by Lauren Blakely
Published by Bloomsbury Spark on November 22, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Sports
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
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.
Lauren Blakely’s books are consistently good. Whenever I finish one of them, I’m left with a big smile on my face. That was the case when I finished reading Out of Bounds.
Drew Erickson is an NFL quarterback on the rise. He’s focused on the game and his performance has never been better. He’s at the beach one day, enjoying some down time and attempting to surf, when he meets a sexy woman who captures his attention–and nurses a mild injury when he takes a surfboard to the head.
Dani Paige is a sports attorney who works in the front office for the Los Angeles Knights. The team is undergoing some changes in an attempt to rehabilitate its image. The Knights are the bad boys of the league–their players have had numerous brushes with the law and various types of scandal. Although Dani doesn’t work in PR, she’s looking forward to doing what she can to help improve the team’s image through her work with contracts and vendors.
Drew and Dani hit it off immediately that day on the beach. Although they share a kiss, that’s all that happens between them. They exchange contact information, but a snafu occurs and a miscommunication happens. Then they’re both shocked to learn that Drew has been traded to the Knights–the very same team that Dani works for.
There’s an element of the forbidden between them, given that Dani works for management and Drew is their new quarterback. The two continue to share a flirtation, but try to resist it since they don’t want to pursue something that could be perceived as inappropriate. Given the amount of negative press that the team has received in the past, they both want to preserve their reputations–as well as that of the team.
Ultimately, their attraction cannot be avoided and pretty soon, they’re trying to find a way that they can be together while still keeping their jobs. Since they resist a full relationship for so much of the book, there’s a large amount of buildup and sexual tension that the author is great at creating. But I hesitate to call this book a slow burn because there are some pretty smoking hot scenes before they officially get together.
Also, while the game of football is a major plot point in the story, the details never become too technical or difficult to follow along, even for a non-fan of the sport like me.
As always, Lauren Blakely’s trademark humor is present here, shown through witty banter between the main characters as well as supporting characters like Dani’s sister and Drew’s best friend/business manager. The humor helps balance out the mild angst of the forbidden relationship. The result is a highly enjoyable read that I recommend.
Rating: 5 stars