The clock's ticking down, and the hearts of Estelle Harris and Steelheads quarterback Brett Gunnels are about to enter crunch time.
Supposedly undersized for professional football, quarterback Brett Gunnels went off to do a stint in the U.S. Army right out of high school. Returning damaged yet stronger--and more determined than ever to prove himself--he was the last pick in the draft. Mr. Irrelevant, they called him. But he's a starter and a winner despite his past few years as a backup. Now he's going to prove it.
Estelle Harris is engaged to a man she doesn't love, working in the wrong job, and fooling everyone including herself in the process. Her love of animals is the only thing that gives her purpose. As she shares that love with the Steelheads' reclusive quarterback, and much, much more, it's only a matter of time until their friendship turns that final, hot corner. There'll be no going back.
True love is like football. It's not always how long you have the ball. It's what you do when you get it.
Previously published in 2014 as Time of Possession. This version has been updated, rewritten, and re-edited.
Will they or Won’t they ...
I have not read any of the previous Steelheads books, but I have enjoyed the Sockeye's series by this author so I decided to give this a shot. With that being said, here are my opinions:
I think Brett is overwhelmed when an accident occurs to the starting QB and he becomes the new QB. He's taken notes and planned plays his entire football career, but now he is the one executing and the first couple of games are frustrating.
I think Estie has always been a people pleaser and does what others expect and/or want her to do, not what she wants to do. Brett opens her eyes to new things and standing up for herself, something she has never really done.
Considering Estie is the sister of the injured QB, and a fellow teammates sister at that, Brett is unsure but his body and heart tell him to move forward. He has nightmares that he is afraid will frighten Estie away. She is technically engaged when they meet, but her fiance is a douche and needs a wake up call.
So, will they make it work, or will Brett be heartbroken when Estie marries a douche?
A little rushed
I like the overall story but I think Brett’s declaration of love came way too quickly. It makes him seem desperate. Estie just gets out of a relationship and she declares her love for Brett. I think it needed to be stretched out some
I thought Hot Read was an amazing read. It was the first book I'd read in the Seattle Steelheads but will be catching up with the other books. It can be read as a stand alone.
I loved how the author addressed PTSD in military men & of course as a dog lover (& Great Dane owner) I enjoyed the dogs in the story. Loved the cursing bird too HA
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.