"A vibrant, fast-paced story. Sassy wit, likable characters and breathtaking sexuality... Fans of Friday Night Lights titles will love this one." --Library Journal
The Love of the Game
Money. Fame. Endorsements. Blake Carpenter had it all -- before his professional football career spiraled out of control. Determined to rebuild his life, he takes on coaching the high school team in his Colorado hometown. Despite a few fumbles, Blake knows he can lead these boys to victory. As long as he can keep his eyes on the prize and off the team's distractingly gorgeous physical therapist.
Annabelle Turner knows all about the scandal that cost Blake his NFL career, and she'll be damned if she's going to let his mistakes hurt her team. What she doesn't count on is the intense attraction that turns every heated run-in they have into a wildly erotic competition. Point by point, play by play, kiss by kiss, they try to keep things professional for the good of the team. But when the score is this close-and the passion this fierce-it's anybody's game . . .
In this somber first entry in Kern's Champion Valley contemporary series, two unlikable people awkwardly connect. Superstar quarterback Blake Carpenter pretended ignorance of the performance-enhancing drugs injected by his trainers, and now his legacy is tarnished. In an effort to put the past away, he returns to his Colorado hometown to coach his high school football team. Determined to take them to the play-offs, he resents physical therapist Annabelle Turner getting between him and the players. Blake and Annabelle certainly lust after each other, but they don't seem to like each other very much, with Blake being downright vulgar at times, in one instance accusing Annabelle of "rubbing self all over like a cat in heat." Sometimes tension and arguments are the precursor to passion, but they don't spend enough time talking, so they never click. Strangely, Kern keeps most of the action inside their heads as both consider the consequences of getting to know each other better.
I was so excited when I saw that Erin Kern had a new book coming out and she didn't disappoint! This was a great story with clear concise writing, intriguing characters and a nice easy flow. This is the first book in what should be a fantastic new series.
Blake Carpenter finds himself back in his Colorado hometown coaching high school football. After his pro football career went off the rails amid a huge scandal he needed to start over and this is where he landed. The school's football program hasn't had much success as of late but he knows that if he stays focused he can lead them to a winning season. So getting distracted by the team's sexy physical therapist just won't do. Annabelle Turner may be more distraction than he can handle on and off the field!!
I definitely recommend this one, I can't wait for more!
I really enjoyed this clean romance. It's "clean" in the sense that there are no love scenes, only kissing, but bad words are perfectly sprinkled throughout, which makes the narration and dialogue very realistic.
Although, I will say, those kissing scenes really sizzled!
The book deals with some pretty heavy issues that many people face every day, and reading how Annabelle helped Blake work through his was very endearing.
I liked Blake from the beginning. He was brooding and had a tough outer shell that he used to try to push people away.
Good thing Annabelle is about as stubborn as they come. Their interactions were very entertaining, and the tension that built between them was absolutely delicious!
I flew through this book. It was well-written and a very easy and enjoyable read. I'd love to read more books by Erin Kern!
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***