WINGMAN by LIZZIE A WILLIAMSON
Updated: Feb 17
He wasn’t looking for romance. When the perfect man pursues him, will he give in… to someone half his age?
Rob Thatcher is focused only on winning a third straight Stanley Cup. Comfortably single in middle age, he’s too busy coaching to look for love. But the club’s handsome new PR rep shakes up his world – even though the gorgeous young hire is only twenty-three.
Jayson Winger is tired of immature men. Yearning to settle down with an older guy who is out and proud, he’s thrilled his new job comes with a dashing assistant coach. But when his beau invites him over for Thanksgiving, Jayson is shocked to discover he’s dating his best friend’s dad.
Devastated when the stunning revelation infuriates his daughter, Rob is torn between keeping her in his life and finally finding his soulmate. And with a dark romantic past that he’s unwilling to reveal, Jayson fears he’ll lose the man who gives him a future to believe in.
With family and trauma pitted against them, will this unlikely pair receive the blessing they desire?
Wingman is the fourth book in the exciting Between the Lines sports romance series. If you like age-gap affairs, intense emotional encounters, and shocking secrets, then you’ll adore Lizzie A. Williamson’s heart-pounding tale.
Wingman started rocky for me. By chapter five, I was . . . meh simply because things were choppy. The lack of inner dialog was jarring. We see nothing of what one MC thinks of the other or the world around them. —white room effect, much?—
The first meeting was rushed to say the least. Within the first five seconds of meeting Jayson came on strong but not in a good way either, if that makes sense. We know nothing of him or what he thinks of Rob but he was demanding dinner and proposing more before the appetizer even arrived. Rob, for his part is hesitant but agrees to be friends. That quickly falls to the way side and before they've so much as kissed or spent any time dating, they are agreeing to be boyfriends.
Maybe a lot of off page romance happened but without seeing any of it, it was hard to connect to the characters. I didn’t like or dislike them by the end of Wingman. There was just no real substance to them as people. They had potential but a foundation is useless without a building.
In the end, it felt as if a lot of the story was missing.
Some other complaints:
• How do you know someone for four years and not realize he is gay? And to make homophobic remarks about your supposed best friend when your angry is . . . no words. Fun Fact: If you turn into a homophobe when angry, you're homophobic when not angry. Just a well controlled, lying one.
• Cassandra's whole character was just one big mess. Near the end of the book, she brings a guy around who is clearly an abusive jerk. The man throws a glass of water in Rob's face at dinner because he thinks the relationship between Rob and Jayson is disgusting. And she still follows this man when he walks away.
(Never mind Rob's inconsistency when dealing with this problem. You get water thrown on you in the middle of a restaurant and don't react. Nor change when you get home?)
• Jayson as a character was all over the place. He was supposedly a jock in highschool and still fit upon meeting Rob? He had loads of confidence—faked as it may be. But by the end, he was a roly poly with an unhealthy attachment to food with body and self confidence issues? Then he lost some of his baby fat? The character was one contradiction after another.
• The story with Bailey was never flushed out well despite it being part of the blurb. It didn't carry weight and had no real barring on the story as a whole. Jayson was apparently upset by his death but also . . . not. They were friends but . . . not. I don't know. None of that bit was well explained or came off well. It just felt like something that was throw onto the pages to add depth but didn't.
In the end, the only thing I really liked about Wingman was some of the side characters. They had more depth and personality than the MCs.