Devlin Miski thought coming out on national TV would be the hardest part about being a gay football player. But it's when his press conference is over that the trouble really starts. The athletic tiger and his boyfriend Lee, a fox with a tongue as quick as his wit, still won't get many breaks in their fight for understanding. They'll need to deal with a stubborn reporter determined to get a story any way he can, furious parents, and hostile teammates--not to mention each other.
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But it's when his press conference is over that the trouble really starts. The athletic tiger and his boyfriend Lee, a fox with a tongue as quick as his wit, still won't get many breaks in their fight for understanding. They'll need to deal with a stubborn reporter d Devlin Miski thought coming out on national TV would be the hardest part about being a gay football player.
They'll need to deal with a stubborn reporter determined to get a story any way he can, furious parents, and hostile teammates--not to mention each other. All's fair in love and war--and this is both. Isolation Play is the eagerly awaited sequel to the best-selling novel Out of Position and picks up Dev and Lee's story about five minutes after the end of the first book. Well over a year and a half in the making, Isolation Play is the longest work Kyell Gold has released.
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Isolation Play is the second novel in the chronicle of Dev and Lee, the tiger and the fox. We first read about them in Out of Position, the review of which can be seen here. This second installation in the series begins directly after the first ends — with Dev coming out in a press conference. So, in somewhat o Isolation Play is the second novel in the chronicle of Dev and Lee, the tiger and the fox.
So, in somewhat of a surprise move to Lee, Dev announces to the world that he is indeed gay, all during a press conference set up to dispute the charges of public opinion and fight the demands that Brian had made on him to reveal his sexuality and pave the way for future gay athletes to come out of the closet.
And that is only if Dev survives. Will he be traded? Will he be targeted by other athletes on the field, open to physical attack to injure him and force him out of the small window he has gotten as a starting player? Is his career over already? There are new groupies and gay groups offering sponsorship and endorsements. At the same time, there are those on the field, in the stands, and in his own locker room that will do what they can to isolate him from playing the sport he loves.
If all of this gets to him and he loses the focus he needs to play well, then his chance as a starting player is gone. More than anytime before, he is starting to understand the sport as a mental game — one that he will have to conquer in order to keep what he has worked so hard for.
On the other hand, Lee has found himself in the last place he ever expected — the one that Dev used to be in. Lee is a scout for another professional team, and having been forced back into the closet for his new job because of his relationship with Dev, he now finds himself stuck there.
If the League finds out that Dev was drafted for the Dragons at the same time that Lee was working for the Dragons as a scout, Lee could be fired and Dev could lose the merit he has gained working his way up through the ranks. So they both find themselves in a strange situation — the out activist is back in the closet, and the closeted jock has just been forced out of the door.
Dev has not told his parents that he is gay, and they are forced to find out on national television. And it seems that Dev will have to choose one over the other. I felt that because the things that Dev and Lee have gone through, they have been given a chance to do one of two things: turn on one another, or come together. And though in many ways they remained loyal to the characters that we got to know previously, they have both undergone a change because of those things they went through.
They have started to realize that what they have with each other is special and important and worth dealing with the hate and bigotry of thousands. Because of this, both Dev and Lee mature a great deal between the end of the first book and the end of the second, and in their maturity, they put to rest many of the immature games that they played at the behest of one another.
The title of this novel displays this overall progression well. So they run the iso—isolation play—a lot, sending the elk to block me or Gerrard while Bixon lowers his head and sends his compact, muscled form through the lane. The isolation play is a metaphor for the new direction that their relationship is taking — hunkering down, waiting for the attack, and when it comes being driven apart, isolated from one another.
This theme crops up over and over during the novel, with family and the media, and it forces Dev and Lee to look forward instead of always watching their backs. This brings me to the writing, which I also thought had matured. Because Dev and Lee are now able to look towards their future, they have a direction in which to go. This streamlined the plot and characterizations as well, which ultimately gave me hope that their relationship would continue to grow and nourish, because any more directionless floundering in their lives and their relationship would have turned in upon itself and imploded from the force of two such strong personalities.
For the full review, please visit Reviews by Jessewave. View all 5 comments. Shelves: gay-sports , coming-out , fantasy , young-love. As with the first book about Lee and Dev, the story is key. I am not a football fan at all and yet Kyell made it interesting and enjoyable. I actually think I could enjoy a game now. But the real meat is the relationship of the guys. Having a long distance love is very hard as I know from experience.
Kyell got it right. He also gets how guys think and act and speak. What they hold back from their partner, how they screw up what they say, how they try to tell only part of the truth but then get b As with the first book about Lee and Dev, the story is key. What they hold back from their partner, how they screw up what they say, how they try to tell only part of the truth but then get busted for it.
This was a rough read for me due to the difficulties in dealing with parents and coming out at work. I hope Kyell will write another sequel and make this into a series. I highly recommend this book. Very good storytelling! View 1 comment. Dec 31, Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing. Still loving this series. But, seriously, view spoiler [ Dev's dad did NOT deserve forgiveness. Fuck that guy. Nov 23, Blue rated it really liked it. Definitely felt stronger than Out of Position which I also enjoyed.
Out of Position was well-written and had lots of romantic fuzzy feelings to it, but was a bit of a standard "coming to grips with oneself in a bigoted environment" feel to it--it was a good story, but one that is kind of echoed by a lot of gay fiction. Isolation Play gets to take established characters, develop them further, and deal with the fallout of the ending to OOP, so it felt like something more new and interesting.
Dev Definitely felt stronger than Out of Position which I also enjoyed. Dev and Lee both get more depth and growth though I will say there were a couple points where Dev felt uncomfortably close to abusive when he got angry, which gets a big : from me , and the dynamics brought up in Isolation Play feel more fresh and interesting.
I feel like Kyell also found the narrative voice of the book more strongly here; the switching viewpoints between Dev and Lee are much more well-spaced than OOP where the last quarter of the book was almost entirely Dev's point of view, and the first couple sections feel a bit like vignettes tied together rather than a coherent novel and provide a nice flow to the book.
I wasn't totally thrilled with all of it--the reporter side-plot felt a bit separated from the rest of the story in many parts, though it was integral to the plot in a couple spots--but overall, I liked IP and am happily looking forward to the third book in the series next year.
Jun 23, Saritza rated it it was amazing Shelves: romance-paranormal , romance-fantasy. I love when books allow you to connect with the characters in a way that make you feel like you're not just watching their story unfold, you're experiencing life with them!
Isolation Play is definitely one of those books!
Isolation Play (Dev & Lee book 2)
Isolation Play is an anthropomorphic novel by Kyell Gold , with cover and interior illustrations by Blotch , published by Sofawolf Press. It is the sequel to Kyell's novel Out of Position. The title and cover art were revealed at Midwest Furfest and it was released at Further Confusion The story begins moments after the conclusion of Out of Position and focuses on the professional football career of Devlin Miski, a tiger , and his romance with Wiley "Lee" Farrel, a red fox. After Dev comes out on national television, both the tiger and his boyfriend, Lee a fox , are relieved that the dilemma is finally over.
Kyell Gold writes primarily anthropomorphic "furry" fiction, and is most famous for his stories in a Renaissance-era world Volle, Pendant of Fortune, The Prisoner's Release, Shadow of the Father and his stories in a contemporary world Waterways, Out of Position, Isolation Play. He has won ten Ursa Major awards for his novels and short stories. He was not born in California, but now considers it his home. He loves to travel and dine out with his partner of many years, Kit Silver, and can be seen at furry conventions in California, around the country, and abroad. With his friend K. Hirosaki, he hosts a podcast about writing called "Unsheathed," produced by Kit, and although Kit and K. Isolation Play.