Love and Football # 5
By: Julie Brannagh
Releasing July 7, 2015
Jillian Miller likes her job working in the front office for the Seattle Sharks, but lately being surrounded by a constant parade of perfection only seems to make her own imperfections all the more obvious. She needs a change, which takes her into foreign territory: the Sharks’ workout facility after hours. The last thing she expects is a hot, grumbly god among men to be there as witness.
Star linebacker Seth Taylor had a bad day-well, a series of them recently. When he hits the Sharks’ gym to work out his frustration, he’s startled to find someone there-and even more surprised that it’s Jillian, the team owner’s administrative assistant. When he learns of Jillian’s mission to revamp her lifestyle, he finds himself volunteering to help. Something about Jillian’s beautiful smile and quick wit makes him want to stick around. She may not be like the swimsuit models he usually has on his arm, but the more time Seth spends with Jillian the harder he falls.
And as Jillian discovers that the new her is about so much more than she sees in the mirror, can she discover that happiness and love are oh-so-much better than perfect?
I love Seth and Jillian! Both together and as individuals.
Jillian has overcome a tough foster care childhood. She is kind, caring, graceful spirit, always willing to help others, and she is overweight, but determined to do something about it. She doesn't have many people in her corner, but she is a true survivor.
Seth is ready for a change, he has a yearning for something more in his life, than just the success on the football field. He is thoughtful, protective, giving, and kind.
They are both so easy to like, admire, and relate to.
As Seth and Jillian set out to be friends, the true thoughtfulness of Seth comes forward. They have the best time together, doing fun things, and seeing the town. They are getting to know each other, support each other, and are there for each other, giving the reader so many swoon worthy scenes!
But as their feelings for each other grow, and their relationship takes a more physical aspect, Jillian's insecurities come to play, and she pulls away from Seth.
I liked that Seth was so vulnerable with Jillian, he really felt for her, and was willing to do anything to make their relationship work.
The timeline was a bit jerky, markedly so. And I wish some of the important events and conversations in Seth and Jillian's relationship were paid more attention to, or given more details into them. But despite those issues, I truly enjoyed the story, Seth and Jillian are adorable, full of life, love, passion, and kindness
~ Four Spoons
USA Today Bestselling Author, Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.
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