Romancing the Running Back by Jeanette Murray
They’re not on the same page in the playbook…
When Anya Fisher is asked to be the maid of honor in her best friend’s wedding, she jumps at the chance to go to Santa Fe. There’s nothing left for her in Atlanta—except a bitter and controlling almost-ex husband. Starting over as an online personal shopper is challenging, but not as much as having to plan wedding festivities with uptight groomsman Josiah Walker…
As a Santa Fe Bobcats running back, Josiah wants to make his mark on the field, not on the earth. A serious conservationist, he’s all about saving energy. So why is he wasting so much on the flighty fashionista in his best friend’s wedding? One kiss leads to another—and more. But when Josiah discovers that Anya has just as much substance as style, their harmless little fling may go into overtime…
The DelightUptight running back meet airhead fashionista…or so we believe from page one. These two turn out to be anything but what I described. Josiah is a little hung up on leaving the world better than when we got here, but then Anya is also trying to make young girls dreams come true. A secret is what stood in my way from loving this to the end.
~~~ Shari the Delighted Reader
Football! Well my teams season is done and not sure what next year entails. While this is a football story, it doesn’t have a ton of actual football time in it. Sure they have games, but you aren’t there to see them. They travel, do their business and then come home. So the story stays focused on the characters in the now, outside of football.
The Bobcats have been a fictional favorite football team of mine. Every guy is a prime candidate to matchmake, but this one left me scratching my head.
Josiah has been drafted into being the best man at his friends wedding. Known as the conservationist, he rides his bike when he can and owns a hybrid. Hoping to leave the world a better place when he is gone, he has a chip on his shoulder that rubbed me the wrong way from page one. While I agreed with him for the most part, he makes snap impressions of people that left me wanting to Gibbs smack him.
Anya Fisher comes to town to help her best friend with her wedding and bam! Is already hit with disdain over the amount of shoes she has brought with her by a jock without much conversation. Being a fashion shopper for women isn’t a crime, nor does it make her an airhead, but Josiah right away labels Anya and the two get off to a very bad start.
For the first quarter to half of the story, I was thrown by just how stuck up, snotty and immature Josiah was being. Could someone remove the stick up his ass please? It only came out for Anya and I wanted to scream at him that he didn’t give her a chance, but made a snap decision over a frickin’ suitcase.
Anya was the saving grace. In the last book you got to see her doing what she loved, helping people. Starting up a non-profit to help teenagers get their prom dresses is a wonderful idea. She kept her head up and refused to back down to Josiah *fist pump* and put him in his place more than a few times.
While Josiah did change and come around some, he still had a stick up his ass for most of the book. Anya has a secret, but it is mostly something she doesn’t think to tell Josiah, than just keeping it from it. It was kind of a deal breaker with me and crossed a line I didn’t like. While she admits in her mind it was a non-issue, it really wasn’t and I had to come down on Josiah’s side for this one.
Around the ending I had some disbelief in how things go down. Right off the book didn’t feel like a normal story that I have grown to love in the series. I was looking forward to Josiah’s story and I think he came up short and so did Anya. You do get a few new secondary characters, which I looking forward to exploring.
So while it was still a good story, it lacked the coming together of two people that leaves me grasping for more of them. I was just kind of blah in the end and ready to write of these two characters as a lost cause. Not a bad book, just not up the the level I have come to expect for this series
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Intermix
Released on January 19, 2016
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Literary Pickers: Notebook/Pad