Graham is my brother's best friend. He’s always been my protector and my confidant because he accepts me the way I am—and not many do. I can’t imagine not having him in my life.
Our weekend together was supposed to be a celebration. I graduated from college, Graham got engaged and signed with a pro football team, and my brother landed his dream job. It should have been the best time of our lives.
Except that the weekend started with me walking in on Graham's fiancée going down on my brother.
I complicated the situation by having sex with Graham after that, but I wanted to comfort him and, damn, when I saw desire in his eyes—for me—I couldn’t say no. I’ve wanted him for so long.
Now he doesn’t want to see me. He says he has a darker side he needs to protect me from.
Where do we go from here? Do I try to pretend to be his friend again or push him to open up to me and possibly lose him forever?
Sleeping with one of my best friends was not exactly a brilliant idea. It made things complicated, and I didn't do anything that threw my life into chaos. The fiancée her brother Jack, had stolen had been part of my life plan, one more step I was taking to be somebody. Granted, I hadn't been in love with my intended bride, but I didn't really know how to love anybody.
I pushed to achieve more.
I battled my way to the top of the heap in my pro football career..
I'm a total dick, and I don't want Lauren to see the side of me that would trample over anybody to work my way up in the world.
Lauren sees me as a hero, a title I'd never gain with anybody else in my life, so I wanted to keep her sheltered from the hard realities of my life. I wanted her to continue to think I was a nice guy when I was really just the opposite.
We never should have crossed the line of going from friends to lovers.
There's too much Lauren doesn't know about me, and I care enough about her that I don't want her to share my pain and the darkness that never sees daylight inside me.
I want her, but she's a woman I can never have. She's too smart, too sweet, and way too good for a guy like me.
Unfortunately, pushing her away becomes much more difficult than I'd planned...
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Authors J.S. Scott and Ruth Cardello have delivered a perfect TOUCHDOWN!!
I read this book in one sitting. I am a lover of sport romances and friends to lovers too and this beauty just offered me all that and more.
After finding Graham's fiance in a very (what shall we call it) compromising position with her brother, Lauren is stricken with the burden to be the one who will possibly destroy Graham's heart by revealing the truth. She loves Graham, she has, ever since she was a kid, he has been as much as an important part of her life growing up like a brother, only those sibling feelings were becoming something more complicated lately and she didn't see Graham like a brother, she ached for his touch and the realisation of what her brother had done hit her like a freight train, could she possibly have a chance to get closer to Graham?
Graham has had to overcome many obstacles to be the man he is today. His success came at a hefty price and he has worked damn hard to fulfil his dream of becoming a pro football player. There are two people who have always been at his side and supported him from early age, Lauren and her brother. They have been best friends forever and he sees them as the family he never had. Now with his life in order and a future with his fiance things are looking up, however as we all know what they say about the best laid plans, nothing prepares Graham to find out of the betrayal of the two people who supposed to love him the most, the confession from Lauren lips about what went down between her brother and his girlfriend leaves him cold. The feeling however, is not a prolonged one, and he suddenly realises the relationship wasn't based on love, he is almost relieved. Never in a million years he was prepared to all of a sudden feel something so powerful for Lauren, is like a blindfold was lifted from his eyes and he was seeing her from the first time.
When the two of them act on their emotions, this brings a world of complications and doubts. One thing is for sure though, they are both up to an unchartered territory and neither imagine what life suddenly has thrown at them. Graham thinks the game of football is a challenging one, he never expects to find himself fighting for something bigger. Lauren finds herself asking if Graham could be an eligible receiver of her love and devotion. Only one way to find out..
All I can say is this story was wonderful. Well written and with plenty of unbridled passion, of course its is not surprise coming from these two magnificent writers.
Well Played is certainly a must read of 2018 and I can't wait to read the next book by them.
5 WELL DONE STARS