Saturday, February 20, 2016

Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton ~ Review

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

In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of All Wound Up, a football hot shot and his best friend’s sister are breaking all the rules.

All the Right Moves

For Barrett Cassidy, playing defense for the Tampa Hawks is a dream come true. And now he may have discovered his dream woman. Harmony Evans, once the sweet, gawky teenage sister of his best friend and teammate has grown into a smart, gorgeous woman with moves he finds hard to resist. But he knows he can’t get involved with his best friend’s sister—it’s guy code.

Harmony has always gone after what she wants with single-minded determination, from her independence to her education to her career in social work. She never expected her youthful crush on Barrett to develop into something deeper. And she’s not about to let some ridiculous man rules or her brother stand in her way.

When the chemistry is this combustible, lines tend to get crossed. And when Barrett and Harmony’s secret gets out, it just might be game over...


I adore football in my romance.  How can I not love sweaty football players that fall for some lucky girl?  Yeah, about that.

So this one fell flat for me.  I know, it's totally my kind of book but it just lacked something...something important.

Both characters were just okay.  I got the man code thing that was holding Barrett back and I liked that he held to his guns for a while too.  I liked that Harmony went after what she wanted despite the resistance.  But neither of them felt real to me.  Maybe it was the third person writing.  Maybe it was the convenience of the whole thing.  She didn't think about him until he was there and then then suddenly she's had a crush on him for years.  He resisted her until he didn't.  Don't ask me what changed it, I have no idea.  It just felt too much of a set-up to make the story work.  I mean, if he really wanted to resist her, why is he taking her to the beach and renting a hotel room with her?  

And then there was her brother.  Really, why were these two not together and then hiding their relationship?  Because of a punk brother that totally acted like a jerk to Harmony's ex like he had broken her heart when in fact it was a no biggie kind of break-up.  He had to be a jerk because the only reason Barrett doesn't go after her is his best friend.  Felt contrived. 

Because the hero was right about the man code thing and his best friend being ticked off and the heroine was mad at him about it.  Say what?  Made enough that she broke up with him?  Really?  Did that just happen?  Whatever. 

Mostly, I just didn't care.  About any of it.  

It felt like everything was set-up for the hot sexy scenes.  No real story, just backdrop for sex.  So if that's what you like, then pick this one up.  If you want more story than that, pass on this one.

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