Actor Tucker Crawford is having the worst summer ever. Thanks to a viral video of him trying to swim, he’s the laughingstock of Hollywood and his role in a hit TV series is in jeopardy. The only bright spot is Tucker’s sexy new swim coach, Reed Oliver, but even that has its problems—because Tucker is deep in the closet and has never been with a guy.
Reed Oliver is having the best summer ever. He’s just scored a high-paying freelance gig teaching a Hollywood actor how to swim. The two of them have the run of a deserted summer camp, complete with an Olympic-size swimming pool. But when cocky playboy Reed meets shy, virgin Tucker, sparks fly and Reed’s walk-in-the-park coaching job becomes a minefield of temptation. Once they kiss for the first time, there’s no way to overcome their mutual passion and no looking back. But after two weeks of secluded intimacy, can they keep their romance alive in the real world?
Ok, let me start by saying that the blurb was a bit misleading. Reed wasn’t having his best summer ever. He took this position because he was on probation at work. And why Tucker is called shy and virginal I’ll never know. But these are the best of the worst for me.
When the two men meet and are left alone to get to know each other, we are bombarded with “think of it as” and “for lack of a better term” and “let me put it this way”. What I would do for a red pen.
The language used sounded like a 21 year old frat boy wrote it as a dare. The CONSTANT nicknames. Kid, dude, bro, pops. big guy, kiddo, hot pants.
And let’s go back to why a guy not knowing how to swim is such a scandal that it went viral, he’s a laughingstock AND his job is in jeopardy? He plays a zombie chaser. It isn’t a biopic about Michael Phelps.
And for all of the focus on him having to learn how to swim, very little of that is even in the book. Because once they kiss, it’s all about having sex. Tucker’s fake girlfriend and costar actually says “did you do the old boom-boom in the bum-bum yet?” and “almost losing your butt boy v card.” At minimum eye rolling, but it was honestly pretty problematic.
All of the characters are big stereotypes as well.
This was not fun, not sexy, not cute and not a book I ever want to think about again.
2 pieces of eye candy