Completing the Pass by Jeanette Murray #Review

Completing the Pass by Jeanette Murray #ReviewCompleting the Pass by Jeanette Murray

Series: Santa Fe Bobcats #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Intermix on May 17, 2016
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars      three-half-flames

Give me some football! The Santa Fe Bobcats are my fictional favorite football team. Highlight fictional since I am a die hard Indianapolis Colts fan and I don’t see that changing (and even if the Bobcats play the Colts, I go Colts)! I have a great love for this series, but the last book left me with a bad feeling and I didn’t know what was going to happen with this book.

I immediately jumped in Josh Leeman being called into the Bobcat head coach’s office to be told he’s up as quarterback after their starter quarterback, Trey Owens (book #1) comes home from his honeymoon with a sprained ankle. His in head mantra’s gets old fast and I was afraid I was going to dump this book before it got going. Josh was raised by his single mother after his father abandon’s the family.

Carrington Gray is back in Santa Fe after her father is admitted to the hospital. She learns he has dementia and her mother is having a hard time taking care of him. Carri has a business back in Salt Lake City running rental properties and flipping houses. Staying in Santa Fe isn’t in the cards, but what else is she to do when her mother needs help? She couldn’t wait to get away from her controlling mother, but her father’s downslide in health has her staying in Santa Fe.

Maeve, Carri’s mom, is best friends with Gayle, Josh’s mom. The two heros have known each other since they were in diapers. See where I am going? These are “The Moms” and they have been matchmaking as long as they have known each other. Carri feels like she has no control over her life any more and her mother isn’t telling her the entire story, which she suspects. Carri’s dad was like a surrogate dad to Josh, so he is there support as much as he can. So the “Moms” start throwing these two enemies together.

When it all started, I wanted to smack these two for seeming so juvenile. They intentionally try to antagonize each other to the point I was ready to put the book down. I am glad I didn’t. Josh feels an attraction to Carri and starts to be the the guy who gets her out of the house. Carri keeps Josh grounded as he struggles taking on the lead quarterback role. While they are realistic to each other, they aren’t hurtful and slowly start a relationship. For Josh it is something he believes could be long term, while Carri is feeling trapped in a situation she is not enjoying.

I loved the dynamics of these two once I got past my irritation. Josh was a quiet supporter of Carri’s. He did very unselfish things to relieve some of her stress and give her choices she didn’t feel her mother was giving her. I can say I didn’t hate Maeve, but she is one piece of work I would have had a hard time dealing with like Carri. I didn’t get know Gayle as much, you can see how much she loves her son, which is not what I felt from Maeve for Carri.

I especially enjoy and didn’t enjoy reading the parts where Carri is dealing with her father. I liked that the elephant in the book wasn’t hidden. He has dementia. It’s not pretty and it isn’t easy, but you see Carri working with her father through the good and the bad. It broke my heart at times, and made me laugh at other. My grandmother had dementia, so I knew what the struggles for Carri were going to be and just how they will say things they don’t really mean, but still hurt. Never once did Carri blame her father for what was happening, but she also had very human emotions about what it was doing to her.

We get some hot football time. Not much mind you, but an opening play or two. There is training camp, pre-season and some seasonal games which made me a happy fan.

Josh knows his way around a woman’s body, but I wouldn’t say he is a man whore or womanizer. He just likes pleasing a woman. Carri gives back as good as she gets. Unfortunately are a few bedroom scenes, the later ones seem to be fade to black.

I was quite happy with the way this book ended and happy to see a bit of the future. Josh is a wonderful guy once you get past his insecurity in his own abilities. Carri was a little rougher to get along with. Mostly I sympathized with her on having her life taken over from her without any say, but I also didn’t like how she handled Josh a few times. It all ends good for me, so I won’t let any of that take away from my enjoyment of this book!

Challenge Info:

Literary Pickers: Tool Belt/Box
Book ‘N Tunes: Not Alone by Harry Gardner – for Carri and her dad.

 

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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!
  • Love that the series made a comeback for you with a really strong enjoyable story. I will get to these someday.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It’s a great series dealing with some hard issues, but keeping it light when it needs to be. I had to go back in and fix some mis-spellings and grammar issues. You can tell I have been struggling writing my reviews lately.

      • Oh, I understand about the grammar and spelling. I catch the super obvious, but even after a once over, I don’t notice the others until I read the live review. I have such a habit of substituting certain words and I really do know where they do and don’t belong- oh well. 😉

  • I just read a review for this book the other day and it was very positive. What happened in the previous book that made you not like it so much?

    • Shari Delighted Read

      The heroine was married, but seeking a divorce her husband wouldn’t give her when she engaged in a sexual relationship with the hero. He didn’t know so I could forgive him. While the heroine didn’t feel married, technically she was and that turned me off. At least tell him. Besides that I really didn’t care for either of them as people.

  • Football, blergh…I am Finnish, as if that explains it all..well it does

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Sorry, but I love football.

  • It sounds cute even with the juvenile tactics. And it’s even better that the series redeemed itself as far as you’re concerned

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Once I got over the irritation with them in the beginning, they were cute together. Glad it also redeemed itself as I as worried after the last book in the series.

  • Wow 4·5 Stars and you were irritated quite a bit. The rest if the book must be a page turner for sure! I didn’t understand why they were enemies? Sounds like they got over it! Glad in the end it was a great read fir you 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I was irritated only in the beginning when these two were sniping at each other. Mostly they were enemies because of hormones. They really each at one time had a crush on each other, but misunderstandings and their moms always throwing them at each other like they had no choice made them rebel. Carri’s mom is pretty overbearing at times and I really didn’t like her. She drove Carri away. It was the beauty of watching Josh calmly realize she is more than what she seems and falling in love that grabbed me. He does something very unselfish to give Carri a choice. It just got really good.

  • I love the depth and side story about Carri’s Dad. Even though things bothered you, your overall rating speaks volumes!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      The beginning part of the story is really the only bad part, but most people don’t find it bad. It was how heartfelt it was from 10% that got it a good rating. I loved it.

  • I don’t read a lot of sports romances, but the ones i did read were good. I am not a fan of enemies to lovers as it’s frustrating seeing them on opposite sides and then someone they resolve it, it’s always a bit hard for me to buy, unless it’s very well written. That’s good to hear these two had a good dynamic after you got past the irritation.Glad it ended on a high note for you!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I love sports romances, but then again, I am a big football fan. They aren’t so much enemies, but people who snipe at each other. They never do anything to really hurt each other than some taunts.