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Winter Ball by Amy Lane

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About the Author
Amy Lane has two kids in college, two gradeschoolers in soccer, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance--and if you accidentally make eye contact, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.
Publication Date
December 25, 2015
1623808987 (ISBN13: 9781623808983)
Through a miserable adolescence and a lonely adulthood, Skipper Keith has dreamed of nothing but family. The closest he gets is the rec league soccer team he coaches after work—and his star player and best friend, Richie Scoggins.One brisk night in late October, a postpractice convo in Richie’s car turns into a sexual encounter neither of them expected—nor want to forget. Soon Skip and Richie are living for the weekends and their winter league soccer games—and the games they enjoy off the field. Through broken noses, holiday decorating, and the killer flu, they learn more about each other than they ever dreamed possible. Every new discovery takes them further beyond the boundaries of the soccer field and into the infinite possibilities of the best relationship of Skipper’s life.Skipper can’t dream of a better family than Richie—but Richie’s got real family entanglements he can’t shake off. Skipper needs to convince Richie to stay with him beyond winter ball so the relationship they started on the field might become their happy future in real life!

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Finding yourself, and love, in unexpected places.
(Updated: January 10, 2016)
I know I'm reading a really good book when 'real life' drops away and it feels like I'm watching a fabulous film. When an author takes me so far from reality, with their words and characters, that I feel like I'm part of their lives, that they're neighbours or even friends, then I know I'm reading a beautifully crafted novel. Such is the case with Winter Ball by Amy Lane. 

Christopher (Skipper) Keith and Richie Scoggins have been playing rec soccer together for six years, since they met at tech school. They've played side by side, hung out as best friends, and shared their relationship woes with one another. Neither of them has been able to form lasting relationships with any of the women they've dated and finding love and a HEA has started to feel impossible. One freezing night after practice, talking leads to something more. A kiss, some fumbled, but incredible, making out, and they see each other in an entirely different light. How is it possible that all these feelings tumbling out of them have remained unrealised for so long? 

When two slightly broken men from fractured, largely loveless, homes find something precious together, they must learn to trust each other and the feelings they uncover. Accepting that they are, and have unknowingly always been, gay is the first step. Working out how to leave their past hurts behind, to be the best they can be for each other, will take a leap of faith and determination. 

Richie's hateful step brothers and bitter, homophobic father will do everything in their power to destroy his chance at happiness. Working with them in the family business and living in the garage of his fathers home makes things even more difficult for Richie. Skipper has to learn to accept who he is whilst fearing that he'll lose the only 'family' he has; his soccer team, and his work colleague, Carpenter. Fear may keep them apart, but acceptance and courage could lead to the formation of the kind of real family they both crave. 

In Winter Ball, Amy Lane has crafted a heartwarming story of two lost souls finding each other. Richie and Christopher are the slightly broken friends you want to fix. Two beautiful young men who so deserve a HEA that you're willing them towards it from page one. I couldn't put this book down and neither will you. It will warm your heart and leave a smile on your face long after you finish it. Five fabulous stars. 
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