Title: Seven Days
Author: Cristina Bruni
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: 01-28-2017
Genre(s): M/M Sports Romance
Page Count: 140
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
During a golf tournament in Virginia, American golfer Reginald Weston meets Russell Lee, the British former world champion in the sport. The two men hit it off when Reginald takes Russell under his wing, teaching him the tricks of the game.
As their friendship deepens, Reginald finds himself falling in love with the Englishman, though he knows Russell doesn’t feel the same. He’s painfully aware of the fact that Russell isn’t gay.
But there’s more to Russell than meets the eye. He’s a troubled soul, plagued by monsters in his head telling him who he should be. He’s spent most of his life hiding his sexuality from the world so he won’t disappoint his homophobic mother.
Is seven days enough time for Russell to break through the years of hurt and accept the new direction fate has in store for him and Reginald?
I was so excited to see a golf romance and wanted to dig in right away! The premise of this book is that over the course of one tournament, and a few extra days totaling one week, two pro golfers meet and… could they fall in love? First, let’s talk quickly about the PGA tour “stuff” throughout this book. I happen to know people on the tour, so I was curious to see how it would play out – and Bruni did a good job at capturing the behind the scenes. Ok, now on to the meat of the book!
We meet Reginald first and hear the story from his perspective, so I felt like I got to know him much better than Russell. At first, he comes across as a nerdy hesitant and shy sensitive kid who’s kind of a loner and hyper-focused on golf. I mean, how can you not feel for him – mind you, I didn’t say fall in love with him, but there is a little but of Reginald in all of us I think. When he gets the opportunity to meet his idol, everything falls apart and you aren’t sure how it will all re-bound. I liked both characters and had fun seeing them come together… but it felt super rushed. I mean seven days?! In addition to the insta-love, there seemed to be a serious personality change in Reginald at a few different points. I loved seeing him come out of his shell, I just wish it wasn’t so drastic.
Overall, I recommend this book for any sports-romance readers out there, especially if you like an “unusual” setting like golf. Also, if you’re a sucker for a sweet nerdy kid who finds his backbone and love is enough, then this is a good read for you!