L. P. Dover’s tantalizing Second Chances series gets a change of scenery as the Carolina Cougars’ infamous bad boy heads to the West Coast. His best laid plans call for seduction—but a driven career woman has him begging for more.
Trying to live down his very public indiscretions, Carolina Cougars kicker Jaxon Reed feels like the most hated man in the NFL. When he’s traded away, his new teammates in California don’t waste any time making his life miserable. Unfortunately for them, Jaxon’s no easy target. As payback, he sets his sights on the quarterback’s sister: a sultry brunette who’s curvy, confident, and sexy as hell. But what begins as a revenge fling turns into so much more.
Bristol Thomas doesn’t have time for games, especially those played by her brother’s Neanderthal teammates. A talented interior designer with lofty goals, she doesn’t know the first thing about football, or Jaxon—except that he’s exactly the type of man she usually avoids. But when his deep laugh and deeper kisses break through her walls, she becomes the target of a fan who’s obsessed with Jaxon. Now she needs to know that Jaxon has her back . . . because he already has her heart.
I struggled with this one. First, as I don't think the blurb is accurate. Unless I missed it, he was still a part of the team where he was less than popular due to things he has done in the past and was not transferred to California but stayed with the original team? Other than being a little confused by this, it didn't impact the story.
Jaxon and Bristol were both realistic characters, for the most part. That said, I never really grew to like Bristol all that much. She never really seemed 3 dimensional to me and I was not ever really sure what Jaxon saw in her. Nor did I ever really believe his interest in her was in any way to get back at her brother.
But it is a pet-peeve of mine when one of the people in the relationship keep a major secret from the other. It makes it difficult for me to really invest in the story as it never feels like the relationship is totally authentic, which was the issue I had with this book. I was also never fully convinced they, with a brother on the same team as Jaxon, that Bristol wouldn't have at least had an idea as to who he actually was. This not only got in the way of the story for me, but also had me questioning if Jaxon really was a different person than the one he had been in the previous books.
I am not able to really recommend this book, as I had issues with the overall plot. However the writing and the pacing were both strong.
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