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Out of Bounds
Lauren Blakely

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Expected November 22, 2016

The first rule of football--don't screw with a streak.

My career is finally looking up, and I'm leading a new pro team down the field every Sunday. No way will I mess with that. But when I meet the most stunning and captivating woman I've ever seen, I tell myself one night will have to be enough. 

But it's not. And now I can't get her out of my mind. Even when I'm playing. Even when I need to focus. Even when I’m on the hottest streak of my life. 

And it turns out, she's not just some random woman I met. She works for the team. My team.


I only have one goal this season--do my part as the team's lawyer to keep them out of trouble. Help rebuild their reputation on and off the field. There's no room for error and certainly no room for a secret tryst with a player . . . even if he's the quarterback.


A chance encounter leads to a connection and possibilities. But  things can change pretty quickly.

Dani Paige and Drew Erickson find themselves working for the same team. She is their lawyer and he is their new quarterback who is supposed to help turn the team around. They've got hot chemistry and a fun, witty rapport. They find each other hard to resist, but think they need to. His team has had enough trouble and scandals.  It is hard to tell what kind of press fraternization of a player and employee would cause. It definitely appears to be a conflict of interest. He really needs to focus on his game and has a lot to prove to his new team.

But is it more distracting to be with her or to be thinking about her and missing her?

Drew is the good guy...the clean cut, easy-going, positive player with a fun, sarcastic sense of humor. He wants his chance to succeed and make a difference. But he is also sexy and charismatic. Dani is smart, sassy, and just as sarcastic and funny as he is. They are so good together and have such strong reactions. But they have reasons to be concerned about image and their jobs. They know they need to try to resist, but it is hard to keep their hands and other parts to themselves. I really loved this couple together and was cheering for them the whole time.

I liked the side characters of her sister, Ally, his friend, Jason, and team mate Elkins. This was told in dual points of view. I love how Lauren can write guys who are caring and lovable, but can talk dirty and ooze sex appeal. And her heroines are smart and strong, and the guys like them that way.

This is a sweet, humorous, hot, swoony novella based around professional football. Even though it was more novella length it had enough development to feel like a full story and the characters came to life. There was just enough drama and obstacles to make it interesting, but not too angsty. Their flirty rapport and banter made me smile and it was easy to get immersed in their story. They were cute, a little goofy, and a whole lot of fun. And the forbidden aspect along with pro-football just make it that more appealing. I have a certain weakness for football players...And Drew totally won my heart.

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

Drew has one year to prove his value as starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Knights. His clean cut image is just what the team is looking for to clean up their own. He hopes focusing on the field will help him lead his team to a Superbowl win as well.

Dani loves football. As the daughter of a football coach and now a lawyer for the LA Knights, football is in her blood. While she recognizes Drew for who he is when they first meet, she lets him pretend to be a regular guy and the sparks fly between them. When she realizes he is the newest member of the Knights’ team, things may not work out between them if he is the team’s plan to clean up their image.

The heat between these two was fast, but the warmth continued to grow as they got to know each other. I loved watching as they skated between professional and personal, balancing their emerging feelings with the need to keep up a perfect media image.

This was a quick, fun, sports centered story. I wasn’t always surprised by the direction of the story, but love watching them sort through the challenges their relationship faced. The side characters would make fun main characters themselves, but helped add to the direction of Drew and Dani’s story as well. Though this is a novella, it packs a lot of depth into a short number of pages. 
I was gifted a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
“Be on your best behavior, Drew,” he says, a teasing tone in his voice.
            “I always am,” I reply, and the fact is, that’s true. Clean-cut is my nickname.
            “And text if you’re done early.”
            “If I’m done early, I’m having a date with my mattress.”
            He groans. “You are the definition of no fun.”
            I grin. “That’s me. That’s why Qwench wants me now. Because I know how to get a good night’s sleep and stay out of the line of fire.”
            When I hang up, I step out of the car, hand the keys to the valet, and thank him. Then I head inside, where Stuart greets me in the room reserved for the event, claps me on the back, and introduces me to several people. A photographer snaps shots the whole time, and I play the role that’s hardly a role—the outgoing, non-trouble-making, peace-loving quarterback who doesn’t throw punches or raise fists, like others before me have.
            Don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, don’t have unprotected sex, and I also don’t speed. Squeaky clean indeed. Not even a traffic ticket on the record, and certainly no knocked-up teenyboppers with mini Drews baking in their bellies.
            Stuart introduces me to the red-haired, freckle-faced guy who heads up this charity. “And this is Drew Erickson. He’s our new starter. We’re thrilled to have him on the team, especially since he’s already active with many wonderful charitable endeavors,” Stuart says to the ginger-haired guy.
            We exchange small talk for a few minutes, then Stuart drops a hand on my shoulder and tells me there’s someone else he wants me to meet. “I’d love to introduce you to a sharp-as-a-tack woman who makes sure I don’t fumble,” he says, then winks in case I didn’t realize he was making a joke.
            I smile to let him know I got it—fumbling humor and all—then my smile turns into a ruler-straight line when I turn on my heels and see my surfer angel.
            Holy shit. She’s hot as sin in a red skirt, white blouse, and black heels. She holds a drink. Her blond hair is twisted on her head. Damn. The smoking-hot look is almost enough to make me forget she blew me off. My dick, the traitorous bastard, has already come down with amnesia. The fucker wants her.
            “This is Dani Paige. She’s an attorney for the team,” he says, and I attempt to school my expression as I come face-to-face with the woman who ditched me.
            And all I want to do is toss her on my shoulder, stalk to the bathroom, slam the door, and ask her why the fuck she didn’t call. Then when she tells me it was because she was too busy getting off to thoughts of me, I’d kiss the hell out of her until she melted in my arms and begged me to take her. I’d happily oblige. Hoist her up, hook her legs around my hips, and fuck her against the wall until she comes harder than she ever has before.
            Instead, I shake her free hand. “Pleasure to meet you.” Then I whisper, just for her. “Jaws.”
Lauren Blakely
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Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that's full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With ten New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than fifty times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK and MISTER O, which were both instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she'll release WELL HUNG, another romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter: laurenblakely.com/newsletter
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