Title: In Your Court
Author: Reece Pine
Release Date: January 18, 2017
With a shot at happiness in sight, it’s no time to drop the ball.
A back condition ruined Ray’s basketball ambitions, but he wants one last opportunity to play before hanging up his sneakers. While volunteering as a coach at a special needs school in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, he meets Singaporean Xin, who works matching wealthy corporations with compatible charities. Xin helps the American navigate the local customs in order to see the smile Xin fell for at first sight, but Ray makes sure no one sees how hard it is for him to keep upright, let alone keep enjoying Vietnam and playing the sport he loves.
When Ray’s back pain becomes too great to hide, Xin accommodates him in Ho Chi Minh and in Singapore—and in bed. Ray wants to imagine a future for them but fears he’s damaged goods, and Xin’s obligations in Asia aren’t easily forgotten. Ray won’t be another charity of Xin’s, especially when Xin also needs someone by his side. Their romance will be cut as short as Ray’s basketball dreams unless he can close the Pacific-sized distance between them.
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*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie via Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ****
Ray travels to Vietnam for a week of volunteer work teaching English and Basketball to special needs children. When he gets to the camp he meets his bunk mate, Xin. He is immediately attracted to Xin, but what does he have to offer? He's a shell of the person he once was, after an injury keeps him in almost constant pain and unable to participate in his one true love: Basketball. Besides, he doesn't even know if Xin is gay.
This story is hard to rate. I'd have to rate it in sections. The first half was slow and confusing, and I found myself lost. I've read other books that are based in Vietnam and the descriptions brought the place to life. That didn't happen with this book, but I had to keep going. The second half once we are leaving Vietnam, is so much better. It focuses mainly on Ray and Xin, and was not only much easier to follow, but much more enjoyable.
Ray and Xin had an outstanding chemistry. The feelings they share come off the pages at you. You can feel the love in the air. The sex was not only steamy, but written almost poetically.
As much as the first half of the book had me lost and confused, I have to admit, it held me captivated and turning the pages. For the most part, the book is well-written. I'd give the first half 1 star, and the 2nd half 4 stars, so I'll meet in the middle and give it 3 recommendable stars.