College life should come with a content warning.
All Phoebe Sharpe wanted was to start over at a new college to escape the drama and humiliation of her mom’s sordid past. But her present is hardly less complicated. To avoid sleeping on the streets, Phoebe seeks sanctuary at a 24-hour gym. When she meets the smoking hot Tiago, her desire to remain anonymous disappears.
Fortis University kicker Tiago Trindade has more on his plate than the average college sophomore. He’s trying to keep his GPA high enough to maintain his football scholarship while balancing practice and a job at the local gym to help support his family. When he learns his grandmother's been swindled out of the title on her house—which would leave them homeless—he’s determined to save them. And then he meets the girl of his dreams...who just might be involved in her mom’s con.
When Phoebe learns the truth about her mother’s role in scamming Tiago’s family, she’s torn. Should she protect her own family or save Tiago’s?
Grissom's second Gladiators of the Gridiron romance (after Mouthful) offers an angsty but heartfelt love story between two college students. After Phoebe Makenna Sharpe's mother is convicted of perpetrating a real-estate scam targeting seniors, Phoebe leaves her hometown of Las Vegas, moves in with her feisty grandmother in the San Jos retirement community of Willow Glen, and makes a fresh start at Fortis University. She soon hits it off with the gorgeous and sensitive Tiago Joaquim Trindade. But unbeknownst to Phoebe, Tiago knows exactly who she is. His grandmother, who has Alzheimers, lost her house in Phoebe's mother's scam, and Tiago initially gets close to Phoebe to see if she is complicit. Soon their undeniable chemistry takes over but their relationship will have to weather secrets, lies, and family drama to survive. Phoebe and Tiago are endearing protagonists and the engaging supporting cast especially free-spirited senior citizen Agnes Marlowe, and Phoebe's supportive friend Faith add delightful depth to the taut narrative. Fans of new adult romance will be swept away.