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cover85868-mediumAfter the Rain

One Pass Away Series

by Mary J. Williams

Welcome to the NFL.

The Seattle Knights have the hottest players in the game. On and off the field.

SECOND CHANCES

Logan Price is getting a second chance.

Claire Thornton is going to make sure it counts.

Logan Price was living his dream. After years of hard work he finally made it. Starting running back for the Knights.

After only a few games, he was a fan favorite. There were whispers of a rookie of the year award.

It all ended with a devastating injury to his leg that sent him back to Oklahoma. A failed attempt at a comeback sent him into a deep depression.

His life became about two things. Working at his father’s bar, and running. One filled his days. The other made getting through the endless nights a little easier.

When an old friend offers Logan a lifeline, he’s reluctant to grab hold. He could live without football–barely. But he didn’t think he could survive getting his hopes up only to lose it all again.

Claire Thornton’s dreams are just as big as Logan’s. She left the small town where she was born, to make something of herself. It hasn’t been easy. A woman with no money and no connections. Everything she has, she’s earned. Helping Logan Price get back to the NFL will prove to her detractors that she can be a trainer. She is determined to make it in a male-dominated world.

The attraction is instantaneous.

The reasons not to get involved too numerous to list.

It only takes one kiss–one touch–for them to realize if they want their dreams to come true they need more than luck. They need each other.

I was surprised at how drama free this one actually was.  We spent the majority of the book getting to know the characters and their friends & family, plus a little of their history – the highlights of what made them the people they are today.  And it was an extremely fast read for me, I think because of that.  We were there with Claire and Logan as they met, worked to get him back in the NFL & prove her worth as a trainer, and watched them as they develop a relationship.  We didn’t really get them falling in love, more the realization that they had.  They had this instant attraction to each other & danced around that a little at the beginning, but once they gave in to it we jumped forward a few months, towards the end of their time in Oklahoma before Logan headed back for training camp.

Williams did a great job of giving us interesting secondary characters as well and I can’t wait for the next book because I’m hoping we get Gaige’s story.  And more of the Knights because I will warn you that if you are looking for a sports romance you won’t really get it here.  Most of the story could have been about any couple because other than Logan’s stress over getting back into the NFL very little time is spent around football.  Not that I’m complaining because it’s a good story but some may be looking for that in particular.

Over all, I was surprised at how quickly I made my way through it.  It shows on Amazon as almost 200 pages but it sure seemed shorter … and not in a bad way.  I really enjoyed the characters – they are fun and interesting and entertaining, both the main and the secondary.  The plot wasn’t full of drama, just some small town trouble here & there, and they both had a good head on their shoulders about their relationship so that wasn’t too angsty.  I’m going to blame good writing for why it went by so fast while still managing to keep me interested and ending then with a very satisfied feeling 🙂

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