Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns. Don't let the fact that I'm the leading pick in the Most Valuable Playboy charity auction fool you. These days, I'm only a player on the field. I've kept my pants zipped all season long - and it is long - because nothing's more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the team owner's recently widowed and handsy-as-hell sister, who's dead set on winning more than a date with me. Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary. She's my best friend's sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie, and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash.
After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don't even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd, and then announce that she's my girlfriend. Which would be fine, except my agent tells me we've got to keep up the act while he's negotiating my contract. Violet takes one for the team and pretends to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport, and I want it to go into overtime. The problem is - I've been riding the bench for years. How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she's most valuable to his heart?
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Flawless narration. Flawless storytelling.
I just did so in an online book discussion group in fact. Even though I'm not a football fan in real life, this sports romance had it elements I love: childhood friends-unexpectedly-turning-lovers, suspense surrounding his future as the team's starting quarter-back versus becoming a free agent and a nice, balanced bit of sexy heat between the main characters.
Their quickie session followed by career changing news for our hero and seemingly crushing news for our heroine.
Yes, he's been my favorite male narrator every since I first heard him narrate Elizabeth Hunter's the Irin Chronicles, a paranormal series (angel and nephilim mythology). Since then every novel his has narrated has been a fantastic listening experience for me, and Most Valuable Player was no different.
Pretending has its rewards.
I zipped through this football romance and was done listening in less than 24 hours. That's rare for me, and I crazy love when that happens! Author Lauren Blakely is one of my top favorite romance authors, and this quick and delightful tale of Cooper and Violet's changing relationship reminded why Lauren still holds that ranking.
Best kind of friends to lovers romance!!
- Jordy ♡♡♡♡