He's the beast, and she's the beauty of his past.
After twelve years in the league, all Zach Murphy wants is a Championship ring. His focus has been on hard hits–not smooth manners; about breaking quarterbacks–not making small talk at cocktail parties. After dumping a tray of drinks on the team owner’s daughter and accidentally feeling up the governor’s wife, his tenure with his team looks perilously short.
Kelsie Carrington-Richmond knows what it's like to fall from grace. A onetime beauty pageant star and former high-school mean girl, she's now destitute and one step from living out of her car. With few real job skills, she focuses on starting her new business, Charm School for Real Men. She's thrilled to land her first clients, the Seattle Steelheads, who have hired her to polish their roughest player.
Except…it’s Zach. The same guy whose broken heart she left in her wake when she was still a mean girl. He’s just the beast she remembers—but she’s nothing like the beauty queen she once was.
Can they get beyond their pasts? Or will they both find themselves offsides?
Previously published as Down by Contact in 2013. This version has been updated, re-written, and re-edited.
Even though Zack is a professional football player and makes millions of dollars, he isn’t comfortable in most social situations. He grew up poor, lacks social graces and usually embarrasses himself.
Kelsie and Zack became enemies when they were in high school. Zack was a dumb jock and Kelsie was a mean girl, who purposely hurt Zack. Now, years later, they meet again and their situations have reversed. Even though Zack and Kelsie are surprised to run into each other again, the timing is perfect, they just don’t know it yet. They help each other as they undergo changes and grow into better people. This is a heartwarming and entertaining story.
4 1/2 stars. Zach & Kelsie have a past that would make most people cringe at the thought of seeing each other again. But they are put on a team together that is out of their control, and if they want to help their careers they have to figure out a way to not go offsides. They need to work past their past if there is any hope for a future for them. They have sizzling hot chemistry so this of course leads to very steamy scenes! I loved the concept of this story so much and Jami delivers. Once again I was rooting for this couple to find their HEA so hard! This beast was surely tamed by this beauty! But I think more than anything, they helped each other and made an amazing team! I loved it!
Get the tissues ready!
Kelsie and Zach met in high school where Kelsie was the mean girl and Zach had a traumatic childhood. Years later, Zach has turned his life into success while Kelsie has now become down on her luck. When the two meet again, the resentment is great for Zach while the regret is great for Kelsie. When the two are somehow paired to work together, Zach is determined to make it as hard as possible for her, while Kelsie is determined to make it work to get her life back on the right track. When the past and the time in between come to light, the question of if the two continue the relationship they’ve built will continue. I was so happy to find that you didn’t have to read the previous books to understand this one! I love that while this is part of a series it can be read as a standalone. I really felt the emotion off the pages in regards to Zach’s past and it made me really feel for him. As for the storyline, it was pretty straightforward and for the most part knew what to expect. I’ve read a few of Jami’s books in the past and enjoy her style of writing, so I can’t wait to continue this series!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.