Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sleeping With The Enemy by Tracy Solheim ~ Review

Source:  Received copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The author of Risky Game returns with a football team owner who’s a real player, and the woman who’s ready to call him out on everything...

Dot-com millionaire Jay McManus is discovering that owning a pro football team like the Baltimore Blaze isn’t easy. An anonymous blogger is out to destroy his reputation, and now his team is being sued by its own cheerleaders. If Jay’s not careful, he could lose big—and not just financially.

Bridgett Janik’s brother may play for the Baltimore Blaze, but she’s not thrilled to be defending Jay McManus, the man who broke her heart. It’s bad enough she has to mingle with Jay during games, but working beside her former lover may be too much for her body—and her heart—to resist.

Jay’s determined not to let Bridgett slip away from him a second time. But, as the two follow the mysterious blogger’s trail, secrets—both past and present—are revealed, and Jay and Bridgett must decide if their relationship can be something more than just sleeping with the enemy.

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Did someone say football?  Oh, I'm such a sucker for football in my romance books.  So choosing to read/review this one was an easy choice.

I haven't read the rest of the series, something I need to change.  But I had no issue reading this as a stand alone.  Knowing the other couples would have been nice but not necessary.  

Now, let me tell you about the brilliance that is the book.  It's a second chance story.  These two met right out of college in Italy one summer and fell in love.  It's not clear what happened at first but they both clearly blame the other for the end of the relationship.  And here is the brilliance - I've read a lot of miscommunication and misunderstanding kinda stories and they all seem weak to me.  But this one...this one is pure brilliance.   This one has some depth.  This one has some real reasons why there was miscommunication and misunderstanding.  This one has me loving both of these characters and feeling the pain they both went through.  This one makes sense.

And these characters...love them.  Both were devastated by the loss of the other.  They both dealt with it in different ways but when they meet up again, it's clear the chemistry is still there.  Jay thinks a purely physical relationship can work.  Bridgett is trying to protect her heart again.  So she resists.  And Jay chases.  And it's so fun because Bridgett cannot resist him once his hands are on her even at 30,000 feet.

More than romance, this story has a great plot with lots of depth.  There are subplots and intertwined plots.   They all get nicely tied up at the end.  I loved that.  

I loved the writing.  It goes back and forth between the two main characters POV but it's third person.  I don't normally like third person but this was great.  I felt connected with the characters and happy.

I read this mostly in a day.  I had looked at it a little the day before but when I sat down to read, I didn't stop till I was done.  I didn't want to stop.  And now I want to read the rest of the series.

Such great romance, with great characters, great story and steamy romance.  If you love your second chance stories, then don't miss this one.


  1. Football and a second chance romance? Sign me up! This one sounds wonderful. Great review!

  2. I haven't heard of this series but I love sports centered romances!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  3. All right, you caught me -- I'm adding this to my list. Sounds fun!