Series Review: Black Jack Gentlemen by Liz Crowe





Book 1

Bad boy of European football, Nicolas Garza is about to hit American shores with a vengeance. Signed by the Detroit Black Jack Gentlemen as lynch pin for their expansion club, Nicco only half believes he’s making the right move. But with a past full of ghosts and rotten behavior chasing him from his homeland, he has no real choice.

Parker Rollings is a college soccer superstar, but his parents’ plans for their only son do not include professional athletics. When the Black Jacks approach him to finalize their roster, Parker leaps at the chance to keep playing, leaving behind medical school, stability and his first and only college sweetheart.

Nicco and Parker face off as bitter rivals for a coveted starting spot at midfield and are forced to channel their negative energy into something positive for the sake of the group—and themselves.

All eyes are on the fledgling team in its debut season. It’s crucial that the Black Jacks prove all the doubters wrong. They must make a good showing in the league and with new fans. But player drama, club dynamics, and misplaced priorities may tear it apart before it even begins.




RedCard_Book2_CoverSmRED CARD

Book 2

Free will makes us human.

Choice makes us individuals.

Love makes us unique.

Metin Sevim has it all. At the pinnacle of international soccer playing success, he has managed to craft a perfect world for himself along the way.

When fate strips him of free will and the ability to choose his own path, he retreats from everyone and everything, destroying his hard-won career in the process.

Dragged back from the brink by his desperate family, Metin reluctantly agrees to coach the Black Jack Gentlemen Detroit soccer team but remains debilitated by memories and loss. When a surprising friendship emerges, it renews his passion for life, providing much needed solace… and extreme complications.

A saga of family dynamics and gender politics that cuts across cultures and circumstance, Red Card illustrates the human capacity for forgiveness through the life of one man as he attempts to rebuild his shattered existence.





ShutOut_Book3_CoverSmSHUT OUT

Book 3

A submissive once, a submissive forever?

A man on the run from the only life he’s ever known, Brody Vaughn is poised to accept the Black Jack Gentleman’s newly vacant goalkeeper’s position. It’s a desperate move, but one he must take to regain his emotional equilibrium. Reeling from his Mistress’s rejection and on the ragged edge of a total breakdown, he arrives in Detroit. Numb with thinly veiled grief, he walks into the club’s front office completely unaware that an encounter with true destiny awaits him.

Sophie Harrison has seen it all–as Domme, sub, and victim. Now that her complicated circumstances have landed her as legal counsel for the expansion Black Jacks team, she holds herself aloof in body and spirit. Nothing and no one gets past her fiercely guarded walls. Until the day she looks up to greet the new goalie standing in her doorway, his raw combination of vulnerability and strength making her breathless.

Two people, horribly scarred by the excesses of the BDSM lifestyle and hiding from their true selves, meet across a desk over a simple contract. All bets are off.




HatTrick_Book4_CoverSmHAT TRICK

Book 4

Detroit’s expansion pro team has a hot star forward, fresh from the English Premiere League. Thanks to a series of fatal misunderstandings coupled with his famous temper, Declan MacGuire only has one thing left to him—soccer—and he’s determined not to make the same mistakes in his new life stateside. 

Emily Keller, an accidental low-level PR flunkie for the team watches as Declan gets sucked into a whirlwind romance with Cassandra Dean, the team’s Queen Bee groupie, trying not to be jealous while the woman maneuvers him into a sickeningly familiar situation.

When things escalate, the team is forced to take sides, and Declan faces the toughest choice of his life.




My Thoughts about the Black Jack Gentlemen series:

Man On, book one – this M/M story grabbed a hold of me from page one and never let go!

Nicco is the 29 year old veteran soccer bad boy and Parker is fresh from college graduation. We see these 2 very different men from very different backgrounds learn to live with and like themselves while fighting an attraction to each other. Nicco feels that he would not be good for Parker because Parker is young and naïve and is still fighting his sexual identity. Parker has always been a yes-man and a pleaser and this rebellion (ditching med school to play soccer) is the first time that he’s taken something for himself and disregarded others feelings while he did it.

This author writes a story that she led us through at a steady and believable pace. These 2 men did not take their feelings for each other lightly. They did not act rashly or disregard how a relationship between the 2 of them would affect the team and their pro sport images…

There was a lot of story fit into 134 pages and I hung on every word! Am I the only one who love love LOVES a three years later epilogue??!!

It’s amazing how gratifying a “three years later” epilogue can be and how gut wrenching and heart stopping a “three years later” part 2 in a book can be. How can books in the same series be so incredibly different and yet all tied together?

For me the first book is a page turner m/m book, the second book, Red Card, is about a love lost that literally tore my heart from my chest and pulverized it into the ground… I ugly cried… snot-running, boohoo cried!! I wanted to take Metin and wrap him in bubble wrap and protect him from the world that had treated him so so badly! I think the authors note on the book description explains things best, Red Card is “A saga of family dynamics and gender politics that cuts across cultures and circumstance, Red Card illustrates the human capacity for forgiveness through the life of one man as he attempts to rebuild his shattered existence.”

Shut Out is book 3 and it takes a look into the bdsm world and shows two people who are scarred from their pasts but they are trying to find a future together. Sophie and Brody are destined to be together. The road to get there was tough but oh so sweet when it finally happens!

And finally book 4, Hat Trick, is another saga along the lines of book 2 that was written in the vein of gut-wrenching realism that made me want to go into the pages of the book and thump Declan in the head and rip the hair off of Cassandra’s head! Good grief this author knows how to take her characters, and by default the reader, through the halls of hell before she even thinks to give them/us a HEA…

To me a good book/series is one that makes you feel and cheer and cry… this series is all that and more! Now excuse me while I embrace my book hangover and try to recover from the ‘feels’!


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