Champion Valley #1
by Erin Kern
THE LOVE OF THE GAME
Money. Fame. Endorsements. Blake Carpenter had it all — before his professional football career spiraled out of control. Determined to rebuild his life, he takes on coaching the high school team in his Colorado hometown. Despite a few fumbles, Blake knows he can lead these boys to victory. As long as he can keep his eyes on the prize and off the team’s distractingly gorgeous physical therapist.
Annabelle Turner knows all about the scandal that cost Blake his NFL career, and she’ll be damned if she’s going to let his mistakes hurt her team. What she doesn’t count on is the intense attraction that turns every heated run-in they have into a wildly erotic competition. Point by point, play by play, kiss by kiss, they try to keep things professional for the good of the team. But when the score is this close-and the passion this fierce-it’s anybody’s game . . .
Kern delivers a small town romance that is the perfect kick-off to a new series. There’s the perfect balance between the romance between the main characters and the introduction of other people who are sure to find their way into their own story. Nowhere did I feel that she short changed either one, giving readers a sweet & fun love story while creating an anticipation for what comes next.
I loved the interactions between Blake & Annabelle. He’s gruff but loves the boys on his team. Tries to be a bit of a hard nose but doesn’t always succeed, especially when he comes into contact with Annabelle and her spunkiness! She’s not taking any of his attitude lying down and gives back just as much as he dishes out. They might try to fight their attraction but it’s a heck of a lot of fun watching them lose 🙂
There are a few loose ends that I’m hoping Kern will tie up in other installments. And there are also some great secondary characters who will hopefully continue to provide lively entertainment in the books to come. It’s one of the great things about new romance series – all the possibilities that could be, the people you hope to get to know even better and the opportunity to see favorites again & again. And Kern gives us that beautifully.