As a fan of sports-themed romances I'm happy to bring you Backfield in Motion by Jami Davenport. Keep reading to get my impressions of this book and to learn even more about it visit the other blogs hosting this tour. Make sure to fill out the form below for your chance to win some great books too!
ALL YOU’LL EVER BE IS A PRETTY FACE
Star running back Bruce "Bruiser" Mackey has heard those words his entire life, especially after his twin brother’s tragic accident. He might use his surfer-boy good looks to land lucrative endorsements for his secret charity, but he hates books being judged by their covers. Which is why it’s wrong that his friend MacKenzie Hernandez is intent on giving herself a makeover.
Sure, Mac and her father have been reeling financially since her brother disappeared three years ago, and Lumberjacks management gives an annual scholarship that might get her life back on track, but he can’t imagine anyone smarter, sexier, or more beautiful than Mac already is. He can’t keep his hands off her—and the more they spend time together, the less he wants to. She’s perfect as is. One way or another, he’ll make sure the team’s tomboy groundskeeper gets a full ride. And between the two of them, they can learn to accept what’s behind them and look downfield to a future full of win.
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
As a fan of sports-themed romances I was immediately drawn to this book and for the most part there's much amongst the pages to enjoy. There's a likable main couple along with a cast of equally likable secondary characters who have been seen in the previous books in this series. Though these characters play a big part in bringing the main protagonists together it's not necessary to have read the previous installments of this series to enjoy this release.
Mac has always been a tomboy more comfortable around men than woman. She likes being one of the boys except when she sees the super sexy Bruiser who she's been attracted to for years. She'd love for him to see her as a woman he wants to spend time with and when the chance at career advancement means dressing up more girly their previous flirty relationship becomes something more. For years though her life has been devoted to finding out her missing brother's whereabouts who they think has met with foul play. It's become an obsession for her father and obligation has her following along behind him as they investigate. With both of the protagonist's futures ruled by events in their pasts neither is willing to admit that their steamy sexual interludes could become permanent. But when a wounded child comes into their lives he becomes the catalyst for them to finally put the past behind to reach their HEA in a subtle, no less romantic, conclusion. Mac is an immensely likable heroine with a no-nonsense attitude. She's made the best out of what life has handed her, never complaining. She's strong-willed and I enjoyed seeing her slow acceptance and pleasure when embracing girly things and its affect on Bruiser.
Bruiser has had sadness in his past too with an ex-wife who broke his heart and a death that weighs heavily on him and that's guided his entire life. Since becoming a football player he's seen as the poster boy with only good looks and partying to his name. To enforce that image he's always dated models and other women only looking for fun. His attraction to Mac evolves slowly as he likes her as a friend at first until her makeover makes him see her as a lover. With his superficial past he thinks he'll hurt her but as his deeper layers are revealed you see a man longing for love and the honesty and pureness of her soul has him addicted to Mac and trying to convince her of their path to a HEA. Bruiser is sexy and charming and used his looks in the past to get what he wanted. That way of life, a life he's lived in honor of another, has grown stale and I'm pleased to see him choose substance over style in a satisfying conclusion.
I enjoyed the mix of sports action and action between the sheets in an entertaining story with delightfully witty banter between Mac and Bruiser. Their playful moments brought a smile to my face and their romantic moments made me blush. They were a good match and brought out the best in each other while helping each other heal past hurts through numerous sexual encounters and the saving of a scarred young boy. The mystery of what happened to Mac's brother felt out of place and seemed a bit like a soap opera to me. It slowed the story's momentum down and left me feeling annoyed. Seeing so many other sexy football players though has me excited for more stories in this series and the continuing mix of action and romance.
My rating for this is a B+
*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy romantic comedy, sports hero romances, and equestrian fiction. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.
Jami works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher and dressage rider. In her spare time, she maintains her small farm and socializes whenever the opportunity presents itself. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion, it is the most beautiful place on earth.
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