Sunny Shelly’s Review: Away Game, by Harlow Layne

 Release Date: February 4


The plan was to move away and never look back. 


Get away from him, out from under my father’s disapproving stare, and start a new life in Willow Bay. 


It was supposed to be my fresh start, but instead my past followed me. 


The one thing I desired and couldn’t have. 


Weston Jackson. 


I hated how he made me feel things that I couldn’t give into without turning my world upside down.


I wanted to make him pay. 


For the way my father now looked at me. For the way I saw myself. 


But most of all… for wanting him the way I did.

This is a full-length high school and college enemies-to-lovers and new adult romance with high angst, suspense, and gutting emotion. It’s book one in the Willow Bay series that will have interlinking storylines. Away Game can be read as a standalone and starts off a four-book planned series. This is the only MM story. The others are MF.


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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3.5 Stars

Since I’ve recently been on a bully romance kick, I figured Away Game was going to check all the boxes. And it kind of did, but kind of didn’t.

What I liked about the book was Fin’s story arc, and how he came into his own, and the journey of self-discovery that he goes on. I wouldn’t say that this book was necessarily about him discovering his sexuality; it was more about him discovering who he really is, once he got out from underneath his father’s oppressive thumb. There’s a great enemies-to-friends-to-lovers thread between Fin and West, and their romance was kind of a side story that took place after these two sports rivals develop a strong and true friendship.

But… I wanted MORE from Fin and West as a couple. I felt like I was missing what made them click, what connected them, the little moments that two people in a relationship share. And why did Fin hate West so much? I didn’t feel like that was explored or really answered. And bully romances hinge on that. And I felt it was missing.

Away Game has some really nice moments as West and Fin develop a friendship and more, but it wasn’t the page-turner for me that I was expecting it to be. This book is the start to a new series, and I want to check out the additional Willow Bay books to come, because I liked the supporting characters. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Harlow Layne

Indie Author. Romance Writer. Reader. Mom. Wife. Dog Lover.  Addicted to all things Happily Ever After and Amazon.
Harlow Layne is a hopeless romantic who is known for her contemporary writing style of beautiful slow-burn, sweet, sexy and swoon-worthy alpha and fast pace, super steamy romance in her Love is Blind series.
Harlow wrote fanfiction for years before she decided to try her hand at a story that had been swimming in her head for years.
When Harlow’s not writing you’ll find her online shopping on Amazon, Facebook, or Instagram, reading, or hanging out with her family and two dogs.


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