Birmingham Rebels offensive linemen Beau Perez and Cass Zielinski are inseparable, on and off the field. Cass, the captain with the cowboy swagger, is a loose cannon. Beau, the veteran tight end, is cool under pressure. And ever since they were caught on tape in a steamy threesome, their exploits have fueled more than a few tabloid headlines—and naughty fantasies.
Marian Treadwell knows all about the video. And now that she’s the Rebels’ new assistant offensive coach, she can’t look at Beau and Cass without picturing their hard, naked bodies—with her pressed in between. Marian would like nothing more than to indulge those impulses, but she knows better than to get too close to her players, a bunch of adrenaline-fueled alpha males who don’t always follow the rules.
Just the thought of sharing the gorgeous yet guarded Marian drives Cass wild. At first, Beau isn’t sure she’s right for them . . . and lately, all he desires is a little alone time with Cass to explore their new intimacy. But it’s only a matter of time before Cass breaks through both of their defenses. Because when seduction is the game plan, he always plays to win.
When I read the description of this book I thought “Sweet! This is totally something I’d totally love.”
We have football, what looks to be a true menage situation, not just one where it’s mfm the entire time, and as I started to read I was even more excited because Marian is an assistant coach, not just some desk jockey in the organization, but unfortunately my excitement fizzled a little as the story progressed and I found that there were more goal line stands than touchdowns happening in this one.
Part of the issue stems from the fact that I just couldn’t connect with the main characters. It wasn’t that I didn’t like them, I just never felt like we really got to know them outside of what we’re told over and over again about them. And even when the big issues were addressed, like the ones dealing with Marian’s past, they just didn’t have the emotional gut punch for me. Their relationship, even that of Cass and Beau’s being taken to the next level, had an ‘insta’ feel to it and I felt like I was told that had these strong feeling for each other, rather than being shown them. I have to problem with people going with their gut, but seeing more of the three of them together would have been nice.
The other issue is that there wasn’t much football going on in the book. The story takes place during mini-camp, so there are no games going on, but there isn’t even a scene of drills going on or a scrimmage between the team. We hear about issues going on, but that’s about it and anytime there is football talk it’s in meeting or in the locker room/weight room, which isn’t a bad thing, but a little field/practice time would have been nice.
Though the romance side didn’t really do it for me there were other factors that actually worked for me. The fact that Marian was an assistant coach and that she had the respect of the organization and the players was a great touch instead of having her be the PR/media person or a pencil pusher in the organization. The bantering and bullshiting with the various players hat we meet was fun and in all honesty that was what kept me reading because it was when the other players were apart of the scene that we really got to see who our main trio were. And I do have to admit that the sex scenes were hot! I will admit that I still haven’t figured out if I agree or not with the reasoning behind the last sex scene in the book, but as far as the scene itself? Yeah. It totally worked for me.
The Bottom Line: It was an enjoyable enough read, the sex was hot, but with the lack of connection with main characters I’m on the fence as to if I’ll be giving the next in the series a shot even though I did like Tyler in this one.
~ ARC received from Random House Publishing Group ~ Loveswept in exchange for an honest review ~
Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl. With a master’s degree in American history, she spent seven years as a high school history teacher before becoming a full-time writer and mom.