ARC Review: Rim Shot by Skylar M. Cates

Posted October 11, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

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ARC Review: Rim Shot by Skylar M. Cates
Rim Shot
by Skylar M. Cates

2.5 Stars


Released: September 29 2017
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 227
Format: eARC

“This read really slow…”
~ Under the Covers

When it comes to tropes, this is one of my favorites.  Closeted jock that falls for the openly gay guy, and the fact they’re roomates … even better!  It’s like catnip, I tell you.  So even though I had never read this author before, I decided to give this a try.  I’m both happy I did and a little underwhelmed.

Kyle is a very good basketball player with NBA aspirations.  He’s not only living up to his full potential but to his fathers’ expectations.  He also carries a big secret that is crushing him.  The fact that he’s known he’s gay and doesn’t feel like he can come out and experience the life he feels he was meant to live.  Always living a lie.  When one of his teammates and roommate has to leave to become a daddy, he leaves Kyle with the option of rooming with Micah.  Micah is openly gay and Kyle has checked him out before but thought it was safe since Micah has a boyfriend.  Except… not anymore.

Lets start with the things I liked.  I actually liked both characters in what was presented.  They are both dealing with some extra baggage in terms of what they want to do with their lives and where they see themselves and I thought that added a real feeling to their struggles that went beyond their sexuality.  There’s a natural friendship that develops between them while rooming together that I really liked and it was important to have that before jumping to something physical.

What I wasn’t too sold on was the chemistry.  I went back and forth with this because I was never really sold on the attraction.  And I know I just said it took a nice long time for them to get together but actually to me that was a lot of filler scenes about them being friends and not so much about them making meaningful emotional connections.  That brings me to the next thing, the pacing.  This read really slow and I think had many scenes that didn’t drive the plot forward at all.  They were just… there, adding word count.

This being my first book by this author is tough to decide whether to continue and read another, but I think I liked enough of this to give another book a try.



About Skylar M. Cates

Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance, especially ones that are both steamy and emotionally satisfying. She is quite happy to drink coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Her best-selling novels feature strong, passionate men. Skylar loves to craft stories where realistic men are challenged with emotional situations. Skylar’s character-driven series will often feature close-knit families, animals, and loyal friendships being tested.

Skylar dreams about spending her days writing novels, walking along the beach, and listening to good live music. She also dreams of eating dessert without weight gain and robots cleaning her house. But she knows she can’t have it all… yet. Although lately the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.


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Amy R

Sorry it didn’t work for you, I don’t like slow and I need chemistry as well.


I find it disappointing when I like the characters but not their story

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine

Not my thing,not much into sport reads,shared on all my socials!