When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gate-crashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL's most beloved quarterback.
While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her parents pressuring her to leave her unpaid publishing internship for law school.
But when Ryan's rookie teammate attaches himself to Rachael, she ends up cohosting Friday-night dinners for half a dozen football players.
Over pancake brunches, charity galas and Alexander the Great, Rachael realizes all the judgments she'd made about Ryan are wrong. But how can a Midwestern Irish-Catholic jock with commitment problems and an artsy, gun-shy Jewish New Englander ever forge a partnership? Rachael must let down her barriers if she wants real love—even if that opens her up to pain that could send her back into her emotional shell forever.
I'm not going to lie, Rachel got on my nerves a bit in the beginning. She was really uptight and judgemental. I understand how some of it was warranted, but even when people would prove her wrong, she continued to have the same thoughts about them. Ryan was a difficult lead to get behind for a while too. He is very in your face and was upstaged by the other guys in the beginning. I really did not understand how these two were going to make it work and let me tell you there are definitely plenty of ups and downs in their friendship/relationship.
That being said, there was something endeering about everything they overcame and the differences in their lives but the amount they actually had in common. I really enjoyed most of their banter.
The secondary characters in this story stole my heart! I absolutely adored Abe! And I loved the fact that Malcom and Brie's drama bled through to this novel as well. I really hope we get to see more from these characters in the future.
Date to be Published: April 8, 2013
Review Copy Provided by Carina Press via NetGalley