Thursday, June 16, 2022

Book Release Blitz for Roughing The Kicker by Emily Silver (REVIEW)……

 Friends are tempted to become more in this charming sports-fueled romance where an injury has them seeing each other in a different light.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Roughing The Kicker by Emily Silver, along with getting my impressions of this book, then add this first installment in the Denver Mountain Lions series to your bookshelf today!

Jackson Fields. Denver’s star kicker. Best friend since 9th grade. And love of my life since he moved in next door.But what happens when I move in with him?
When an injury sidelines him, I step up. Living with him will be easy. I can hide my feelings long enough to take care of him. I’ve done it for 13 years. A few weeks will be a piece of cake.
Except he depends on me for everything. Every touch, every move he makes has butterflies swarming my stomach. I can’t fall for him. Because he’s my friend. And he doesn’t see me as anything else.
But when his situation changes, he starts to see me in a new light. Am I willing to risk everything to see if we’ll be good together? Or will we always be destined to be just friends?

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As a fan of friends-to-lovers romances I've certainly read my fair share of them.  With this series starter Ms. Silver has added an entertaining story to the genre, crafted a charming tale with a truly likable main couple that you're drawn to from the very start. Add in supportive teammates, and their playful brotherly banter, and you have a story that promises lots of delights on the horizon.  While much of this story is familiar, I still found myself turning the pages with a smile on my face and a heart full of warm fuzzies that have me recommending it to one and all.

Tenley and Jackson have been a part of each other's lives since they were kids.  Each still living in the same city and living the life they envisioned for themselves, happy and successful.  For Jackson, it's been years of reliable friendship with the girl next door, always knowing she's there when he needs her.  But for Tenley, it's been years of unrequited love, since a party and a secret kiss turned her feelings more romantic. They're feelings she'll never admit to though...but they're bubbling below the surface. And when Tenley comes to Jackson's aid after he's injured, the feelings explode in a slow-burn journey to being more than just friends.  It's a journey that was sweet and sensual, a bit bumpy later on because of Jackson's dramatic doubts, but a journey that showed Tenley to be a caring heroine with vulnerabilities while showing Jackson that he needs more than just football in his life.  They're a couple that was always meant to be!

On a whole this was a quick read with only a small speed bump to keep readers from the satisfying HEA.  Tenley's a likable heroine, one who's devoted to being a teacher and to being there for Jackson.  Jackson too is a drool-worthy hero, laser-focused on playing football, but oh so charming once his heart realizes how much he needs Tenley by his side.  Along with watching friends become lovers in a sensual journey, I enjoyed seeing other members of the Denver Mountain Lions and the brotherly banter and support they offer each other.  The glimpses we got of these players intrigued me and has me excited to learn more about each of them as the series progresses.

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Hello! After winning a Young Author’s Award in second grade, Emily Silver was destined to be a writer. She loves writing strong heroines and the swoony men who fall for them.
A lover of all things romance, Emily started writing books set in her favorite places around the world. As an avid traveler, she’s been to all seven continents and sailed around the globe. Some of her favorite places are Antarctica (Emily's first book is a love letter to Antarctica!), New Zealand, London and South Africa!
When she’s not writing, Emily can be found sipping cocktails on her porch, reading all the romance she can get her hands on and planning her next big adventure!


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