AUTHOR:  Lauren Blakely

GENRE:  Sports-Related Romance

RELEASE DATE:  January 8, 2018

Available @ AMAZON

REVIEWED BY:  Pistol Annie


It seemed like a good idea at the time…
As the team’s publicist, I need a football player to be the face of our charity calendar, and Jones Beckett needs a savvy PR woman to manage his new sponsorship deal.
A simple give and take, and I’m sure I’ll have no problem following my iron-clad rule — don’t date a player. And never ever fall for one. No matter how charming, big-hearted and devilishly clever the man is.
But you know what they say about best laid plans…
Once I start spending my off-season days and nights with Jones, I’m following a brand new playbook, one that has me falling hard for the incorrigible flirt — heart, body and mind.
That’s against the rules, and now what seemed like a bright idea has turned into a dangerously forbidden one.
It was supposed to be an I-scratch-her-back-she-scratched-mine kind of arrangement. And man, did Jillian ever drag her nails down my back on one hell of a hot night. Okay fine, it was several hot nights on the road.
Now we’re back in town and it’s time to set the play clock back to when we were simply player and publicist. Given the way the last few years have gone, I can’t risk this deal. Trouble is, I want more than than just another night with her.
What’s a guy to do when he’s always been most likely to score, but the woman he’s falling for is way off limits?



Lauren Blakely rarely – if ever – lets this reader down.  Blindly I follow and find real delights in her colorful world of zany sports-related romances.  Jones and Jillian stole the show and I loved them both equally.

Oh how sweet it is when there are animals involved!  And Jones and his love for the furry little critters will forever keep him at the top of the list for book boyfriends.  But just you wait — he’s so much more, too!  He’s the Full Monty!

This top-of-the-heap story gives “great book” — it has a lot to love and enjoy and drool over.  First, there is Jillian’s sweet story of adoption.   She’s Chinese and was adopted at 9 months old by an older American couple.  Her mother has passed, but she shares a very special relationship with her dad.  Jillian Moore is a delightful and extraordinary character.  She’s no shrinking violet.  She was valedictorian and summa cum laude.  And I assure you she offers a full complement of treasures to behold.

Jones Edward Andrew Beckett (don’t ya just love that name?) makes all things better.  He has lots more names, too.  And they all give meaning and substance to the man himself.  Not saying good or bad — but you’ll laugh!  He’s such a joy to get to know.  Just when you think he’s a little devil, he’ll melt your heart to warm butter.  Even at his baddest, he tries so hard to be a good boy!

He’s one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, and she’s a Director of Publicity.  Both are employed by the San Francisco Renegades.  He’s got a less-than-favorable past that needs rehabbing and she’s pursuing a promotion to a Vice President position in the organization — and Never the two shall twine.

Readers will truly appreciate and be wowed by the cast of amazing secondary characters.  From teammates to bros to agents, parents and fur buddies and beyond, they all just fall into place so easily and up the wonders of Blakely’s latest release.

Cletus is a mix of Chihuahua/Mini Pin/Dachshund — and he’s been spoiled a wee bit by his master.  Cletus and Jones had me rolling in the floor with laughter, and I dearly adored listening to their one-sided conversations.  The dog definitely had the upper hand.  And soon the kitty will, too!

Expect hotness in every encounter — forcing Jillian to abide strictly by her rule that commands, Don’t ever look down whenever you’re in sight of Jones.  Oh my!  The man packs heat.  And his cover page images are what dreams are made of — just think strategically placed footballs and nothing else!

Of course, the growing relationship between Jillian and Jones is a nightmare to maneuver.  One wrong encounter with the media and it could be the end of them and their dreams.  But it’s fun to watch as they move from one encounter to the next and all the time falling harder and harder for each other.  Nothing is gonna stop this runaway train.

Yep, another stupendous sports-related delight from Lauren Blakely.  I’ve read two baseball-related romances already this year, but Blakely makes my favorite sport, football, win the prize yet again.  Doesn’t get any better than this trip to the stadium.  SCORE for Jones and Jillian!


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