Steamroller by Mary Calmes


I’ve wanted to start a series of posts of my favorite m/m stories for some time now. Of course, I’ve already posted a few of them, but now I’m going to purposely search them out and show you the gems.

Here is one of the first I read.  It is a novella, something you can read in one sitting or two depending on what kind of day it is.

Let me state right up front that I have zero interest in sports and had to be coerced to read any of the stories that are centered around sports. That said, this story is not about football. It is about two guys and one of them plays football. The next thing I’ll mention is that I also didn’t think I would care for stories of college age guys. However, the opposite has turned out to be true….maybe because they are about overcoming hardship, gaining confidence and finding their place in the world as they encounter the wonder of first love. Whatever it is, I’m hooked.

Both of the main characters in “Steamroller” are college students living at their university. Character one is Vince Wade, a guy who’s working full time to support himself as he attends school. He’s an ace student with plans to solve the issue of world hunger. He has a few good friends and is content with that. He also has a rep for being outspoken and a little gruff.

Character two is golden boy Carson Cress, quarterback, football hero, and rising star who’s on the fast track to the NFL. He has a following – in fact, so much so that he wears a hoodie and sunglasses even at night in an effort to avoid recognition.

As the story begins, there is a meeting between Vince and Carson that does not go well. Vince is rude to Carson (really, they’re both rude!), not realizing who he is, and even in a later encounter when he does, he holds his ground. This is a definite plus in Carson’s eyes. He finds it hard to trust that most people are honest with him.

In a most shocking turn of events, the next time the two meet, Carson aggressively pursues Vince to steal kisses from him. The two end up closed together in the changing room of a sporting goods store, snogging passionately. We find that Carson is a very focused and driven guy when he wants something. And there are things he wants that, quite frankly, shock Vince and definitely surprise the reader (delightfully, so.)

This book falls into the category of fantasy romance, but is such a sexy, fun, feel-good story, it can add sunshine to any day.

For the most part, this blog is about reading and writing m/m romances, but there are a few personal reflections, some writerly information, and a bit of writing practice. Thank you for stopping by.

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