Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on December 7th 2017
Genres: Sports Romance, Romance
Source: Personal Copy
A sexy new forbidden romance from #1 NYT Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely
It seemed like a good idea at the time…As the team’s publicist, I need a football player to be the face of our charity calendar, and Jones Beckett needs a savvy PR woman to manage his new sponsorship deal. A simple give and take, and I’m sure I’ll have no problem following my iron-clad rule — don’t date a player. And never ever fall for one. No matter how charming, big-hearted and devilishly clever the man is. But you know what they say about best laid plans…Once I start spending my off-season days and nights with Jones, I’m following a brand new playbook, one that has me falling hard for the incorrigible flirt — heart, body and mind.That’s against the rules, and now what seemed like a bright idea has turned into a dangerously forbidden one.
It was supposed to be an I-scratch-her-back-she-scratched-mine kind of arrangement. And man, did Jillian ever drag her nails down my back on one hell of a hot night. Okay fine, it was several hot nights on the road.Now we’re back in town and it’s time to set the play clock back to when we were simply player and publicist. Given the way the last few years have gone, I can’t risk this deal. Trouble is, I want more than than just another night with her.What’s a guy to do when he's always been most likely to score, but the woman he’s falling for is way off limits?
Well, the streets of Minneapolis are slowly closing down for the Super Bowl, so that can only mean one thing. Stay inside and read football books! And, well, actually what I mean when I say football books is romance books that feature football players – like Lauren Blakely’s Most Likely to Score! This “forbidden” friends/co-workers-to-lovers novel was fun and quick read, full of fun banter and pretty low on angst.
Lauren Blakely’s Most Likely to Score is marketed as a sports-themed take on the forbidden romance trope. Jillian is the team publicist for the fictional San Francisco-based NFL team, the Renegades. She’s extremely ambitious and talented but worried that a misstep in the locker room would prove to be disastrous for her career. Jones is the class clown and star player, who secretly crushes on Jillian while she’s representing the team at press conferences and charity events. The two refuse to acknowledge their feelings for each other despite an overwhelmingly obvious attraction for one another.
What I Liked:
- Jones is a man with a heart of gold. In fact, there isn’t much negative to say about him. He spends his time playing with his chihuahua mix and supporting local animal rescues. He comes across as this All-American good guy who I’m pretty sure was probably the class clown in high school.
- Both characters had quirks that made them unique. Jones is a dog lover and co-host’s a beer tasting you-tube show. Jillian is obsessed with good luck charms – such as cherries and pomelos – stemming from her adoption from China when she was young.
What I didn’t Like:
- The book’s slow pacing or the spolier-y synopsis (take your pick?) The synopsis references Jillian and Jones’ “forbidden night,” except the night in question doesn’t happen until half-way through the book. I spent 150 pages waiting for this to happen, and while I don’t mind a slow build, I was beginning to feel like the synopsis was a spoiler for the main events of the book. There really weren’t too many surprises as to what was going to happen and I felt impatient for the real action to start.
- The romance didn’t feel exceptionally forbidden. Like many “office” romances, Jillian is worried about her work reputation if she dates one of the football players. There wasn’t an actual rule thought about them not dating – most of the “forbidden” was in Jillian’s head (although I agree, she’s justified in wanting to protect her reputation.) So did they need to be careful about their relationship? Yes. Would I call it a forbidden romance? Not exactly.