A Shot at Forgiveness, by Cardeno C, was a short, quick enjoyable read. In this story two gentlemen who went to school together, from kindergarten through graduation, are reunited. While in school Rafi and Isaac did not run in the same circles. Isaac was a popular “jock” that hung out with all the cool kids, while Rafi was more of a clumsy nerd. It is now twelve years later and Rafi is a self-assured lawyer, while Isaac is an NBA star. Isaac and Rafi reconnect when Isaac walks into a coffee shop where Rafi is eating with some friends. Because he believes that Isaac is his worst nightmare he attempts to blow him off. Since Isaac is an NBA star, his friends are not as quick to ignore him. Isaac is so determined to get Rafi to talk to him that he invites Rafi to dinner and when Rafi doesn’t show, Isaac stalks him at his apartment.
What I found most interesting about this book is that the two characters are so vastly different from each other, but, as is human nature, have the same basic wants and needs. Rafi has learned to be assertive and stand up for what he wants, while overcoming his belief that Isaac was his biggest tormentor throughout school. Isaac has learned how to be himself. He learned what the feelings that he could not and did not understand during school actually meant. As often happens in life, when the two of them finally sat down and talked they discovered they each had a different perception of many events.
While I enjoyed this story, it did read a little choppy and I was disappointed that it did not give, in my opinion, realistic attention to the fact that an NBA star would be coming out as gay. Cardeno C. is one of my favorite, go to authors.
-Reviewed by Selina