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The JOCK Series: Book Three Defining his sexuality didn’t make sense until his best friend spelled it out. Doug Archer did some pretty idiotic things in the first eight weeks of his junior year of college. First, he kissed his gay best friend, and second, he kissed a guy he’d mistaken for a girl. Not stellar moments for Doug. If he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his spot on theThe JOCK Series: Book Three Defining his sexuality didn’t make sense until his best friend spelled it out. Doug Archer did some pretty idiotic things in the first eight weeks of his junior year of college. First, he kissed his gay best friend, and second, he kissed a guy he’d mistaken for a girl. Not stellar moments for Doug. If he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his spot on the soccer team to the new freshman, or worse, he might misconstrue his new friend Rob’s overly affectionate tendencies for flirting. But if Doug isn’t bothered by another guy’s attention, and he normally dates girls, does that mean he’s gay or bisexual? Sam Garber suppressed his same-sex attraction his entire life. His father told him it was immoral, and Sam did everything he could to bury his feelings. However, after meeting Doug at a party and kissing him, Sam can’t think of anything else. He decides dating girls is the best way to keep his secret hidden. With playoffs in sight, this is no time to think about guys in any other context than soccer. Only neither boy anticipates the difficulty in suppressing his attraction for another jock!...

Title : Back Off! That's My Jock
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ISBN : 31369043
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Number of Pages : 314 Pages
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Back Off! That's My Jock Reviews

  • ☆ Todd
    2019-06-19 02:12

    This one worked pretty well for me, picking up where book 2 left off, with Chris' best friend, Doug, who's 'straight,' having recently kissed and gone on a date with a dude that he thought was actually a chick. (Long story, Sam was wearing a dress, a bit silly IMHO, so I won't bore you with those details.) But the point is that Doug kissed a boy and he liked it. A lot. To the point of near obsession. Then when said boy transfers to his college and joins his soccer team, he wants more. Maybe everything, even. But Sam is distant and avoids Doug like he has cooties.The main drama in this one surrounds Sam overcoming the anti-gay brain washing that his abusive, homophobic father drilled into him for 18 years. Sam even goes as far as to date a cheerleader, Mindy, because he believes that it will satisfy his father.So yep, loads of jealousy from Doug, as Sam secretly wants to be with Doug, too, but runs around sucking face with Mindy to avoid the temptation. Tres dramatical, people!But when Doug gets his own sorta-kinda-maybe girlfriend, Sam's the one who's jealous, so the guys eventually work through their collective bullshit and become a couple. Queue the painful "how could you use me like that?" big-ringed bitch slap by the ex-girlfriend and you get the picture.Once we finally get there, the book is chocked pretty full of sexy times, because, hello, Doug is 20 and Sam is 18, so... hormones.The friendships played a big part in this story, too, but less so between Doug and Chris this time, focusing more on a new friendship between Doug and Rob (Ellis' BFF,) who were both really there for one another when they needed to talk, which was nice.The romance was also handled well, so the feels did come through on-page, without anything feeling forced, ending with a nice, solid HFN, working 'toward' an HEA, if things continue on the same track.I was a little shocked when the on-page violence from Sam's dad finally went down. It came across as a wee bit over-the-top'ish, but not terribly so.The main detractor for the story was that I read and read and read and read, then looked at my progress and I was only half-way done. So yes, the book read as VERY LONG for me. It wasn't that it dragged, exactly, but there was what felt like sooooo much detail about every single character from all three books in this one that it didn't feel super-focused to me.So with so much of the book incorporating previous characters, Ellis & Cole, Chris & Alonzo, Doug & Sam, Rob, Cullen, and the list goes on, I would not recommend this one as a standalone read.The book was fun, angsty and sexy, so if you're a fan of the series, I'd most definitely give this one a read, too. And before you ask, no, there was NONE of that nonsense with Chris' dad and the cheerleaders in this one, so yaaaay on that front. ;- )Overall, I'd rate this one at a solid 4 stars, even though at times it read as fairly young.----------------------------------------------My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

  • Debra
    2019-05-25 22:31

    Orginally reviewed at Sinfully.This just may be my favorite book in the series. Book three in the Jock series picks up where the second book, No! Jocks Don't Date Guys, left off as far as the series timeline goes. While Doug and Sam’s love story is new, and Wade Kelly does recap any important prior events, I think anyone who has not read at least book two might be a little lost with respect to all the secondary characters in the story.Sam’s been raised by a father who grew more violent as the years passed once he had an idea that Sam was gay, seeking out any religion that would support his homophobic stance, and a mother that seemingly just closed her eyes to what was happening. His father browbeat him into doing all he could to suppress his attraction to men and Sam knows that it would just be easier for him to date girls. He’s recently been stuck in the middle of his parents’ fighting and impending divorce. Now that he’s escaped home and is away at school, there are times where he yearns to accept who he is, but those feelings are still up against what his father says is right. He still thinks his feelings are unnatural and against God’s will. As much as he wants Doug the fear of his father’s reaction outweighs it.Doug has been working through his own feelings since the last book, when his best friend Chris fell in love with Alonzo. He is really pretty comfortable with his attraction to Sam and is just trying to figure out whether he is gay or bisexual. Doug understands that Sam is working through some issues and tries to be there for Sam however he needs him to be. Easier said than done as Sam continues to date a cheerleader and Doug finds it hard to keep his anger and jealousy hidden. Both of them are guilty of sending mixed signals and not really communicating with each other.There is definitely insta-love in this story and both men know the other has strong feelings very early on. I found myself alternately being angry with and then feeling bad for Sam. Since the story is told mostly from Doug’s point of view, it hurt being in Doug’s shoes watching Sam date Mindy, even knowing why he was doing it and the damage his father had done to him. I was angry at Sam when, knowing full well how Doug feels, he asks Doug not to see any girls, seeks out physical contact with Doug, yet he continues on with Mindy. I couldn’t blame Doug for acting out on his jealousy and anger. Wade Kelly definitely knows how to get the emotions her characters are experiencing across to her readers. The only thing that saved me from writing off Sam early on was getting a bit of Sam’s point of view and his background.Most of the characters from the first two books are back and some even have chapters from their points of view. Chris and Alonzo play a large supporting role as does Ellis, who is back again coaching the soccer team. My favorite returning character though is Rob (Ellis’ best friend from My Roommate's a Jock? Well, Crap!) who is back with his open-minded spirituality. There are religious undertones in many of these stories and Rob is so good at remaining true to his faith while offering up guidance without judgment. Rob becomes a lifeline for both MC’s, but especially Doug, who in turn provides Rob with much needed friendship.This is a series that focuses on characters coming to terms with themselves and coming out amongst the outside pressures and expectations of family and friends. As with the prior books this one has plenty of emotional ups and downs while still being funny and sexy. It doesn’t skimp on the drama and angst and provides a wide variety of reactions from supportive to outright hateful, with some characters coming around in unexpected ways. I found myself pulled into each character’s situation and was completely invested in every moment of happiness Doug and Chris found together. Now that Doug’s story has been told, I’m begging you Wade, please bring Russell back and put Rob out of his misery before he has a breakdown. That man needs a happy ever after of his own if anyone does! (PS: Wade Kelly has since promised that yes, Rob will be put out of his misery. :D )

  • Serena Yates
    2019-06-15 03:10

    Ever since I "met" Doug in the previous book of this series, I was curious about his story. There were only a few things I knew for sure before I started reading: Doug is a passionate soccer player, he is best friends with Chris, the soccer team captain and his roommate, and Doug is utterly confused about his sexuality. Oh yes, he also quickly gets angry and he tends to act before he thinks. Hence his insane jealousy when Chris falls in love and the stupidity of kissing him full-out just to see what happens. I suspected that ‘Back Off! That’s My Jock’ was going to be full of drama and angst – and I was right. But it also shows the issues a bisexual man can encounter, not just within himself, but also from his family and friends. The result is an emotional roller coaster full of more questions than answers, some great insights into what defining your sexuality can mean, and a wonderful slow-burn love story. Doug is confused before this story even starts, and it doesn’t get better in a hurry. He has seen his best friend fall in love – with a guy, has found out that his coach is married to a guy, and managed to kiss two guys himself. Admittedly, one was a sort-of angry kiss and involved his best friend, Chris, who has since forgiven him. As for the other kiss – Doug honestly thought he was kissing a girl, only to find out that Sam is a boy and had only dressed up as a girl for fun. Doug has been dating girls for a while, so why is he suddenly attracted to a boy? I can only imagine his confusion, but because most people think of themselves (and by extension everyone else) in a binary way – as either man or woman, gay or straight – I could also understand why it took Doug so long to understand himself.Sam has just transferred into the same college as Doug, also plays soccer, but has an entirely different set of issues than Doug. He knows he is gay but his tyrant of a father “will not allow it”. He has used pressure and even violence to drill one thing into Sam’s head: he cannot be gay and awful things will happen if he isn’t “normal” and falls in love with a girl. Sam has learned to suppress his attraction to boys all his life and has become so good at it that he is beginning to believe he is straight after all. But then he meets Doug, Doug kisses him, and Sam realizes he is in trouble. Even dating a girl doesn’t make his growing feelings for Doug go away, and since they keep running into each other when playing soccer, it isn’t as though Sam can just stay away.Sometimes figuring out who you are, whom you want to spend your life with, and how to get rid of preconceptions your parents taught you can be tough. Both Sam and Doug struggle, and as a result their relationship, such as it is in the beginning, suffers more than one setback. But as disappointing as these repeated one-step-ahead-two-steps-back events were for me when I read this novel, I don’t think this story would have been realistic without them. I was glad that Wade took the time to have both main characters work through their issues in a way that made sense, and the resulting love story was all the more emotionally satisfying for it.If you like stories about two jocks falling for each other with neither of them knowing what to do about it, if you want to find out more about what it feels like to be bisexual and to realize you don’t fit into any of the binary either/or boxes people are familiar with, and if you’re looking for a read that has more than one twist and turn on the road to happiness, then you will probably like this novel.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Chad
    2019-06-06 02:22

    Another awesome entry into the amazingly written JOCK series! Loved Doug and Sam's journey it was a roller coaster ride of fun, adventures and emotions!

  • Daniel Mitton
    2019-06-14 21:16

    (Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the publisher / author for an honest review.)Welcome to the third installment in Wade Kelly’s Jock Series. We met Doug Archer and Sam Garber in the second installment in the series. Doug was Chris’ best friend, and Sam was Cullen’s cousin who was dressed as a girl for a family inside joke at a party. The same party where Doug kissed him thinking he was a girl. Then they went on a date, with Doug still thinking Sam was a Samantha. Things didn’t go so well…but now he can’t get Sam out of his mind.Sam Garber has had a pretty crappy childhood. His father is a total homophobe, pressuring and terrorizing Sam throughout the years and telling him he can’t be gay. Sam’s Dad has become increasingly violent since the untimely death of Sam’s older sister, and Sam’s mother has managed to get Sam sent to Maryland and the college where his cousin Cullen attends school. She hopes the separation will be good for Sam, and that it will get him away from his Dad while she works on divorcing the man.When Sam shows up on the field at one of the team’s practice, Doug is blown away. And the story builds from there. There is a lot of angst in this one. Sam is working hard to please his father and dating girls. Doug has feelings for Sam, but they don’t appear to be returned. To make things harder, as I mentioned…they are both on the school’s soccer team.This book has a lot of things packed into it. It has a winning soccer team which is working its way towards a national championship. It has a young man, or maybe two, in denial. It has severe homophobia from Sam’s Dad and also from an opponent soccer team. It has child abuse and spouse abuse. It has graphic violence in some sections. It also has some tender first time moments.As with the other books in this series, I got to the end to find it is a “happy for now” ending, but there is definitely more to come. I recommend the book. I enjoy Ms. Kelly’s stories and characters. The only reason this current book is getting a 4.0 instead of a 4.5 is that I thought this particular story might have been just a little too dragged out. It might have been the mood I was in this week, but I didn’t love it as much as the previous books in the series and Ms. Kelly’s other books. It might also be that the characters are too young for me to empathize with and understand. The book isn’t really written for my age group/demographic, so that isn’t surprising.All of that said, I’ll still definitely be waiting for Jock 4 to see what happens next! Because when it comes right down to it…I love me some Wade Kelly!

  • T.M. Smith
    2019-06-15 20:14

    Doug Archer has been questioning his sexuality for a while now. After making a pass at his best friend and roommate, Chris, Doug has to entertain the idea that he just might be attracted to the same sex. Add to that a date with Sam Garber, who at the time was dressed like a chick, and Doug's sexual identity is in crisis. He worries about what his parents will think, what his other teammates might say and Doug really doesn't like labels.Sam Garber was only wearing a dress the night of the party because he lost a bet. As much as he enjoyed the time he spent with Doug, the abuse he's suffered at the hands of his homophobic father causes Sam to deny his feelings for Doug. He even goes so far as to cut off his gorgeous hair and date a girl, all in an attempt to prove to his father and himself that he's straight. But the heart wants what the heart wants. Stolen moments and shared kisses start to chip away at Sam's resolve where Doug is concerned. While Doug quickly discovers his concerns while valid with some, are not a concern at all with most. He is ever patient with Sam while he struggles to come to terms with the fact that he's in love with Doug. Wade Kelly is an auto buy for me. I don't even have to know what the story is about, I know I'm going to love it. Her stories are real, raw and poetic. Her characters are broken but beautiful, their struggles are real and they have depth because of the reality to their storylines. I think it's Kelly's faith that gives her the ability to create these perfectly flawed characters and make the reader not only relate to them, but root for them as well. What I enjoyed most about this story in particular was how both young men struggled with similar identity crisis, but eventually found their way. Especially Doug. He was so patient with Sam and that just made his character much more endearing for me. Definitely a must read for those that are a fan of the Author and, or the series. Readers who like detailed stories, hard fought happy ever afters and stories about young adults that are drowning in angst will surely enjoy this book as well. I highly recommend starting with the first Jock book though if you're new or you'll be lost. But that's just my two cents.

  • Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
    2019-05-30 21:08

    Review @STRWBack Off! That’s My Jock by Wade Kelly is the third book in the Jock series and starts where book two ended. Guess what? I totally missed book two was released and I admit I was a little dubious when I began to read this new release, I prefer to read series in order, otherwise I could easily find myself confused by the story and end up not liking the book. This was not the case! Of course I would have love to meet Chris and Alonso and discovered how they fell in love, nevertheless for me Back Off! That’s My Jock worked well because the author was great at filling in what I missed in the previous book.I liked this book a lot, it was well paced, well written and with amazing characters. Each of them, especially the second ones, was amazing. I can already anticipate you I’m dying to have Rob story in my hands. He is the friend I never had and I so want to have. I met Ellis (and Cole just in few scenes) and he was just how remember him, caring and careful of the people around him. I loved Doug because he made up his mind and went after who he wants, waiting patiently for his Sam to be brave enough to follow his heart.What I didn’t like and brought down my rating just a little was the final scene with Sam’s dad. I’m not going into details because I don’t want to spoil the plot, but IMO it was really unnecessary for a kind of book like this. It would have been a great story evenly. It added too much drama to a novel where all the elements were perfectly balanced until that point. It left me a bad taste in my mouth.Plus the sex scenes were too many to me but this is a preference of mine, with characters so young I want a litlle less sex.I feel I can recommend Back Off! That’s My Jock especially if you’re a fan of the series or of the suthor, or if you’re looking for a funny, sexy and well done story.The cover art by Anne Cain is not a winner to me, simply cause I don’t like all that red on it.

  • 315
    2019-05-30 03:25

    DNF 54%No, just no.

  • Erica Chilson
    2019-06-14 23:13

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads4 Stars. Previously I've read 'Names Can Never Hurt Me' by Wade Kelly. However, I am new to the Jocks series, and was reading it as a standalone. I will be honest, since I hadn't read the two previous books, I was slightly lost at the start. If you pick this book up at random, (like I did for review) the beginning may have you close to throwing in the towel. The total of my thoughts were, "Wow, that's a lot of telling instead of showing!" "I want to read it in real-time, not be given a play-by-play." (Obviously- hopefully- these scenes were abbreviated because they were in previous books, but I didn't know that, as I didn't know this was the 3rd in a series when I signed up to review. My bad- I'm so used to standalone series, where the new narrator connects in the series but it's 'new')I'm a serious reader, who doesn't like over-the-top zany slapstick, so when Doug met Rob in the grocery store, I was so close to DNFing. Close enough that I warned our Wicked Reads' mistress that I may have to bow out of this read & review to save my Kindle from bodily harm. Rob rubbed me wrong (I'm positive if I knew Rob from the previous books, I would have continued without issue, not finding Rob annoying) I was so worried Rob was Doug's love interest, with the zany nicknames and odd behavior (becoming the assistant coach scene). But Doug was the narrator, and I was enjoying his more serious voice, so I continued. By the time Rob asked Doug, "Do you want to play Uno?" I was on board. I'd fallen in love with Rob, and so happy I continued to read instead of not finishing due to issues. Bear in mind, I figured I was missing many things that would have connected me to past narrators, as I didn't read those books. The overall entertainment, enjoyment, and glee would have been ten times higher if I'd read the books in order. So I do plan on reading book 1 & 2 in my free-time, and I hope we get Rob's story soon.Doug & Sam are the love interests, with an interesting backstory, which I wished I would have gotten to read in real-time. (But maybe I do in a previous book?!? Same with Chris and the kiss, I assume). Doug has 90% of the narration time, with Sam having a few scenes, as well as Chris having a voice. It wasn't quite balanced for my tastes- the switching of the narration, but it was nice to hear their sides, as well as see other characters not directly connected to Doug. Instead of diving into the storyline, which is too spoilery for me, I'll just let you know how I felt as I read the book. Call me a hormonal/over-emotional girl, if you will, but I got teary-eyed through the book for no reason whatsoever. Whether it was sad, sweet, tortured, celebratory, funny, or conflicted, whatever was going on on-scene had me tearing up. 9 times out of 10, the guy who almost had me DNFing the book was the one who made me smile or cry. Rob. I need more Rob. Back Off! That's My Jock. Okay, so the title makes it appear as if it's a cheesy, erotic novella. But in truth, there was a ton of story packed in the pages, with a wealth of depth. My only negative, which had me rating 4 stars was the length. The book just felt too long. Even though I was entertained, I found myself looking at the % read. Often. From 60% - 90%, nothing of note actually happened, and what did, could have been added to the first 60% or the last 10%. I lost interest, found myself skimming, and was generally bored as scenes were pretty much redundant to the previous ones. Filler. I don't want to sound mean, but this portion didn't drive the story or character development forward, and may cause a few readers to skim as I did. I definitely recommend this book to fans of MM Romance and Sports Romance. I look forward to going back and reading books 1 & 2 in the series and checking out Wade Kelly's previous works.

  • JenCW
    2019-06-02 21:15

    Doug is very confused and a little hurt. He met a girl at a party and kissed her. He asked her out, not realizing that it was a guy in a dress. They had a good time, but then Sam doesn't talk to Doug again. When Sam is suddenly attending the same school and on the soccer team with Doug, they both must face each other. This story follows the two of them as the try to understand themselves as well as their connection to each other. Sam has grown up with a father he fears. He wants to keep his father happy by dating girls, but he's never dated anyone and feels awkward about it. Doug can't get Sam out of his head, but must reconcile his sexuality. Both MCs learn a lot about themselves in this book. I really sympathized with Doug and him trying to be patient while still being jealous while Sam dated someone else. I also felt for Sam. He was finally away from his controlling father, and suddenly he's getting attention from girls for the first time. Meanwhile, he's attracted to Doug. Watching Sam overcome his fear, and their friends supporting them both was fantastic. The supporting cast of characters in this book and series are great. While I suspect that certain situations mentioned in this book would be appreciated a bit more by reading the series from the beginning, I started reading it before realizing that I had only read book one. I was still able to follow and enjoy this book without issues. That being said, I'm off to read book two now. This book is a great addition to this series, and I am looking forward to reading the next book when it comes out. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased, honest review*

  • Mandy Ryder
    2019-05-20 23:30

    This book has become my favourite of the Jock series and once again Wade tackles sensitive subjects in a head on way. Bi-sexuality and domestic abuse. Doug stepped over the boundaries of friendship in several ways in book 2 and I disliked him for it but only because he had his own inner turmoil. In this book you find far more depth to him. And Sam, well Sam is just super cute and adorable, a happy little chap. He has his own hidden issues and struggles but the chemistry between them is undeniable. All the characters from the first two books make an awesome addition to this story. This is a must read in my opinion.

  • Susan Laine
    2019-06-03 22:08

    Two college boys meet. One is dressed like a girl. A kiss happens. But one boy is bisexual and the other comes from an excruciatingly religious, abusive family. Angst, angst, angst abound.In case you want to know, Doug's POV is in first person while Sam's are in third person. That seems like the new norm for dual perspective these days. Just FYI. It's easy to get accustomed to, so I had no trouble there.The beginning is a bit on the dull side, with long pages of exposition. I wanted to see things happen, not be told about them after the fact. Namely how Doug and Sam(antha) met. We do get to see that scene eventually but it might have worked better in the beginning. Nonetheless, when we do see it, it's short and to the point. I liked how easily the scene flowed.This is a good book. If you've read my previous reviews of this series, you know I adore them. Kelly is a great writer who has a knack for realistic characters and dialogue, humor and angst, awkwardness of teen years and growing up, friendship and family, not to mention love and sensuality. I especially love how he portrays friends, for example Rob who's my favorite, a fun person I love to read about. Everyone needs a Rob in their lives. Though, on a side note, some might not appreciate the lengthy talks about religion here, specifically Christianity. But since Rob is such a nice person, his views are positive and kind. In these turbulent, hate-filled times, that was a nice change.Kelly's grasp of characterization shines here as well. Both Doug and Sam come off as three-dimensional characters, flesh and blood boys trying to make sense of things changing in their lives. Doug's temper and jealousy, for one, are a few of his defining characteristics. But he's also a compassionate defender of those he cares for. Sam's fears are also given center stage, the trauma of being brought up in fear because of a violent, ultra-religious father and a mother scared into silence. Sam is afraid to love Doug and Doug has ways to go before he knows who he himself is but the two boys inevitably gravitate toward each other.The structure of the book is a bit off. For example, when Doug and Sam finally kiss again, the scene is immediately interrupted by several chapters of Sam's version of everything that's happened before, things that we already learned from Doug's perspective. That really irked me, since it seemed useless. Sam's feelings, his confusion, could have been depicted differently. It wasn't necessary to hear his thoughts when the reader could infer those things from his reactions, expressions and words, from Doug's chapters just fine.The first half on the story is full of angst in the sense that Doug is confused about his sexuality and wants to be with Sam, while Sam is buried deep in the closet and afraid of being true to himself. Be forewarned that both guys date and kiss girls during the story, so if you consider that cheating, then steer clear.The interpersonal angst and the inner self-reflections felt realistic and relatable. I especially appreciated the way Sam began to learn how to question the things his father had told him, that all gays are faggots, that it's unnatural, etc. It wasn't a quick epiphany but more of a series of slow realizations. Sam really grows into his own man during the story, finding his courage and sense of self. In contrast, Doug learns to curb his temper and think things through, take his time, and be patient. His puzzlement over whether he's straight, gay, or bisexual was rather well done. His dad's and Chris's influence on Doug's thought processes were quite revealing. I was glad bisexuality was given the credit it deserves. Labels and fitting into boxes don't work for everyone.In the second half of the book the plot kind of falls apart a bit. First we get a lot of sports situations. And I mean a lot. Then we get a violent parent who goes off the deep end toward the melodramatic. It was obvious from the start this would happen but did it need to? It felt like once the boys decide to be together, the tension of would-they-wouldn't-they was resolved, and a new one had to be created. After the intense interpersonal conflicts of the first half, the second half didn't really do it for me. The sex was hotter than the sun, though, so that was a plus.The overall message of hope, love, friendship, family, and togetherness were strong throughout. Kelly's writing style is strong, with a mix of inner monologue, dialogue, and sensual or physical scenes. Noteworthy is the fact that the boys belong to a soccer team, so most of the story revolves around the team, friendships, games, competitions, etc. Sort of a sports-themed romance. But more than that, I think this was about sexual identity and self-identity, and those subjects were handled exceedingly well.Though this is a standalone book, to get the most out of these characters and the issues and conflicts covered, I suggest you read the whole series. This is the third in the Jock series, and they're all worth a read. Recommended to those who like college boys figuring things out, who appreciate romances heavy on the angst factor and naughty sex, and who wish to understand through one example of what it's like to be bisexual. I liked this a lot, and I'm looking forward to more.

  • Christina's Bookshelf
    2019-06-06 03:14

    I'll be honest. I hadn't read the first two books first. However, with Wade's writing I was never lost. I did however feel very bad for both Doug and Sam. You can see my full review on my YouTube Channel:

  • Moonsorrow
    2019-05-22 23:07

    Even though I like Kelly's books, the unnatural and awkward dialogue prevents me from giving the titles more than a three. Plus, the book is cheesy! Still worth reading though.

  • Kk
    2019-05-21 01:07

    Im giving this 3 stars but really, that is an exaggeration...Sams character was whiny and unlikable. Doug was a doormat. The pov switched inconsistently & unnecessarily. If the story was about Sam & Doug, why am I reading Cole? I was getting more interested in Robs story than the MCs..

  • Marty Bruno
    2019-06-01 03:18

    Shock. Laughter. Tears. Anger. I had all these going at once in some parts. What a great read! Can't wait for the next one to come out.

  • Chelsey Doering-Mathews
    2019-05-30 00:36

    Sexist! No more from this author. Ugh.

  • Natosha Wilson
    2019-06-21 00:18

    Wade Kelly out did it with this book. This is just simply an incredibly emotional read and I would suggest this book to anyone who wants an amazing read.Doug is a soccer star in college. He has Ana amazing family and a great group of friends that he not only grew up with but also attends college and plays soccer with. He has had many girlfriends in years past but has never fallen in love with anyone. Over the years he has momentarily questioned his attraction towards guys but has always pushes it to the side as if it was nothing more then a fleeting thought.Sam met Doug at a party at his cousins house. When they met, Sam was wearing a dress because of a dare/bet that his cousins pull off every year and this year it was his turn. When they first meet Sam does not realize that Doug believes that he is a girl but finds out not long after the fact. It left things awkward between them seeing as how Doug kisses him when Doug still beloved him to be a girl. Neither realized they would be seeing one another again so soon after the fact but fate happens and they are now in the same college and on the same soccer team. Even though Doug has never really took in stock in him being attracted to other guys, he cannot forget his time with Sam. Also the attraction is still very much there between them. Slowly the two become friends and then later on they kiss again. In turn this really freaks out Sam because he only knows what he has been told by his father and he fears him. Same father will not accept him as gay and has abused him in the past to get his point across.Sam knows that he is in love with Doug but he has a hard time coming to terms with it because of his past with his father. These two men have a rocky road ahead of them but with the help of their family, friends, and teammates they stand a chance at finding true happiness tougher.I truly enjoyed reading this book. It was packed full of so many different emotions. I found myself being upset with Sam at some points in the book but also sympathetic in others. Both Doug and Sam had to go through such an emotional roller coaster to be able to get on even ground together. And my heart truly broke for Sam and the abuse that he went through with his dad. I love that their teammates were all supportive and stood by them against homophobia. This book was such an incredible read and had such an impact on me while reading it. Wade Kelly truly has an amazing book on their hands that I believe that many people will feel the same impact that I did from reading it.I was given this galley copy for free for an honest review.

  • Sieran
    2019-06-10 21:30

    At first, I quite liked Sam, because he has such a sweet, feminine manner about him, and is very pretty (like a girl) with sparkling green eyes. A very attractive image, I would say, as I am very gynephilic when it comes to my aesthetic tastes. Yet, I later got a bit annoyed at him for being so reluctant to change something he really needed to change. I do sympathize with what happened to him, but still, the length of time it took for him to make that change was getting on my nerves. Perhaps consequently, the story grew to be a bit of a drag. I don’t mind long stories at all; I love long books, even if it’s 700+ pages. However, Back Off! That’s My Jock seemed to have stretched to an unnecessary extent. At least to me.Doug was okay to me, though I wasn’t very interested in him as a character.What I loved most about this book were many of the secondary characters. Rob was my favorite: so adorable, happy, quirky, compassionate, and open-minded. I’m also glad there’s a Christian character portrayed in a positive light in this story, because all too often in gay romances, Christian characters are villainous and bigoted. In reality, many Christians (though not all) are pro-LGBT, and some of them are queer themselves. I always appreciate it when a novel ponders on homosexuality as seen from an orthodox Christian perspective, versus gayness as seen from an open-minded Christian perspective. In the latter, characters rightfully question what’s wrong with two people of the same gender falling for each other, especially as their love is so beautiful, caring, and selfless. After all, God is love, not hate. I honestly can’t think of a rational reason why same-sex romantic relationships would be harmful to anyone either, so why would God forbid them?Rob’s backstory was rather interesting too, so I hope there’ll be a sequel with him as the star!Chris was my second favorite character. He’s so cool and such a supportive and wonderful friend! And it’s super touching to see how he and Alonzo love each other. They are so romantic! I really like Alonzo as a character too. Ellis was also great; Cole I didn’t see enough of to decide how I feel about him as a person. Nonetheless, I would be happy to read the previous books in this series later on, particularly the book on Chris and Alonzo.

  • Teeny
    2019-05-21 00:07

    So I didn't find a review that might have expressed my feelings for this book so here goes me trying to articulate them.First of all I think the cover is wrong. Sam from the descriptions is red-haired and a Bieber lookalike but nowhere did it said that he was ripped like that. Unlike Doug that he is apparently a very fit guy and a brunette. So the cover is distracting 'cos I think I see Doug when it's supposedly Sam.Secondly there were so many editing errors it's not even a joke. I don't know what's up with Dreamspinner but this isn't the first book in the last 20-30 I read from them that make me think that their quality is slipping on that point.Now let's talk plot. I haven't read any other books from Kelly apart from her Jock series and Bankers' Hours so I'm not very familiar with her writing style but here throughout the book I had the feeling that something just wasn't clicking correctly while reading. I even considered DNFing it at 75%.Anyways I stuck with it 'cos it flowed easily but what I came to realize was that when the characters talked to themselves it felt awkward, like Kelly wasn't sure how to make that come across. Also there was some weird phrasing sometimes like Sam's uncle saying "Aunt Deanna left ten minutes..." why not say "Your aunt left..."?But the main thing that felt wrong to me was that the actions of the characters spoke true of their ages but their thoughts and their voices didn't ring true to me. For example Doug is always saying how young is Sam is, when he himself ISN'T even of legal age to drink so that makes their age difference that of 2 years and not 12 like it seems when reading sometimes. Yes 2 years of college have probably afforded Doug more experience than Sam might have as a high school graduate that was home schooled, did online courses and was maybe quite sheltered ('cos except his father's abuse and some of the reasons for it we don't really know much about Sam's everyday life before we went to McDaniel College) but it's not like Doug got those experiences without his security blankets (his friends are in the same college as him, he goes to college in the town he grew up in and his family is there too)!!!That for me was the main issue. I just couldn't believe that the words and thoughts I'd read belonged to 20 year old guys. Frankly I can hardly believe that 24yo Ellis is a coach in a college.

  • justanya
    2019-05-28 02:27

    He kissed a boy and he liked it... even though at the time he thought the boy was a pretty girl. Boy didn't that one action turn Doug's world upside down! Poor Doug is left feeling confused and questioning his sexuality. He always considered himself straight but now because of that darn kiss he can't get Sam out of his mind.Our boy in a dress Sam, has had a very tough life. I don't want to give anything away but lets just say that his situation at home has forced him to deny that he's gay and he does everything including dating girls to please his family. Talk about a disaster waiting to happen.Wade came out swinging hard in this installment. Using Doug as a vehicle, Wade exemplifies how difficult the journey can be when one tackles the question of “Who am I?”. Not everyone can say with certainty that they are straight, gay or bi. Add in the censorship of society, the pressure of having to identify with a group and it's easy to understand why some shy away or reject labels all together especially if a label doesn’t quite fit. Doug was fortunate to have his BF Chris and his Dad help guide him. Sam, was not as fortunate. It'll take a lot of hard knocks but eventually Sam finds his way and trust me, his journey is hard to read and heart wrenching towards the end.Jock 3, has been a wonderful ride. There were moments that I felt Kelly, kind of pulled of her punches in an effort to be politically correct or to not offend anyone and I completely get that ( She uses the offending F word but she doesn’t use the offending N word, which I think is something the bully from the opposing soccer team would have said). The downside to doing so however caused some things to come across as way too immature for someone who’s in college. The scene lost its desired impact which is sad. On the upside, I love how through Rob, she incorporates some of the Bible without being preachy. Kudos on a job well done in that regard.Sam and Doug was a great addition to the series and I absolutely cannot wait to read Rob’s story. He deserves his happy ending!

  • Tj
    2019-05-25 03:10

    Ever try to make a small pot of homemade soup? Almost impossible... you a add a little of this and a little of that. All too soon you have large pot destined for future leftovers. This book is similar. Wade Kelly kept throwing things into the old word processor and the end result was too much book.I understood the need to have Doug's struggle. He flipped and flopped desperately trying to get a handle on his sexuality. With older role models - Cole, Ellis and Lance- I wish he had spoken to one of them and found clarity much sooner.Sam lived in fear of an abusive father and had more issues to deal with. Toss in the drama of an over zealous cheerleader, playing in a soccer championship, and college courses, and poor Sam had way too much to handle.Rob joined the gang once again, and I found myself hating his character. He was everywhere and had the maturity of a flea. I hope after torturing us with so much Rob in this book that Wade will do a book 4 reuniting Russell and Rob. Rob is lost, deep down has feelings for Russell, and isn't sure how to handle his sexuality versus his religion. I would like to see Chris/Lonnie and Doug/Sam a few years after graduation - a double wedding would be cute. Rob officiating the wedding after forming a church that is inclusive and doesn't judge would be terrific.

  • Didi
    2019-06-11 23:12

    Having just finished No! Jocks Don't Date Guys a few days ago and did not particularly liked Doug there; I was rather wary starting this. So, it was really surprising for me to find - despite him being confused and temperamental - that I quite liked Douglas Archer here. Even more than Sam. The conflict facing this couple was no less heavy than what Alonzo and Chris faced in the previous book. Yet somehow, the flow of the story was running more natural and smoothly for me that - before I know it I already got the last page!The stuff with religion might be more than I'm comfortable with, and the author do have habit to mix first with third person POVs (which I wasn't too fond of). But all in all, this book brought more enjoyable story for me.

  • Pebbles1374
    2019-05-22 23:11

    2.5 starsUnfortunately this didn't work for me at all :(I really liked the other books but this one ....nope.I understand that he needed to figure things out and was afraid of his Dad,i get that but i think he could've done that without hurting Doug so much.And Rob was totally annoying, he behaved like a 5 year-old all the time...>

  • MarcyShane
    2019-06-14 01:12

    3.5 stars.Enjoying the series.Nice to get to know Doug better and see him work through his confusion. Sam is super sweet and I really liked his character. They are great together...cute.I like seeing the guys from the past two books...especially Rob. He's such a good guy. I really hope he gets his own happy ending. :) Looking forward to the next story in the series.

  • Kyle Childers
    2019-06-18 03:16

    Wade Kelly has done it again with her Jock series latest installment. The book's main characters of Doug and Sam are wrote well and in Kelly's believable style. This novel also showcases the character of Rob and provides many little bread crumbs to the astute reader of Kelly's work where she may be headed for the fourth book in the series. This book is a must for her fans!

  • Jamiekrungers
    2019-06-04 20:10

    4 stars. I enjoyed it. I was bored at first from the push and pull and constant jealousy. I even want Rob for Doug to be honest. But then it was started to get interesting. So, it may not be my favorite book of the series but I enjoyed reading it nonetheless.

  • Addicted2M/M
    2019-06-20 20:18


  • Marvin's Universe
    2019-06-07 20:16

    I hope there will be a follow-up about Rob and Russel. I've been waiting for so long already N_N

  • Jeff
    2019-06-18 01:32

    This is a great series and this book was a very good read!!