Demitri Demakis has come to
Ohio to hide from a lot of things, but mostly to hide from
life and the risks of love. However, his friend Aaron is
seriously testing his resolve of keeping his distance from
other people and avoiding the hurt that is sure to come when
they leave or die. The problem is that Demitri knows his
feelings for Aaron are growing beyond his ability to control.
Will Demitri take the risk with Aaron or will he lose what is
sure to be the love of his life?
Aaron Billings is the soccer
coach at the university and while his life is good, itís a
little lonely. Striking up a friendship with Demitri has
changed Aaron and he wants nothing more than the chance to
explore his feelings for the man, but will Demetri let him or
continue pushing him away?
Off Season is a
good romance with enough angst to satisfy all those who like
to read about their heroes being put through the wringer.
Demitri has lived with little joy in his life for the last
decade as he watched his best friend die. After this Demitri
has withdrawn from all the people in his life in order to
protect his heart Ė which seems reasonable in concept but at
times comes across as a little overdone. Aaron, on the other
hand, is sensible and determined to win Demitriís love. Both
men are sometimes a little girly and syrupy as they discuss
their feelings and self-analysis but they are entertaining and
hot when they come together. However, I found Demitriís build
up to the revelation of the event in his past that tortures
him to be a little melodramatic and at times a little
unbelievable. Also, the declarations of love happen so soon
after they start their relationship that at first it rang a
little false. That said, Off Season
is an entertaining read for a lazy day.