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Don't like the athletes. Don't sleep with the athletes. Don't fall for the athletes. It had never been particularly difficult to keep the rules but Nick had a feeling he was about to be tested. Heisman winner. Member of the National Championship team. NFL Rookie of the Year. Quarterback Colin O’Connor knows he’s become the ultimate romance novel cliché: all the success he’Don't like the athletes. Don't sleep with the athletes. Don't fall for the athletes. It had never been particularly difficult to keep the rules but Nick had a feeling he was about to be tested. Heisman winner. Member of the National Championship team. NFL Rookie of the Year. Quarterback Colin O’Connor knows he’s become the ultimate romance novel cliché: all the success he’s ever dreamed of but nobody to share it with. Too bad it’s not as simple as asking out the next girl who intrigues him – because the next girl to intrigue him probably won’t be a girl at all. Unexpectedly, the solution comes in one neat package: Nick Wheeler, lead journalist for a leading sports and pop culture blog. Hired by Colin’s team, Nick comes to Miami to shine a spotlight on the NFL’s most private quarterback.The heat in Miami rises when Nick discovers that Colin is nothing like the hollow personality he pretends to be in interviews and he’s even hotter in person than on his Sports Illustrated cover. Nick knows this is the story of his career, and it also hits close to home. What he needs is to help Colin share his story while keeping their growing relationship from boiling over in the press, but what he wants is to tell the world.Note: this book has been re-edited and re-released on 6/24/2017. Content is the same, errors are fixed....

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the rainbow clause Reviews

  • Christelle
    2018-12-03 13:59

    **2.5 stars** Well, this one didn’t work for me. This is the story of Colin, a football player, who decides to go public about his bisexuality and Nick, a journalist, is going to spend 3 weeks with him to write an article for this occasion. No surprise here, they end up together.There were events that seemed thrown and not expended. I saw this author wrote a previous MF book with the characters. Maybe it would have been better to have read it first ? Still, for me, it was too full of clichés and too simplistic. Not for me, even if the MCs were cute.

  • Ami
    2018-12-09 11:52

    3.5 starsBeth Bolden is a new-to-me author. I believe that this is also her first M/M book? I bought it on a whim when I saw the blog tour and read one of the blog tour reviews. For a book with "practically" a virgin bisexual football quarterback who is planning to come out -- so he can date *lol* -- and a reporter who is tasked to write the coming out feature, this one is pretty sweet and angst free. To be honest, Colin sometimes comes off as adorably innocent despite his fame and popularity as a Heisman winner and NFL Rookie of the Year. Colin protects his privacy highly, and even lives alone on a private island. He shops for his own grocery and he cooks. Yep, adorable. While Nick, well this reporter is smitten with Colin from the very beginning. So their relationship happens pretty easy without many complications.I think after half-way, when they both acknowledge their attraction it became a bit bland and repetitive -- especially because (view spoiler)[Colin comes out to his teammates, and have interviews with the likes of Ellen DeGeneres ... and clearly Colin loves Nick as well and willing to come out as a couple ... so the arguments from Nick that he wants it to be kept a secret for a while longer become weak to me) (hide spoiler)]. It was like the author was trying to find a way to lengthen the story to a full-length novel but didn't know how to do it. But in overall, I did like this. It was nice to have something sweet and angst-free sometimes, especially set in the world on sports. I hear that Bolden will release another M/M in the near future. I think I will check that one as well.

  • Cadiva
    2018-12-12 12:56

    Extremely polished sports romanceI've a feeling I was supposed to read something before this one but I rarely read M/F these days so I haven't but I don't think it really had a negative effect on my enjoyment of this one.There's nothing new here, it's a typical 'coming out' sports romance between a bisexual football quarterback and a reporter but it's done really well.There's a lot of polish to this one, which I note is a re-release, so I'm guessing it was cleaned up then.I loved both Colin and Nick and I loved watching them fall in love, especially as Colin was a gay sex virgin and not hugely experience with any other sex either. He was sweet and eager to learn and incredibly passionate about everything Nick could teach him.And cynical Nick, finding out his crush was bisexual and attracted to him was a delight as he fumbled his way through feelings and dilemmas about ethics and integrity while he fell in love with his interview subject.The support characters helped to nicely round out this enjoyable read.

  • Anita
    2018-12-09 15:05

    This is going to sound rather ranty and I recognize that I am solidly in the minority on this book. Many loved it. It frustrated me beyond belief! Generally speaking I love football books and the whole somewhat closeted athlete. Better yet was the fact that one of the characters is bisexual and I'd hoped that this was treated respectfully. The clever title roped me in and I thought, oh goodie and sat back to enjoy it. After reading about 20% I realized that the characters, Colin, Nick, Jemma, Gabe were introduced in an M/F read, . Since I primarily read M/M these days, I had no plans to read that book. But unfortunately lots must have happened in that book that is glossed over and alluded to in this book. I have no problems with authors introducing characters in earlier books, but when you switch genres, so to speak and go from M/F to M/M, I think you need to give more background and not assume that your readers will go back to the earlier book. Nick experiences something traumatic in that earlier book and in this book suffers from nightmares. Okay, but it's not entirely clear what happened and interestingly, the nightmare issue seems to fade away. There's some focus on it, some discussion of PTSD but then nothing. Jemma, whom we see THROUGHOUT this book, is Colin's best friend but apparently at one point Colin loved Jemma and continuously moans over the fact, almost to the 45% point, that she didn't love him back. This too, seems to have occurred in the earlier book. I didn't want to hear/see that... I wanted more Nick and Colin. In addition, and this is a major pet peeve of mine, Colin and Nick constantly refer to each other as "hot" as in "you're so hot." May have been the books I was reading, but that is one of the many reasons I stopped reading M/F. In the throes of lovemaking, these two are calling each other hot. Give me something a bit more meaningful - not the super vapid "oh you're so hot." Some odd typos at one point, the author uses the word god with a lower case g, then later she uses the upper case G. Be consistent. (view spoiler)[When they finally succumb to their sexual attraction, we get a handjob and a blow job. Okay, that's fine. But then the two of them are talking about how great the sex is. Uh - yeah okay but hand jobs and blow jobs don't necessarily constitute great sex (hide spoiler)] The communication between Colin and Nick is confusing. It's clear they have feelings for each other but we get the whole, "I need to leave because this isn't right" thing. And finally, wasn't this a bit of a conflict of interest for Nick! I mean, he's supposed to be a journalist and write an OBJECTIVE article. Luckily that is addressed later in the book, but in my view, it should have been brought up earlier. I just had so many issues that I wanted to throw my Kindle at the wall. Wanted to like this but just wanted to cry in frustration.

  • Michelle Dare
    2018-11-16 09:07

    This was the first book I've read by Beth Bolden and it did not disappoint!Colin is a star quarterback in the NFL. He's also bisexual, only no one knows. Well, his closest friends do. When he first signed with the team, he had a clause added - The Rainbow Clause. It's what he put in place should he decide to come out. Now that he's ready, it's time to put that clause into effect. Enter Nick. He's the reporter whose been tasked with writing the story, which will announce to the world that Colin is bisexual. But he's not just any reporter. He's had a thing for Colin from the beginning but had only met him once prior to this story. Nick couldn't wait to find out more about the very private quarterback. Together, Colin and Nick dance around the attraction they feel for one another. Once they finally come together, sparks fly. All is great when they are alone, but what happens when the story is published and the world is watching?I loved this book. It had everything I look for in a great read. Romance, a fantastic build-up, hot scenes, a little drama to keep me flipping the pages - it was the complete package. Beth Bolden writes in a way that she sucks you right into her character's world and makes you never want to leave. I loved Colin and Nick and didn't want their story to end. I can't wait to read more by the author.

  • Calila
    2018-11-19 13:17

    *A copy of this book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*Okay, first - This book is technically part of a series. I had the feeling Jemma/Gabe had their own book and was proven right when I got to the end. I would've liked to have know that, or had less focus on Jemma/Gabe. (Summer Attractions)Second - The title. While I get that more people are familiar with the rainbow symbolism, every time it was mentioned I cringed a little. Bisexuality has their own colors/flag and it's not a rainbow. Since Colin is bi and not gay, it just irked me a little. But I also know the rainbow has come to cover the spectrum of LGBTQIA+ so it's a petty irritant. Basically #itscomplicatedBut to get to the story and the characters. I loved this. I thought Colin and Nick were adorable and I loved everything about them. I loved Colin's struggle to open up after being so private for so long (though I wish he were a tad older, I think it would've made more sense). Colin was just a nice guy. He wasn't a dudebro. He wasn't full of himself even though he could be. He just wants simple things. To not be lonely. To have someone to come home to. To play football. That's it. Nick was great too. He was a little less nice, but that's part of his charm. He pokes. He prods. He challenges Colin when he gets too comfortable. I loved seeing them fall for each other. It was just super cute. There's some angst, but it's minimal.

  • Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
    2018-11-23 09:14

    When Colin negotiated his NFL contract he had, what has come to be known as the Rainbow Clause included into it. Colin is bi, and wanted to be sure if a man was who he chose to settle down with he had a choice to come out. Colin leans more toward being attracted to men than women and decides he is tired of hiding. He goes to his argent who arranges a coming out interview with Nick, a sports writer. Nick is out and proud, something you don't see much of in the sports world. He agrees to shadow Colin for a few weeks to get the best profile interview he can. Part of the arrangement is Nick will live with Colin while he shadows him. This was a quick and easy read. It's well-written and paced well, with likable characters. For the subject matter involved it had very little outside angst. This is not to say the story doesn't have angst. Nick created enough angst with his push and pull routine for two books. I loved him, yet I wanted to strangle him at the same time or at least whack him upside the back of the head. I loved Colin. He was so sweet and caring. The story was a slow-burn, that had a good build up to explosive fireworks once Nick and Colin finally give in to the attraction. Their chemistry was off the charts. This was a really enjoyable read. I liked the plot and not only were the main characters likable and well developed, but I loved the secondary characters as well. Nick and Colin worked well together. I loved watching them move from writer and subject, to friends and later lovers. The progression of their relationship felt natural and unhurried. This story was funny, sweet and sexy. Very recommendable! *Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement.*

  • Amanda
    2018-11-17 12:04

    My first by this author and I really enjoyed it! Colin knew what he wanted. He wanted to find love and if that meant coming out in the world of football then that’s what he was going to do. Nick was going to be the journalist to write Colin’s coming out article. Nick has been waiting for an opportunity like this and to have it be a man he felt an instant attraction to a year ago, well even better. Nick and Colin has chemistry and even though Nick tried to fight it, they just worked. They balanced each other out. Fought hard for each other and protected the other even harder. A fantastic read with a little bit of angst thrown in.

  • T.A. McKay
    2018-11-22 08:19

    4.5 stars! Who wouldn't want to read this book....I mean look at the cover!! That completely caught my attention but like with any hot man it was what was inside that kept me around. It may be pretty to look at but it was so much better to read. I will admit I have a slight passion about football books and this one is way up there in my favourites. It was well written and the story well thought out. I felt the connection between the characters and I was rooting for them the entire time. Even the side characters caught my attention and I wanted to know more about them. The ONLY thing that marked it down from a 5 star read....and this is totally my thing because I'm that sort of person ...was that there wasn't enough angst for me. I just felt there would be more...but as I say this is totally me! Lots of people don't want pain and angst...and this would be the perfect books for them. Truthfully I think its the perfect book for anyone that loves a good love story...cause thats what this is.

  • Steph ☀️
    2018-12-15 11:53

    ***3.5 stars (rounded-up)***For this being Beth Bolden’s debut MM book, it’s not too shabby. I have to say the blurb intrigued me, and what I got was better than what I expected. I was happy to read (at least I haven’t come across it yet) something new. Namely The Rainbow Clause. I cannot go further, because I would be spoiling it for others, but it was truly nice and refreshing.While I did enjoy seeing the relationship develop between Colin and Nick, I have to say I did have a hard time following the story at times.1. First there was the time period between the Prologue and Chapter 1. Then when Nick comes back to LA after being in Miami. It took a while to sort out that timeline, and these are just two instances out of book. So, needless to say it was a bit rough following the six month timeline (excluding the epilogue).2. The supporting characters Jemma and Gabe. There are so many references I wasn’t catching on to, nor was the author doing a good job answering those questions. For instance while the quad is playing trampoline dodgeball there is a moment where they mention Colin being a sub for Gabe’s partner since he was shot. That was it; nothing more. Before that, I didn't have an inkling of what Gabe did for a living, but from this I surmised he was in law enforcement. It wasn’t until near the end of the book I find out he is actually a detective. This is just one of many instances, which got me thinking. So I went and skimmed the authors past books and boy was I right. Even though they are not attached by a Series moniker, there is a book entitled Summer Attractions that tells Jemma and Gabe’s story. I am sure all the missing information and questions I have, are probably in that book. I wish that the author would have given us a few sentences here and there for those of us that have not read that book, or are not interested in it.3. Then there are Nick’s nightmares. Besides the missing information of the incident itself, the author never makes it clear whether Nick truly opens up to Colin about this. At one point in the story it seems like we are going to get the whole story as he finally lets down his wall to Colin, but nope. It is like the train of thought gets interrupted and unfortunately it never gets brought up again. Not only that, but the therapist he is talking to seems to fall off the storyline.All in all, I really do see potential here. I am willing to give her another try because of her fresh ideas and the realness of the story. I really enjoyed how the author seemed to look at all facets; just not jumping in with rose-colored glasses. In the end, both Nick and Colin get their HEA, even though it took some time for them to reach it.I am one of many reviewers at Gay Book Reviews and can be found here: http://gaybook.reviews/author/steph/I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Libbi
    2018-12-05 13:01

    Loved it! Romance, drama, humor, this book has it all and more. It was so good I could hardly put it down, and finished it far too soon - I just didn't want the story to end! Another win from Beth Bolden!

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2018-11-17 12:12

    ~ 3.5 Stars ~ Apparently The Rainbow Clause is part of a series, but I didn’t feel like I really missed anything in reading this as a stand-alone.Colin is the hot football star of the moment, but he’s got a big secret, one he’s tired of keeping to himself. He’s distant with his teammates, and his best friend is the girl he loved and lost. He is so done with not being able to be who he wants to be, but he knows the potential consequences if he does pursue the person he wants.When he finally decides that the time has come, he meets Nick and all bets are off. Nick is very attracted to Colin and, frankly, surprised by him. Colin is much more complicated than Nick had expected. The fact that Colin doesn’t have much interest in partying or hanging with his teammates, but would rather barbecue at home and binge-watch Netflix shows, isn’t what Nick had in mind. He also doesn’t expect that Colin would return his attraction. Colin is guarded—particularly at first. But as the two men grow closer, they have a hard time not acting on their mutual attraction.There are, of course, complications; although not as many as I would have expected, given the issue major league sports seem to have with “out” athletes while they are still actively playing. For the most part, Colin has support and is less afraid of the consequences of his decision than Nick thinks he should be. Nick’s own experiences have not always been terribly positive, and as time goes on, he’s much more worried for Colin and his inexperience with negativity, given his extremely successful football career up to now. When things do get tense, Nick and Colin have choices to make and reality to face.I mostly really enjoyed this story of Colin and Nick. I don’t think that some of the story was quite believable, but this is fiction, after all, so I was ultimately OK with suspending reality. Colin and Nick are both very likable characters, and Colin’s loneliness, in particular, I thought was very well portrayed. I do think that is something that many famous athletes who are not natural extroverts experience. There are so many who would exploit/capitalize on any association with them, so they stay isolated quite a bit.There were some editing issues that got to be a bit annoying after a while. Overall, though, I liked the writing and would read another book by this author. Especially recommended for fans of sports romance.Reviewed by Sadonna for The Novel Approach

  • Carra
    2018-11-24 15:19

    Imagine there's this star NFL quarterback that you've been following since his college days, that you've had a crush on. Now imagine you've been chosen to write the most important profile on him, bringing to light his most highly guarded secret...and to do so you get to shadow him by living with him to learn the ins and outs of his life. Sounds like a dream come true, right? Colin likes to keep to himself-he'd rather enjoy a quiet evening at home away from the spotlight than be out clubbing with his teammates. He's sweet and a bit introverted-not what you'd expect from a star NFL player, and around Nick he lets his vulnerable side show. Nick reads people quite well, and easily picks up on things about Colin. He knows everything about Colin's career, and as he learns more about him personally, he falls hard--no matter how hard he tries not to do so. The closer the two become, the more inevitable them falling for each other.Colin and Nick's relationship develops at an easy, natural pace and nothing ever feels rushed. I thought they fit well together, and that Nick was the perfect person to write Colin's coming out story. I did get a bit frustrated with Nick when he went back home, but otherwise I really loved the two of them together. Their intimate scenes built slowly over time, going from sweet and tentative all the way to intensely passionate with a slow build of the sexual tension. The gradual build of Colin and Nick's relationship also mirrors Colin's measured process of coming out as he becomes more comfortable with expressing that side of himself over time. I really enjoyed this story, and it was a 4.5-star read for me. I highly recommend The Rainbow Clause to any M/M romance fan, and if your a sports romance fan even better. I really liked that Colin and Nick's relationship built slowly, I like when a story is more slow burn since it builds the tension and is more impactful when they finally give in to each other. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and explicit M/M sexual content.

  • Mary Mary
    2018-11-29 10:02

    * a copy of this book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review *I strongly recommend this book to everyone.It was the first book by this author and I am in love. I love her writing style, the way she created the world, made everything feel real. Additionally I am head over heels with both main characters.Romance books with athletes are my favorite but most of them are too predictable, too sweet and sometimes just ridiculous. Here we have an AMAZING love story, lots of humor, scorching hot sex, feelings, adorable characters and fully believable story. What I liked the most is that the main character is absolutely different from what we are accustomed to - he is caring, loving, funny and NATURAL.The pace is fast and it is difficult (almost impossible) to stop reading. There is A LOT happening all at once: first openly bisexual NFL player, exciting coming out story, fight with homophobes and first time real relationship. I loved seeing Colin and Nick fall in love with each other step by step (this is not a love-at-first-sight type of a story) and building their lives together.This story is definitely worth reading and there is free and sweet/sexy instafreebie epilogue that just makes things even better :)I wish I could read more about Colin and Nick.** this book is not perfect - there are missing and misplaced words

  • Stacey Jo
    2018-11-25 09:53

    I was given a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. This is the first book I’ve read by Beth Bolden and I enjoyed it. It’s the story of Nick, an NFL football star and Colin, his reporter boyfriend. Nick lives a quiet life for a NFL star. He lives on a private island, does his own shopping, and keeps to himself. The problem is that he wants to date, which means he’s going to have to come out. He had a rainbow clause written into his contract to handle the publicity. No one really knows he’s gay except for a few select people. He’s actually bi, and has been in love with is best friend Jemma for a long time. She was never interested in him romantically so he finally moved on from her, especially when she got a serious boyfriend. Colin, Jemma’s coworker, was hired to write the big story about Nick. Colin has always had a thing for Nick and worked it out so they had to spend time together. They slowly fall for each other. Colin, who is openly gay, helps Nick come out. Colin has his own issues that he has to deal with. They overcome their issues in the end and find their way to a happy ending. Overall it was a really nice story. Nick is bi and he is hung up on Jemma for a the first part of the book. I would have preferred for it to be just a reference to when he had a thing for his best friend, but it really did seem like he was still very much hung up on her. I was a bit confused at the start of the story because I thought I was reading a M/M story and it seemed like it was starting out to be a M/F story. That was a complaint I had. The M/F aspect was too strong. That was my only real complaint. Once it moved past that I was fine. I liked the slow build of the relationship between Nick and Colin. You could really feel the sexual tension between them. It has angst without being overdone.

  • Cynthia
    2018-12-11 06:55

    I love sports, and I love the issue of LGBTQ+ visibility in sports, so this book was very much up my alley.Beth Bolden tells an ambitious story about Colin O'Connor's coming out. "Ambitious" because a coming out of this caliber of athlete has never happened before. Colin is not your second string punter or NCAA defensive lineman. He is the star quarterback of an NFL team. (Someday. Someday soon I hope.) Colin is bisexual, and he wants to live his live honestly and openly, so he decides that it is time to come out. The story revolves around his relationship with Nick, the journalist who will write his coming out profile for Five Points magazine. Nick is an out gay man, and has been following Colin's career for years. Bolden navigates their relationship well, with humor and emotional insight. She gives the reader both character's points of view throughout, exposing each's desires and fears, all while moving both the romance and public coming out plots along. I enjoyed this read. The finer details of publicity and promotion relating to a high profile coming out were very interesting to me, and added a lot to the weight of the story. Nick and Colin's wary flirtations were fun to read, and one dreadlocked, Greek chorus type character near the end made me chuckle out loud. I wish the author had fleshed out Nick's past a bit more, because I felt a specific personal issue of his was sort of dropped halfway through and never revisited, so that feels like an unresolved bit for me. Also I wasn't crazy about Nick's change of tone when their time in Miami came to a close - that felt a little abrupt to me. But neither of these points would prevent me from recommending this book. I'd like to read Beth's other work, as I see there is a book with some of the characters from Rainbow Clause, called Summer Attractions. I wonder if she'll continue Nick and Colin's story in a future project, where we might see Nick's issues revisited. I'd love to see these characters again.I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Alison
    2018-11-19 14:13

    I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.3.75 starsThis was almost a four star read for me, but it fell just shy.There were a lot of positives here. Sexy, hot, cute, innocent (almost naïve), talented quarterback. Smart-mouthed, hot, sexy, inquisitive reporter. Sparks, etc. I liked them together, and overall, the book held my interest for the entirety. This was definitely a case of external stressors. Coming out and doing so in a manner that would benefit everyone. But I had a hard time believing that even for an in-depth profile, that anyone--especially an NFL team-- would agree to let a reporter live with a player for weeks. It seemed a bit over-the-top. Though, admittedly, the times spent there were sweet, and I enjoyed reading them, I just wasn't sure I believed that it could actually happen.I wish the book had had another go-through with an editor. There were some typos. It didn't follow the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines. I found it somewhat distracting.Lastly, earlier in the book, there was quite a bit of focus placed on Nick's PTSD from being stabbed. Nightmares that had only increased since he'd been with Colin. Yet after they hooked up, the whole storyline is seemingly dropped. They have one discussion, and it isn't mentioned again. It seemed that PTSD was being used as something to drive the plot to a certain place, but then it was abandoned, which is something that is unrealistic.This book entertained me. I liked it and its characters. Definitely worth the read, but need to overlook some grammar rules.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2018-11-23 13:19

    A Joyfully Jay review. 3.5 starsThis book offers many things I like to read, starting with athletes. While Colin is indeed a quarterback, the majority of the book takes place during the off season and there is no actual football. There were two good characters here, but this book just didn’t quite resonate with me the way it should have. For a coming out story and for Colin basically having his first relationship, this book lacked emotion as well as depth for me.Colin has made it to the NFL, but he has struggled with his personal life. He fell in love with his best friend, Jemma, but when she didn’t return his feelings, Colin had a hard time moving on. Colin and Nick met previously when Nick interviewed Colin, but Colin doesn’t remember meeting Nick so it then didn’t offer an intriguing set up here and fell rather flat for me.The guys both have issues to get through, but there is a back story added in for Nick from a previous assignment that he is dealing with and it didn’t really fit well into this book for me. This issue is on the forefront, but then disappeared without any resolution. The attraction also didn’t come off the page for me. We are told they are attracted to each other, but it was all slow for me — not slow burn, just slow. While it took the guys longer to get together, there wasn’t that burning intensity that I felt should have been driving the story as it was presented.Read Michelle's review in its entirety here.

  • Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
    2018-11-19 10:22

    3.5 StarsI’m a huge sports fan so I love reading about athletes! This is my first book by Ms. Bolden and while I liked it alot, the author’s writing style took some getting used to. Part of that, as it turns out, is because Jemma and Gabe were introduced in their own story. That may explain why some of the assumptions were made about the characters and were confusing if you hadn’t read their story. There is a pretty big thing that happens with Nick that is kind of glossed over in this story so I’m guessing it started in that book. It’s possible if you’ve read their book, this one won’t be as confusing.Nick and Colin were really great together. They balanced each other well, being strong for each other when needed. Even when they were dancing around their attraction, their feelings for each other were obvious. They were surprisingly shy about the attraction which made it all the more endearing.Colin has been hiding and finally had enough. While the story does include some romance between them, the theme is centered on staging his coming out. I had a couple of issues with the book. In the synopsis, it’s mentioned that Nick was bullied in his teenage years which has shaped his outlook on Colin’s coming out. This was never once mentioned in the story. He continuously told Colin to expect the worst from folks but never mentioned why. That was a big part of Nick’s history, shaping his attitude now that was completely left out of the story.Additionally, I didn’t like how hung up on Jemma Colin was…even 40% into the book and he’s still thinking about her, bitter that she ‘friend-zoned’ him. He claims to be over it, but his thoughts don’t support that.Even with the holes, I liked the story and Nick and Colin as a couple.

  • Allwaswell
    2018-12-14 13:53

    The Rainbow Clause begins with such an interesting premise that really helped make this book feel fresh and different. I found it hard to put down and read it quite quickly!Colin O’Connor is a star quarterback in the NFL with a secret; he’s bisexual. He has worked an interesting clause into his contract (hence the title of the book) that will clear the path for the day he decides he wants to come out. Well, that day has come. I liked that he wasn’t the typical football star character and had a lot of quirks and background for those quirks. The character made for a great leading man role. The reason Colin would like to come out of the closet is so that he’ll be free to find someone to be in a real relationship with, and on his journey to coming out of the closet he meets a very good looking and seemingly interested reporter who will help him do that, Nick Wheeler. I really loved Nick’s witty banter, and it was clear how he used it as a defense mechanism. There were a few little plot points that didn’t seem to get resolved with him, but I felt like it didn’t detract much from the main story. The book was a great love story with a nice, fast pace to it. I especially loved all the sexual tension and build up to the relationship as well as all the great dialogue. I really enjoyed this book and thought the author really wrote the characters vividly, which gave the story such a realness to it. I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

  • John-TorleifHarris
    2018-12-03 11:20

    Nick and Colin were very cuteI liked how sincerely naive Colin was about the impact of his rainbow clause. He had spent so long being closed off and private from the press that he didn't realize how much of an impact his coming out would cause.Nick was the perfect match for Colin, both in personality and in the cynicism he had for the world. Colin was exactly what Nick needed to help him open himself up to realizing that being strong didn't mean not ever seeking help.I would have liked for Nick's struggles to be a bit more developed. We saw that he had nightmares due to his stabbing and that he was very emotionally closed off, but they all seemed to simply disappear as the book processed and focused on just Colin.

  • Deanna Against Censorship
    2018-12-06 07:55

    FunI love sports M\M stories because of that extra level of emotions. The characters touched my heart ❤ yet made me smile.

  • Annika
    2018-12-10 13:22

    So it looks like I’m going against the grain on this one, it seems like everyone liked this book except for me. There was just something about this book that I didn’t like. It never drew me in. I never connected to the story, the characters and didn’t really care one way or another what would happen and where they’d end up in the end. It wasn’t a horrible read, I was just bored and uninterested.I was going to give this book 3 stars, but then I realised I’ve rated many books with 3 starts that I’ve enjoyed much more, so 2 stars it is.

  • Shee Reader
    2018-12-04 08:00

    The Rainbow Clause by Beth BoldenReview by Shee Reader for Boy Meets Boy Reviews.Rating 4.5 HeartsFind us on the web at www.boymeetsboyboyreviews.comBefore I start, this was a hugely enjoyable book I would recommend with very few reservations. There was just a couple of annoying things, but this was an ARC, so I assume they’ll be fixed by publication? There were a couple of annoying typo niggles, and one huge one that set my teeth on edge. At one point, our lovely men were in Florida, sitting on the deck, watching the sun set over the Pacific. Yep, thats right, the Pacific. I was screaming at the book at that point.My pedantic nature aside, this was a great book with an excellent absorbing story, nicely written characters, I was engaged from start to finish, and its happy ending, is one I can only dream about for now in professional sports.Nick is an out and proud journalist for a sports pop culture blog. He has a teeny-tiny obsession with a Heisman trophy winning quarterback whose Sports Illustrated cover had Nick drooling for months.Colin O’Connor is something of an enigma. He rarely gave interviews, and if he did give one, it was difficult to penetrate his reserve. Nick had always felt Colin had a certain cardboard-cutout persona going on, but meeting the beautiful man in person put paid to that theory from the outset. Colin’s best friend Jemma was the only person ever to get to write a wholly ‘real’ piece about the quarterback, and it was on the strength of that one football profile, that Nick had hired Jemma to be his assistant. She’s progressed now of course, but her report on Colin had sealed that particular deal.Now back to our guys. There was some low grade flirting and checking out, which had astounded Nick, but it was the start of something.It all became clear later, when Nick was contacted by Colin’s agent and the team’s publicist to write a detailed profile on Colin to pave the way fro his coming out as bisexual. Colin wanted to date, and he wanted the freedom to date anyone he chose, and that meant invoking the Rainbow Clause that he’d had added to his contract enabling this coming out to take place without damaging his place on the team. In order to write the article, Nick invites himself to stay with Colin in his Florida home to get a real feel of Colin in his natural habitat. What follows is a lovely to and fro flirtation that eventually results in the men sharing a bed. There is a love affair in the air, and there is support from Colin’s friends on the team, but the way the whole Piranhas organisation got behind their man was the dream come true.The path to happiness was not without it’s struggles, especially as our guys are a sports journalist and a leading player in the NFL, but it was worth it in the end. I really enjoyed the story, and hope like crazy it is one that could come true for active professional sportsmen. One of the best bits for me was the supporting roles of Jemma (Colin’s best friend and one-time love interest who works with Nick) and her boyfriend Gabe. The scene with the dodgeball had me laughing out loud.All in all, (annoying details notwithstanding) it was a super story. Highly recommended!I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Bri
    2018-11-14 11:59

    This was the first book I've read by this author and I couldn't put it down! She jumps right into the action of the plot, but still finds the time to create vivid, likeable characters. At times, I had to remind myself this was fiction! Definitely recommend.

  • Roger - president of NBR United -
    2018-12-03 09:00

    I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I get this through the DBML program of the M/M Romance Group at Goodreads.First of what I really enjoyed is that Colin was a real regular guy and not some egotistical asshat that an athlete of his caliber could very easily be. Nick Wheeler is the Lead Sports reporter for a blog that covers Sports and other Celebrities. I Loved how they worked together even when they had different points of view. I also loved that both of them were willing to get advice on relationships from others.Nick is chosen to write a feature about Colin coming out as a bisexual NFL player. Colin is a very private man and is surprised often by how many times and in how many different ways he has to come out. even though he had a clause put in the contract that helped set up how this was all to happen. Secondary Characters are key to this story. This is the author first foray into M/M Romance and she did a good job it helps that she knows these two Character as they are Secondary characters in one of her M/F romances. I loved Nick's use of Sarcasm and snarky remarks as a shield because if I was less shy that would be my natural line of defense.All in all a good book that just fell short of wowing me.

  • Sadonna
    2018-12-14 13:06

    3.5 starsThis review and much more can be found at The Novel Approach Apparently The Rainbow Clause is part of a series, but I didn’t feel like I really missed anything in reading this as a stand-alone.Colin is the hot football star of the moment, but he’s got a big secret, one he’s tired of keeping to himself. He’s distant with his teammates, and his best friend is the girl he loved and lost. He is so done with not being able to be who he wants to be, but he knows the potential consequences if he does pursue the person he wants.When he finally decides that the time has come, he meets Nick and all bets are off. Nick is very attracted to Colin and, frankly, surprised by him. Colin is much more complicated than Nick had expected. The fact that Colin doesn’t have much interest in partying or hanging with his teammates, but would rather barbecue at home and binge-watch Netflix shows, isn’t what Nick had in mind. He also doesn’t expect that Colin would return his attraction. Colin is guarded—particularly at first. But as the two men grow closer, they have a hard time not acting on their mutual attraction.There are, of course, complications; although not as many as I would have expected, given the issue major league sports seem to have with “out” athletes while they are still actively playing. For the most part, Colin has support and is less afraid of the consequences of his decision than Nick thinks he should be. Nick’s own experiences have not always been terribly positive, and as time goes on, he’s much more worried for Colin and his inexperience with negativity, given his extremely successful football career up to now. When things do get tense, Nick and Colin have choices to make and reality to face.I mostly really enjoyed this story of Colin and Nick. I don’t think that some of the story was quite believable, but this is fiction, after all, so I was ultimately OK with suspending reality. Colin and Nick are both very likable characters, and Colin’s loneliness, in particular, I thought was very well portrayed. I do think that is something that many famous athletes who are not natural extroverts experience. There are so many who would exploit/capitalize on any association with them, so they stay isolated quite a bit.There were some editing issues that got to be a bit annoying after a while. Overall, though, I liked the writing and would read another book by this author. Especially recommended for fans of sports romance.

  • Susan65
    2018-12-12 08:56

    The Blogger GirlsThis story was really cute and sweet…and I don’t usually like a lot of fluff but this was…well, sweet. It didn’t hurt that it was sports themed because I do love my professional alpha athletes being all manly with another man. There was just something about Nick and Colin that resonated with me. Yes, it was full of fluff and low on angst, and it was a little goofy and unrealistic in how the “rainbow” clause was played out. But, it was fun. It had many “awe” moments that for some reason just tickled me pink.Colin is an NFL closeted bisexual man who had the foresight to add a coming-out clause in his contract. Nick is the reporter that was chosen to get the lead story. It didn’t hurt that Nick had been drooling all over Colin since before he’d ever met him, but now he’s living his dream…and falling for him, too. Colin is more than meets the eye. He is actually bisexual, and wants to be able to date a man or woman openly and doesn’t understand why he needs a PR team and six months of playing stupid games to get to do that. The fact that he is falling for his journalist, but has to hide it, even though he is coming out, makes zero sense to him.These two were so sweet. I am starting to hate that word but there is really no other way to adequately say it. Yes, they do have their moments and some miscommunication, but for the most part, they truly like each other and want to explore that further. Nick just has to get out of his head and learn to live and trust. It takes awhile, but with a little push and shove from their friends, they find their path.

  • Qin
    2018-12-03 14:07

    Not a MM story, despite the blurb's claims to the contrary, but a boring mix of sports chronicle for dummies and MF frienship until the 50% bar when the writer abruptly decided she had had enough of the star footballer's former love interest turned best gal friend Jemma and began to push said lady into the background so that the gay side of Colin could be asserted. Too little too late; by this point, I was fed up with the mounting evidence for Mrs Bolden's shameful lack of general culture, the excessive attention paid to Colin's coming out as bisexual (boy did as extravagant an expedient as the so-called rainbow clause stand in need of a far more layered and nuanced treatment than the one it receives here !) which makes his attraction to Nick almost feel like an afterthought, the bland, uninteresting portrayal of football, and the sheer superciliousness of having so many pages filled with a vague kind of social commentary about sexual diversity in sports written by someone who, on top of having wrong her basic American geography (Florida abuts to the Pacific, according to her !), is not even capable of delivering with conviction a love story whether straight (Jemma and her boyfriend smuch as much of abiding passion as me and my stack of bills) or gay (where has the chemistry between Nick and Colin gone ? outside of the bedroom scenes, why do we get so little tangible heat when they do interact ?). The sophomoric writing and weak proof-reading drove the last nail into this coffin. The book has been copy-edited and corrected, we are told emphatically; one shudders to imagine the literary standards that were in attendance in the original version...

  • Stephanie
    2018-12-10 09:57

    I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book. I really enjoyed how grounded Colin was, right from the start. He was comfortable with himself, which I found refreshing. He already knew what he wanted in a partner, what he wanted from his career, what he wanted long-term in his personal life. Colin's challenges came from navigating how to share with the public what he already knew about himself. He found his peace along that journey in Nick, who couldn't have been a more genuine voice for Colin's story, or a more trustworthy keeper of Colin's heart. I fell in love with how the author communicated so much about Nick's and Colin's characters in their nonverbal communication. The looks they gave each other, the way their thoughts were conveyed even when they are just studying each other, or perhaps debating what to say next. I will definitely be reading more of Beth Bolden's books!