Book Reviews

Swipe Left, Power Down, Look Up by Amy Lane at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Athletes/Coaches / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 27-June-2024

Book Blurb

Busy soccer coach Trey Novak doesn’t have time for the awkwardness and upheaval dating can cause, but when his cousin stands him up for a lunch date, he meets someone who changes his mind. 


Dewey Saunders is dying to get a real job in his field and start the rest of his life, but a guy’s got to pay rent, and the coffee shop is where it’s at. When the handsome customer in the coach’s sweats gets stood up, Dewey is right there to commiserate—and maybe make some time with a cute guy. 


Trey’s making hopeful plans with Dewey when his professional life explodes. He and Dewey aren’t in a serious place yet, and suddenly he’s promising to make sports a welcoming place for all people. When Dewey puts himself out to comfort Trey after an awful day, Trey realizes that they might not be in a serious place, but Dewey has serious promise for their future. If someone as loyal and as kind and funny as Dewey is what’s offered, Trey would gladly swipe right for love. 


Book Review

A dose of much needed sweetness, humor, and an excellent HEA in Amy Lane’s newest release, ‘Swipe Left, Power Down, Look Up’, gave me all the feels I was looking for.


Trey is a soccer coach, both at the collegiate level and high school, so he has little to no free time for dating. Not to mention that athletics isn’t a hotbed of people wanting to be out and proud. He doesn’t hide that he’s gay, but he hasn’t dated seriously in years preferring to keep busy with his job. Dewey has a degree in art history but few prospects for a career in his field. Hence the barista job which he enjoys but isn’t exactly feeding his soul. These two men not only have one of the most adorable meet-cute I’ve ever read, but they are so utterly perfect for each another that it just leaps off the pages.


“Looking into Ryan’s eyes, the hope there, the support, he’d realized how important his job was; not only to coach the game but to coach the players. Being bold, being brave, being confident—those were the marks of a good athlete.

But they were also signs of a good man.

Stepping up wasn’t just for sports.” ~ Trey


This wouldn’t be an Amy Lane story if there wasn’t a small (tiny really) piece of angst. I don’t think she can help herself, to be honest. *grins* But, it revolves around a young man on the high school team dealing with homophobia from classmates, so it’s important and valid and real. The author does an outstanding job handling it and maybe it’s a little unrealistic, but it’s why I read fiction so I can walk away with a happy heart and soul because everything turned out wonderfully.


A delightful love story that I will return to again and again for the feels and the feel-goods that make me happy!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 119 pages/38294 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-May-2024
Price $4.99 ebook
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