Tackled by the Girl Next Door
by Susan Scott Shelley & Veronica Forand
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
When a retired NFL player returns home to sort out his life, he finds his future in the girl next door.
Jason Black is a newly retired professional football player. Forced off the playing field due to an injury, he returns to his hometown to contemplate his future and finds solace in his relationship with his best friend, Samantha O’Brien.
Sam has spent the past five years caring for her younger brother. Home from college for Thanksgiving break, he parties hard and bullies his sister. When Jason comes to her defense, protecting her from a crowd of drunken college kids, Sam begins seeing him as more than a friend. Yet, she fears acting on their attraction could ruin the friendship she’s grown to depend upon.
Just one kiss changes everything for Jason. Sam is no longer the girl next door but the woman of his dreams. Now, he just has to convince her that his feelings are real. But when the football world comes calling again and career decisions are on the line, both sacrifice all to put the other’s needs first. They must decide whether to follow their hearts and make the catch of a lifetime.
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Hazel eyes burned into hers. ”Sam.”
“You've got chocolate on your lower lip.”
“Oh.” She reached for her napkin.
His hand stopped hers. “I’ll get it.”
Instead of his fingers, his lips descended. His gaze intense, his movements controlled, he leaned in. Slowly. Sam moistened her lips and inhaled. Dream or reality? Jason’s lips closed over hers, too warm, too firm to be a figment of her subconscious. Fireworks exploded behind her eyes. She tasted the heady combination of chocolate and wine and Jason. She fisted his sweater, holding him to her. Kissing Jason was better than she’d imagined.
Jason and Sam are best friends who are once again starting over from the bad stroke of luck that hit their lives.
Jason is a newly retired professional football player, who was forced to retire because of an injury. He comes back home to think about his future. Samantha, on the other hand, gave up a high-paying job and had spent five years taking care of her younger brother since their parents died.
When her brother was home during Thanksgiving break, he parties hard and bullies his sister. Good thing Jason was there protecting her from his tantrums and all those drunken college kids.
Sam saw him in a new light. But this was Jason, and their friendship is more important than anything else. She needed someone who can depend on. If she acts on it, he might not return the sentiment and they might lose their friendship. So, she kept mum. It took one kiss to change everything. Jason thought of her more often than necessary, and she saw her more than just his best friend. But when an opportunity knocks on his door, and career decisions are to be made, sacrifices were done. Is it worth it? Or would they follow their hearts?
I hated Sam’s brother – argh. He’s such an ungrateful a**, after what Sam did for him, all those sacrifices – he had the audacity to do that? Is he out of his mind? I wanted to go inside the book and slap some senses into him. As for Sam, she deserves a halo. Because she didn’t give up on her brother, no matter how much he treats her. She chastise him, but he wouldn’t listen. It took one stupid decision and a complete 180 of his life before he finally realizes his mistakes.
As for our two love birds, I like the plot of friends crossing the lines. There is no stronger bond in a relationship than friendship. It might have been just days, but their love story had perhaps started even before that and the realization is just taking place. Nevertheless, it didn’t felt rush. Only that now, after all those years, finally, the perfect time has come for the both of them.
Tackled by the Girl Next Door is short, sweet and soft on the heart. The perfect late night read to end your day.
•Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.•
Meet the author
Susan Scott Shelley is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.
She currently resides outside Philadelphia with her very own Superhero and spends her days writing about tough heroes, smart heroines, and love being the strongest magic there is.
In addition to writing romances, she is also a professional voiceover artist. Her favorite things include running, sports, hard rock and old Hollywood movies.
Susan is represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.
Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense.
She’s lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.
Veronica is represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.
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