The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love
Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?
Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…
Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she's shut him down. Completely.
That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning.
All’s fair in love and football…Game on
My mother once told me that the most important moment in my life wouldn’t be when I won the National Championship or even the Super Bowl. It would be when I fell in love.
Life, she insisted, is how you live it and who you live it with, not what you do to make a living. Given that she told me this when I was sixteen, I basically rolled my eyes and worked on practicing my pass fakes.
But my mother was insistent.
“You’ll see, Drew. One day, love will creep up and smack you upside the head. Then you’ll understand.”
My mom, it turns out, was wrong in one regard. Love, when it came for me, did not creep. No, it walked up to me, bold as you please, you know, just in case I wasn’t paying attention. It did, however, slap me upside my head.
And while I’d be happy to tell my mom that she was right about that, she’s dead. A fact that hurts even more now that I’ve been struck down. More like shot down. Cut off at the knees. Totally fucked. Whatever you want to call this disaster. Because the object of my affection hates me.
I am man enough to acknowledge that the cluster fuck that is my current love life is entirely my fault. I wasn’t prepared for Anna Jones. I still cringe at the memory of when I first laid eyes on her at the beginning of the semester. Being late for class, I’d rushed to a seat in the back row, and was trying to remain unnoticed. I can’t go anywhere on campus without getting attention. And though it sounds like an awesome thing, it gets tiring.
When the roll call reached the back row, a soft voice, rich and thick as maple syrup, slid over me.
Just her name. That was all she’d said. It was like a hot finger stroking down my spine. My head snapped up. And there she was, so fucking pretty that I couldn’t think straight. I might as well have been sacked.
Breathless, my head ringing, I could only gape. I’m not going to say it was love at first sight. No, it was more like oh, hell-yes-please, I’ll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side.
Thinking maybe I was overtired and simply overreacting to something that wasn’t really there, I stared at Anna Jones and tried to make sense of my extreme reaction.
As if feeling my gaze, she’d turned, and fucking hell… Her eyes were wide, almost cat-like, with the corners tilting up just a bit. At first, those eyes appeared brown, but they were really
bottle green. And so clear. And annoyed. She glared at me. I didn’t care. One word was playing a loop in my head: mine.
I don’t remember the rest of the class. I watched Anna Jones like a condemned man getting his last view of the setting sun. While she tried to ignore me. Admirably.
The second class ended I shot up, and so did she. We nearly collided in the middle of the aisle. And then it all fell to shit.
~*REVIEW BY JODIE RAE*~
Touchdown!! This is my first book by Kristen Callihan. I’m now a huge fan! Drew Baylor is one of the hottest heroes of all times. I picture Tim Tebow, but Drew was hotter. Confession time: I have a major crush on Drew. Guys just don't get any better than him. This was a great book, but he definitely bumped it up to five leaves! Kristen Callihan is bringing her brand of sexy back to the readers!
I have to say, the synopsis of this book is what grabbed me. The minute I read it, I just knew that I had to read this book!! Football player, yummy!
This is a really terrific story that not only gets you involved with two lead characters: Drew Baylor and Anna Jones. You meet their family, friends, and teammates. I found myself cheering along with this book as if I were watching a TV sitcom. Drew is a football player for his college team and meets Anna on their first day of classes. It was an instant attractive for the two, which I just love! Anna isn't a huge fan of relationships. She's failed at her own and her parents' was a mess and she doesn't have much hope for her and Drew. She knows the relationship with Drew will not work out and they agree to be friends with benefits. There is no denying they have chemistry and they can go back and forth for days until they finally hook up. I really loved how their relationship was built; the development was realistic and so much fun to read. I was rooting for them from the beginning.
Drew is totally swoon worthy - he's sexy, sweet, funny, charming, and totally into Anna. He is down-to-earth and an all-round awesome guy! Anna is a little stubborn, but that comes with the territorial when you are independent. Drew and Anna are wonderful characters individually, but together they were burning up with chemistry and sexual tension. I freaking enjoyed their first kiss, touch, and sexual encounter. They just had enough spice to keep me enticed.
I loved this book...it had everything I like in a book from angst to humor, romance and love, plus hot football players! :) I am looking forward to next book in this series and all books by Kristen!
Let leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book:
He’s slowly carving his name into my heart. And it hurts. I want to curl over him and shelter him with my body.
Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather do. She is a three-time RITA nominee, and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.
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