Backfield in Motion

Jami Davenport
Backfield in Motion
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Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date
October 2013
Book 4 of Seattle Lumberjacks
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance


Star running back Bruce "Bruiser" Mackey has heard those words his entire life, especially after his twin brother's tragic accident. He might use his surfer-boy good looks to land lucrative endorsements for his secret charity, but he hates books being judged by their covers. Which is why it's wrong that his friend Mackenzie Hernandez is intent on giving herself a makeover.
Sure, Mac and her father have been reeling financially since her brother disappeared three years ago, and Lumberjacks management gives an annual scholarship that might get her life back on track, but he can't imagine anyone smarter, sexier, or more beautiful than Mac already is. He can't keep his hands off her—and the more they spend time together, the less he wants to. She's perfect as is. One way or another, he'll make sure the team's tomboy groundskeeper gets a full ride. And between the two of them, they can learn to accept what's behind them and look downfield to a future full of win.

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Dec 23, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
164 people found the following review helpful
Two broken people who needed to learn how to live their own lives.

This read blew me away. I believe this is the best book in the Seattle Lumberjack series. It had my emotions all over the place. I loved the bantering between Bruiser and Mac, the constant flirting back and forth even though they didn't know they were doing it. And I felt so heartbroken for both characters; they both had pasts that were devastating and they needed to work through it before they could be happy. I found myself laughing and smiling throughout the book, but most of all, the amount of crying I did because what Bruiser wanted to do for Elliot was so sweet and out of this world. Elliot was the one character who stole my heart. This is one book in the series that will stay in my heart forever.

Mackenzie "Mac" Hernandez has had a major crush on Bruiser. They bantered back and forth but she knows that he only sees her as another of the guys. She has lots of things going on in her life especially trying to find out what happened to her brother. Three years ago, her brother was there and then he fell off the face of the earth. Her father, Craig, knew that Will's wife had something to do with it but they had no evidence that she killed him. Her father followed every single lead but all led to a dead end. Now Mac was trying to get awarded the scholarship that the Seattle Lumberjacks gave out. Only that there was no way she was going to get it over Vince. They already had their sights on him but he did nothing while making everyone believe that he actually worked.

Bruce "Bruiser" Mackey is the pretty boy of the Seattle Lumberjacks but he hates being called that. No one knows what he has gone through, the amount of pain that he has buried inside of him. Sure he does lots of photo shoots and other endorsements for the money but people think that he burns through that cash. No ones knows the truth. He doesn't speak with his family but he does help his mother and sister with their beauty salon.

Bruiser goes to a burn center where he meets a young boy that could be 30 years of age by the way he thinks and speaks. He wants to see Elliot smile, not be afraid to go out in public, to have friends but things are not that easy. During a night of having fun, the other football players put him up against the wall in taking Mac to the yearly Barbeque at the owners' mansion. Brett seems to like Mac but since he already has a commitment, he can't take Mac so Bruiser is stuck taking her. He didn't know that he will get the surprise of his life.

The She-Wolf Pack, Lavender, Rachel and Kelsie, help Mac with a make-over that Bruiser will make stay panting. This is the chance Mac has to try to impress Veronica but things don't go as planned. Not only that but it seemed that Bruiser almost kissed her. At the last minute though, he backs off. As they spend more time together, things escalate between them but it seems that when Bruiser wants more, Mac is too preoccupied with finding her brother.

I will give you a little insight on who Elliot is and what happened with him. Elliot is an eleven-year-old boy who lost both of his parents. He has 2nd and 3rd degree burns all over his body and he knows that people believe he is a monster. People who visited him could not even look at him in the eyes, except for Bruiser. The other person that he liked was Mac and she was a pretty girl who actually liked him and could see beyond his skin. Only, his aunt was about to take him somewhere he didn't want to go...

This is the second book of Ms. Davenport that I have reviewed, and as I've said before, this is a read that has hit my heart. I have to say that I love Ms. Davenport's writing style--it's very unique, intense, emotional and her characters are very well developed. I love that characters from the other books have small parts in this story. I love how Bruiser was a wonderful brilliant man that had a heart of gold. Mac was a strong independent woman that needed to live her life. I love that Mac got closure for her family ordeal and that Bruiser was able to do something wonderful for her father.

The pace of this read was perfect, as was the storyline. This read engrossed me and I truly didn't want it to end. I found tears running down my cheeks because both characters didn't see that they were in love and also because of Elliot.

BACKFIELD IN MOTION is a must read and I can't wait for the next book in this series. This is a read that any reader would love, and I totally recommend it.
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