Title: The Jock Script
Series: The Script Club #3
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Release Date: Sept. 24, 2021
Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex
Genre: Romance, Bisexual, Jock and Nerd, Romantic Comedy, Coming Out, Humor
The nerd, the coach, and the hookup…
Swipe left, swipe left, swipe left. Sure, the idea of a quick, no-strings intimate rendezvous via hookup app sounds oddly thrilling, but it’s simply not me. Or maybe it is me, because it happened…and I liked it. Until I realized he looked familiar for a reason. A bad reason. Now I’ve made a faux pas with the sexiest man on planet Earth, and my internal karma system requires me to fix it. Help!
I may seem like I have it together, but the truth is, I’m a hot mess. I’m so deep in the closet that I can’t remember my real name some days. That’s okay. The benefit of one-night stands is anonymity. Until Asher. Not a total surprise. I’ve always had a thing for geeks, but I’ve never met anyone like him. He’s a pint-sized dynamo on a quest for perfection who can help me come out…if I follow his script.
Hmm. I’m in.
The Jock Script is an MM bisexual, geek/jock romance starring a bowtie wearing nerd, a sexy lacrosse coach, and a shenanigan inducing script!
Asher closed his mouth in a tight line and sighed. “We should change the topic. Every time I’m with you, I secure my spot in Hades.”
I threw my head back and laughed. “What’s with you and the guilty conscience? I admire your commitment to honesty, Ash, but I don’t think it’s healthy to punish yourself after the fact. Not to mention, your rules seem arbitrary. They don’t make sense.”
“Sure, they do.”
“Hmph. You say sex is a part of nature, and you’re happy to discuss it until your internal sex-o-meter overloads and you decide you’ve overstepped some invisible boundary. It’s like you want to punish yourself for no good reason.”
Asher opened and closed his mouth. “I don’t do that.”
I polished off my salad, pushed my plate aside, and reached for my wineglass. “Yeah, you do. You should give yourself a break once in a while.”
“Says the devil incarnate.”
“Who me?” I flashed a roguish grin. “I’m not so bad, and you don’t have to be so good. Is this the remnants of a super religious upbringing or—”
“Oh, gosh, no. My mother is a hippie. She’s not judgmental at all.”
“I’m just weird, Blake.”
His tone was firm rather than sharp and sent a strong message that he’d prefer to drop the subject. In fact, he looked suspiciously eager to greet the waiter when he returned to clear our salad dishes and set dinner plates on the table. I observed his animated hand gestures, his starched collar, and perfectly straight bow tie, wondering what he was hiding under all that armor.
Asher wasn’t weird, he was—okay, fine…he was totally weird. But I had a feeling he was compensating too. Making up for something or glossing over an unseen flaw. Sort of like a kid standing guard over a lamp he’d busted by accident. No one would notice as long as he made sure the unblemished side was never shown.
Call me crazy, but that got me. Yes, I was very attracted to him and definitely wanted to get naked and horizontal with him ASAP. But I wanted to know him too. I wanted to peel away his protective layers and study his quirks. His internal system of checks and balances fascinated me.
I twirled my fork around my pasta and smiled. “You know, I’m no devil and anyone who sucks dick like you cannot be an angel. There’s got to be a good middle ground for us.”
“Yes. As friends.”
“Right,” I agreed, shifting in my seat to adjust my cock when he hummed around a mouthful of pasta. No joke, my dick woke up at the mention of alien sex and was now stretching the seam of my zipper. I sipped my wine and willed my body to get the “friend” memo. “So, buddy…since we’re supposed to be spending time together now, I think you should come to my game next weekend.”
“Game,” he repeated, drawing out the single syllable into two. “The one you coach? Or do you play also?”
“I play with a club team, but our season ended a couple of weeks ago. We’re on a break till summer, which is fine ’cause my kids have finals and my girls’ team is in the last stretch before CIFs.”
“I don’t understand that acronym, but I’ll come to your game and maybe afterward we can do power tool…things.”
“Sounds like a date. The game is at ten at Westgate. I’ll text you the address.”
“Okay. I have questions, like…where do I sit and what should I wear? Also, what are the rules?”
I smiled. “Sit wherever you want and wear whatever you want. The idea is to have fun. Well…and to kick OC Lutheran’s ass. As for the rules…the goal is to put the ball in the net more times than our opponent. You’ll be able to follow along.”
He didn’t look convinced. “I’ll do some research. Now, what about us? Do you want me to be there and not speak or…are you going to introduce me? And if so, what will you say? I need to rehearse my lines.”
“Lines? This isn’t a play, Ash. We’re friends.”
“No, we’re not. We hardly know each other.”
I frowned. “Then we need to fix that ’cause I’m going to introduce you as my friend. It’s less complicated that way.”
“And if someone asks where we met, I’m allowed to improvise, correct?” he teased. taking a big bite of pasta.
Too big of a bite. He slurped a rogue piece of tagliatelle with wide eyes, then covered his mouth with his napkin. It was pretty freaking cute. I pointed at the sauce on his cheek.
When he swiped at the wrong side, I hooked my finger and motioned for him to lean in. I wiped his cheek with my thumb, underestimating the intimacy of the gesture. The strong current of heat and desire sizzling between us threw me off guard, rendering me speechless.
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~ * ~ Kathy‘s Review ~ * ~
Another venture into the fun and flirty world of jocks and nerds. Ms. Hayes creates solid characters that bring the pages to life. I love how she takes the most unlikely couple and creates a very believable and loving relationship that is not only endearing but, of course, sizzling.
In book three of the Script Club series, we are introduced to the biggest geek of the group, Asher. He was a perfect complement to hunky Blake, who is a very respected lacrosse coach. At first glance, one might think Blake is the one that has his life under control and knows how to achieve his goals. Compared to our bowtied Asher, he has much to learn. Asher might appear a bit odd, but he knows what he wants out of life.
The story contains all the elements that I love, and the characters have hidden strengths. Friends become something more, and for the first time, Blake wanted to earn someone else’s respect. Blake certainly achieved that with me. The slow but steady change of ‘Mr. Love Them Once’ was tender and had all the right feels!
Hard choices become a simple decision with the right person behind you. The Star Wars geek with his Yoda slippers and the sexy as sin coach put a constant smile on my face. I strongly recommend this romance. While it can stand alone, do yourself a favor and read the previous books in this series. You’ll be glad that you did. Happy reading!
* * * Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement * * *
~ * ~ Jamie‘s Review ~ * ~
The Jock Script is book 3 in The Script Club series by Lane Hayes. It is a low angst sports romance about a closeted bisexual jock and an endearing but slightly neurotic nerd.
It picks up with a very pragmatic Asher, looking for a good time on a hook-up app. He’s looking for a one-night-only situation to fit his hectic schedule. He comes across Blake’s profile that states he’s just curious and looking for a one-night stand. They have one very steamy and enjoyable night without swapping names.
Blake has many secrets he’s keeping from people, but the biggest is his sexual identity. His walls begin to close in on him, so he decides he wants to be true to himself and come out. He reaches back out to his one-night stand via the app. After moving past some drama from a previous book, a friendship of sorts begins between them. Asher creates a binder with a three-part plan for Blake to come out. It was rather sweet that he put in the effort to create the binder for Blake. Naturally, feelings developed between them. They had great chemistry, and their banter made me laugh several times.
This book was a sweet and nerdy love story. It fits into the series well. There was excellent continuity across the series, and I’m looking forward to the next book.
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~ * ~ Jen‘s Review ~ * ~
I enjoyed this book. I haven’t read the other books in the series yet, but I had no issues reading this one as a standalone. That said, I probably will go back and read the others to get the stories of Asher’s roommates because they were pretty intriguing.
Asher has quirks, and his need to keep things just right could grate on people, but I loved how Blake just found it amusing and rolled with it. I especially liked seeing Blake manage to get Asher to let go and enjoy things from time to time. I was so happy when Asher’s mom finally had a heart-to-heart talk with Asher and helped him.
Blake is in the closet and struggling with how to proceed. His decision to ask Asher for help after their app hookup was an interesting choice but a good one in the end. Blake needed a friend that he could be candid with and learn how to move forward. While the consequences of his coming out weren’t as bad in some cases as he expected, other things did go wrong. Thankfully, he was confident enough and happy with himself and Asher to meet the challenge head-on by then. I’m glad that even though their road to happiness was tough and they had some misunderstandings, they managed to find their way together.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***
Lane Hayes loves a good romance! An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016, 2017, and 2018-2019 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.