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Love, jealousy, rejection, violence, goal-scoring, duct tape, and explosive devices… just a part of daily life at Stockborough Rovers Football Club.

 

Billy Logan, star striker for the British Premier League football club, has everything a young man could want—except a life. And then handsome Spanish top-club player Adriano Márquez is signed to Stockborough and Billy’s life is turned upside down and every way around. It’s love at first sight, and amazingly it turns out to be the same for Adriano.

 

But given the nature of their profession, admitting to their love affair is not an option, until a spoiled contest winner forces the issue in a spectacular fashion and Billy has to save the day. But there is another lurking problem for the star-crossed lovers…

 

Bitter Tommy Horton idolizes Billy and has been stalking him. Fantasies of sex with the footballer grow in strength until he’s driven to declare his adoration but when he discovers Billy and Adriano’s love affair, Tommy goes off the rails and hatches a plot to get his revenge on both men—and he’s not planning a love pat… Oh hickory dickory dock, he’s not!

 

Length: novella, 30,000 words, 96 print pages

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What can I say about this gem of a little novel? First off I have to mention that the song (Disarm) which inspired the title is one of the two songs that started my interest in what would become one of my favorite bands. Kean does a brilliant job of meshing the music of Siamese Dream into the narrative without making it sappy or forced. The second thing I have to mention is that I was constantly aware while reading this book of a very different novel by Patricia Nell Warren, The Front Runner. I was terribly afraid that this one was going to head off in the same direction as that one. I keep telling myself that Kean would not time to generate the same kind of emotional impact in so short a novel if it ended the same way. Well, I was both wrong and right and Kean fooled me right up to the last few pages. This delightfully engaging and quick read is a non-stop page-turner that hurtles you toward an ending that, if you've read Warren's novel of long distance runners, you might fear to reach.

Rick Russell – Goodreads

 

I thought the book was a thriller when I bought it. After reading a few pages, I wondered if it might be just another m/m love story. Then halfway through the book, I felt like I was reading a comedy. At the end, I was a wee bit sad about what happened to Tommy (Well, Tommy was actually the bad guy in the book. He was insane. The way he referred to himself in the third person was creepy. But I also found him very funny). See, the book is so entertaining. Thanks to Mr Kean for creating such lively characters. I really love his writing.

Joechung – Goodreads