Author: Violet Duke
Series: Fourth Down #1
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Source: ARC was provided via NetGalley by publisher in exchange for an honest review
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New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her fun and sexy new Fourth Down series with a heartwarming friends-to-lovers romance between a no-strings-attached sports analyst and the hottest damn tomboy he’s ever met.
It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now.
Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as-sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self-control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own.
I picked this up because it sounded promising. But I guess I wasn’t that impressed? At all.
Jackson Gray, a senior sports analyst for a sports network, met his match with newly-hired Leila Hart who’s a football nerd like him.
Jackson’s good at reading people and one look at Leila and what he knows she’s capable of and he’s ready to forget that only thing he could do with women was just sex. It’s just that he’s hiding a huge lot and so was Leila. They were pretty interesting characters at first because I like feminist angle of the book but then I think I got lost in the middle?
What started like an office/forbidden romance turned to completely unexpected story that I wasn’t even sure if I was still reading the same book. The football knowledge seemed to be over-the-top, too-much-information, information-overload kind of thing for football n00bs like me. It may work for football fans out there but it didn’t for me. Even when it was really intelligently presented.
For some weird reasons, the characters threw me out of the loop because they’ve changed so quickly. Like Jackson and Leila were two completely different characters from the first part of the book and then when their deepest, darkest secrets were revealed, they’ve just changed 180 degrees. I don’t know but that really confused me.
There was a lot of things going in the book that it made me dizzy because there’s just so much conflict. And not enough satisfying resolutions for the most part.
For the record, Violet’s writing was really good and the secondary characters were very funny and adorable. I just hoped she simplified the story to focus more on the romance-y stuff. Overall, I think the book was just not for me. I’m patiently waiting for the next book though because it’s Bennett’s story and I love him so much in this book. And am hoping it’s better than this one.