She’s benched her heart. His is on injured reserve.
Burned-out and broken-hearted statistics professor, Dr. Shelby Wentworth, returns to her hometown determined to escape the disgrace of a nasty divorce, shake off the taint of her ruined career, and start over. This time she swears she’ll live by the rule ‘don’t get your honey where you get your money.’ But an unexpected reunion with her former high school crush, not only makes her rethink her decision to return home, but also tempts her to break her one rule.
After a career-ending injury and his own disheartening divorce, former NFL quarterback, Nash Taylor, returned to his hometown to become the head coach of the Sterling University Bobcats. When his childhood best friend literally runs into him in the faculty parking lot, he thinks maybe it’s time to put his heart back in the game.
Nash, in the hunt for a division championship, enlists the number-crunching Shelby as his secret weapon. But Nash’s plan to help Shelby regain not only her confidence, but also her financial security backfires and lands Shelby in the same hot water that brought her home in the first place.
Will Shelby let the past dictate the future, or will Nash win her heart on his way to winning the championship?
A light and heartwarming, easy-read childhood friends to lovers romance set in the college football world and a southern university small town.
Winning Dr. Wentworth is the second book in the Sterling University series. It worked fine as a standalone or out of order with the characters of book one getting an ongoing story thread that doesn’t confuse or interfere with this new one.
Shelby Wentworth is a brilliant statistician, but she has come home with tail tucked thinking her life has hit an all-time low with a failed marriage and a research scandal that tainted her academic career. She can only look up from where she’s at. Nash was once the golden boy football player who was injured before his NFL career could really take off and then he had to watch his ex-wife do exactly that. Shelby had a crush on Nash who was one of her high school best friends, but he inexplicably nixed any chance between them when there was something there. Now, she discovers that seven years has not been long enough to get him out of her system. This set up well for a good story backdrop.
I enjoyed this story in a right book for the right mood and time way. It was a fast read and not extremely challenging when it came to the conflict and resolution. It stayed a surface read for me in spite of several factors that could have made this a deeper longer book. Maybe in another mood I would have wanted to explore all that.
Nash and Shelby needed to catch a break after what they’ve been through and the story clearly showed how they matched up well together- all that history growing up together and their tight friendship made the adult relationship that came on quick seem more as a true second chance now that the timing was right.
My one niggle was the reason Nash never gave it a chance at the end of high school and walked away. He was young, but man, I’d like to think a young guy in love would have tried a little harder to overcome that particular obstacle.
The group of friends working in and around the university, college small-town everyone knows each other atmosphere, Nash’s farm house and horses, football games, and some meangirl action settled around a pair of lovers getting a reset worked great for me.
I recommend this one and the series to those looking for some light, slightly spicy, quick contemporary romance.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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