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Some things you can’t take back. If you say those words, get caught glancing at his bulge, or share a heated kiss, it’s game over. The “no take backs” rule strikes, and there’s no way you can backtrack. That’s the way it’s always been with me and Nate Griffin, my old best friend who thought he could change the rules. It doesn’t matter that time and distance have pulled us Some things you can’t take back. If you say those words, get caught glancing at his bulge, or share a heated kiss, it’s game over. The “no take backs” rule strikes, and there’s no way you can backtrack. That’s the way it’s always been with me and Nate Griffin, my old best friend who thought he could change the rules. It doesn’t matter that time and distance have pulled us apart. I’ve finally figured myself out and yanked my head out of my backside. Now, if only I can drag myself out of the closet and be the man I want to be for Nate… But I’m a pro basketball player who has no desire to be a poster boy. Not only that, Nate and I don’t even live in the same country. Nate, big-hearted guy he is, takes it all in his stride, and I can’t help but wonder if just maybe he’s too good for me. But hell if I can resist him. It all boils down to: Do I want to take anything back when it comes to Nate Griffin?


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Some things you can’t take back. If you say those words, get caught glancing at his bulge, or share a heated kiss, it’s game over. The “no take backs” rule strikes, and there’s no way you can backtrack. That’s the way it’s always been with me and Nate Griffin, my old best friend who thought he could change the rules. It doesn’t matter that time and distance have pulled us Some things you can’t take back. If you say those words, get caught glancing at his bulge, or share a heated kiss, it’s game over. The “no take backs” rule strikes, and there’s no way you can backtrack. That’s the way it’s always been with me and Nate Griffin, my old best friend who thought he could change the rules. It doesn’t matter that time and distance have pulled us apart. I’ve finally figured myself out and yanked my head out of my backside. Now, if only I can drag myself out of the closet and be the man I want to be for Nate… But I’m a pro basketball player who has no desire to be a poster boy. Not only that, Nate and I don’t even live in the same country. Nate, big-hearted guy he is, takes it all in his stride, and I can’t help but wonder if just maybe he’s too good for me. But hell if I can resist him. It all boils down to: Do I want to take anything back when it comes to Nate Griffin?

30 review for No Take Backs

  1. 5 out of 5

    💄Ayanna💄

    💙🏀💪🏼NOTICE💪🏼🏀💙 THIS BOOK CONTAINS THEMES OF: PARENT WHO ABANDONED MC IN PAST, TEENAGE PREGNANCY, AILING GRANDMOTHER, AND “COMING~OUT”& WORRYING ABOUT HOMOPHOBIA ISSUES! IF ANY OF THESE TOPICS ARE A NO FOR YOU, PLEASE CONSIDER NOT READING THIS BOOK! No Take Backs: An M/M Friends-to-Lovers Romance (Zone Defense Book 1): Rating: ”One of his hands freed itself from my shoulder blade and found purchase on the back of my head. He squeezed lightly, maintaining eye contact. “Dead set legend, ye 💙🏀💪🏼NOTICE💪🏼🏀💙 THIS BOOK CONTAINS THEMES OF: PARENT WHO ABANDONED MC IN PAST, TEENAGE PREGNANCY, AILING GRANDMOTHER, AND “COMING~OUT”& WORRYING ABOUT HOMOPHOBIA ISSUES! IF ANY OF THESE TOPICS ARE A NO FOR YOU, PLEASE CONSIDER NOT READING THIS BOOK! No Take Backs: An M/M Friends-to-Lovers Romance (Zone Defense Book 1): Rating: ”One of his hands freed itself from my shoulder blade and found purchase on the back of my head. He squeezed lightly, maintaining eye contact. “Dead set legend, yeah?” “Yeah,” I whispered. He shifted up to his tiptoes and pressed a kiss on my forehead.” {Seymour~15}. 💙🏀Introduction🏀💙: 💙🏀Hello lovelies! I hope all is well💙💙💙! As for me, being my first time reading any books by Becca Seymour, I have to say that this book in all was alright, but did have issues that bothered me while reading🤌🏾. Not bad per se, but to the point where it was that hard for me to choose between a 2💙🌟🌟💙 star or 3💙🌟🌟🌟💙 star despite the 2.5 “stars” for the image rating. Before moving along though, please take note to the topics above if any are an issue for you👏! Now of course, her is a intro~summary on how this book went.🏀💙 💙🏀Synopsis🏀💙: 💙🏀Growing up within the small, quaint, and bright town located in ☀️🇦🇺Sunshine Coast, Queensland🇦🇺☀️, Ryan Broadwater🧔🏻‍♂️ {🏀💪🏼Professional Basketball player~26 years old~”Prodigal Town Basketball Hero”~Gay💪🏼🏀} and Nate Griffen🧔🏻‍♂️{🚜💪🏼Manager of family’s “general store”~26 years old~”Reliable Son Of The Town”~Gay💪🏼🚜 } have been the best of mates ever since they knew each other as boys👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨. When Ryan gets a chance to not only leave 🇦🇺Australia🇦🇺 for 🇺🇸The States🇺🇸 to follow his dream of playing 🏀💪🏼basketball professionally💪🏼🏀, it is joyous yet somnberful since he will be leaving behind his sister{Amber}, Gran{Grandmother}, and his best mate, Nate💙💪🏼💙💪🏼💙. After almost a decade of distance, and with most of it without reaching out to his loved ones still living in Sunshine Coast, will Ryan be able to reconnect and fix his biggest mistake for shutting out the ones he cares for most? Including his best mate who he has loved for so long? Will Nate be able to guard his heart with low hopes of being with Ryan for real?🏀💙 💙🏀What Was Good🏀💙: 💙🏀I will say that I did like within this book: {jokes and banter between the characters, the small~town feel within Sunshine Coast in Australia, basketball~sports aspects, FILTHY SMUT, reality of fears athletes~especially men face with “coming out”, and seeing their time~span ever since they met as pre~teen boys}! Of course, the 😈🍆👅smut was PURE FILTHY AND DONE VERY WELL👅🍆😈! Even with their 🍆👅dirty moments👅🍆, I enjoyed their banter from when they were boys to being men from touring LA, going to their first gay bar in Australia, dirty text messages, and more💙💙💙! Helped to provide a lighter mood to the read despite their fears of coming out in basketball and worrying over the other leaving again for good. Touching on that, I did appreciate how Seymour made that a realistic fear~issue within the book👏! Even with it ”supposedly better these days within professional sports”, it is still a big stumble~obstacle for many athletes {especially men} since they have so much worry over the aftermath of being truly themselves due to: weak, judgmental fucks. So not to write a speech here on this topic, I again appreciated it within the read for its realism despite how Ryan got on my nerves with his logic at times. I also enjoyed the Australian~Small town and Out~of~Continent Professional Basketball vibes💙💙💙! Was neat and fun to read about Aussie customs and lifestyle versus how it was in the States💙💙💙! Plus with some humous British lingo thrown in as well? Was laughing and enjoying the funnier parts of dialogue for sure💙💙💙! In saying so, here are two lines that I would like to share from the read {Line 1 is funny/sexual and Line 2 is semi~funny/sexually romantic}:🏀💙 ”My phone pinged, and I opened the text, immediately laughing. Ryan: Remind me never to eat grits again. I swear, they’re the devil’s cum. Me: Shit, warn a guy with a text like that, mate. Nothing like opening a conversation with devil’s cum. And grits?!? Is that the weird breakfast thing? Ryan: Yep, also known as the devil’s cum. That shit is gross. Went out for breakfast this morning, and I’m still gagging on the memory of the stuff. I paused, my brain immediately drifting to Ryan tasting cum and gagging. I gripped my dick through the denim of my jeans, grateful I was in my office behind my desk.” {Seymour~80}. 💙🏀💙🏀💙~AND~💙🏀💙🏀💙 💙🏀💙🏀💙~AND~💙🏀💙🏀💙 💙🏀💙🏀💙~AND~💙🏀💙🏀💙 ”“You want to wear my sports jacket with my name and number on it, Nate?” The teasing in his voice was overshadowed by the intensity in his eyes. Warning bells went off loud and clear. The thought of wearing anything of his was the subject of too many of my fantasies.” {Seymour~143}. 💙🏀So with humor, lovely atmospheric vibes, FILTHY SMUT, some cute moments, and basketball aspects, these were the parts of the book that I liked and wised more of👏👏👏!🏀💙 💙🏀Critics/Improvements🏀💙: 💙🏀Honestly, what really bothered me within this book was: {too many fluff words, side characters being TOO nosy and intrusive, no real~worthy forgiveness for what Ryan did, said Gran~Amber~and Nate forgiving him so easily, Ryan being wishy~washy and not deserving the “breaks” he was getting within the book, and parts dragging on for too long}. I tried to enjoy this book more, but again, A LOT of my dislike was with the characters lack of brain cells at times and not caring for Ryan as a MC! I get that he was terrified of being the first “out” basketball player in the league, and amongst other worries he had in the past, but that does not excuse how he shut himself off from his family for years and then to be welcomed back without any argument! Was BEYOND UNBELIEVABLE and pissed me off since I REQUIRE WELL DONE FORGIVENESS👏👏👏! Then with how EXTREMELY NOSY AND MEDDLING Nate’s and Ryan’s “friends” were, another annoyance for me within the read since they were TOO INVOLVED WITH THEIR RELATIONSHIP! {Especially Sutton and Jayden😑}. Plus the fact the side characters knew Ryan was gay pretty much even with him about to shit bricks without saying so? Was a cop~out for him and again, just unbelievable! Then for Gran, Amber, and Nate to forgive him and welcome him back so easily? Not done well and again, should have been anger involved with how he flaked off for years despite supporting them! Even with the humous times, basketball aspects, Australian aspects, and smutty moments that were 😈🍆👅🍆😈, it just could not take away from how so much was catered unto Ryan when it should have been the other way around👏👏👏! Nate did WAY too much comforting and supporting when again, it should have been Ryan since he is the one who fucked up! As the quote says down below:🏀💙 ”I’m a selfish fuck because I want it all. I’m greedy, and I want the whole fucking cake.” {Seymour~235}. 💙🏀Yes Ryan. You are a selfish fuck who needs to do better. Just disappointed since I was looking forward to this book when it was released today hoping it would be 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟worthy or close to it! {“2.5”~really 3 stars for the better aspects and HEA. But still⬅️}.🏀💙 💙🏀Conclusion🏀💙: 💙🏀So even with some parts of this book being likable, it was subpar at best and needed more believability and correctly done justice concerning Ryan. I am so~so on recommending this one since it is a long one page~length wise and again, has its ups and downs to where some of it is worth it, and some is not. Leaning more towards maybe reading No More Secrets: An M/M Romance (Zone Defense Book 2): when it comes out. Just hope it is better than this one. Not horrible by any means, but wished it was of higher caliber. Again, this is not a bad read. Just issues I found personally with how it was handled! Anyways, I hope you all are having fun~sexy~and touching reads to enjoy👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨🦘👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨🦘👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨!🏀💙 ““No take backs.” His grin was wide and so disarming, I returned it immediately.” {Seymour~12}. 💙💪🏼Zone Defense Series💪🏼💙: No Take Backs: An M/M Friends-to-Lovers Romance (Zone Defense Book 1): ⬆️⬆️⬆️ No More Secrets: An M/M Romance (Zone Defense Book 2): 💙💪🏼~MAYBE~💪🏼💙 🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋 🕊INSTAGRAM:🕊 @Angel_Dove_Beauty7 👛TWITTER:👛 @🎀🕊Selene~Moon🕊/(@AyannaM41493002)🎀 🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋🎀💋

  2. 4 out of 5

    stephanieeemk

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review This was cute - and my first basketball MM romance. The basketball wasn’t super prevalent - which was fine, honestly. This is my first book by this author, but likely won’t be my last! Nate and Ryan were adorable, once they got back together. It was really low angst and is a read I would recommend if you need something fairly light and fluffy! Sutton and Jayden interest me a lot, so I’m kinda hoping they get a book 👀

  3. 4 out of 5

    Simply Love Book Reviews

    4.5 stars I loved this book. Best friends to lovers after not speaking to each other for almost a decade, No Take Backs follows two men; one a professional NBA star living in America fulfilling his dream and another living in their hometown in Australia where he manages his family’s store while taking care of his ex-best friend’s sister and Grandmother. Two very different men, two very different lives both living with a secret they never told one another. Filled with emotion, laughter, making ame 4.5 stars I loved this book. Best friends to lovers after not speaking to each other for almost a decade, No Take Backs follows two men; one a professional NBA star living in America fulfilling his dream and another living in their hometown in Australia where he manages his family’s store while taking care of his ex-best friend’s sister and Grandmother. Two very different men, two very different lives both living with a secret they never told one another. Filled with emotion, laughter, making amends, and finding love; No Take Backs was impossible to put down. Ryan Broadwater knew when he was offered a full ride college scholarship in America he had to take it. It would mean being able to take care of his younger sister and his Grandmother who stepped up to raise them when their mom flaked out. Leaving his family and his best friend Nate was harder than he ever imagined and the only way he could deal with it was to stop communications with Nate, and make sure his family had what they needed, but visits home weren’t possible if he wanted to go pro and be able to provide for them long term. Honestly this is the one part of the story I had a problem with, he had all kinds of money as a pro athlete and even if he didn’t want to go to his hometown he could have met his sister and grandmother somewhere else so he could avoid Nate, the man he left behind knowing that he’d never admit his feelings while playing pro ball. Some might say Nate Griffin leads a quiet life and they’d be mostly right. He enjoys his work at his family’s store, he goes out once in awhile to appease his sexual side, and he cares for his parents and his ex-best friend’s sister and grandmother like his own. While he’d love to meet a man to spend his life with and while he is out and proud, finding someone in his hometown isn’t easy and getting someone use to a bigger city to stay interested isn’t easy either and their there’s the fact that despite hating Ryan, his ex-best friend, he never got the chance to tell him how he felt when Ryan ghosted him, his family, and the town. A lot of this book we see Ryan and Nate repairing their relationship through texts and phone calls and it worked in this case because of Ryan’s job and the fact they had years of hurt and anger to sift through. It was easy to see how close they’d been and how deep their feelings were for one another once they got past the initial apologizing and accepting stage. I did hurt for Ryan as it was obvious he didn’t feel that he could come out and continue to play in the NBA and even when he suspected his closest teammates had figured him out, he still just couldn’t bring himself to even tell them. I have to say that Nate for the most part was very forgiving and didn’t pressure him to come out. In fact he knew it was important for it to be Nate’s decision and on his personal timeline. I adored the way their relationship evolved over the course of this book and it was evident that while they had many years apart, their solid friendship made it easy for them to repair the damage done, move forward, admit they wanted one another, and eventually admit their true feelings. While this could have been an angst-filled mess given that Ryan was in the closet and Nate was not, Ryan’s career not being the most open, and their past, it wasn’t at all. It was an easy read, filled with good times, heart to heart talks, and two people who belonged together but had a rough patch to get there. No Take Backs by Becca Seymour was refreshing, completely entertaining, and just a wonderful gay romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    DNF @ 61% This is sooooo boring. They’ve been friends for years, lost touch when one of them goes to the US to play pro basketball, started talking again but don’t reunite in person until the 50% mark. The side characters are soooo annoying. Nate is a total doormat. I cannot. I should fucking love this book because it takes place mostly in Australia! I love oz. My husband is a British/Aussie so I can hear the accents reading the phrases they use in this. I’m a slut for all things Australian and DNF @ 61% This is sooooo boring. They’ve been friends for years, lost touch when one of them goes to the US to play pro basketball, started talking again but don’t reunite in person until the 50% mark. The side characters are soooo annoying. Nate is a total doormat. I cannot. I should fucking love this book because it takes place mostly in Australia! I love oz. My husband is a British/Aussie so I can hear the accents reading the phrases they use in this. I’m a slut for all things Australian and yet I’m so bored 🥱 I’m so proud of myself for putting this down!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amos24601

    This was a sweet slow-burn book following two former best friends who turn into more. This is the start to a new series and introduced us to a whole host of side characters and opened the playing field up for future books. There is a quite a bit of backstory to slog through before we get to the real story here. This is a story two former best friends trying to reconnect and relearn how to relate to one another, even though their connection was always just under the surface. Time has passed and th This was a sweet slow-burn book following two former best friends who turn into more. This is the start to a new series and introduced us to a whole host of side characters and opened the playing field up for future books. There is a quite a bit of backstory to slog through before we get to the real story here. This is a story two former best friends trying to reconnect and relearn how to relate to one another, even though their connection was always just under the surface. Time has passed and these two men have grown in different ways. As another reviewer pointed out, it felt like Nate was a bit quick on the draw to forgive Ryan of his past idiocies. However, I get that’s how we move the plot along. I really liked how Seymour handled Ryan’s coming out scene, both with the seriousness it deserved and a little touch of humor. Overall, this was a smooth book that had a bit of an info dump here and there, but ended with a sweet and well deserved HEA. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is the story of Nate, a small-town Australian whose best friend and first crush leaves him to become a basketball star in America. Ryan doesn’t just leave Nate, he also leaves his family, forcing Nate to step in and care for Ryan’s sister and grandmother. I love Nate in this story, but there are so many times I want better for him. He’s reliable, responsible and good. I love him with Ryan’s family and I love him with his da I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is the story of Nate, a small-town Australian whose best friend and first crush leaves him to become a basketball star in America. Ryan doesn’t just leave Nate, he also leaves his family, forcing Nate to step in and care for Ryan’s sister and grandmother. I love Nate in this story, but there are so many times I want better for him. He’s reliable, responsible and good. I love him with Ryan’s family and I love him with his dad. I love the joy he takes in running his small family business. He is absolutely wonderful. Ryan, in contrast, is an unreliable hot mess. I’m not sure he ever really makes things right with his family and I found it hard to believe in his closeted commitment to Nate. Without spoilers, I don’t love that it feels like all the compromises are Nate’s while all the glory is Ryan’s. By the end of the story, I had warmed to Ryan slightly, but I wasn’t convinced. There are some wonderful moments in this book but I do feel like I need a sequel where things feel more balanced between Nate and Ryan for me to truly believe in them as a couple.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    Oh My Goodness!!!! I loved this so much! Normally I’m not the biggest fan of Friends to Lovers, but something about adding in the Basketball/Sports Romance aspects and I was ALL IN!!! Ryan & Nate were adorable from the start and the 🌶 was 🔥🔥🔥!! I was a sucker for their love story. Though the majority of it was a secret love affair, I guess that made it so much hotter. I hate that Ryan had to stay closeted for fear of retaliation as a Basketball Player, but maybe someday that won’t be our every d Oh My Goodness!!!! I loved this so much! Normally I’m not the biggest fan of Friends to Lovers, but something about adding in the Basketball/Sports Romance aspects and I was ALL IN!!! Ryan & Nate were adorable from the start and the 🌶 was 🔥🔥🔥!! I was a sucker for their love story. Though the majority of it was a secret love affair, I guess that made it so much hotter. I hate that Ryan had to stay closeted for fear of retaliation as a Basketball Player, but maybe someday that won’t be our every day reality. This is my second foray into Becca Seymour’s books and so far, they only get better and better. Give me Australian men ANY DAY!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    WycEd Reader

    Check out our full post for NO TAKE BACKS on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Sarah – ☆☆☆☆ This is the story of Nate, a small-town Australian whose best friend and first crush leaves him to become a basketball star in America. Ryan doesn’t just leave Nate, he also leaves his family, forcing Nate to step in and care for Ryan’s sister and grandmother. I love Nate in this story, but there are so many times I want better for him. He’s reliable, responsible, and good. I love him wi Check out our full post for NO TAKE BACKS on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Sarah – ☆☆☆☆ This is the story of Nate, a small-town Australian whose best friend and first crush leaves him to become a basketball star in America. Ryan doesn’t just leave Nate, he also leaves his family, forcing Nate to step in and care for Ryan’s sister and grandmother. I love Nate in this story, but there are so many times I want better for him. He’s reliable, responsible, and good. I love him with Ryan’s family, and I love him with his dad. I love the joy he takes in running his small family business. He is absolutely wonderful. Ryan, in contrast, is an unreliable hot mess. I’m not sure he ever really makes things right with his family and I found it hard to believe in his closeted commitment to Nate. Without spoilers, I don’t love that it feels like all the compromises are Nate’s while all the glory is Ryan’s. By the end of the story, I had warmed to Ryan slightly, but I wasn’t convinced. There are some wonderful moments in this book, but I do feel like I need a sequel where things feel more balanced between Nate and Ryan for me to truly believe in them as a couple. Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆ This is the first book in a new series, and as a huge fan of sports romances, I was delighted to get to read this. I will definitely read more when they are released. The story of two childhood friends from a small Australian town, who separate when Ryan goes to college in the USA on a basketball scholarship. And the separation is a clean break, due, we find out to Ryan not coping with the homesickness if he communicates with home. This leaves Nate looking out for the grandmother and sister that Nate left behind too. I did struggle to cope with that level of betrayal of his roots. Surely the basketball season isn't so long that he couldn't do both? Anyway, it didn't really endear him to me! Due to a variety of reasons, Ryan and Nate do reconnect, and it feels like Nate is obliged to do all the hard work. That said, they do finally acknowledge that there is more than just friendship between them, but the barriers of being out in the sport are too great for Ryan. This seems true to him, even though two of his best friends and teammates in the States, clearly hint at knowing that he may care for Nate. The basketball is not a really major part of the storyline, other than setting the context of wanting privacy. I liked that Nate was still also a talented player but had always known that he was happy in his town, supporting his parents' business and friends. I am looking forward to the next book, and hope that we see how the guys have made things work in spite of the challenges. Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie Taylor

    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the first book in a new series, and as a huge fan of sports romances, I was delighted to get to read this. I will definitely read more when they are released. The story of two childhood friends from a small Australian town, who separate when Ryan goes to college in the USA on a basketball scholarship. And the separation is a clean break, due, we find out to Ryan not coping with the homesickness if he communicates ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the first book in a new series, and as a huge fan of sports romances, I was delighted to get to read this. I will definitely read more when they are released. The story of two childhood friends from a small Australian town, who separate when Ryan goes to college in the USA on a basketball scholarship. And the separation is a clean break, due, we find out to Ryan not coping with the homesickness if he communicates with home. This leaves Nate looking out for the grandmother and sister that Nate left behind too. I did struggle to cope with that level of betrayal of his roots. Surely the basketball season isn't so long that he couldn't do both? Anyway, it didn't really endear him to me! Due to a variety of reasons, Ryan and Nate do reconnect, and it feels like Nate is obliged to do all the hard work. That said, they do finally acknowledge that there is more than just friendship between them, but the barriers of being out in the sport are too great for Ryan. This seems true to him, even though two of his best friends and team mates in the States, clearly hint at knowing that he may care for Nate. The basketball is not a really major part of the storyline, other than setting the context of wanting privacy. I liked that Nate was still also a talented player, but had always known that he was happy in his town, supporting his parents' business and friends. I am looking forward to the next book, and hope that we see how the guys have made things work in spite of the challenges.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Solid 3.5 - rounded down because one MC did something totally selfish from the off and it was forgiven/glossed over a little quickly. But solid writing and I'm going to try more from this author. Solid 3.5 - rounded down because one MC did something totally selfish from the off and it was forgiven/glossed over a little quickly. But solid writing and I'm going to try more from this author.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I haven't read a lot of books by this author so she is fairly new to me. I started reading this book early before work and have to admit I'm glad I work from home because I didn't get much done until I'd finished reading it. I absolutely adored Ryan and Nate's story. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into their past as childhood best friends, and liked how close Nate stayed to Ryan's family while he was gone. The slow-burn reconnection wo I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I haven't read a lot of books by this author so she is fairly new to me. I started reading this book early before work and have to admit I'm glad I work from home because I didn't get much done until I'd finished reading it. I absolutely adored Ryan and Nate's story. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into their past as childhood best friends, and liked how close Nate stayed to Ryan's family while he was gone. The slow-burn reconnection worked for me and the ending was perfect and gave me all the feels. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Manon

    I got this book as an ARC and was asked to submit an honest review. I have read books by this author before and always liked her style. Ryan and Nate are no difference. It is a story about growing up, from pushing a friend away just to realise that even the best career in sport is not everything in life and trying to connect again and figuring out how to love the best friend. I really like the characters. Ryan's struggle is real, even if his life is shown a bit too one-dimensional. Nate is a bit t I got this book as an ARC and was asked to submit an honest review. I have read books by this author before and always liked her style. Ryan and Nate are no difference. It is a story about growing up, from pushing a friend away just to realise that even the best career in sport is not everything in life and trying to connect again and figuring out how to love the best friend. I really like the characters. Ryan's struggle is real, even if his life is shown a bit too one-dimensional. Nate is a bit too fast in forgiving Ryan and the details could be a bit more than just "I needed to make a clear break" but they still are shown as down to earth and likeable. I love the coming out scene and the author threw a nice little cliffhanger about some secondary characters into the mix I do hope she will follow up on soon.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Xanthe

    No Take Backs sees a second chance for Ryan to connect with his family and best friend after leaving them behind Australia eight years ago to play basketball in America. Nate stepped into the role that Ryan left behind and supported his (ex) best friend's gran and sister as they deal with health problems and a surprise pregnancy. While he tries to forget what he shared with Ryan since the guy ghosted him a few years ago, there's nothing he wouldn't do for Gran and Amber. It's sweet how close the No Take Backs sees a second chance for Ryan to connect with his family and best friend after leaving them behind Australia eight years ago to play basketball in America. Nate stepped into the role that Ryan left behind and supported his (ex) best friend's gran and sister as they deal with health problems and a surprise pregnancy. While he tries to forget what he shared with Ryan since the guy ghosted him a few years ago, there's nothing he wouldn't do for Gran and Amber. It's sweet how close they've become considering how they know each other. When Ryan tries to contact Nate out of the blue, it's not the best conversation but it gets the ball rolling, getting them back in each others lives via text and calls until Nate visits the US and then Ryan is able to visit Australia in the off-season. What they shared as best friends before is still there but amplified and expanded to include attraction and chemistry. It's easy to sense an under current between them and how much they care for each other, even before anything happens but when that first step is taken, it ignites everything they share. I really enjoyed how they take their time with getting back into each others lives and then moving forward with their relationship. There is still a lot for both men to consider regarding their future but Ryan being back in the lives of Nate, Gran and Amber makes a big difference on them all but, I think, especially Ryan with how he chose to isolate himself in order to protect himself from his homesickness and attraction to men. There are a lot of characters in this story that help to make it an entertaining read. Amber is not shy about sharing what she thinks and the bond she shares with Nate is just as important as with Ryan. Ryan's teammates, Sutton and Jayden, are hilarious as well as offering a great deal of quiet, and one spectacular loud moment, support to their friend. A recommended read for those who enjoy a best friends to lovers romance with an aspect of second chance and coming out. I received an ARC and am happily giving a review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    L H

    Nate and Ryan were best friends growing up. They were so close and their feelings for one another ran deep and strong. When Ryan has the chance to leave Australia and go to college and play college basketball in the US he jumps at the chance so that he can chase a chance to make a good living that will help take care of his grandmother and sister. But once he leaves he stays gone and loses touch with Nate and he does not return to visit his family. Years later he is playing pro ball and he decid Nate and Ryan were best friends growing up. They were so close and their feelings for one another ran deep and strong. When Ryan has the chance to leave Australia and go to college and play college basketball in the US he jumps at the chance so that he can chase a chance to make a good living that will help take care of his grandmother and sister. But once he leaves he stays gone and loses touch with Nate and he does not return to visit his family. Years later he is playing pro ball and he decides to check his sister's social media and discovers he is going to be an uncle and that Nate has stepped up and taken care of his family in the most important way - he is there for them. As Ryan works on reconnecting with his family he works on reconnecting with Nate. They have unresolved feelings that they need to work acknowledge and work through. Yes, Ryan messed up but Nate and Ryan are so cute together and their bond though paused is so strong I found myself rooting for them to find a way to be together. It is tough for a pro athlete to be out. But it is tougher to be without the person you love. This was such a sweet reunion and hopeful story that grabbed me and kept me reading to find out what happened to these two and their friends and family. I received an ARC for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Juniper

    Friends-to-lovers is a great trope, and I really liked the opening chapters that set up the friendship between Nate and Ryan, childhood bffs who separate when Ryan goes off to America for college and basketball fame. Eight years later, there’s a rift in communication but not in feelings, and while it’s set up to seem like that history will actually cause conflict, it doesn’t really-- Nate forgives Ryan with alacrity, and then their story shifts from will they/won’t they to will Ryan ever come ou Friends-to-lovers is a great trope, and I really liked the opening chapters that set up the friendship between Nate and Ryan, childhood bffs who separate when Ryan goes off to America for college and basketball fame. Eight years later, there’s a rift in communication but not in feelings, and while it’s set up to seem like that history will actually cause conflict, it doesn’t really-- Nate forgives Ryan with alacrity, and then their story shifts from will they/won’t they to will Ryan ever come out. Both Nate and Ryan are really likeable characters, and it’s easy to understand exactly why Ryan’s made the choices he has. Nate is kind, strong, and funny-- in a lot of ways he’s the leader, but he never pushes Ryan to do anything or judges him for the choices he’s made, even though those choices have hurt him. There were definitely moments where I felt like this story was dragging on longer than it needed to-- there are lots and lots of details about daily life, experiences, and feelings that, while interesting in their own right, just stacked up so much that they started to feel like they were weighing down, rather than building up, the relationship and the overall plot. Still, it’s easy to get sucked into Nate and Ryan’s lives, and to be happy for them when they finally, finally, get on the road to their happily ever after. *I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarita Chapdelaine

    This is a great start to a new series and I really enjoyed it. No Take Backs is well written, sweet, emotional, fun, deals well with some difficult issues and the characters are very intriguing. Nate is absolutely amazing and he is the reason I liked this story so much. He is rock solid and I love that he is so supportive and caring with everyone as well as the wonderful relationships he has with his parents and Ryan's family. I did not care for Ryan at first but as the story progresses and we l This is a great start to a new series and I really enjoyed it. No Take Backs is well written, sweet, emotional, fun, deals well with some difficult issues and the characters are very intriguing. Nate is absolutely amazing and he is the reason I liked this story so much. He is rock solid and I love that he is so supportive and caring with everyone as well as the wonderful relationships he has with his parents and Ryan's family. I did not care for Ryan at first but as the story progresses and we learn more about his life in the US some of his decisions make a bit more sense but it wasn't until nearly the end that I really began to like him. Because of his situation Ryan asks a lot from Nate and at times it felt like he was taking advantage of Nate's good nature and his deep feelings for Ryan. They both do the best that they can and throughout the story there is no doubt that they love and adore each other. The ending is pretty great, I love the secondary characters and I can't wait to read the next book in this new and entertaining series. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    From Nate’s and Ryan’s prologue I was in deep ,to say I absolutely loved this book is an understatement. From their first day of High School Nate and Ryan became best buddies , sharing their teenage life together. “No take backs” is their line they say to each other. The command that instructs another party that once they have given you something they cannot change their mind. Ryan has always been a talented basketball player he moved to America as he has won a basketball scholarship … Nate contin From Nate’s and Ryan’s prologue I was in deep ,to say I absolutely loved this book is an understatement. From their first day of High School Nate and Ryan became best buddies , sharing their teenage life together. “No take backs” is their line they say to each other. The command that instructs another party that once they have given you something they cannot change their mind. Ryan has always been a talented basketball player he moved to America as he has won a basketball scholarship … Nate continues working in the family business in Australia. Time passes , life moves on . They disconnect. Nate has such a beautiful heart always thinking of others , he misses his best buddy. Ryan has a lot of thinking to do. They connect once more. Such a wonderful book with characters who are “real” with real feelings. For me it was very emotional, sweet caring guys that made my heart thump. The friendship between Ryan’s friends is absolutely epic. More happy tears…. I cannot wait for book 2 in this Zone Defence Series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    This is a wonderful start to a new series from one of my favourite authors. It’s the story of best friends, Nate and Ryan who’s friendship falls apart due to distance and the passing of time until the inevitable reconnection that turns into a slow burn to lovers. I loved both Nate and Ryan and they were amazing together. Nate is so lovely and genuinely nice and while Ryan was also a good person underneath he didn’t always show that to the people who mattered to him. Becca Seymour has given us a g This is a wonderful start to a new series from one of my favourite authors. It’s the story of best friends, Nate and Ryan who’s friendship falls apart due to distance and the passing of time until the inevitable reconnection that turns into a slow burn to lovers. I loved both Nate and Ryan and they were amazing together. Nate is so lovely and genuinely nice and while Ryan was also a good person underneath he didn’t always show that to the people who mattered to him. Becca Seymour has given us a great book that was sweet, funny and steamy and she included some wonderful side characters who added a lot of depth to the story especially Sutton and Jayden. I also adored the little nuggets she put in the story that were nods to Australia and the handwritten page at the end. Highly recommended and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from GRR to review and this is my honest and voluntary opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    No Take Backs is a really sweet best friends to lovers romance. I especially loved the glimpses back to Nate and Ryan as kids as these scenes where well done and helped bring depth to their love story. Nate and Ryan are both likable and well rounded characters and their romance has a lot of heart and sweetness. The author does a really good job with the secondary characters. In particular, Sutton and Jayden bring both comic relief but more importantly genuine care and support for their teammate No Take Backs is a really sweet best friends to lovers romance. I especially loved the glimpses back to Nate and Ryan as kids as these scenes where well done and helped bring depth to their love story. Nate and Ryan are both likable and well rounded characters and their romance has a lot of heart and sweetness. The author does a really good job with the secondary characters. In particular, Sutton and Jayden bring both comic relief but more importantly genuine care and support for their teammate Ryan. Everyone needs a Sutton & Jayden in their corner, fingers crossed we get more of them in book two! Ryan’s coming out scene was well handled….surprising, poignant and even a bit funny. This is a very well done best friends to lovers sports romance, just enough angst to keep you invested and a lovely well earned HEA. I received an arc of this book and this is my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl_cajun

    Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. It such a sweet and hilarious read, with lost friendship finding their way back even with more.    Before Ryan's career took off at the pro's level, him and Nate was the bestest of friends. Eight years later Nate felt a betrayal deep inside of the town hero worship of the boy who made it. Only he couldn't betray Amber and Gran just because of hurt feeling from their blood. Nate, Moving in after a scar with Gran as well to Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. It such a sweet and hilarious read, with lost friendship finding their way back even with more.    Before Ryan's career took off at the pro's level, him and Nate was the bestest of friends. Eight years later Nate felt a betrayal deep inside of the town hero worship of the boy who made it. Only he couldn't betray Amber and Gran just because of hurt feeling from their blood. Nate, Moving in after a scar with Gran as well to help Amber with the newest addition to the family. With one image on social media the long lost brother..One phone call does not abolished the grief of the missing years apart. It was Ryan's career goal that set in to motion the heart break of him being an absentee Brother,grandson and bestfriend, only was that really the truth or just the lies ones tells. Reconnecting on the phone oceans away is one thing, in person the questions keep rolling unsure. Is Ryan going to hurt him all over again only in a more permit way, can he career survive the hard truths coming out. Jayden and Sutton are just the cutest, yep I need more of them soon.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Arllau

    This was a super sweet and smoldering friends to lovers story by one of my favourite writers/storytellers. Nate and Ryan are so adorable and their love and struggles to keep things a secret just made everything much more interesting. It is a low angst, romantic with some heat, and a bit of comical relief. I received this book as an Advanced Reader's Copy. This was a super sweet and smoldering friends to lovers story by one of my favourite writers/storytellers. Nate and Ryan are so adorable and their love and struggles to keep things a secret just made everything much more interesting. It is a low angst, romantic with some heat, and a bit of comical relief. I received this book as an Advanced Reader's Copy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    4.5 stars. Wonderful start to a new series. The writing style of Becca Seymour just gels with me. I enjoyed this sweet with heat romance for many reasons. The “coming out for you” plot line was engaging and flowed along seamlessly. Nate and Ryan are so very likeable and I enjoyed cheering them on from the sidelines. From former besties, to friends, to boyfriends with a well deserved HEA that required negotiation and communication before it eventuates. The connection between them was always there 4.5 stars. Wonderful start to a new series. The writing style of Becca Seymour just gels with me. I enjoyed this sweet with heat romance for many reasons. The “coming out for you” plot line was engaging and flowed along seamlessly. Nate and Ryan are so very likeable and I enjoyed cheering them on from the sidelines. From former besties, to friends, to boyfriends with a well deserved HEA that required negotiation and communication before it eventuates. The connection between them was always there, it just needed the right time and circumstances to spark. Along the way they dropped some feels on me and left me smiling. The cast of side characters all played their role in keeping things interesting and we are left with the quickest of glimpses of who may get their story told next, and I can’t wait!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janet Hunt

    Ryan and Nate are childhood best friends. Ryan leaves the country to go to college in the states on a basketball scholarship and doesn’t come back. I absolutely loved this story! But I was so mad at Ryan for cutting off all contact with Nate!! Nate shouldn’t have been so quick to forgive! I really liked all the characters in the story, some of the secondary characters were fantastic! I absolutely enjoyed this story, it was really well written, highly recommend!! I am voluntarily leaving a review Ryan and Nate are childhood best friends. Ryan leaves the country to go to college in the states on a basketball scholarship and doesn’t come back. I absolutely loved this story! But I was so mad at Ryan for cutting off all contact with Nate!! Nate shouldn’t have been so quick to forgive! I really liked all the characters in the story, some of the secondary characters were fantastic! I absolutely enjoyed this story, it was really well written, highly recommend!! I am voluntarily leaving a review form an advanced copy that I received. My reviews are solely based on my thoughts and opinions.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather (AllTheJuicyBits)

    Review to Come!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jolanda van Osch

    This was a sweet romance story. I really liked this story and author's writing style. This was a sweet romance story. I really liked this story and author's writing style.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mir Jak

    I absolutely enjoyed this book.....we have 2 childhood friends who love each other. One goes onto make a name for himself in basketball and the other stays home. I loved how we could see their relationship grow from childhood up with flashbacks, which explains a lot in the story and why those decisions were made. It's not convoluted or awkward - the story flows beautifully. It's all about 2nd chances and taking a leap of faith. The story is sweet, heart-wrenching, a little angsty and romantic an I absolutely enjoyed this book.....we have 2 childhood friends who love each other. One goes onto make a name for himself in basketball and the other stays home. I loved how we could see their relationship grow from childhood up with flashbacks, which explains a lot in the story and why those decisions were made. It's not convoluted or awkward - the story flows beautifully. It's all about 2nd chances and taking a leap of faith. The story is sweet, heart-wrenching, a little angsty and romantic and lovey-dovey.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Slick

    Full review coming 11/10 www.simplylovebooks.com No Take Backs by Becca Seymour was refreshing, completely entertaining, and just a wonderful gay romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. Full review coming 11/10 www.simplylovebooks.com No Take Backs by Becca Seymour was refreshing, completely entertaining, and just a wonderful gay romance that I thoroughly enjoyed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    This was a nice story. I kind of felt like Nate and Ryan fell back in together very quickly and jumped without thinking ahead when knowing they would be separated again. I did enjoy their story but was still unsure of what their plans were at the end of the book. I hope the next book has Jayden finding his love. I received a copy of this book and am giving an honest review

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Whaley

    I really like No Take Backs. The story kept me from beginning to end. The story was very relatable. I was so happy they got their happy ending. I definitely looking forward to reading more of Becca Seymour's work. I really like No Take Backs. The story kept me from beginning to end. The story was very relatable. I was so happy they got their happy ending. I definitely looking forward to reading more of Becca Seymour's work.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Daake

    Fantastic title and read. The title directly Tues into the lives of the two main characters. The book takes place in both Australia and America. I haven't read many basketball centered books but this is definitely worth reading! Fantastic title and read. The title directly Tues into the lives of the two main characters. The book takes place in both Australia and America. I haven't read many basketball centered books but this is definitely worth reading!

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