I liked this, but it felt a little unbalanced to me in the hero vs. the heroine. It was a fun Saturday afternoon read, but I’m not sure if I will read more from this author, as the next two books in the series have very hit or miss reviews.
But this one was fun! Mostly.
Poppy is a single mother to ten year old Ace. She and Ace’s father, TK, were high school sweethearts, and now TK is one of the most famous football players in the NFL. They haven’t seen each other since before Ace was born, as Poppy left town after she found out she was pregnant. When they reconnect, things happen. (Of course, you know with this premise, TK did not know about his son like Poppy thought he did! Classic misunderstanding.)
I loved Poppy as a heroine. She was so smart and capable, and she is such a good mother to Ace (who is a very non-annoying child character). I also liked the behind the scenes nature of all the NFL stuff (Alexa Martin’s husband played for the NFL so she knows what she’s talking about, and doesn’t shy away from criticizing the sport or the negatives of the culture surrounding it, particularly the dangers to the players’ health.)
I just never really warmed to TK. I know part of him being a jackass had to do with SPOILER his medical condition; it’s diagnosed by the end that he’s suffering from CTE END SPOILERS but mostly it’s just him. We never get to see the sweetheart version of TK that Poppy originally fell in love with. I think if future books by this author get good reviews from people I trust, I will check them out.
Read Harder Challenge 2020: A romance starring a single parent.