The world loved Heisman trophy winner and two-time Super Bowl champion Gabe Beauford until he blew it and cost San Antonio the chance to make history. Now his brother’s wedding back in Beauford Bend offers the perfect hideout.
Neyland MacKenzie has a passion for jewelry making and a hatred for football. Neither is working out very well. With sales down, it’s getting harder to pay the rent and buy new materials, and she can’t escape the notoriety of being the daughter of the beloved Beauford High School coach.
Still, when Gabe walks into her shop looking like a cross between a GQ model and a Viking warrior and picks out the most expensive piece in her case, Neyland refuses to sell to him. Everybody knows he sends women jewelry as kiss-off gifts, and her art will not be part of that, even if Gabe does have the bluest eyes in Tennessee.
Gabe has never been one to walk away from a challenge, especially when he needs a distraction – and most especially when that challenge has legs that would stop a locomotive. But if Neyland tackles his heart, could it cost him another ring?
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Neyland MacKenzie’s passion lies with jewelry making. Unfortunately and much to the dismay of her famed high school football coach of a father, that doesn’t always bring in enough income in to pay the bills. Football has never been Neylands thing, especially since she’s always felt slighted by her dad when it came to getting his attention. Attention that always seems to be given freely to Gabe Beauford. Of course, being a star high school player who went on to be a two-time Super Bowl Champion probably had a lot to do with that.
First, let me say, there are a lot of characters in this book. I mean, a lot! Every person whom the main characters come in contact with or mentions is done so by name and while that helps to give the story that “everyone knows everyone” small-town feel, I did find it a bit distracting and hard to keep up, especially in the beginning. With that being said, I have not read the first two books in this series, and I am sure doing so would have helped to put all the names together. However, about mid-way through, the names thin out and the focus shifts mainly to Neyland and Gabe. For me, this is where I was completely drawn in. These two are beautiful people, both inside and out. Neyland is strong-willed and funny, but with a tender heart that truly cares for other’s around her. And Gabe … well, can I have him please??
“Here, sweetheart.” He slipped her arms into the shirt and pulled her closer. “I’ve got you.”
If I hadn’t fallen in love with Gabe already, I surely would have fallen in love with him then. He’s your typical sexy and charming southern man, who despite his celebrity status, comes across as down to earth and approachable. At home in Beauford Bend, whether he’s on the field helping high school players or in town at the local diner, he’s one of them. I must admit, Gabe’s back story really tugged at my heart. I truly felt for him and the burdens he struggled with.
This is a story that focuses more on the emotional relationship of the two characters rather than the physical one. That’s not to say they don’t have a sexual connection, because together, they smolder, but all intimate scenes are done so modestly.
A story that will both lighten your heart and pull on it at the same time, this one is well worth your time. I would love to continue with and go back to read the first two books in the series.