Everett Kinkade is a world-famous professional
wrestler and the sexy heartthrob of millions of adoring female fans. But Ev has
a secret he doesn’t dare share with anyone. He’s gay.
After years of being Ev’s secret lover, Josh is tired of hiding in the shadows
and wants Ev to openly acknowledge their relationship. Coming out is the last
thing Ev wants and fears it will ruin his career.
One night in a moment of truth, Everett outs himself on live TV. There’s no
going back, and his announcement sparks a firestorm of problems—both personally
and professionally. He’s forced to come to grips with who he really is while
facing down a manipulative boss and a tag-team out to destroy him.
Torn between living a lie and losing the man he loves, Ev has risked
everything… can he find a balance between his career and his heart?
Reviews for A Secret Match:
Out in Jersey says: “A Fast, Entertaining, and
Accessible Read. If you’re in the market for a
fast-paced, steamy, satisfying read, look no further than Kelli A. Wilkins’ A
Secret Match. Her latest romance novel is sure to be a crowd pleaser,
drawing readers in with the ever-relatable theme of striving for self-acceptance
and holding their attention with a spicy, passionate narrative. A Secret
Match skillfully captures the struggle to be comfortable in your own skin,
one with which we are all familiar. Well-crafted juxtapositions of rejection
and belonging, love and anger honestly reflect an oscillation of emotions that
resonates with any reader who has ever felt they don’t fit in simply because of
who they are.” - Hannah - Out in NJ
A Night Owl Romance Top Pick! 4.5 Stars: “I found this book well written with an
interesting plot. The ending is set in a way that leaves you with hope for Josh
and Everett that while the road might not be easy they will tackle it together.
I hope there is a sequel to see how Josh and Everett adjust to life now that
everyone knows about them. The main characters and the secondary characters
were fascinating and charming. Overall, I loved this book.”
"5 stars! I love the tone of
how the book starts. By the time I read the first fifty
pages, I was just waiting for an explosion. I enjoyed the drama filled present
with the far less dramatic and sweeter flashbacks of when Everett and Josh
first met. There is so much angst as Everett is practically forced to choose
between his career and remaining firmly in the closest, or losing his career,
living out and proud with Josh.The emotionally
charged storyline just continues throughout the book. This
isn’t your average athlete-coming-out story. In short, this is an excellent read. Highly recommended to
any fan of the MM genre.” - mmgoodbookreviews
An Excerpt from A Secret Match:
Everett finished his beer and
gazed around the living room. It was comforting to have someone to talk to,
instead of constantly keeping everything bottled up inside. It had been years
since he’d been alone with a guy, and he liked Josh, liked him a lot. But he
was worried. What if something went wrong? What if Josh told someone?
Josh gave his shoulder a little
shove. “Come on, out with it, Muscles. Either you really love staring at my
bookcase, or you’re too shy to face me. I know you’re thinking about something
behind those beautiful blue eyes.”
“What? Anything. Say it.”
He glanced at Josh
out of the corner of his eye. “I was wondering what it would feel like to”—he
bowed his head—“kiss you.”
“Why don’t we find out?” Josh
took Ev’s empty beer bottle and set it down on the end table. “Come
He let Josh draw him into his
arms. Ev closed his eyes and waited, his heart hammering out of control.
A second later, Josh’s lips
gently pressed against his. Ev gasped and kissed him back gingerly.
increased the pressure, and their mouths moved in unison. The scent of Josh’s
spicy vanilla cologne washed over him and he lost himself in the tender
embrace. Josh’s beard grazed his cheek, sending an electric tingle racing up
his spine. God, this was good.
He clutched Josh tighter,
holding on to him for dear life, not daring to let go. Josh groaned and slid
his tongue into his mouth. An adrenaline rush of excitement flooded through
him, and his cock sprang to life.
Dear God, he wasn’t supposed
to have these kinds of feelings, this hunger, for another man, but it felt
right. The wet heat of Josh’s tongue swirling around his drove him into a
frenzy, and he kissed Josh deeper, praying this would never end.
After a few minutes, Josh
eased away. “You are amazing. That was hot.”
Ev smiled. “It’s been so
long. I forgot how good this could be. I feel safe with you. I really do.”
Josh rested his head on Ev’s
chest. “You should, because you are. And don’t worry, we’ll take this slow. You
set the pace, Muscles. Whatever you’re comfortable with works for me.”