Fans of sports romances have much to look forward to with this older woman/younger man tale...a romance full of speed bumps, sweetness, and steam. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Reverse Pass by Maggie Rawdon, along with getting my impressions of it, then add this fourth installment in the Plays & Penalties series to your bookshelf!
VioletHe’s the star wide receiver and the most wanted player on campus. He has it all—the body, the voice, the charm and the dimples.
Plus he flirts constantly and cooks dinner shirtless in my kitchen.
There’s just one problem—he’s my best friend’s younger brother.
She sent him to live with me so I can help him get his life back in order. Which makes him off limits in every way possible.
But now we share a wall and secrets.
Like the confession he makes after he accidentally walks in on me one night.
I’m usually so good with women that my teammates come to me for advice.
But they don’t know my secret. They don’t know about her.
The one woman I want—the one I can’t stop thinking about—barely knows I exist.
Until everything goes wrong, and I land on her doorstep.
The worst day of my life might just turn out to be my luckiest.
Because she’s fresh off a broken engagement—single for the first time in forever. And she can’t keep her eyes off of me.
I just need to convince her I’m worth breaking the rules.
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
As a fan of sports-fueled romances this book captivated me from the very start with its crackling connection between a slightly older woman and the younger man who's the brother of her best friend. From the moment these two met there was a very obvious connection that was both steamy and sensual, growing stronger the more they saw each other openly and honestly. Living together shows them without any facades and as they fell for each other, I fell for them too in a romance that put a smile on my face.
Ben is the proverbial football god with guys wanting to be him and gals just plain wanting him! A moment of bad behavior though leads to his suspension from the team and no place to live. His sister luckily has the perfect idea for his housing dilemma...and that's when everything changes for him. Ben's a decadently delightful hero, sexy and sweet...with a longtime crush on his new roommate that he's just now ready to do something about. He's charming, witty, and the banter between him and Violet was everything to me! He charmingly worked his way into Violet's heart, cooking and cleaning, reading romance novels, and showing a mature and endearing side of himself to her. With each turn of the page I fell more and more in love with him and was cheering him on in his claiming of Violet.
Violet's the kind of heroine you can relate to and the connection between her and Ben practically jumped off the page courtesy of witty banter and undeniable chemistry. She's fresh off a break-up but is leery of putting her heart on the line once again, especially with someone who's seen as a playa. She continues to see Ben as immature, but behind the facade is a determined man who's the perfect match to Violet...if she just takes a chance on Ben.
This was a quick read, one full of steam and sparkling banter that amped up the sensuality. Ben's the quintessential book boyfriend, making me smile and blush, along with warming my heart. Violet's a good match...and I was particularly proud of her when she proved herself worthy of Ben at the end of the story. Along with a delightful main couple was an equally entertaining cast of secondary characters who leant an air of family and familiarity to this book, giving a sense of family to the story. From start to finish I found this an immensely satisfying tale, one that gave me an afternoon of delights that I wholeheartedly recommend to others!
My rating for this is an A-
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Maggie Rawdon loves books, travel and wandering through museums. She lives in the Midwest where you can find her writing on her laptop with her two pups at her side, in between binge watching epic historical and fantasy dramas and cheering for her favorite American (and European) football teams on the weekends. She loves writing dirty athletes and smart women and has a soft spot for writing characters who banter instead of flirt.
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