But Morgan has desires and a mind of his own, and what he wants is his coach. As the spring racing season advances, Morgan feels his coach’s eyes on him. Morgan may be gay, and while he’s not out to team, he hasn’t hidden it, either. It may be a coach’s job to check out an athlete’s form, but Morgan hopes Nick’s interested in more than his technique.
Morgan corners Nick in the boathouse, and Nick admits that while he wants Morgan he can’t have him. Morgan laughingly points out that he’s not bound by any of those rules and he wants Nick. Nick and Morgan start a relationship, but Nick worries whenever they’re in public: what if someone sees? An anonymous complaint from a rower to the athletics director sends Nick’s worries into overdrive just as the crew prepares for the make-or-break race of the year.
Review: This one took me a little while to get into. There was a lot of information in the beginning that wasn't the most interesting to me, but I understand the need to explain this particular sport. Then as I got into the story, it was almost funny how the two misunderstood each other, until the ethics questions came up and I began to be a bit annoyed with Morgan. Not to mention, Morgan has a best friend that's in love with him and he doesn't seem to notice, so I felt more connected to the friend personally. I might have liked this to be a bit longer and have a bit more resistance on Nick's end before ultimately giving in anyway.