by Jeanette Murray (Goodreads Author)
Sometimes faking it is your only option...
Football player Stephen Harrison has hit rock bottom—he’s fresh out of rehab, lost too much weight to be an effective offensive lineman, and has no support system in place. The Bobcats staff suggests he get a life coach to keep him sober and get him back into playing shape, but Stephen says his girlfriend will help. Too bad he doesn’t have one...
Luckily for Stephen, he does have a housekeeper. Margaret has always dreamed of starting her own elite cleaning service, and the money Stephen offers her to play the part of girlfriend is too good to pass up. But while Mags is helping Stephen bulk up and get ready for training camp, she can’t seem to block the feelings crashing into her heart. And one night of passion will pull both of their heads out of the game...
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Intermix | Penguin Group
Genre: Adult Sports Romance
Part 3 of an ongoing series, but could be read as a standalone
My Takes Two to Tackle Review . . .
It has felt like forever since we have had a Santa Fe Bobcats book to read and I've always wondered how Stephen was going to fair in rehab.
Oh! Poor Stephen. His life is about to change big time, if he can keep sober. Now that he's out of rehab, everything has to change or he'll be off the team. Not wanting to use a life coach as an accountability partner he convinces his feisty housekeeper to take on that role as well as be his fake girlfriend.
You know whenever there's the role of fake girlfriend and fake boyfriend that they're going to run into trouble, if any feelings get involved. And these two fell victim to this exact problem. (Like we didn't see that coming. )
Even when drunk, I have loved Stephen throughout the series, so now that he's sober, he's ten times better. You feel his struggles and tribulations. You also get to see that he's a huge sweetheart behind his jock ways.
When he needed a fake girlfriend, he knew exactly who he wanted as Margaret (Mags) has always intrigued him. Mags, needs the money so she jumps at this opportunity even though she's a bit worried that her crush on Stephen might get in the way.
These two were adorable together, but once again another couple who falls victim the miscommunication mishap that's very prevalent in the romance genre.
Mags quickly falls for Stephen and continuously jumps to the wrong conclusion, with ever action Stephen makes. Instead of actually talking to him, or risking her feelings, she constantly takes the coward way out. Thankfully Stephen is bullhead enough to fight for what he wants otherwise, Mags would have dug herself a big lonely hole.
Takes Two to Tackle is part of a series but could be read as a standalone. However, I do recommend reading it as a series as Stephen's such a huge part that you can't but love him more by knowing him from the last two books.
Did I Love this book? No, but I did quite adore it. How can you now with a sweetheart like Stephen. Sure, he made his own assumptions and mistakes, but he owned them and dealt with them promptly. Did Mags annoy me like other heroines as of late? Not as much no. Sure, she has some slightly annoying moments but her quick turnaround helped lessen the annoying effect. Since sports romance is one of my guilty pleasures, did this book hit the spot? Yes, it did. It was cute & sweet.
Now that his book is done and we got to see more of Josiah and Anya in it, whom are two completely opposite people with completely opposite philosophies. I can't wait for their story, Romancing the Running Back, which comes out Jan. 19/16/
3.5 Stephen Loving Thumbs up!