Release Review: Romancing the Running Back: Jeanette Murray

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...
Anya Fisher is Cassie's fashionista best friend who has just come to town to help Cassie and Trey plan their perfect wedding. But her future plans are a bit up in the air. Josiah is one of Trey's team mates on the Santa Fe Bobcats. They meet, irritate, confuse, and misunderstand each other...but there is an underlying attraction. He is a practical environmentalist. She is a personal shopper and fashion consultant. He is intelligent, serious, and moody. She's smart, savvy, and her life is in transition.

They are thrown together more frequently with  maid of honor and best man duties. They tend to bring out the defensive and antagonistic sides of each other. Their feisty banter and put downs start to give way to more understanding and enjoyment of their sparks.

I loved Josiah. He initially appeared judgmental and overly critical. He was kind of a bit egocentric in his ideals. But he was also a good friend. The more we saw his vulnerability and that he really was just a bit awkward, and how he began to respond and enjoy her, endeared him to me. And then he started to become a hot, sweet, and swoony hero.

They find an odd compatibility even with taunting each other the more time they spend together. He begins to see she is not as frivolous as he initially thought. She actually has plans and ideas that are more in tune with his own ideals while using her abilities. And she begins to see that Josiah can be a great support and is not as judgmental and she thought.

Anya was normally the calm quiet one compared to her best friend. But Josiah tended to bring out her sarcastic, snarky, side. I enjoyed her relationship with Cassie and how she began to let her own guard down with Josish. I admired her talents and work ideas. but had a hard time getting over what I considered was her big mistake and her keeping a huge secret.

Their relationship was a slow build...like no inkling of a kiss or friskiness until 50 percent. Then it zoomed into the relationship zone fast. There was no wishy-washiness about it or relationship angst that point But there was some external issues and conflicts...and some secrets. Some of her choices have some consequences and not everything their lives can be easily controlled. They had good chemistry. I loved how these opposites found common ground and mutual understanding.

And what would a  Bobcats season be without some scandal or drama?

We got to spend lots of time with Cassie and Trey (One Night with a Quarterback), Stephen and Mags (Takes Two to Tackle), and even Killian and Aileen (Loving Him Off the Field). Cassie's younger sisters Mellie and Irene were also a part of the story.

I like the characters in this series and the camaraderie of the Bobcats which is why I keep coming back. Some of the pacing might be a bit off and I shake my heat at some of characters' choices or minor plot issues. But it is still fun to hang out with them and see how their lives are progressing. This was funny, feisty, romantic, sexy, and sweet. The next one sounds interesting as well.

ARC provided by publisher 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…

Takes Two to Tackle (Santa Fe Bobcats #3)
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Kim's 4 star review

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...
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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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