Football! Line of Scrimmage by Desiree Holt #Review

Posted December 8, 2015 by Shari in Reviews / 10 Comments

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Football! Line of Scrimmage by Desiree Holt #Review
Line of Scrimmage

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Series: Game On #2
Genres: Sports Romance
Published by Lyrical Shine
Released on December 8, 2015
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Show me a cover of a romance with a football player and I am all over it. Me loves football! Unfortunately, you get just a little football and a lot of rehab and recovery time instead.

All thatĀ Jake Russell has in his life is football, or so he thinks. One bad tackle lands him in a cast with months of recovery if not the end of his career. Grumpy much? Yeah, Jake comes across as a toddler through most of the story and turned me off on really liking him at all.

So Ivy, Jake’s little sister, cons both Jake and her best friendĀ Erin Bass into Erin watching Jake through his recovery. Erin’s out of a job and nothing is available around town. Down to her last paycheck in the bank, she accepts taking care of someone not named Jake only to be shocked when she arrives.

Jake and Erin had met previously, had a wonderful one night stand where Jake wanted more, but Erin defensively kicks him out. So they don’t exactly start off on the best foot in this story.

The story is really slow moving. Lots of time is just them bickering with each other. Jake the grumpy toddler griping constantly about his leg and how his life is over. Erin wanting to get away from him, but sticking to him being the tough love watcher. It never really clicked for me. Through a lot of the story, they would have “talks” where they said little to nothing about their feelings, pasts or thoughts. They just snipe back and forth over and over.

Sexy times…well there were plenty, but I ended up skimming them…why? Well, they seemed to be controlled by lust and not much in the way of real emotions. Throw in they often regretted what they did do…well Erin did. Jake never did bimbos, so that was one good thing.

Oh, and a big problem I had the story arc was very similar to another book I read. That one was much better and had people who felt emotions along with their lust. This one felt like a poor copy of that story with an unhappy ending that was wrapped up to look happy.

If you wanted a football story, this isn’t it. You get one scene on the field before he is injured and he turns away all his teammates. The writing is ok, just the story telling was off. It wasn’t believable nor emotional. I never got really invested in the characters. By the end, I was happy to put it down and make it a forgettable book.

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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!

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Lekeisha Thomas
4 years ago

Only one football scene?! I love football, and if I hadn’t read your review I would have picked this up because of the cover. Great review!

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
4 years ago

Just one and he becomes injured right away. I can handle one scene if the book is good, but it wasn’t so I wanted to read more about football than the sex they were having.

Braine TS
4 years ago

OH lawd, I’m reading a lusty read now too and I’m breezing through the pages because I’ve been skipping the sex parts & there’s a lot of them. It sucks when you can’t connect with the characters and their romance

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
4 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

I really wish I could have connected. When I don’t it becomes a game of skipping the sex scenes since it doesn’t seem to work for me.

Lily B
4 years ago

oh lovely, nothing more attractive than a grown man acting like a toddler.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
4 years ago
Reply to  Lily B

Yeah, his career was in questions, but he threw so many tantrums and wouldn’t trust anyone to help him. Just got old fast.

Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

It’s been a while since I read one of her books.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I have only read 2 and I can’t say I am a big fan so far.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Yeah, I don’t think I’ll bother. Hopefully a new football romance will come out soon to cleanse your palette.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
4 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Yeah, I just saw Jaci Burton has a new football romance. Might try that since my Colts aren’t doing so well this year.