Synopses & Reviews
In this somber first entry in Kern’s Champion Valley contemporary series two unlikable people awkwardly connect. Superstar quarterback Blake Carpenter pretended ignorance of the performance enhancing drugs injected by his trainers and now his legacy is tarnished. In an effort to put the past away he returns to his Colorado hometown to coach his high school football team. Determined to take them to the play offs he resents physical therapist Annabelle Turner getting between him and the players. Blake and Annabelle certainly lust after each other but they don’t seem to like each other very much with Blake being downright vulgar at times in one instance accusing Annabelle of “rubbing self all over like a cat in heat.” Sometimes tension and arguments are the precursor to passion but they don’t spend enough time talking so they never click. Strangely Kern keeps most of the action inside their heads as both consider the consequences of getting to know each other better. Agent: Kristyn Keene ICM Partners. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"A vibrant, fast-paced story. Sassy wit, likable characters and breathtaking sexuality... Fans of Friday Night Lights titles will love this one." --Library Journal
THE LOVE OF THE GAME
Money. Fame. Endorsements. Blake Carpenter had it all -- before his professional football career spiraled out of control. Determined to rebuild his life, he takes on coaching the high school team in his Colorado hometown. Despite a few fumbles, Blake knows he can lead these boys to victory. As long as he can keep his eyes on the prize and off the team's distractingly gorgeous physical therapist.
Annabelle Turner knows all about the scandal that cost Blake his NFL career, and she'll be damned if she's going to let his mistakes hurt her team. What she doesn't count on is the intense attraction that turns every heated run-in they have into a wildly erotic competition. Point by point, play by play, kiss by kiss, they try to keep things professional for the good of the team. But when the score is this close-and the passion this fierce-it's anybody's game . . .