THE LOVE OF THE GAME
Money. Fame. Endorsements. Blake Carpenter had it all—before his professional football career spiraled out of control. Determined to rebuild his life, he takes on coaching the high school team in his Colorado hometown. Despite a few fumbles, Blake knows he can lead these boys to victory. As long as he can keep his eyes on the prize and off the team’s distractingly gorgeous physical therapist.
Annabelle Turner knows all about the scandal that cost Blake his NFL career, and she’ll be damned if she’s going to let hismistakes hurt her team. What she doesn’t count on is the intense attraction that turns every heated run-in they have into a wildly erotic competition. Point by point, play by play, kiss by kiss, they try to keep things professional for the good of the team. But when the score is this close—and the passion this fierce—it’s anybody’s game…
“He knew exactly what it meant to her, because it meant the same to him. That this was anything but casual. The very thing he’d tried so hard to prevent, he was now smack in the middle of.”
Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. It was fun and sweet romance. I loved the feel of this story, it made me want to keep on reading and get to know these characters. I really liked the writing style and found the characters impossible to not love. I loved the push and pull between Annabelle and Blake. They had an excellent pull and the whole will they, won’t they quality working for them. I really enjoyed their flirty banter and was excited to see how their story/relationship would progress.
If I had any complaints about the story, it would be that I felt the pacing was too slow. I felt like it took a really long time to get to the heart of the story and at times it just dragged. I kept waiting for the pace to pick up, but it never really felt like it did. From a romance stand point, if you know me, then you know there is nothing better than a slow building romance. For this book though, it was just too slow. Yes, there were some sparks along the way and a steamy kiss here or there, but nothing really progressed between these characters until 60% of the story. Now, that may not be an issue for some, but for me, I was just left wanting more; more sparks, more connection….just more.
Winner Takes All is my first book by this author and while it was not a 100% hit for me, I do feel that there is a lot of great potential here, and would open to checking out something else from this author in the future.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via Forever Romance and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*