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 his mistakes 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...
ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review
I love a sports romance. I think it makes up for me not having an athletic bone in my body!
I know absolutely nothing about American football (other than it seems to take all day to play a game lol). Throw in a small down and romance and I am a goner.
Blake and Annabelle, there is just so much spark, so much fun between them. There is attraction, but as much as they are attracted, they annoy each other no end. But the sniping and bickering is extended foreplay, leaving us knowing that things are going to be explosive between them if/when they get to that stage.
I felt for Blake as we learn more about his retirement from professional football, but can't help admire him more for it.
I live in a small down, so I completely felt the small town vibe of Winner Takes All, Where you sneeze and someone two streets over calls out bless you, where nothing goes unnoticed.
There are some great secondary characters in this book, which is the first in the series. I am not sure whose story is going to be next, but I am looking forward to finding out.
Winner Takes All is a flirty and fun, sweet and sexy romance, a great winter (or summer for your northerners!) read. Ms Kern is a new to me author, but I will not be on the look out for more in the future.