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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Boroughs Publishing Group
Released on May 23, 2012
Source: Book Tour Provided
If you don’t like the word “fuck”, then you won’t like this book. Just a warning, it is used often, for multiple purposes and someone uses them in three. For me that was ok, but like one character said, vocabulary needed to be broaden at times. This is a sports romance, so there is a lot of cursing on the field, off the field and in the bedroom.
Trying to make it in a man’s world, Rachel McCormick is determined to be a football scout. When a point shaving scandal implicates her father, Rachel is bound and determined to prove his innocence. The backfire from the scandal causes her to lose her job. With a dwindling bank account, Rachel takes the job as caretaker to Derek’s ranch. Derek Ramsey was once her best friend and lover for one weekend. Now she is out to show the world her father is innocent and Derek, along with his cousin Tyler, are really the criminals of the scandal.
With a lot of God given talent, Derek Ramsey has held onto his wide receiver position through hard work. Unfortunately his talents aren’t improving and he is close to being cut from the Seattle Lumberjacks. Through a series of injuries, he holds onto his position with the team and coach takes him under his wing, even going so far as to suggest he needs a fuck buddy. Over the years, Derek hasn’t forgotten Rachel, nor has he ever really fell out of love with her.
The coach even contacts Rachel for her help both in the bed and out of it to get Derek to play up to his abilities. When the bedroom action starts, so does the winning streak the Lumberjacks so badly want. The two agree that this is just a booty call and no emotional baggage along the way. Along with the action, doubts start to rise in Rachel’s mind of Derek’s guilt and Derek starts to need Rachel more than he is telling her.
There was one side character that ripped my heart out and I am sure that is what Jami wanted me to feel. Ryan. Ryan is a high school quarterback Rachel’s brother, Mitch, has groomed. The kid is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and his greatest hope is to meet Derek. Over the course of the book, you see Ryan’s thoughts and needs. You see the team rally around him, the wives take over his medical treatments as his mother abandons him. It all just left me weeping throughout the story because I am also dealing with cancer in a loved one. It hit way to close to home for me.
Tyler is a really messed up quarterback which we see in the next story. His long time girlfriend Cass is a piece of work I never really grew to like. The coaches were kind of weird, especially the one ordering a “fuck buddy.”
Sports romances call to me, but I had some issues with the story and at times felt lost. The H/H had a back history I didn’t really fully seem to grasp. There was constant fighting, a woman trying to change her personality, and a football player who really is what he portrays to be. The scenes on the field were well told, but scenes off the field left me fumbling.
This was a fun way to gear up for the football season coming soon. I love football, throw in some romance and you have a hit with me. A good addition to the sports romance genre, I recommend this to female football fans who like to get dirty.