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Review: Loving Him Off The Field: Jeanette Murray

Loving Him Off the Field
Sante Fe Bobcats #2
Jeanette Murray
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Expected October 21, 2014


Sometimes the best defense is a good offense…


Aileen is a sports reporter trying to make a name for herself without relying on her looks, And what better way to do that than to break a scandal about one of the fastest rising stars on the Santa Fe Bobcats? Killian seems too good to be true, so she knows he must be hiding something…

It’s hard enough breaking into the NFL—even more so when you’re a single dad. Killian isn’t proud that he’s keeping his son a secret, but his ex has a reputation that could tarnish his squeaky clean image for good. So when Aileen starts sniffing around, Killian decides to distract her by any means necessary.

But Aileen is more than capable of giving as good as she gets…

Killian Reeves is the quiet kicker for the Sante Fe Bobcats. He's perceived as a loner, an a-hole, and does not really have friends on the team. He does not hang out with them or the groupies. He kind of lives in his own head and deals with his own hidden issues. He has secrets and keeps his personal life private for a reason.

Aileen Roger is a struggling reporter who needs a story and it needs to be something that no one else has exposed. So Killian is the perfect choice since no one knows much about what makes him tick. But she has her work cut out for her. She is funny, spunky, tenacious,  and a bit mischievous. And she manages to surprise him, get under his skin and get a rise out of him. 

Soon she finally convinces him to along with an interview, but he also wants something from her. A little give and a little take is all fine and good, but it is still confusing for both of them. Their rapport and chemistry deepen and Killian might actually (gasp) like hanging around with her. But he has something in his past he needs to protect so being involved with a  reporter is dicey at best and could expose it all. 

I enjoyed their rapport and liked them together. Their interactions were fun even when they were still in an awkward stage. I even liked them separately despite Killian's initial stand-offish behavior. I could see he had reasons and at the same time he also missed companionship. He did not truly want to be isolated, but had just ended up lost in self protection mode. And Aileen was a smart, supportive woman who really wanted to do the right thing but was also in kind of a desperate situation.

But with Killian it all comes down to trust, so if he is not willing to give it then there is not much hope for him to move forward. And if he truly cannot trust her and she finds the opportunity to expose him, then it could ruin everything he has tried to do. So they are both walking a fine line and it won't take much for one of them to cross it.

It was told in both points of view.  It was funny, sexy, and sweet. I will admit that I felt this one was a little thin on plot and drama. Some of the basis of the story just seemed a bit odd like taking thirty days of daily interaction to do an interview. But it gave them a chance to develop. I did like the characters. There was a bit of intrigue about what he was hiding early on, some drama about their situation,  and the twist was unique. But I did not find it quite as engaging, angsty, challenging, and dramatic as the first book One Night With a Quarterback. 

I enjoyed the return of characters from the first book: Trey and Cassie who are still growing as a couple, and their team mates Josiah and Michael. But this can easily be read as a stand-alone. I like the team, their interactions, and their brotherly bond. I am still intrigued by the troubled Stephen and hope that we see more of him in the future. There were some quirky new characters as well adding support and humor to the mix. Overall, it was a cute, humorous love story with a journalism and football backdrop with likable characters that really needed each other but were not sure it could ever work.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

One Night with a Quarterback
Sante Fe Bobcats #1
Jeanette Murray
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She’s daddy’s little girl…or she would have been, had he known she existed. Cassie Wainwright thought her father—head coach of the Santa Fe Bobcats—ignored her purposefully. Come to find out, he had no clue she’d ever been born.

Now Cassie is determined to meet the man who’s always been missing from her life. Her mother warns her, being the long-lost daughter of a well-known NFL coach won’t be easy, but Cassie’s determined to stick it out. And before her life turns upside down, she wants one more night of fun.

Starting quarterback for the Santa Fe Bobcats, Trey Owens is tired of being in the limelight. Lucky for him, the beautiful brunette he meets at the club isn’t a local. She has no idea who he is…and she’s down to party.

Tomorrow, Cassie will think about her father. Tomorrow, she’ll think about her future. But tonight is for herself and the hottie she found on dance floor. It’s a matchup made in heaven—if only for a night…

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Jeanette spends her days surrounded by hunky alpha men…at least in her imagination. In real life, she’s a wife and a mother, keeping tabs on her husband of seven years, her four year old daughter (often called Tot) and the family dog, a lovable (but completely stupid) Goldendoodle named Clyde. Hang around long enough and you’re guaranteed to hear at least one or two stories about these three. She and her family currently live just outside of St. Louis.

.What’s with the two names? Great question. Jeanette writes for a few different publishers. And due to the timing of some releases, two names just seemed like the right option. But Jeanette can assure you, no matter which pen name you’re reading, you’re going to get sexy contemporary love..

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