Hey bookworms! Today I’m gearing up for football season (which I’m highly skeptical that hubby will be able to make me enjoy as much as he does LOL) with a football themed romance! One of the things that really drew me to this one was, oddly enough, the author’s bio! 1.) She is married to a former NFL player, so I know she’d get the game and the atmosphere right, and 2.) her bio said you could find her “on Pinterest pinning meals she’ll probably never make.” THIS. IS. ME.
Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there’s a new player on the horizon, and he’s in a league of his own…
Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She’s definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There’s just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.
Gavin fights to show Marlee he’s nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team’s wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee’s return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation.
Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin’s relationship to survive the season.
There are few things that I love more than a good sports romance… pair that with a main character with sass that rivals my own and swore off dating another athlete (again, me… as you probably guessed it worked out really well since I married my favorite baseball player *shrugs*). What I’m trying to say is this book was exactly what I needed it to be.
One of my typical complaints about, well, any romance based book is that it kind of forces the heat and scandalousness. This book, fortunately, didn’t! While it definitely had some sexy scenes, it never felt forced, and it honestly just made me enjoy the budding relationship even more.
The characters really sealed the deal for me because they clearly had you choosing your team (yes, this was meant to be a sports pun… did it hit? Maybe? Whatever, I chuckled). Some you will pull for unequivocally, others you wish would fall down the stadium stairs. It felt like some of my favorite romcom movies!
I will point out that, like most contemporary/sporty romances, the story line and outcomes were a bit predictable, but I feel like that’s the charm. It’s comforting, guaranteeing a happily ever after in a world where that typically seems impossible. And honestly, sometimes we just need that.