Series: Falcon Football #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Alec Grayson returns home to Falcon, Alabama, to rebuild his life after a knee injury ended his NFL career. As the Falcon high school quarterback coach, Alec's love for the game is reignited. Meanwhile, he puts his hard-partying past and the betrayal of the people he trusted most behind him, and adopts a hard demeanor. That is, until a spitfire artist with soulful eyes and a body that haunts his dreams gets under his skin and threatens to crack his armor.
Lilliana Hancock is forced to leave her struggling-artist lifestyle in New York and return to Falcon after her father's unexpected death leaves her a decrepit family mansion. Determined to use her skills to turn the home into a successful bed and breakfast, Lilliana is stopped at every turn by the town contractor, who happens to be Alec, the gorgeous and arrogant jock to whom she lost her virginity in college. Except Alec doesn't remember, which infuriates her. Too bad she can't forget the way his body felt against hers or how his heated gaze follows her...
Will they be able to put their pasts behind them for a future together?
Any book that opens with the heroine smoking a joint is probably going to be pretty good. And this one was. I really liked Lilliana and Alec. I love couples that balance each other out. Alec had some pretty serious baggage into their relationship, and some real hangups about honesty and truth. I got it, given his history it made sense, but Lilliana had a secret she was keeping from him because she thought it would add to his baggage. I didn’t really buy into her reasoning behind keeping her secret, mainly because I didn’t really think it was that big a deal. View Spoiler »Alec and Lilliana had drunken sex one night in college. Alec actually took Lilliana’s virginity that night, but Alec has no memory of this event. Mainly because Lilliana was one in a long line of drunken frat-party hookups for Alec, not because he was black-out drunk or anything. « Hide Spoiler That’s it. That’s the whole secret she was determined to keep from him.
Overall, this was a light, charming read. There wasn’t a ton of angst, just two people who are finding their way to each other. I liked the town Trentham has created here, and the secondary characters. I was sufficiently charmed to put the first two books on hold at my library so I can read those, too.