Published: January 15, 2013
Genre: Sports, New Adult, Contemporary
Blurb: Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.
First of all, I’d like to say something that I’ve probably been saying every chance I get, I’m so glad that I decided to give this series another shot! To be honest, I have not been able to read another book since I finished this trilogy (serious book hanger, here) because it’s honestly soooo good.
This review is probably going to be incoherent as shit but…
When I started this a few years back, I just couldn’t get into it, so I ended up DNFing it. Fast forward to February 2019 where I decided to give it another go and let me tell you, I was not prepared for how this story and characters would take over my life.
It’s not the world that’s cruel. It’s the people in it.
At first, I thought the storyline wasn’t going to hold my attention but then the writing was so good. For someone who has a love-hate relationship with writing, Nora Sakavic did a damn good job with this book. With every page turned, I fell a little more in love with the story and the characters.
There was so much drama. I was NOT ready. I went into this thinking it was a sports romance novel; I didn’t know I could be so wrong. All the characters are pretty much fucked up? with the exception of probably Nicky, Allison, Abby, Wymack, Dan and Bee (Ms. Dobson); everybody else? Fuck load of baggages, but I guess that’s what made me love the characters so much?
Oh, Neil, unpredictable as he is unreal.
Neil Josten, the main character, is probably one of my favourite protagonists of all time
(Ronan Lynch would like to have a word). That child did not have a single filter! Even though he was supposed to be hiding from his father’s people? For someone so little, he had a very big mouth. God, I love this kid.
Riko’s smile could have frozen hell.
“I am not scared of Kevin. I know him.”
“You’re going to eat those words,” Neil said. “You’re going to choke on them.”
Another character that I’m pretty fond of is Andrew (
the love interest? who even fucking knows), I think I fell in love with him the moment he stopped Neil from running when he hit him with a racquet (why do I always like the psychos?). Andrew’s character is both simple and complex at the same time (does that even make sense?). He’s protective of his family but also very violent, so much so that he needs to be on drugs ( so many drugs that it doesn’t even make sense, medically) which makes him a tad bit more interesting and harder to figure out.
Family means something different with us because it has to. It’s not about blood. It’s not even about who we like. It’s about who Andrew’s willing to protect.
Also, Andrew basically adopted Neil and that was one of my favourite things about the storyline. Here we have two people that couldn’t be more different from each other but their dynamic worked so well that I found myself rooting for them to come of this alive.
Andrew reached up and forcibly uncurled Neil’s fingers from his mouth. He pushed Neil’s hand out of the way and stared Neil down with nothing between them. Neil didn’t understand the look on his face. There was no censure over Neil’s crooked parents or pity for their deaths, no triumph over having backed Neil into admitting so much, and no obvious skepticism for such an outlandish story. Whatever this look was, it was dark and intense enough to swallow Neil whole
I think my favourite friendship in the whole story (trilogy) is probably the friendship between Neil and Matt. Not even an hour after meeting Neil, Matt was readying to throw down for his boy. I adore their friendship and it didn’t feel forced or strained, it just made sense and I chalk that up to Nora’s spectacular writing.
The Foxhole Court was brilliant in every way and left me wanting and needing more of these amazing characters and a made-up sport (the only sport I’ll ever care about).
If you haven’t read The Foxhole Court, what are you waiting for? The First book is free on Amazon and the other two books are just .99cents.