Series: Falcon Football #1
Author: Laura Trentham
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Page Count: 400
Published: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, March 10, 2015
She lives by the book—and is still searching for her happily ever after.
Darcy Wilde has tried hard not to live up to her last name. As a librarian in Atlanta she lives a fine life far away from the football-obsessed town of her childhood. But when her beloved Grandmother needs help, Darcy takes a leave of absence and heads back to the home and past she left behind.
He knows how to play the field—and is in no rush to settle down.
Robbie Dalton knows a thing or two about painful pasts. After bouncing around in foster care and the Army for years he is finally ready to move on and make a home for himself in Falcon, Alabama as the newest high school football coach. Sparks fly when the sexy new coach and the sharp-tongued librarian meet, but neither of them is looking to make ties.
But when it comes to love, sometimes you’ve gotta throw away the rule book to cross the finish line…
Everything changes when Darcy falls in love, not only with the gruff, protective, and smoking hot man who’s sharing her days and nights, but also with the complex tapestry of people who weave Falcon together. Could this be where she belongs – and who she belongs with?
As a lover of sports romance, it was no wonder I wanted to give this book a try. Though the hero was not an active player, he was coaching a high school team and that’s enough to get my attention. And the heroine? A librarian. What a dream job. I wouldn’t have minded working in a library, being around books all day to come home to a gorgeous coach at night.
Darcy Wilde, as opposed to her last name, lives a serene, simple life. She isn’t a fan of her hometown, but then, a lot of people feel the same about where they come from. And Darcy didn’t have a usual childhood, dealing with the usual teenager problems, and not having the conventional family life, she had justified reasons to stay away.
I liked Darcy. Apart from having the job I secretly wish I had, she was lively, funny and not at all a big city girl. She had a good example of character in her grandmother, and I enjoyed their encounters. I think Darcy was one of those people who unwillingly invite trouble into their lives. I only wish we could’ve spent a little bit more time in the library with Darcy, sniffing books and caressing their covers, but hey, I can always do that with my own bookcase. I’m not sure if it’d be as satisfying as actually being in a big library, but I can learn to settle.
Robbie Dalton was the one who provided us with the sports aspect of the book, and though I like my heroes when they’re active in the field, I think Robbie’s job as coach to a football team provided the kind of depth and emotion that otherwise might’ve lacked. He had his students to deal with, one of them with his own personal problems, and that was okay. This one student’s plotline-as minor as it was- wasn’t as neatly handled as I wished, but it clearly wasn’t there just to give us another direction, thank god. I don’t like when additional characters are used as stepping tools for the hero and the heroine to bond better together, and thankfully it wasn’t the case here.
Dalton was a funny guy, someone who had his own emotional baggage, a past he wanted to forget and a future he tried to make happen in this small town. I liked his no nonsense ways in some cases, and his nonchalance in others.
The one complaint I think I can have with this book was that the nicely put personal struggle subplots weren’t as nicely and one hundred percent dealt with. This didn’t bother me while reading it, it’s not something that takes away from the pleasant experience, but if they were resolved as I wished, then this book was top notch. But it still was definitely a fun read. I enjoyed Darcy and Robbie’s interactions both in and out of bed-and sometimes inbetween, wink wink. I liked how different people were involved in the story, not just as obstacles but as positive influences in Darcy and Robbie’s relationship.
I’m adding three spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge. Now, I’m looking forward to Logan’s story next, gotta say, I became quite infatuated with him during this book. He sounds fun, but he also seems like trouble which is the best combination.
Falcon Football series by Laura Trentham:
- Slow And Steady Rush
- Caught Up In The Touch