Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Book Release Blast for Falling For the Rookie by Carina Rose (REVIEW)……..

 Fans of sports romances will have even more reasons to rejoice as a star player finds an unexpected connection to his team's new female kicker.  With her being his sister's friend, and his new roommate, things soon take a sensual turn that complicates everything.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Falling For the Rookie by Carina Rose, along with my impressions of it, then add this fourth installment in the Never Say Never series to your bookshelf too!

People rarely catch me off guard. I’m Collin St. James, after all, starting wide receiver for the Virginia Thunder, and playing football has kept me on my toes. But nothing could have prepared me to mentor our newest teammate, kicker Charlie Nicholson.
I wasn’t caught off guard because I had to take someone under my wing, or because Charlie was easily banging sixty-yard kicks through the uprights. It happened when the rookie’s silver helmet came off and long blonde hair spilled out. Completely baffled, I edged closer and took in the prettiest blue eyes I’d ever seen.
Charlie wasn’t only a complete knockout, she was also my younger sister’s closest friend, and when she smiled at me, I knew right then and there I was in serious trouble.
The last thing I needed was a distraction, but thanks to my gorgeous new teammate—and, to my surprise, my roommate—that was exactly what I got.



From the moment I picked up this book I was utterly charmed...charmed by the connection between these two teammates (and roommates) and their slow-burn journey to HEA.  The storyline was just different enough to help this book standout in the crowded genre of sports romances which had me inhaling each turn of the page while reveling in the burgeoning romance between Collin St. James and Charlie Nicholson.  Add in the other players of the Virginia Thunder football team, with their sense of family and brotherly byplay, and readers will find a story that will put a smile on their face while warming their heart.

Collin St. James is a star on the football field, one who oozes confidence in himself but who is supportive of his teammates and friends too.  He's sweet, caring, and won my heart from the get-go.  Collin's not the kind of guy to have women trouble, but Charlie presents him with all sorts of problems...ever since he met her as a nerdy young girl who was the best friend of his sister.  He could see the crush she had on him and kept her at arm's length throughout the years out of respect for his sister.  Things have changed a lot since she was young though and becoming Collin's roommate makes it even more difficult to continue keeping her at arm's length in their sweet and sensual romance.

Charlie's an immensely appealing heroine, one with a lot on her plate as she strives for a successful future.  Charlie started off as a soccer player but her talent has led her to the football field where Collin is her mentor...and her continuing temptation.  She's focused on her kicking, knowing how much is riding on her being the first female kicker in football, but Collin's a delightful distraction.  From the moment they met years ago, until now, they've been dancing around the truth of what their hearts want...and with each turn of the page they get ever closer to what they both want.

Readers will fall for this unique tale, fall for the sweet yet sizzling connection between these two very likable characters, and not at all ready to reach the end of this captivating romance.  Thankfully, the secondary characters give me hope for yet another delightful tale from Ms. Rose which has me already waiting with bated breath!

My rating for this is an A-

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


Carina loves everything about romance. To her, it’s the little things that matter. She also believes in insta-love, since she knew her husband was the one the first day she met him.
When it comes to books, she uses them as an escape from reality...to get swept away. Carina hopes her words do the same for her readers.
She’s a mother and wife and loves spending time with her family. She enjoys meeting new people, traveling, reading, watching sports, and, of course, relaxing on a beach.
Carina looks forward to sharing more love stories in her future novels.

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