Published March 8th 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her fun and sexy new Fourth Down series with a heartwarming friends-to-lovers romance between a no-strings-attached sports analyst and the hottest damn tomboy he’s ever met.
It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now.
Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as-sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self-control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own.
Most of the readers usually want a little bit more from the book they read. In this case I wanted less. Around the first 38% of the book I felt the story ending, meaning that if the author had decided to end the story there I would be completely fine with it and still feel like it was a good story. So when I saw that is wasn't ending there I was curious as to what the author had to add to the story. To make the long story short, I will sum it up.
When Jackson's secret was revealed I felt as if the author was torn between the two genres and decided to write both of them in this book. It wasn't exactly a bad thing, but I felt a little as if the story had lost some of its charm and the thing that made it great on my eyes. It stopped being the sports romance I started reading. The added drama made things worse, but the whole thing was saved by the characters' personalities and the ending chapters. Leila has some backbone.
That switch in genres left a bitter taste in my mouth. Jackson's friends were hilarious and I am looking forward to reading their stories. I felt that the relationship between Jackson and Leila was developed mostly in that 38% and only a little after that. Despite my 3 star rating I am going to recommend this book.