Release Review: Takes Two to Tackle: Jeanette Murray

Takes Two to Tackle
(Santa Fe Bobcats #3)
Jeanette Murray

Expected September 15, 2015

Sometimes faking it is your only option...
Football player Stephen Harrison has hit rock bottom—he’s fresh out of rehab, lost too much weight to be an effective offensive lineman, and has no support system in place. The Bobcats staff suggests he get a life coach to keep him sober and get him back into playing shape, but Stephen says his girlfriend will help. Too bad he doesn’t have one...

Luckily for Stephen, he does have a housekeeper. Margaret has always dreamed of starting her own elite cleaning service, and the money Stephen offers her to play the part of girlfriend is too good to pass up. But while Mags is helping Stephen bulk up and get ready for training camp, she can’t seem to block the feelings crashing into her heart. And one night of passion will pull both of their heads out of the game...
When Stephen Harrison returns home from rehab, he finds himself a bit lost and in need of some supervision and guidance. And when a life coach is mandated by his team, he grasps at what he thinks is him most comfortable option. Margaret Logan has been cleaning Stephen's house for a couple of years, but now she can't resist this new opportunity. Even if it means uprooting her life for awhile to move in with him. She hopes the money will help her fulfill her other dreams. She just has to pretend to be his new girlfriend....and keep her own feelings in check.

She doesn't take his crap and keeps him in line. She's sassy, sweet, and organized. They find companionable rapport and routine that starts to get a bit too comfortable and tempting. They find themselves living a lie and in a precarious situation making it difficult to maintain their new status quo, but also hard to move forward. You can lie to others, but it is harder to lie to yourself or the one you are falling for.

I loved Stephen. He has always been the good friend, but it was obvious he has his own issues and demons. He always hid behind a facade with humor and used alcohol to cope. It is hard to see him struggle. He knows he has issues, limits, and needs support. But His vulnerability, fear, and real emotion is a good balance to his manly, tough football persona. He is at a point in his life where he is trying to get back on track, find motivation, and figure out what he needs to be fulfilled.

And Mags is a great heroine with backbone, tenacity, and a giving nature. She's real, a bit insecure, but independent minded and has her own goals. Most importantly she believes in Stephen and is willing to support his recovery.

I really liked them together. They have a good rapport and chemistry. But their communication skills did need help. They both have such fears and insecurities that it becomes a big jumbled mess of secrets, lies, hidden feelings, and misconceptions. There were so many parts in this book that I wanted to lock them in a room and force them to talk about what they were really feeling.

This is the third Santa Fe Bobcats book and both the couples from the previous books are featured in this one. I enjoyed getting more time with Trey and Cassie (One Night with a Quarterback)  and Killian and Aileen (Loving Him Off the Field). Cassie's friend Anya, and her sisters Irene and Mellie are also back along with the guys' team mate and friend, Tobias who is always there to lend a hand. I am looking forward to Tobias' book Romancing the Running Back.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
One Night with a Quarterback
(Santa Fe Bobcats #1)
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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…

Loving Him Off the Field
(Santa Fe Bobcats #2)
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Kim's 3.5/4 star review

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…


Romancing the Running Back
(Santa Fe Bobcats #4)

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Expected January 19, 2016

They’re not on the same page in the playbook...

When Anya Fisher is asked to be the maid of honor in her best friend’s wedding, she jumps at the chance to go to Santa Fe. There’s nothing left for her in Atlanta—except a bitter and controlling almost-ex husband. Starting over as an online personal shopper is challenging, but not as much as having to plan wedding festivities with uptight groomsman Josiah Walker...
As a Santa Fe Bobcats running back, Josiah wants to make his mark on the field, not on the earth. A serious conservationist, he’s all about saving energy. So why is he wasting so much on the flighty fashionista in his best friend’s wedding? One kiss leads to another—and more. But when Josiah discovers that Anya has just as much substance as style, their harmless little fling may go into overtime...
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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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