THIS is What I Call Fantasy Football
When Killian MacGregor, the hottest quarterback in the NFL, eyes the perfect pair of female legs, he spends an hour tracking the gorgeous woman in a room filled with rowdy teammates until one gets out of line.
Rebecca Cavanaugh, a long distance runner for the state team, intimidates boys and men with her quick wit and majestic height. The pre-season jock party isn’t her scene, but she’s roped into attending to provide her sister a sober ride home.
Hiding in the kitchen to avoid the athletic sex fest, a drunken thug forces Rebecca to her knees, and waves a giant ding-dong in her face. Before Rebecca can extricate herself from the hairy situation, an unknown champion saves the night. When Killian assists Rebecca off the floor, she’s stunned into silence while staring at the sexiest man alive.
Will Killian’s bad boy rep and Rebecca’s need for commitment, make this the most impossible “Play” of the season? Or, will Killian’s haunting past and need for victory destroy the most important game of his life?
“Play” is intended for readers 18+. Enjoy with caution… this book contains adult situations, erotic sex, and more balls than a girl knows what to do with.
I dissolved into the seat of his amazing car. A low moan escaped my lips but Killian just showed his dimples and buckled me in. I wondered what he’d do if I pulled him tightly against me and sniffed… for an hour or two.
He opened his door and folded into the seat with absolute grace regardless of his size.
“Ah hell,” he muttered and turned my way. Unlatching my seatbelt, he pulled me in for the most mouthwatering kiss I’d ever had.
His lips, soft but firm, molded to mine. His tongue ran over my teeth, tasted, dipped deeper, and then plunged. He effortlessly slid out the elastic holding my hair before spreading his fingers to either side of my scalp. The kiss intensified and Killian made promises for the night ahead with his lips.
He tasted so damn good.
When he pulled back, I actually whimpered and smiled at the low rumbling growl that came from Killian’s throat. He took my lower lip between his teeth and pulled slightly before letting go. He put distance between us leaving me bereft.
“We’ll eat at my house.” He kissed my forehead, reached over, grabbed the seatbelt, and fastened me in again. My hands went to my hair as I looked around for the hair tie.
I stopped my search but couldn’t help running my fingers through the mussed tangles. Killian’s hand captured mine. “No.” He released my fingers just as fast as he verbalized the one word.
I wasn’t a pushover, didn’t have much experience with guys, but I had some. I should have argued, straightened my hair anyway, or even voiced some sort of displeasure. An electrically charged pulse shot straight to the junction of my thighs, and there I went and tried to stain his car’s upholstery.
I kept my mouth shut.
As you may know one of my favorite genres is the sports themed romance. All that animal magnetism and testosterone wrapped up in a perfect canvas doth make my day. Play does not disappoint. It has the dreamboat star quarterback, make that THE Quarterback, and the perfect girl next door who is equal parts down to earth and out of this world gorgeous (but doesn’t think she is). Killian comes to Rebecca’s rescue and by all accounts it’s love at first sight. These two seem to fall in step so easily He’s got his perfect girl and he’s playing well. It doesn’t get much better than this. Of course no one can be that perfect and while Killian projects the quintessential jock mentality, he has some demons that nobody knows about. Will they come to light just as everything seems to be going right for him?
I found the characters well rounded and credible. Too often, writers fail to present the imperfections of their characters. It is one thing to announce a character’s weakness and hope the audience can relate and it is another to take it to the next level and show the emotional complexity that would be the cause of this vulnerability. Rebecca is an imperfect character. She is overly needy, immature and suffers from low self-esteem. The fact that she recognizes and struggles with this is a rare occurrence in romantic fiction. Too often authors want to make their heroines so affable and loveable that they become too generic. Killian too has chinks in his armor. He is cocky, domineering and tyrannical. He could be just another egotistical jock, but underneath all that posturing he harbors some old wounds that he hasn’t quite dealt with.
Although I’m no expert (I watch Hard Knocks just for the reality show spectacle of it) I found the football scenes to be accurate and action packed. I liked that Rebecca was an athlete in her own right and so could relate more to Killian’s game day rituals. I enjoyed Killian’s back story and family dynamic (even if it was a touch too syrupy). It is a little formulaic once the big crisis happens, and some of the love scenes are a tad repetitive, but it moves along at an even pace.
All in all Play has all the essential pieces of a great romance: the sympathetic heroine, the strong, irresistible hero, the emotional tension, the steamy love scenes and the requisite HEA. You don’t have to love football to enjoy this story but you may become a fan after it.
About the Author
Holly S. Roberts is the bestselling author of fourteen novels, and writes under three pen names. A romantic at heart, she fell in love at the age of twelve with a boy she saw across junior high school campus. Four years later, he took notice and she never let go.Her career in law enforcement gives her a reason to want romance, happy endings, and anything that takes her away from real life when she reads and writes. She can shoot a mean game of pool, toss back a straight shot of tequila, and recite the Gettysburg Address.Holly lives high in the mountains in the southwest United States with her husband, Rottweiler and Chihuahua. Links: Blog | Goodreads | Facebook
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