ROMANCE

Not My Romeo

Montlake Romance: Amazon. (Game Changers, Bk. 1). Aug. 2020. 348p. ISBN 9781542021883. pap. $9.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Recently single Elena Riley, the sole librarian in a small town outside Nashville, reluctantly allows her roommate to set her up on a blind date. Elena is pleasantly surprised to discover that her date is not only gorgeous but in incredible shape—(she accidentally sits down with NFL star Jack Hawke instead of her date). Jack, starting quarterback for the Nashville Tigers, is struggling with losing his fourth Super Bowl in a row, and fans and the media are calling for his head. As far as he’s concerned, this sexy firecracker unschooled in football is a breath of fresh air. Once the two clear up this case of mistaken identity, the challenge becomes trusting each other enough to strengthen a relationship that started with a one-night stand and a lie. Elena’s somewhat stereotypical “sexy librarian” persona will delight some readers and frustrate others, while Jack’s wariness and anxiety around public appearances lends invigorating humanity to a larger-than-life figure.
VERDICT The crackling chemistry between the two leads is strong, and though numerous side conflicts threaten to overwhelm the main romance and leave the plot feeling slightly overstuffed, this new series launch from Madden-Mills (I Bet You) will be welcomed by fans of sports romances.

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