Author: Laura Trentham
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: July 21st, 2015
Jessica Montgomery has always lived by three simple rules: stay calm, stay professional, stay in control. Working tirelessly to make it into the executive ranks of her family’s business, her dream job of CFO is within reach-if she can convince one stubborn and sexy restaurateur to take her offer and manage Montgomery Industries’ flagship restaurant in Atlanta.
On the surface Logan Wilde is all good-old-boy charm and humor, but he can’t seem to outrun the hell-raising reputation of his high school years. Although he has thought about leaving his hometown in Falcon, Alabama, he has grown to love the town, his restaurant, and his part-time gig coaching the football team.
Jessica estimates it will take a week tops to get Logan Wilde’s signature on her generous offer, but their first meeting is anything but professional. Logan shreds Jessica’s control and unleashes a passion she didn’t know existed even as a deeper connection between them takes root. When her family’s manipulations threaten to tear them apart, Jessica has to decide whether her dream is really the CFO job or the man who has unselfishly offered his love.
I already said I was looking forward to Logan’s story in my review for the first book. Was it worth my wait? Oh yes. Even though I was a bit ill in this hellish heat of summer-through no fault of either Logan or Jessie- this story still managed to pull me from the sickly haze that I was in, and made the craving of small towns inside me even bigger.
While in the first book I thought there wasn’t as much sports as I wished, this one had satisfied me a little bit more. Or, should I say, I was so focused on the other personal issues and developments that I didn’t look for much else. Logan and Jessie sure did keep me busy while reading. The first few chapters might’ve felt dragged for me, but then the story picked up and I found myself wondering not just about the hero and the heroine, but about some of the minor characters as well.
Logan was renowned for his wild past, and though I do like my bad boys, I loved the man he shaped himself to be. And yeah, his past wasn’t something he was very proud of. But it’s always a pleasure to read a hero who learns from his mistakes, and one who uses them to help others. Logan was the kind of guy who made me think whether it really was him in the past who made all those mistakes, he was that sweet and considerate. Understanding and patient, he fit perfectly in his role as assistant coach to a team of teenagers. His worry and respect for his team was clearly genuine, and I can always appreciate a man who knows how to survive and how to help.
Jessie, with her no nonsense attitude and knack for business, was the woman to envy at first glance. But as we delved more into her psyche, there was so much more to her that made me envy her even more. Her business mind and discipline was still there, but more confidence, a lot of warmth and a sense of freedom was added to her character along the way. She was brave enough to stand up to her family-in a non dramatic way which I appreciated- and she was a little bit crazy enough to find her way in a small town as a city girl, and to keep her man.
Apart from the sweet, sweet romance, and damn but a few steamy scenes as well, there was emotion too in this book. Issues that are real, problems that I’m sure many might have faced, or could even still be facing. Laura Trentham dealt with them nicely, helping her characters through while not letting them be overwhelmed.
A better continuation to the Falcon Football series, I think this was a lovely story. I’m adding four spoonfuls of this into my hodgepodge. It’s time to distract myself with other ingredients while I anxiously wait for the next book. I feel like it’s going to be really good.
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