I’m still waiting for one of this author’s books to blow me away, but they get closer to doing so with each release. Her work feels so unique – often featuring complex, difficult storylines that are serious and emotional without being overly angsty. I loved the distinct feel of this one and adored this hero’s vulnerability. When was the last time you read about a pro football player who feels insecure and unworthy of his girl? I can’t think of a book that has tackled a sports romance quite like this, and I’ve read a whole lot of them. This only faltered for me a little, with a relationship that seemed to progress very quickly and a writing style that left me feeling the slightest bit detached. It’s a solid 4-star read that could’ve been spectacular with a few tweaks.
The story follows Reid, a football player who has become a pro at hiding his speech impediment. He’s developed a real skill at concealing that part of himself, never truly opening up to anyone and keeping himself guarded. But when Reid meets Dylan, he finds himself wanting to open up. What started as a business relationship has quickly become something more, and these two independent individuals are forced to let down their walls if they want the chance at something real.
The author has taken sure great care to make Reid’s insecurities feel real and relevant, even going so far as to avoid “Rs” in every word he speaks. There are some stellar quiet moments that build the intimacy here, and they’re easily overlooked if the reader isn’t paying attention. I loved the authenticity of it; these two both feel like REAL, flawed people. Reid stole my heart right away, and I loved his sweetness. There’s so much to love here that I absolutely considered a 5-star rating, but there were little things along the way that hold me back from doing so. First, the pacing. For two people who are so unwilling to open up, they certainly do fall for each other quickly. There’s also the tone of the writing itself, which is at times so serious that it borders on boring. That’s been my main complaint about this author’s work, but it was ALMOST a non-issue in this one. Ultimately, I really enjoyed the story and the complex characters. I received an early copy via Grey’s Promotions and am voluntarily leaving a review of this almost 5-star read.
Football. It’s who I am; it’s what I do.
But one blind date changes everything. I was prepared for a crazed fan–a cleat chaser. But Dylan Gannon is far from that. She’s a gorgeous, charismatic woman who always gets what she wants. This time, she wants me.
Thankfully, the date, a publicity stunt, is just for show. Dylan Gannon is the exact opposite of what I want. This woman craves attention, drawing people to her like a moth to a flame. And I have no intention of getting burned. After all, I have a secret that I’ll never reveal–not even to an irresistible woman like her.
Reid Everson is the perfect spokesman for my charity.
I’ll do anything to persuade the sexy football star. I will stroke his ego, flirt a little, and promise him good publicity. But, he’s nothing like the other men I’ve known.
Reid wants nothing to do with me. With his quiet and brooding focus on sports, he’s a challenge I plan to win.
It’s time for me to open up–and show him the real me. Despite our differences, he’ll see I’m perfect for him.
About the Author:
Lea Coll worked as a trial attorney for over ten years. Now she stays home with her three children, plotting stories while fetching snacks and running them back and forth to activities. She enjoys the freedom of writing romance after years of legal writing.
She currently resides in Maryland with her family.
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