Book Reviews

Tomorrow's Hero (Success 2) by Thom Collins at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Athletes/Coaches / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 31-August-2021

Book Blurb

A professional footballer with a secret. Can love conquer a lifetime of fear?

On the surface, international football star Fernando Inglesias has the perfect life—his dream career, fame, wealth and a beautiful girlfriend on his arm. At twenty-nine, Fernando has it all, but success is fragile, and one mistake could destroy everything. Fernando has a secret he will never share, something that could destroy everything he’s worked hard to achieve. There are no openly gay male footballers in the professional league, and he has no intention of becoming the first.


Ibiza…the party playground of Europe—a hedonistic island where anything is possible. On a weekend trip with the boys, love is the last thing Fernando expects to find. A chance meeting with Joshua, a handsome English visitor, changes it all. For the first time, he finds himself interested in more than sex from another guy. As Fernando and Joshua grow closer, the stakes are high on both sides as they struggle to overcome their personal differences.


Can Fernando risk his career for the sake of loving another man?



Reader advisory: This book contains themes of homophobia, a mention of suicide and references to parental neglect and abuse.


Book Review

‘Tomorrow’s Hero’ is a short and sexually entertaining soap opera – a sort of (mea culpa!) whore d’oeuvre that will stimulate even those with TV-addled minds. It’s a tad underformed, in that there is not much psychological insight why any particular character is closeted, or why another is likely gay sympathetic, or why one character suddenly is enamored of another – it is much like licking just the frosting off a donut. Nonetheless, the story and sex are sufficient to encourage reading right through, so, maybe it’s not but why?, and rather, butt why?


The characters are perfect for this soap: a famous, closeted sportsman; a successful, closeted actor; a surgically enhanced, busty, would-be famous social hanger-on (more interested in a life of appearance and presentation than of reality); a young and out true-heart. Add a few oddballs, bring to Ibiza, and stir the ingredients.


Fernando, at tweny-nine, is still in a long process of accepting what it means to be gay. We are, realistically, allowed to share his first experience in a gay bathhouse. It is something between mind-boggling and coming home, mixing fear and desire. Thom Collins perfectly expresses Fernando's concern as a visiting novice. “Despite all the info he’d read on (the) place, none of it had gone into the behavior etiquette – what was and wasn’t acceptable. How would he know when it was right to make a move?”


Joshua, out and proud, is trying to reconcile his full awareness of the effective shortcomings of having a distant and closeted father. As to these last two characters, for any readers interested in a deeper view of that family dynamic, I fully commend David Leavitt’s 1986 novel ‘The Lost Language of Cranes’. From my own personal experience, merely coming out to one’s children is totally frightening, a broader family ‘fess all is almost unbelievable.


The meeting of the main characters and their reactions are wisely ladled out by the author in small servings and cautious moves. Fernando is unsure; Joshua is smooth and fluid. Add the author’s attempted verbal erudition: “referring to paroxysms of carnal pleasure.”


The sex is presented often enough, and with effective detail. If you want to know a good synonym for light porn – it is hyperbole! Authorial exaggeration and using purple prose seems to be the writer’s tested method of figuratively blowing in the reader’s ear or grabbing him by the crotch.


Simple structure. We meet our main characters. They meet each other. They engage each other as might rabbits in heat. They each have problems which cause separation and, eventually, they resolve all the crises of morality to set out toward a likely HEA, It helps that some famous names are thrown in for coloration, that Joshua’s father is described as absurdly small – both in personality and perhaps needing phalloplasty for his shortcomings(!). Fernando’s girlfriend (beard) is more a caricature than a character.


Fun! Fun! Fun!




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 127 pages/32214 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 31-August-2021
Price $3.99 ebook
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