Forward Passes

Jami Davenport
Forward Passes
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Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date
October 2012
Book 2 of Seattle Lumberjacks
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Quarterback Tyler Harris is about to find the woman who can get past his defensive line and reach his heart.

With two championships in as many years, superstar Tyler Harris is the best quarterback in the league. Gorgeous and rich, he's at the top of his game. But everyone's looking to take him down. There's a building media frenzy around an unfortunate accident, and the only safe place seems a rundown mansion deep in the San Juans and owned by his late great uncle. There, Tyler gets sacked by the sassy redhead next door. It's more alive than he's felt in years.

Lavender Mead has a good reason to dislike jocks, namely an absentee father who deserted the family to coach college football. Maybe that explains her penchant for bad boys who play ball for a living and break hearts for a hobby. Her new neighbor seems just the type. Yet, something is different about Tyler, and sometimes love requires a Hail Mary. You draw back your arm, pray…and give it all up to fate. And sometimes you win your ring.

Book Review by yadkny (reviewer)
Jun 30, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
159 people found the following review helpful
"He was just a guy gifted with an athletic body and a no-quit attitude. He didn't deserve this: the adulation, the money, the fame, none of it."
Cocky and arrogant yet charming and deliciously sexy, Tyler is the man every man wants to be and every woman wants to sleep with. However, something profound happened that changed the way he looks at the world and his life. It all started with the death of a young man and spiraled further with the death of an elderly relative. Questions of self-worth and purpose have Tyler's mind occupied while his game suffers. Others are starting to take notice, but after having been saddled with an inheritance he never wanted, Tyler seeks refuge to regroup and ends up with way more than he bargained for.

"At nineteen she'd just dropped out of college with no future plans, an island-sized chip on her shoulder, and a fondness toward self-destruction."
Lavender may not be her nineteen year old self anymore, but she understands that drastic times call for drastic measures and if seduction is what it takes for Lavender to secure an old mansion, then she is willing to make it happen. Especially since bad-boy jocks like Tyler are her specialty.

When Lavender gets up close and personal with the object of her lust, things almost immediately start backfiring. Their physical arrangement was never supposed to get complicated with emotions or personal with Tyler becoming acquainted with her family situation. He wants her body and Lavender wants his, but both were blindsided by their stubbornness over an old mansion and an attraction that won't be denied.

It became apparent fairly quickly that this story would center more on Tyler and Lavender's personal issues than football. It allowed the reader to see a completely different side to Tyler than in the first story. Can't say I'm a Tyler fan, but I can definitely see the appeal and have a better understanding of why he is the way he is.

The author admittedly did some research on parental alienation, which is the core of the conflict in Lavender's life and I felt all of her emotions clearly as well as her deep denial about her situation. It was a pleasant surprise for me to connect and relate to Lavender on such a deep level.

Oddly enough, the story seemed to drag for me. Yes, there is plenty of scorching moments between Tyler and Lavender and yes, there is that "all's well that ends well" feeling at the end, but the romance just didn't quite make it for me.

Aside from that, I am ready to meet the next footballer in need of some life-changing lovin'. Fans of sports romance will definitely appreciate this series.
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