Once again I want to thank the lovely Mrs. Julien, whose generous gift of an Amazon voucher made it possible for me to buy this book.
NFL player Ethan “Dex” Dexter is known to his friends and team mates as “the Wise One”. He’s quiet, observant, focused on his career and not really concerned with dating, or really all that bothered about the fact that he’s still a virgin at 24. The only woman he’s interested in is the bubbly and vivacious Fiona Mackenzie, sister-in-law to his best friend, who’s been very vocal in the past about how she doesn’t do long distance relationships or has any interest in athletes. Yet when they both find themselves visiting Grey and Ivy at the same time, he can’t help himself. Alone in a club one night, desperate for her to really see him, he dares her to touch his beard, and suddenly they can barely keep their hands, or lips, off each other.
Fiona grew up with a father who started as a professional athlete and then became a sports agent. He travelled a lot in his work and slept around a whole lot while doing it. Her parents’ marriage broke up as a result. She’s also known as the family flake, who can never really settle down for long with anything, always changing her mind or focus. Having recently secured what she believed would be her dream job in a design firm in New York, she wants to prove to both herself and her family that she can stick with something. She’s struggling with a co-worker who keeps copying her designs and trying to steal her thunder, but with her sister just having had a baby, she’s allowed herself a short vacation in San Francisco. She’s none to pleased to see Dex, her brother-in-law’s best friend, show up in the club she’s at, “baby sitting”, but is surprised how affected she is by his presence.
Dex is a veritable mountain of muscle, with long hair, a thick beard and tattoos all over his arms. He’s nothing like the guys Fiona tends to go for, but with his quiet intensity focused entirely on her, she can’t look away. When he dares her to touch his beard, she can’t help but move in to kiss him and discovers that the silent giant she barely even noticed in the past is absolutely crazy about her. He lives in New Orleans, she lives in New York. She’s just starting her promising design career, he’s a top player in the NFL. A long distance relationship is their only option if they want more than a brief fling, and after just a few days together in San Francisco, it’s obvious to both that that’s not a satisfying option.
I’ve really liked the first two of Kristen Callihan’s Game On books, a New Adult series starting when the characters were still in college. This book takes place a few years after the first two, with the characters older and a bit more settled, but still starting out in life. More on my blog.