Series: The Santa Fe Bobcats #1
Published by Penguin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Sports
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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…
I was actually quite happy with this book, and I haven’t always been a fan of books where the guy is a famous athlete, but this really just worked for me. I think because there was so much more going on than just girl meet famous athlete and then they end up together. There was actually a lot of emotional stuff going on for the characters, and Cassie has no idea that her new boy toy was actually a famous quarterback (turn out she’s more into CPU strength then which guy throws the furthest).
Cassie, I really liked, she is just so down to earth and such a genuinely nice person. But honestly the first thing that stuck out to me was that she was confident in herself and in her body. A lot of times you see authors write that the girl is pretty but yet she is still uber self confident and she needs the guy to bolster her self-esteem. This is not an issue Cassie had. She was always just Cassie, no doubt about it. When she meets her family for the first time she’s instantly patient with her new little sisters, and she lets her stepmom be a bully to her because she cares about her sisters. She may not have any practice at being a sister, but she’s a great one. And when it comes to Trey’s friend Stephen, even though she doesn’t know him that well she stands up for him and helps him whenever she can. She’s the kind of girl I would want to be friends with.
Trey is a pretty cool guy, and hot to say the least, but then again he’s paid to work out for a living so I guess it was a given that he would be a good looking man. He hates the limelight, so he meets Cassie when he is out undercover trying to hide his true identity. And of course he falls for Cassie, but he doesn’t want to ruin this new found thing, so he doesn’t tell her who he is. The secret relationship thing actually worked really well for me, even after she finds out who he is and that her dad is his coach. My only issue with Trey is that he holds himself back because he doesn’t want to deal with things. But it was good watching him kind of evolve out of that.
The chemistry between the two of them is really good, you can’t help but fall for the characters and want them to end up together. Cassie’s family drama had me wanting to smack her dad or her step mom several times over, but I was super impressed with how she handled herself, and when things go to intense or when she was being hurt, she knew how to walk away. Props to her.
I would easily recommend this book to anyone who likes secret romances or romances with a sports figure, it’s really well written and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. It’s a bit of a longer novel so make sure to find yourself a nice comfy spot on the couch and settle in, cause when you start you aren’t going to want to put it down.