A forbidden romance off the field shines a spotlight on the sweet and sexy romance between a young footballer and the older woman who's his coach. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Illegal Contact by Emily Silver, along with getting my impressions of it, then add this fourth installment in the Denver Mountain Lions series to your bookshelf!
Cocky football star Knox Fisher has been driving me crazy for years.I’m one of the few female coaches in the league. I shouldn’t want someone who has the power to jeopardize my entire career, especially someone seven years my junior.
But I can’t stay away.
We keep the sizzling chemistry between the two of us.
A glance here. A touch there. I live for the stolen moments with him.
I know he wants more, but more is dangerous. If anyone saw us together, I could lose my job and be blackballed from the league.
There’s no way this relationship can end with anything but a broken heart, yet I can’t resist him.
I might be his coach, but this player is about to teach me a thing or two about love.
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
As an older woman myself, I'm drawn to the theme of reverse age-gaps in romances and the relationship seen between Knox and Frankie is a definite winner. Readers get to see Knox's year's long journey to become a star player, see his dedication to the sport, and how much it means to him. With Frankie, readers get to see the very rare instance of a female coach in a typically-helmed man's world. Readers get to see her trying to balance being tough while still embracing her feminine side, a side Knox calls to with much sizzle. Frankie constantly has to worry about their secret coming out as she weighs which means more to her...Knox or her coaching job and her future in the League. This was a story that was a long time coming as secret encounters slowly evolved into real feelings, feelings that could no longer be ignored. With me rooting for them every step of the way they slowly but steadily brought their connection out into the light in a richly rewarding conclusion.
Knox Fisher was a drool-worthy hero from the very first moment I saw him. He was dedicated to his family and friends, his sport, but even more dedicated to Frankie. He was drawn to her the very first time he saw her and it resulted in a crackling connection full of combustible banter and a push/pull dynamic that's foreplay for what goes on behind the scenes between these two. His words and deeds regarding her warmed my heart and made him the quintessential book boyfriend as he was always supportive of her and would do everything she asked of him. Frankie Rose is completely dedicated to football, in many ways it defines her, so she's terrified of what will happen if the truth about her relationship with Knox is revealed. She's a strong and capable force on the field, behind the scenes readers see sweet and sexy interludes balanced with heartfelt talks about their future. I felt sad for the weight resting on Frankie as her relationship with Knox was an utter delight and I longed for them to have a real HEA despite the repercussions for her future. The forbidden nature of their connection, the hefty penalty for discovery, made their romance even stronger and kept me on the edge of my seat as Ms. Silver wove together the pieces of a fulfilling journey to HEA.
Along with a compelling main couple was an equally appealing cast of secondary characters. From Knox's grandma (who was simply entertaining), to Knox's teammates (a brotherly group with playful banter and a strong support when needed), to Ms. Silver's vast football knowledge, readers will be quickly captivated by this tale. Action on and off the field was beautifully balanced to make you care about Knox and Frankie. I was fully invested in their relationship and was cheering for them from start to finish. By the turn of the final page their story was wrapped-up nicely while leaving readers wanting more courtesy of an enticing epilogue that's bringing this series to an end with the next installment.
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!