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Peek Inside Rough and Tumble

My name’s Grant Clark, and I screwed up my life in triplicate by falling in love with my teammate, wrongly believing he was straight, and not making a move until it was too late. Or is it?

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My name’s Grant Clark, and I have managed to screw up my entire life. In triplicate.
Number one: I fell in love with my best friend.
Number two: I thought he was straight.
Number three: Because of number two, I didn’t make a move on number one. Until it was too late.
Or is it?
When I accidentally interrupt him with another guy—and he turns out to be the worst—well, I think it’s time I finally make a move.
Don’t you?

Warning: This book contains two men who don’t mind a little humor and heartache as they struggle to find their happily ever after in the aftermath of a toxic relationship.


“A beautiful story of love and acceptance, of friendship and hardship. This is a fast read that will break your heart and piece it back together.” --Laurianne D., Goodreads

A beautiful love story.” --Suzette P., Goodreads

“The journey our main characters went through, the pain, the struggles but mostly the friendship that was shown in this was absolutely beautiful. It was wonderful. I fully recommend this book.” --Mag D., NetGalley

A slow burn delight.” --Erika C., NetGalley

“This was a very sweet NA M/M story. Secrets and hurt feelings cause plenty of angst for the two main characters Grant and Darryn. It’s a very PG read in terms of heat but it touches on some very serious subjects in a heartfelt way.” --Michelle C., Goodreads

A sweet read.” --Shirley Q., Goodreads

“Rough and Tumble is an extremely sweet romance.” --Kessa P., NetGalley

“There was humor, danger, tough issues handled with care and a sweet romance to offset the not so sweet moments. I’ve also got to say that the parents were refreshingly adorably supportive. This is my first read by Shae Connor and I’m pretty sure it won’t be my last.” --Creative Deeds Reads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781649370631
Series: University of Atlanta, Book 1
Release Date: Nov 9, 2020
Page Count: 224
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, lgbtq, multi-cultural, new adult, sports romance
Tropes: friends to lovers

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By Michelle November 04, 2020

This was a very sweet NA M/M story. Secrets and hurt feelings cause plenty of angst for the two main characters Grant and Darryn. It’s a very PG read in terms of heat but it touches on some very serious subjects in a heartfelt way.

I enjoyed the side characters a lot and thought the parents of both ...more

By ⭐Toonasa⭐ October 30, 2020

A Sweet Phenomenal Story With Laughs, Emotions, Pain, Friendship and Love❤.
I want more of Grant & Darryn!
#My 1st by Shae, I'll surely check out more!
ARC Received for a Honest Review.

The story's fully from Grant's PoV, I loved His internal monologue, I understood his thoughts and many times It made m ...more

By Andria October 14, 2020

Review to come in November. I read this way ahead of schedule, whoops, lol. ...more

By wandering. bibliophile_ November 04, 2020

Thank you ValentinePR and Shae Connor for the arc in exhcange of my honest review.

This was a really heartwarming and beautiful read. The story follows Grant, who's a gymnast currently in college and also he has a massive crush on his bestfriend and roommate, Darryn. But he's still in the closet and ...more

By Kay October 29, 2020

Grant and Darryn are both roommates and teammates. Grant has had a crush on Darryn for quite some time, but he never told Darryn he was gay. I completely understand his thought process, straight guys are not very forgiving, especially athletes with raging hormones, and on top of it Grant is under th ...more

By Stephanie October 29, 2020

New adult can sometimes be dicey for me - but not this book! These very very new adults (like 19 year olds) were fun to read about and were dealing with some very real, serious issues. This book tackles coming out and intimate partner abuse - so even though it is through the lens of pretty young peo ...more

By thehotmesslibrary October 26, 2020

Rough and Tumble by Shae Connor is a sweet book about Grant and Darryn, two college students, roommates and best friends. They share everything with each other…at least they thought they did, until secrets are told and their relationship changes…not initially for the better. The story shows Grant an ...more

By Jocelyn October 28, 2020

If you've never read m/m before and like stories that have mild elements of physical abuse from a partner in them then this is a great story to start with.
Darryn and Grant are both in the closet and they don't reveal that they both have crushes on each other until it's too late and Darryn is in a re ...more

By Reading October 30, 2020

Darryn and Grant are roommates and teammates on their college gymnastics team. Grant is head over heels in love with Darryn but hasn’t told him yet. Darryn goes though a very difficult time both emotionally and physically. Grant is by his side helping him as much as he can. I enJoyed this story. I l ...more

By Mar October 21, 2020

4 stars

I honestly wasn't expecting how much i ended up loving this book.
The journey our main characters went through, the pain, the struggles but mostly the friendship that was shown in this was absolutely beautiful.
I love how friends to lovers books don't dismiss the "friends" element as soon as t ...more

By Lauriane (L.M. Durand) November 04, 2020

Rough and Tumble by Shae Connor - 3.5

Romance, Contemporary, LGBT (M/M)
Audience: New Adult
Trigger warning: physical and mental abuse

This novel is about Grant who walks on his college roommate, best friend, and secret crush, with another man. Grant has always assumed that Darryn was straight, but the ...more

By Starla October 28, 2020

This was an enjoyable book and I read it in one sitting. The plot was interesting, and characters were pretty strong, although the villain seemed a little one dimensional at times. I loved the MCs and their dynamic. They were sweet and they had a lot of chemistry, but we didn't get a lot of time wit ...more

By Shawna November 04, 2020

Thank you Shea Connor for creating and story that hits every emotion in me. Grant and Darryn even though at time made me yell and scream at them are completely swoon worthy. My heart completely broke for Grant and then I want to punch Darryn in the face and then my heart broke for him. The challenge ...more

By Suzette November 01, 2020

A young adult love story with a lesson for any person that has ever been in a relationship. Grant and Darren are friends, teammates and college roommates. They are on the cusp of doing great things with their lives. Getting there will see them navigating some tough issues but the one thing that will ...more

By Stital October 31, 2020

This was my first Shae Connor book, and it was absolutely lovely.

The entire story is told from Grant's POV and I really liked his cynicism, dry humor and colloquialisms- making me feel an instant connection to his character.

Rough and Tumble is a sweet, slow-burn M/M friends-to-lovers tale and it de ...more

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Shae Connor

About the author

Shae Connor

Shae Connor lives just outside Atlanta, where she’s a government worker by day and writes sweet-hot romance by night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a while to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not at her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, reading voraciously, giving and receiving hugs, and wearing tiaras. She also serves as director/editor of the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon.

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