Three Point Tuck is the story of a black, former football player turned high school football coach, Brendan Gateman, who meets a white paramedic, Randy Coughlan, when Randy and his partner work as volunteer paramedics during one of the first high school football games of the season. Randy is out and proud, but Brendan is still deep in the closet.
When Brendan and Randy cross paths, it’s clear that there’s a physical attraction, but Brendan would never make a move fearing the repercussions that would follow. Brendan has never been in a relationship with a man but he’s had seedy encounters, which he deeply regrets. He’s at the stage where he’s still coming to terms with his feelings and his attraction to men. Randy is under the assumption that Brendan is straight but they both attend a barbeque thrown by one of the parents of Brendan’s players and the story takes off from there.
I had high hopes for this story. It starts off very strong and the writing is good but by the middle of the story, when the characters finally make it clear that they’re interested in taking things further, my interest waned. I wasn’t particularly impressed with the dialogue and the initial sex scene doesn’t captivate me. There’s a great deal more I’d like to say about the sex scene but I honestly don’t wish to spoil it for those who are interested in reading. However, the shower scene between Brendan and Randy is hot.
I’ve read my fair share of M/M stories but this one simply doesn’t do it for me. In some instances, the storyline becomes a little too farfetched. I understand that in romance novels fantasy is intertwined as part of storytelling but a good dose of realism works for me. I also believe that it would have been beneficial if a bit more time was spent on editing. There are occasional grammatical errors, but nothing egregious. I think Charlie Richards is a talented writer. I was engaged and as I stated previously, I had high hopes that the story would take off.
Three Point Tuck may be a worthwhile read for some, but it just doesn’t hit the spot for me.
-Reviewed by Natalie
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