Take one sexy quarterback,
Mix in one adventurous princess,
Add some serious sexual tension,
And you get the royal romance of a lifetime.
Kyle Young—all-star quarterback and lady-killer—thought he knew what he wanted out of life: freedom, football and fun. Then he meets Bella. She seems like the perfect woman: gorgeous, funny, and a huge football fan. But what he doesn’t know? Bella also happens to be Princess Arabella of Salasia.
Yearning for adventure and romance before she devotes herself to her country and marries a man she doesn’t love, Arabella can’t believe her luck when she meets Kyle. Sparks fly between the football player and the princess, and they begin an affair neither of them could’ve imagined.
Soon, however, duty and self-doubt cause Kyle and Arabella to separate. Can he become the prince she needs? And can Arabella overcome her family’s disapproval? Or will their love transform back into a pumpkin at midnight, leaving them both without a happily ever after?
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The Princess and The Jock
Kyle Young is an all-star quarterback who's on the injured list. During halftime, he strikes up a conversation with a cute young woman at the souvenir stand. Unbeknownst to Kyle, she's the Princess of Salasia and a HUGE fan of Kyle's team, only he catches her buying souvenirs for the opposing team. He purposely taunts her in hopes that she'll chase after him, then walks away. Bella finally catches up to him as he's buying nachos with tons of jalapeños. She fires back stats to him to prove she knows football and he invites her to a private room after the game, for a "chat". Bella, wanting to have fun without responsibilities, meets him in the room. Before anything happens, they are interrupted by Bella's bodyguard/"brother". Before they part, Kyle asks Bella to join some of the team at a local dive bar later that night...
One night at the bar, leads to Kyle's for a one-night stand, that turns into them spending the day together. As they spend time with each other, Bella starts to fall for Kyle. Bella tells Kyle upfront that she has to go back home, so they can only have their one night. The next day, Kyle and his buddies attend a football game where Princess Arabella just so happens to be the performer who sings The National Anthem. Kyle and his buddies are stunned! While Kyle's upset that she lied to him, he realizes that he will never be good enough for her. He was raised in a trailer home with an abusive dad, who still extorts money from him for women and gambling debts. So he lets her go without a fight.
They are now a world apart and miserable. When the opportunity arises for Kyle to represent his football team in a fundraiser connected with Salasia, he jumps at the chance. Kyle hopes to convince Bella that they are meant for each other and can make it work. Will he be able to convince her before she marries royalty?
This novel is the second in the series, but can be read as a stand alone novel. If you love sports-related novels, this is a great series. I loved that the "jock" was the one making compromises to get the girl! I especially loved when Kyle taught her how to throw darts and play flag-football. I read a gifted copy of this novel and all opinions stated are my own.