Title: The Weight Game
Author: Declan Rhodes
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb: In their battle against post-retirement weight gain, a former football star and a former hockey star meet in a hush-hush counseling group for celebrities.
Soon retired pro football player Gabe Finch is working on trash-talking his way into Logan Peterson’s heart.
Logan was an ice hockey star. Selected as league most valuable player in four different seasons, he retired after fifteen years as an eventual shoo-in for the Hall of Fame. Then he took a break. It was his time to let down and enjoy life. He didn’t know that the good times would catch up with him as a coach two years later when he found himself lying in a hospital bed after collapsing on the ice.
To all but those who knew him well, Gabe was the least likely of quarterback heroes. He trash-talked his teammates, bad-mouthed the media, and he was gay. However, with a football in his hand, Gabe achieved greatness. Three years after retirement, out of shape, overweight, and aimless, he didn’t know where to turn for his next act in life. Then he met Logan.
Saving the life of the man he might love is finally reason enough for Gabe to commit to turning his own life around. The only hitch is Logan is divorced, has two daughters, and has never loved a man before.
The growing passion between them becomes too intense to ignore, and they both know they can’t move forward without opening their hearts and letting them soar. A hush-hush weight loss counseling group for celebrities, current, and past, brought them together. Love, persistence, patience, and an iron will are all necessary to keep them there.
The Weighting Game is a standalone 55,000-word gay romance with first time gay, friends to lovers, and struggles with weight gain themes. It has steamy scenes and a happily-ever-after ending.
Review: In The Weighting Game, Declan Rhodes painted an interesting picture of two athletes who let it all go down hill after retirement. Like others entering retirement, their daily routines changed to an extreme extent. As athletes, they worked hard, burned thousands of calories daily and could eat virtually anything they wanted. But in retirement, they burned little to nothing, thus the calories they ate – well they stayed, they didn’t get burned off.
Now a few years after retirement, their bodies were telling them to make a significant change or else. What to do? Join a secret counseling group for the rich and famous, tell it all, and hope someone or something will help them get back to their pre-retirement bodies. Pride was the major issue they faced. Logan and Gabe sat next to each other, told their stories, and waited. So how do two former athletes make it happen? They join forces and challenge the other to win or in this case – to lose.
Throughout the book, both Gabe and Logan felt something for the other, something special, something more than camaraderie, something more than lust. The elephant in the room grew as they lost pounds and inches, as did the lust.
Rhodes wrote a great story of two men who crossed paths and found something more than they had originally expected. This is a simple story, told well. If you enjoy reading romantic stories with an interesting plot, then give The Weighting Game a try.
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