Review: One Night with a Quarterback by Jeanette Murray

Review: One Night with a Quarterback by Jeanette MurrayOne Night with the Quarterback by Jeanette Murray

Genres: Sports Romance
Published by Intermix on June 17, 2014
Pages: 274
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Quarterback? You had me at Quarterback! A new series to love about football players and the ladies who tackle them into love. Filled with more than sports or even time in bed, this one hits many emotional levels sure to leave you wanting more.

You bet I am all in on a football romance. Well I have been laying low with my own injury that I would like to attribute to football, but alas it was lazer tag. So I keep tracking my healing process to be reading for the NFL season. What better way to heal than to read football romance!

When Cassie learns who her father is, she knows it isn’t going to be an easy road to travel to get to know him. Giving herself one last night of wildness before meeting him, she drags her best friend out on the town for some clubbing. Dancing horribly, but enthusiastically draws the attention of Trey Owens, the quarterback of the Sante Fe Bobcats. Not a lover of publicity or media, Trey disguises himself to have a little fun. Who knew either of them would find each other and hit it off so wildly?

While Cassie knows her father is the coach of the Sante Fe Bobcats, she doesn’t know Trey is the quarterback. Put under some insane rules by her father, she must give up dating while getting to know him. But after a crazy, not nice start to their relationship, she stumbles into Trey again and still doesn’t know he is the quarterback. Well, she isn’t a sports fan, being a nerd and all, so I guess I have to forgive her some, but not totally since I am a computer nerd too and also a fan of football. Hello!

Trey on his own is trying to stay out of the limelight, but falls hard for Cassie in almost a stalkerish way. When he finds her again, he thinks it’s fate and won’t let go. He too doesn’t know Cassie is the bosses daughter and they blithely go on their way to falling in love while hiding it from coaches and the media.

The romance goes over a coarse of time and you see the two fall in love slowly but also in the right manner. They do find out about each other at some point and Trey is always there for Cassie when the family treats her like (sorry) shit! But he also keeps the romance secret for his own sanity not wanting to be the headline of the week doing the coaches daughter.

Now let me take one time out and deck the stepmother, Tabetha. This is one unclassy bitch and I am sorry to use so many curse words in my review, but she makes Cassie’s life a living Hell because she feels so threatened, when Cassie does nothing to deserve it besides be a good sister…she has two half sisters. Tabetha baits her, tricks her, calls her names and in general is one woman who needs to have her ass kicked.

The sisters were hilarious and also giving me some agony! At 16 and 14, they are they age where boys matter, clothing matters and their mother denies them both. Not that denying them boys is so bad, but she never lets them have their own personality. Cassie befriends them, keeps their confidences and even bails the older one out of a sticky situation. Overall, Tabetha should have been thrilled they had an older sister like Cassie around.

Trey is hunky along with his two cohorts. One is dealing with an alcohol problem that the other two are trying to keep him away from. This causes some scenes of drama and ultimately comes to a head at one point. All of them are good guys, playing football and trying to live their lives outside of the media.

While the love scenes were sexy, they tended to fade out towards halfway through the story. It became more about relationships at that point versus getting your game on*wink*.

One Night with a Quarterback was a good introduction into a new football series I am putting on my auto by list!

What draws you to a sports romance?
Do you want more than just a roll in the sack with your romance? Why?

 

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Lazer tag: played that once, not again. My survival skills are nil and I have zero stealth.

    Evil stepmom! Very Cinderella minus the wicked stepsisters. This sounds sweet an great recovery book for you

    • Shari Delighted Read

      This was my first time at lazer tag (in March) and I broke off two bones and tore a tendon. So I would say it is never going to be a sport for me.

      Oh, I didn’t correlate the evil stepmom to Cinderella. The one saving point for her father is he didn’t know about her until recently. He and his wife are one of those “family values” groups and give the heroine such a bad time. The father’s heart is in the right place, but the stepmom, not so much.

      It’s a good story and even the hero has some groveling to do. The heroine is now a favorite of mine.

  • I loved Jeanette’s Marines so I already enjoy her writing. As to Sports Romance, I’m a newbie just starting it this year and all. I love sports so I guess that translates to loving that as a good backdrop for romance. As to the balance of romance development in a story? I prefer for the story to have some strong plot and character development than just getting it on chapter after chapter. I like heat as much as anyone, but I don’t like it in isolation is the best way to put it.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      There is a lot of plot development, intrigue that isn’t secret, but keeps you interested. The majority of hot moments are at the beginning and you know they don’t go away, we just aren’t privy to them as much. I loved this story and can’t wait for the next one which they have an excerpt too.

  • I really enjoyed this one too Shari! And ohmygod the step mom. What a witch! I really really wanted a smack down on her. That was the only thing I would have liked more on was her getting put in her place in a major way. Blerg she was awful! But good at getting you to feel something! lol I can’t wait for the next. So wish it was already here 🙂

  • I enjoyed this one as well. Great beginning to a new series and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Murray in the future.