T.J. Kline launches a brand new series with the charming story of an NFL player who finds love when he least expects it…Grant McQuaid has dedicated his entire life to his football career. Now an injury threatens his place on the team and he’s forced to return home to rehabilitate. But when he meets his “biggest fan,” a precocious, blue-eyed, hearing impaired boy named James—and his beautiful mother, Bethany—Grant begins to question whether football is the future he still wants.Bethany Mills has been doing just fine since her husband walked out on them… and she definitely doesn’t need another man to disappoint her—or her son. But when James runs into his hero at the park, Bethany admits there is a void in her son’s life that she just can’t fill. Her attraction to the handsome football star is undeniable, but a man in the limelight is the last thing she wants for herself, or James.Grant doesn’t want to subject Bethany to the chaos of dating a professional athlete. But the more time he spends with her and James, the harder it is to resist making a play for her heart…
Alpha heroes and single mothers are a romantic couple that literally end up on my favourite tropes for a book. They are not only hilariously perfect but also have the perfect mixture of angst, indecision and pure soul-worthy love that you just can’t help but love!
Bethany Mills is a single mother and recent addition to a small town to stabilize her feet, after her husband walked out on her when they found out her son suffers from hearing loss. She loves and adores her son, James trying her best give her son a sense of normalcy. When they bump into James’s hero – a football player; their life changes as they know it.
Grant McQuaid is a NFL player home recuperating from an injury; an injury that threatens to put him out of his career – a career that he uses to help out at his family’s ranch. Now that he is being shown the finish line, he doesn’t have any idea as to what is to be done. But he knows that he isn’t in a place for a relationship right now. But a special kid and his mother derail his plans in a way that he never saw it coming.
This was such a cute little romance. I especially adored the relationship between Grant and James – the kind of special relationship a father and son share; that connection was there right from the start, a connection that neither the reader nor Bethany herself can deny.
Grant and Bethany, as well have a connection that warms your heart – they take a whole lot of time to get together, but even then their relationship had an end time so it also had a touch of angst throughout their time together.
I just wish that both Grant and Bethany had communicated a bit better with each other – especially at the end. Because the ending did feel a bit rushed, especially with the whole issue between Grant and Bethany. Still I loved reading this beautiful romance and I am definitely going to be checking out the next books in this series ❤
Bethany glared at Grant. “You said you wouldn’t put him on a horse.”
“And I won’t. You will.”
She shook her head slowly. “No, I won’t.”
What in the world was he thinking? There was no way she was going to let him manipulate her into allowing this.
“Mom, I want to ride a horse too.”
“Before you say no, just come out and see the horses, okay?”
She shot Grant scowl and noticed that the rest of his family had already headed back toward the house, leaving them to argue about this privately.
Grant held his hands up in front of him. “Bethany, have I done anything that would indicate you can’t trust James with me?”
“No,” she admitted, look at his throat instead of those eyes that begged for her give in to him.
So far, he’d been more than careful with her son. He seemed to inherently understand James’ need for adventure, but somehow he managed to balance that with her need to protect him. He pretended to play rough with him, all the while, wrestling so carefully he hadn’t even knocked off one of James implant microphones. He’d been just as vigilant of James as she was, but without smothering him the way she tended to do. In spite of her desire to disagree, Grant was right. He hadn’t given her any reason to distrust him. In fact, she found herself wanting to let him lead the way, to teach both of them how to trust again.
Whoa, Bethany, her mind warned. Just friends, remember?
She remembered. But watching him play with her son, watching Grant interact with his family and the warm, loving dynamic they shared, was making it difficult to confine him in the friend zone when she longed for more.
Maybe he was right, maybe she did just need to get back on the horse, so to speak, and go out on a date with another man. Maybe these feelings she had for him were simply because he was the first man in years to pick the lock of the vault she’d kept bolted around her and James for so long. The same way being around his family made her long for close friendships again. Maybe she just needed to take that first step with someone.
“Bethany, look at me.” Grant’s voice was soft as his fingers twined with hers, the rough callouses on his palms sending a shiver of heat up her arm and straight to her heart. “I won’t do anything to hurt either of you.”
That’s where you’re wrong. I think you’re going to break both of our hearts.
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