Contact Sport is a short story, the first I ever tried to publish and which was accepted by Dreamspinner Press for their 2013 Daily Dose Anthology Make A Play . The anthology was published throughout June 2013.
The Make a Play anthology is about sport. I have to add a disclaimer here that I know nothing at all about any kind of sport except archery, and shoulder joint problems have kept me away from there for years. But Dreamspinner’s blurb – “Nothing fires the blood like a little friendly competition. Anything from a meeting of the minds to full-body contact, these men are making a play. There are no losers in the game of love.” – didn’t sound to me like they were looking for anything too technical and I could probably fudge my way through the actual sporty bits.
So Contact Sport was born.
Jamie Connor is a star college hockey player: charming, sexy, athletic and the King of Cool. He’s not the sort of man to be dazzled by nerds and geeks who speak in long mathematical formulas and worry about strategic thinking. At least, he wasn’t that sort of man until the college dean agrees to a scrimmage match with the nerds and dorks of the Blaine Strategic Institute, and Matt Blaine, son of the founder, captains the other side.
In a sport where full body checking is legitimate play, Jamie’s taken by surprise at just how much he wants the King of Dorks to come and, er, measure his Booleans…
Jamie and Matt – inspirational photos
What can I say? I know as much about ice hockey as I do about advanced mathematics, but the story is full of jokes about both. I think it’s fun, and I hope you do too.
The roar that greeted the arrival of the teams on the ice distracted Jamie and for a moment or two he was too busy acknowledging the adulation of his fans to take much notice of the opposition.
Besides, as he’d said to Ned, he didn’t want to look too closely. They’ll be skinny and under-exercised, he said, and he tried to get Ned to take a bet on how far down the acne was likely to go—a thought that had Ned squirming and shuddering. It didn’t do much for Jamie either, so he kept his eyes on the crowds as he and the rest of the team revolved slowly in the center of the rink. He raised his arms, one hand holding his helmet and mouth-guard, the other clamped firmly on his stick. He threw his head back as he laughed.
Fuck! He loved this.
His slow turn brought him to face the opposing team. Alex Blaine was close to where the pitifully small group of BSI students sat on the visitors’ side. He was leaning over the wall, talking to one of the BSI team on the ice. As Jamie caught sight of them, Blaine slapped the player on the shoulder and retreated to the seat of honor beside the dean. There was quite the conversation going in the dean’s box, and Blaine’s arrival sent the three of them into a huddle that probably meant that their ‘theoretical discussions’ were getting serious. The dean looked smug and Director Crabbe was smiling a lot for a man who was about to see his team smeared all over the ice.
Not that Jamie really took that in. He could see it all out of the corner of his eye, but he didn’t really focus on it. He was too busy trying to process the shock. Because now he had to take notice of the opposite team.
Well, not all of them were worth taking notice of, naturally, but he’d make an exception for the BSI player who’d been talking to Blaine. The dork was leaning against the rink wall, arms folded over his chest, watching Jamie’s performance.
He was beautiful.
A selection of reviews
World of Diversity Fiction Heat Rating: ♨♨ Rating: ★★★★★ ” That was fun read! I loved how the author added math in the story and made it sexy…. Highly recommended if you want a quick funny read.”
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder how often this happens in real life. July 9, 2013
By Robert Kickbusch “Wonderful story about how ones feeling and emotions can be affected in just one instance. Would have like to be involved in the story myself.”
MM Good Book Reviews By Thommie : “Oh man, this was fun. This was lots and lots of fun… Lovely read, very fun, very fast, quite hilarious at parts and definitely hot there at the end…”
Serena on Goodreads 4 of 5 stars “What a fun story! … If you like stories about men who seem to be polar opposites but turn out to have more than one thing in common, if you enjoy reading about rivalries in college (between both students and deans), and if you’re looking for a fun, hot story that will have you laughing as you trying to catch your breath, then you will most probably like this story.”