The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story by Scott Pomfret
Anticipated Publication: Lethe Books on June 12, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)
Peyton Stone is the offensive coach for a Division I-AA football team. While he had what it takes to go pro, there was something missing. Some call it a spark; others call it a killer instinct. But either way, he’s found his calling in coaching. The only problem is he carries a big secret: on Sunday evenings after practice he heads over to a nearby town and cruises the gay bar. And that’s not Peyton’s only secret. He also has a major crush on the team’s quarterback.
Brady Winter is an all-star quarterback who has a bright future ahead of him. Having started late–he did a tour in Iraq before heading off to college–his age and experience seem to be a bonus. And no one doubts that he’ll go pro. But Brady is harboring a few secrets of his own. And one of them could have deadly consequences.
In the machismo environment of college athletics, can either of these men be open about what they’re hiding and still find success?
This is the first Scott Pomfret work that I’ve read, and I must say that I found it to be an enjoyable experience. There’s something about the way he builds a world that really resonated. It could be easy to expect a rather mundane setting for this story, but the secondary characters are vibrant and add to the story.
There were a couple moments where I was slightly confused. There’s a scene where Peyton is running through several things in his head, and it’s not exactly clear if he’s doing them or just thinking about them. And one moment of aggression that pops up later in the book seemed a little out of character for him, to me. But other than that, the characters are developed well and the story has a defined arc.
This makes it on my recommended list, for sure.[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]