those 3 timelines again and again and again till the end of the book For the first 25%, it s near impossible to follow what s happening or what s happened in the past to generate this kind of reaction from our hero Hints of terrible things are dropped in all the time, but the reader is left guessing and confused After the 25% point though, the reader begins to understand what s goine on and the story s much much easier to follow And what a story it is This is a big drama, with athletes in the closet because in Europe football is considered perhaps the manliest of sports drugs, addiction to painkillers, bigoted team players, chronically ill family members you name it It s also a pageturner Trying to find how those two came together and why they broke up, kept me up until late in the night and I shed many a tear for them along the way The fact that the story is interspersed with descriptions of football games against Ronaldo, Rooney, Casillas inside stadiums like Alianz Arena and Camp Nou, as well as some games that supposedly took place in the last World Cup in Brazil, made the reading all the better For those of you who have not understood yet, we re talking about European football here which Americans call soccer Let me tell you, it was refreshing to read at last a book about a sport that I actually understand and like, as opposed to baseball or American football that I don t know shit about.Let me add that there are errors in this book grammatical, typos, plotwise Louie is described as out of the closet at one scene, only to find out that he wasn t later and that along with the weird timelines might put some readers off There s also the fact that this is heavy drama, so people who don t like to read about suicide attempts or various forms of addiction, have best stay away from this one And last, keep in mind those two are not perfect heroes they keep their foolish pride when they shouldn t, they say things they shouldn t, they try to please others and not themselves but all in all, I found their actions realistic and besides, I have a soft spot for non perfect heroes So I guess it s no surprise this one ended in my keepers shelf Oh, and a note to smexy scene lovers, be warned that the sex scenes fade to gray here.I m adding again the photo that made last year s sports headlines after the final of Europa League and you can decide for yourself how friendly this kiss is Update 20 10 2015It s very rare that I re read a book less than a year after the first time, but in this case, I couldn t stop thinking of it And I loved it even this time, since now I didn t have to get through the first quarter to understand what s happened to our heroes, but enjoyed it from the first page Despite knowing what was going to happen, once again I found myself unable to put it down The raw emotional impact of this one is just AMAZING, and the juxtaposition between their happy times together and later, when they start having fights, poignant than ever I just wish there were books like this one out there

  4. says:

    Wow..the angst This couple really sucked me into their story..but the back and forth confusing time line would suck me out Reading about these two hot, young, rich, talented, famous soccer superstars, you would think that they should be envied but because they held one big secret it was hard to even consider wanting to trade places with their seemingly perfect life Their in the closet love life relationship was draining to read because however much they loved each other and they really really did the constant fear of being exposed overshadowed what would normally be a wonderful thing and because of this, the guys were somewhat broken.If their story was told in the order that it happened, I could see myself giving this a 5 star rating because my only other complaint is I wish we could have read maybe 5 pages at the end of when they were out, proud, and happy Seriously, after the draining angsty read I feel I deserved just a little insight into their trouble free HEA

  5. says:

    This could have been really amazing if some parts were edited out It went in circles a bit in the middle and the timestamps got confusing Nevertheless, Adam and Louie are great together and I found myself sucked in by all the angst and kept me guessing on how the story will end 3.8 stars Recommended to those who love sports themed M M romance

  6. says:

    This was a great read, on the one hand This was a rather horrible read on the other hand The writing was very compelling, the author managed to pull me into the story with just a few pages Then there was the first time jump and the next and the next Somehow I started losing my perspective so I started writing down the dates on the beginning of each new scene Imagine my surprise in the end there were 73 Yes, 73 breaks while I read this story Every time my reading flow was disturbed, until about 30% I had problems to understand the order, the sequences of the scenes Then it got a bit easier, but still, my reading flow was hacked.Regarding the story poor Adam, I felt with him although I wanted to just slap him over the head, several times I understood all his troubles and fears, but I lost my compassion along the line I didn t like the drugs, they were woven into the story step by step, only to then be dealt with during some short sentences, mentioning rehab I didn t like Sophia, at all Louie, well he remained aloof I could understand him losing his patience after all these years, but in the end the development felt rushed.The most positive I have to say is, this book didn t let me go I had to finish it although much of what I read I didn t like One bright spot was that the city I live next to, Munich, was however small a part of this story.I think this is another one of those books that although I finished reading I didn t like what I was reading.I think my rating would have been 4 stars, had the story been written in the correct timely sequence.

  7. says:

    This is probably the best sport gay romance I ve read since Peter Lefcourt s Dreyus Affair A Love Story I m pleasantly surprised by how good it was for a first time effort I believe Apart from a few editing proofing errors, the story is nicely told in a non linear, time jumping manner even managed to throw a few suspense and tense moments, It s probably not for some m m readers though, it s really focused on the sport English football There are on the pitch action, a bit of club politics to fully enjoy it, one might need to have an interest in the sport But nonetheless, it s a top notch romance about two gay sportsmen struggling to come to terms with their sexuality, the secrecy, the lies, the hurt, betrayal.I particularly like how the main character, Adam Hunter, was portrayed in the story unlike a few other sport centred m m romance, where we see the heroes quickly bravely come out when they were exposed Adam fought really hard to stay in the closet Adam s struggle and self destructive behavior and also his lover, Louie is fairly realistic as I would imagine a gay footballer would face in the top league Louie seemed determined to come out, but he s not without his demons and weaknesses They both love and hurt each other a lot, and to certain extent to people around them Very much character driven I thought most supporting characters are so well defined as well Adam s family background and dynamics ring true, so well written There are a few eye rolling moments for me for some of the match results, but that s only me Very engrossing read Highly recommended, even if you don t know much about English football.

  8. says:

    Well This was a heavy, depressing read The MCs are professional football players that s English football, aka soccer and they develop a very secret relationship Both are in the closet and both are struggling with it There are addiction issues, very thorough descriptions of the sport and the sport celebrity world, as well as a very emotional mental health struggle with depression This was done really well IMO, but the entire story was told in multiple flashbacks We re basically given 3 different timelines the present, 4 years ago, and 6 months ago There s a chapter in the beginning and one or maybe two in the end that are in the present The two other timelines unravel slowly towards the present 3 years and 17 days ago, 3 years and 5 days ago etc and switch back and forth constantly, to the point where I felt lost a lot of the times Maybe this was done so readers can get a few happy times in between all the depressing stuff, because honestly, a linear storytelling with this amount of angst would have done me in, I m sure There is a HEA, so don t despair but it s so damn sad for so long until we get it that I m not sure it was enough to shake off the blues Good, very English writing I can recommend it to fans of mm sports romance who have the stomach for crazy angst but the flashback thing is a wild card.

  9. says:

    Now that I m an official part of Manifold Press, I know I shouldn t continue my practice of reviewing my fellow authors work But for what my opinion is worth, this is a good solid read, long and detailed, that feels like a very realistic portrayal of life as a closeted gay footballer Well done, Liz I m looking forward to reading and, I hope, publishing from you.

  10. says:

    At first, I didn t like the ambitious way this story was written The jumping sequence time hopping method is taking away the suspense at some parts Although when I was in the middle of the book, I found its charm but still I am annoyed by it I just hope the author just provided actual dates instead of xx years ago since the method of writing is confusing enough Typos are everywhere and this book says it has an editor Someone is not doing their job apparently.Enough of that The story is gripping It tackled the homophobia that exists in the 21st century People nowadays thinks that modern world, at least the developed nations, are already tolerant and accepting towards the LGBT community But we tend to forget that there are groups, clusters, and culture that are yet to be open Religion always comes first to mind whenever we pinpoint the cause of bashers But there are still a lot of facets in our daily lives that Homophobia can be very strongly felt One of these is Sports And what better way to convey this message other than Football, where almost half the population of the earth loves I admit, I find this a slightly heavy read It s emotional but quite eye opening Good job for a first book If I am correct 4 5