Book Review: Sacking the Quarterback (Football Fantasies #1) by Alexandra O’Hurley

Sacking the QuarterbackPublication Date: January 27th, 2014

Format: Kindle, 76 pages

Synopsis: At fourteen, Taylor Ashby had a schoolgirl crush on Rhett. Who could ignore the hotter than hell senior quarterback of the football team? But he left for college before she had her chance and went on to be the hottest quarterback in the NFL, a world away from little Dixon, Texas. Ten years later, Rhett Banes comes home after a very public divorce that caused his world to come crashing down. Coming home, he hopes he can remember the man he was before all the glitz and the money screwed with his head. When Rhett comes across his best friend’s little sister all grown up, he can barely keep his hands to himself. But Taylor isn’t the same little girl who had an infatuation. She’s all woman and might be too much for him to handle—especially when a woman is what got him into trouble in the first place.

My review: In honour of the Super Bowl I decided to read an American Football novella.  As a non-sport-following British chick, I’ve not a clue about football – American or otherwise – however, I like to watch the Super Bowl despite the fact that I missed it this year.

Sacking the Quarterback is a short, sweet and sexy little novella that screams childhood crush turns to relationship.  Then again, it kind of does happen that way.

It starts following Taylor Ashby as a teenage girl with a crush on the senior Quarterback, she’s managed to get invited to his goodbye party as he’s graduating and leaving school to play for the NFL.  She plucks up her courage to tell him that she likes him and that his current girlfriend is screwing anything that moves, at least until the police come and bust everyone.

Everyone scatters, she panics and gets caught up in the crush at least until Rhett Banes – her quarterback crush – sweeps to her rescue and whisks her out of the house and into the back of a getaway truck.  Taylor falls from the back of the truck as they go over the sand and she’s left behind.

Fast forward ten years, Taylor still lives in buttfuck nowhere and Rhett is moving back home after his clusterfuck of a divorce.  They meet up again by chance at the bar where Taylor works and the tension emanating off the pair is thick enough to slice with a knife; one drink leads to one night of passion which then leads to a second night.

Needless to say, there’s sexual tension, normal tension, highs and lows but this little novella ends so sweetly.  Taylor and Rhett get together after they part ways for a few months for him to realise that Taylor is not a rebound chick and for Taylor to realise that maybe Dixon wasn’t so bad after all.

It was well written, short and sweet but also filled with the things I have come to know and love in a romance novel.

My rating: 4 star

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