Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy. Lance is shocked when he’s immediately attracted to Danny’s feminine side. Danny is happy to be the subject of Lance’s first man-on-man experiment—until Lance begins to struggle with the fact that despite his appearance, Danny is indeed a man.
Lance’s whole life has been focused on his goal of playing in the NFL, and he knows those dreams will be smashed if anyone finds out about his little secret. Although Lance has come to hunger for Danny’s touch, he’s not willing to give Danny what he’s grown to crave: a boyfriend who’s proud to love him for every flamboyant and snarky cell in his body.
Life sends Danny and Lance in different directions, each of them focused on his respective Plan A. But the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
There are many reasons that I fall under the spell of an enticing story. Sometimes it’s a stormy plot. Often it’s nail-biting angst. This time I was lured in by a captivating and bright soul named Danny. His sassy and smart mouth made my lips quirk, as did his bold personality. I adored his honest heart, was drawn in by his brassy wit and longed for his happiness. Our first impression of Lance isn’t quite as glorious. However, he immediately regrets his behavior and strives to turn things around. You see, he is just as enthralled by Danny. He finds Danny tempting but can’t allow himself to take what he wants because he has this pesky thing called….a plan. His plan is simple. It’s straightforward. It doesn’t permit any detours or alternate routes. He must keep his eyes on the endgame. He’s worked too hard to lose sight of his dreams when he’s this close. But his heart won’t listen and yearns for something and someone who he can’t have on his current path. Maybe it’s time for him to embrace the power of another option. Plan B has never looked so good. And I can’t wait for you to join along on this fabulous ride.
Being a Michigander myself, I enjoyed the setting immensely. I’m more of a green and white girl but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate blue and gold as well. From their everyday campus living to their road trips, I thought things were presented true to form. Not that I necessarily enjoyed a certain road trip but it served as an important catalyst. Lance is spreading his sexual wings and Danny is more than happy to guide him. The sexual awakening was seriously steamy. I enjoyed how the sexy was balanced with sweet. There is heat but there is also romance.
This story is powerfully driven by spunky and spirited characters. I adored their passion and was devastated when I thought the original plan was going to remain in effect. I loved Danny and Bo’s relationship. I thought Katie and Lance were bubbly and charming. I love a tightly bound pair of siblings, and they warmed my heart. I was fascinated with Danny and his pride and courageous heart. I ached when the crossroads took them in different directions. And I was flabbergasted when the time-shifted forward. But! I was so happy I could hardly feel my face by the end of the book. So of course, I felt guilty for doubting Peterson. Bit of a rollercoaster by wow, what a journey!
Hurtful words and a poor first impression. Denial and self-doubt. Self-discovery and acceptance. And a press of the fast forward button that may leave you fumbling. Never fear, the future is a bright and beautiful place to be.
if you are drawn to young love and enjoy endearing coming-of-age stories, this contingency plan might be just what you need.