Dan and Mike grew up together and were
always best friends. As they grow older, Dan realizes heís in
love with Mike. He doesnít think Mike feels the same way and
they go on separate paths. In the Marines, Dan learns to be
comfortable with being gay, while Mike goes off to college.
They spend a week together as lovers, but Mike canít handle
the thought of being labeled as gay.
Later, Mike becomes a star quarterback in
the NFL. He invites Dan, who is now a teacher and football
coach at their old high school, to spend a weekend with him in
New York City. Will Dan finally get what heís always
Red Heart Bowl is a very
emotional story. Dan was a believable and likeable narrator.
I could really feel the depth of his love for Mike and his
sorrow when they couldnít be together. As the story is
written in first person, it was more difficult to get to know
the character of Mike. He seemed immature and insensitive at
times and I found myself getting annoyed with his actions.
Despite this, I always read on because of Danís compelling
narration. If you like Marines and hot, down-and-dirty sex
with lots of emotion, then Red Heart Bowl is for