Guest Review: Rip Cord: The Ever After by Jeanne St. James

Rip Cord, the infamous Bad Boy of the NFL, ends up on Gil Davis’ front porch drunk as a skunk. Not only has he been fired by his franchise, but also his sports agent. His last brawl on the football field during a prime time game was the final straw.

Accounting geek Gil Davis hasn’t seen his on-again, off-again lover since the summer when the professional football player whisked him away for a kinky sex-filled getaway weekend. But immediately after, Rip returned to the NFL and was on the road leaving no time for Gil.
 Now Rip wants to come back into Gil’s life one more time, this time to not only make a future with him, but to finally admit who he really is deep down inside. After hiding his sexual preference since he was a teen, Rip realizes he’s made too many bad choices along the way. It’s time to make the right choice with Gil.

But is Gil ready to forgive Rip for keeping him at a distance? And more importantly, after two false starts, can they finally live happily ever after?

Reviewer: Shee Reader

Before I begin I should confess that I hadn’t read the previous books in the series before I read this novella length epilogue, but I have read them since. Well worth the read!

Rip (Ripley) is a professional football player that just got cut from his NFL team and went on a drinking binge to drown his sorrows.

Rip comes off as a bit of an asshole, and who doesn't love a bad boy who learns how to put someone else before their selfish asses?

Rip finds himself being slapped awake by the very pissed off roommate of Gil, his sometime lover and “friend” from high school. Katie is disgusted with Rip for treating Gil (the nice-guy nerd) like a piece of shit, but nonetheless helps him inside, putting him in Gil’s bed to sleep it off.

The tension in the story increases in increments once Gil comes home from work and the talking begins. There is obviously a good load of unfinished business between the two men, and super hot chemistry, but will Gil forgive Rip, and is Rip capable of love?

This is a shortish story, but was enough to get me clicking on the previous ones. There are some decent apology moments, and some excellent closure at Rip’s childhood home. The ever after is happy, as we’d hope, but I would have loved a bit more football in the closure. What can I say? I love a bit of hot sports action with my MM romance.

I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review

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