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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Release Date: March 29, 2022
Format: E-book (314 Pages) E-ARC from Netgalley
Genre: Sports Romance, Contemporary Romance,
Blurb: After losing his career and his fiancée in a car accident, NFL quarterback Ronan Smith falls into a pit of grief and bad choices. When a mysterious girl shows up to his party, he feels drawn to her and makes her his… for one night.

Former beauty queen Nova Morgan is on a mission. Sneak into a high-profile party to capture the attention of her favorite quarterback. But her hopes crash after an awful one-night stand. Fast-forward two years. Broke and desperate, Nova returns home to Blue Belle, Texas, where, by a cosmic twist of fate, her broody neighbor is none other than Ronan, the shiny new football coach everyone adores. But he has no idea who she is.

The booster club keeps shoving women at Ronan to keep him in town. His solution? He proposes fake dating to Nova. But things heat up for real under these Friday-night lights when he realizes she’s the one who slipped away.

Has this jaded beauty found her forever baller, or will his past keep them apart?

I love slow burn romances. They give the relationship room to grow And evolve. The way this story was written just held my attention the entire time! This is one of the best romances written by Ilsa Madden-Mills. 

In this one, we meet a very likable heroine, except she had a very specific type – athletes! Nova always went for ball players. Nova seemed uninterested in long term relationships but it is because she expected them to leave her at some point. That’s until she met her favorite football player Ronan and she just couldn’t kick her feelings for him. Ronan on the other hand was clear that he never wants to be in love again. So they embark on a “let’s just kick it for now. Those never end well Nova and Ronan had to decide if they could overcome their fears and go all in.

Ronan and Nova were both likable characters and their insecurities came from a traumatic loss. So their hesitancy was understandable. Ronan was such a good guy and I just felt for his pain. It explained his reluctance to fully commit to anyone. You couldn’t help but root for them though. And their supporting casts really added flavor to this story. The secondary characters added a fullness to the main characters life and their love story too.

I felt like the school community formed a make shift family and so there are opportunities for personal and professional growth in the midst of a romance. I was very happy with the ending because this book was just as beautiful as the cover.

*I received this advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest opinion.


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