They were the golden boys of fall: Stewart Mills High School’s legendary championship football team. Fourteen years later, they’re back to relive their glory, save the team—and find themselves again . . .
Sam Leavitt has two goals when he returns home to Stewart Mills to fill in for Coach McDonnell: to keep the school from finding a permanent replacement while Coach gets back on his feet, and to reconnect with his mother. As substitute coach for the high school football team, Sam must work hard to keep the boys on track, and that means spending time with the sexy guidance counselor he shared a hot night with months ago.
Jen Cooper knows what she’s looking for, and it’s not Sam—he wasn’t even supposed to come back. She wants a cultured, romantic soul, not some rough-around-the-edges guy with calloused hands—and a hard, muscular body. But seeing him every day forces Jen to question what she really wants out of life. And as Sam begins to deal with his past, Jen discovers there’s more to him than she imagined.Sam and Jen were an interesting couple. I liked that they had history, that there was an attraction there that neither of them were sure it was a good idea to pursue.
I liked that they were both in places in their lives where they were questioning if what they had was enough or if they needed to maybe look for other opportunities. Jen was valued, she received her validation from the work she does...but she is lonely. Sam is still running from his past, from growing up in a less than perfect home environment with a town who knew all about his struggles.
So, when Coach has a heart-attack, both of them are forced to see things a little differently and to consider maybe making some changes in their priorities.
This is a pretty standard "one of the couple is leaving in x amount of days" story. It is well written. However, I did not buy into the reason, at the end, that was insurmountable. Without spoilers, splitting the distance solved the problem 100%...people drive farther than that all the time...and this seemed like a really weak test of their relationship and less than believable drama.
Overall, I recommend this...with the caveat that some of the plot needs a little work,IMO