⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ REVIEW: Decker: Changing the Play by Kayley Loring & Connor Crais

Sign me up for more from this writing duo – this was a great series starter. I’ve been a longtime fan of Loring’s writing and Crais’ voice, so I couldn’t wait to see what their first book together was like. And it was good! This definitely felt like it had a little more male influence, with a LOT of focus on football (perhaps too much), and a hero who felt complex and well developed. The vibe is similar to Loring’s other work (low angst and sexy), though with less humor and more heart. I really liked all of the characters that were introduced, and I’m excited for more from the series. It has that classic sports romance feel, and I’m already envisioning some of the other players’ love stories. I didn’t necessarily enjoy this as much as Loring’s other books, but I have the feeling this duo will settle into something really good soon.

The story follows Decker, the aging quarterback (36) of a pro football team. He’s a former playboy who has settled down over the years, but no woman has ever been a match to his love of football. So when the team’s owner passes away and his daughter takes over, it’s a huge shock to Decker’s system. Not only does he have a new boss, but Hannah (29) is also incredibly sexy and tempting enough to distract him from the game. Hannah also knows nothing about football, so the veteran player finds himself spending a lot of time with her… both on and off the field.

I can always count on Loring for low angst romances with big feels, and that vibe remains with this. It’s light and easy to devour in one sitting, with plenty of steam and compelling characters. For me, there was too much football talk. It made the banter feel a little less playful than usual, and I didn’t fully feel the spark between these two – even though they do heat up the sheets. That could also be because Decker kept bringing up his playboy past, but I liked him overall. This felt very much like other sports romances I’ve read over the years (let’s be honest, hot girl inheriting a sports team is basically its own trope), but there was just enough playfulness and heat to separate this from the pack. It was a strong 4/low 5-star read for me, and I’m absolutely looking forward to checking out more from the series. Don’t judge this book by its (terrible) cover – this was a very solid read. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this steamy sports romance.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3HJpnPK


#12 Johnny Decker. Star quarterback for the Boston Tomcats. Two-time Super Bowl MVP…a decade ago. Nickname: Decker the Panty Wrecker.

I get tackled for a living by men who are built like rhinos. I could take the wings off a fly with a football from 30 yards away. (I wouldn’t, but I could.) Being a veteran quarterback means I’m a mentally alert, fine-tuned athletic machine who can make split-second decisions.

It’s my job to anticipate what’s going to happen next and adapt. But I couldn’t have anticipated the death of our beloved team owner. 

His estranged daughter Hannah Strong is a finance nerd from New York. She knows less than nothing about football. Know what she didn’t anticipate? Inheriting the Boston Tomcats.

She’s stubborn, uptight, infuriating, and wrong about absolutely everything—from pizza to how to run my team. And I don’t want to talk about how good she looks in a skirt. Or daydream about how good she’d look out of it.

Really, I don’t. 

I’m not Decker the Panty Wrecker anymore—I’ve changed.

I can’t stop arguing with her. 

Or thinking about her.

I thought I had a winning play.

But Hannah Strong changed everything.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3HJpnPK

About the Authors:


Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s an Amazon Top 25 bestselling author who is breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.

Rest assured that her funny sexy sweet romances have no cheating or cliffhangers, and always have HEAs!


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Connor Crais is a classically trained actor living in the Midwest with his wife, two kids, and rescue greyhound. He has been both a stage and television actor, and before plunging into the romance genre, he had been narrating commercials, audiobooks, and explainers for well over a decade from his home studio. From alphas to bosses to cocky sports stars (a particular favorite), he loves sparring with beautiful, sassy heroines (and their talented narrators) but also loves winning them over and reaching that happily ever after. He is excited to now create those stories as an author.


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