The Locker Room

The Locker Room

by Amy Lane

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The Locker Room by Amy Lane

Xander Karcek has only wanted two things in his life: Christian Edwards and basketball-the man he loves and the game that let him escape a childhood he'd rather forget. His two obsessions have served him well. He and Chris beat the odds and stayed together through high school, college, and right on to the NBA.

But life under fame's microscope isn't easy, especially when two men are pretending to be frat-buddies so the world doesn't know they're the next best thing to married. Their relationship survives the sacrifices they make and the lies they tell to stay together, but when their secret is exposed, the fallout might destroy them when nothing else could.

Chris and basketball are the two things holding Xander together. Now the world is asking Xander to make a choice. Is there an option that includes a future with the man he loves?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613720110
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 04/07/2011
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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The Locker Room 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog The romance in this book is so well done that you could probably stick a fork in it and voila! It’s a feast for readers. Lane will take you through a full range of emotions and every second is worth it. ~ Under the Covers THE LOCKER ROOM could quite possibly be my favorite Amy Lane book. And I say that with great hesitation since all of the books I’ve read by Lane have been 4 stars or higher. But this love story between Xander and Chris is phenomenal and I think every M/M author can take away a lot from this book. Lane does everything right. The book starts off with a look into Xander’s rough childhood. He’s mother doesn’t care for him, instead only taking care of her man of the day and leaving Xander to fend for himself. The only thing that Xander has is his basketball which he uses as an escape. His talent is noticed by Chris, another avid basketball player and one day they have a friendly one-on-one game when Chris’s mother is late from picking him up. From there, the sweetness and the heartbreak begins. Lane doesn’t hold back with this book. Chris and Xander fall deeply in love but it isn’t always easy. As with a lot of athletes, they are faced with scrutiny in the public eye and it only worsens when their coach is a homophobe. Xander and Chris are so easy to like. They will have you laughing and crying with both their stories. However, the one thing I love most about this book is probably the sports theme. I used to be a basketball fanatic and was pretty loyal to my team until we began sucking so hard (so much for being loyal) so I don’t know why it took me so long to read this. You see a lot of sports romances but I don’t see too many focusing on basketball. This book reminded me of why I loved the game and I felt like I could relate and understand Xander and Chris’s devotion to the game. Not only does their love for the game run deep, but the romance in this book is so well done that you could probably stick a fork in it and voila! It’s a feast for readers. Lane will take you through a full range of emotions and every second is worth it. This book reminded me of why I love reading M/M so much. There is no question about it. I would definitely recommend this read to those who love M/M and sports romances. There’s not much out there that gets better than this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from start to finsh,You really fall in love with characters and feel for them. I just wished the ending would have given you more closure.
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.95 stars — This one was still just as good as the first time I read it, it’s why I’ve reread it at least 4 times now. I love that we get to see them right from the beginning, you can feel their friendship chemistry right from the start and how it just naturally turns into more. I love the parts when they are young and trying to navigate some really serious situations (poverty, neglect, abuse, starvation) as well as these feelings that they have for each other. There were so many things that broke my heart in this story as well, starting from them knowing they had to hide their relationship if they wanted to have a successful basketball career (from college to pros). But the things they felt they had to do to keep the secret, the 3rd home game of the month, broke the camel’s back for me. Their coach was just….horrifyingly bigoted. So I understood how they came to that “solution” for keeping their secret, but I felt their pain and despair right along with them. I loved all the secondary characters, they really added to the story. From Christian’s parents and Penny to Cliff to Lucia to Mandy & Audrey (Xander’s girls) to “Uncle” Leo. Honestly, the loss of .05 stars is because of the ending. I’m a need to know it, love to have it spelled out for me kind of girl. I HATE unanswered questions. I totally get why the author went that way, but it doesn’t mean I don’t want to know what happened…I feel like there should be a choose your own adventure thing with this book…like author’s original cut, and the spelled out ending for the whiny babies like me that don’t like to make up their own ending, and HAVE TO KNOW what the ending is. In a perfect world such a thing would exist. So yeah, worth the reread. I’m pretty sure it’s a book I will reread til the end of time, b/c it just works for me.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Xander met Chris on a basketball court. They were inseparable ever since. Best friends and so much more. After high school graduation, they set off for college together. They ended up breaking records by playing basketball in high school, college and the pro's while on the same team. Xander refused to be separated from Chris. They were more like a married couple at this point. After tragedy struck, they had to choose whether these secrets they kept were necessary. Such a sweet and incredible love story from beginning to end. A true testament of love and friendship. I found it to be a book for my keeper shelf!
h2olvr More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorites. It is an emotional read with characters that tear up my heart yet are real. Wonderful story. Amy Lane has become one of my favorite writers.
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A love story that was both enchanting and full of angst. The author did a great job of showing the deep love between thee very hot and sexy MC's but took the reader through the angst of being gay in college and the expected anti-gay NBA environment. I'm not a basketball fan but the author puts just enough in to support the story so I never felt bored with too basketball overload. A great read - but Amy Lane pretty much always writes stellar stories and I was not disappointed in this one at all!
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I found that I could not put this story down. What a wonderful sense of family and belonging from the people who loved them.
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