At the time of this review the ebook + audio is included with Kindle Unlimited.
Gorgeous, talented, and brilliant, NFL quarterback Ronan Smith has the world in his hands. But after losing his career and his fiancée in a car accident, he falls into a pit of grief and bad choices. When a mysterious girl shows up to his party, he feels drawn to her and makes her his…for one night.
Former beauty queen Nova Morgan is on a mission. Scantily clad as a princess from a galaxy far, far away, she sneaks into a high-profile party to capture the attention of her favorite quarterback. But her hopes crash after an awful one-night stand.
Fast-forward two years. Broke and desperate, Nova returns home to Blue Belle, Texas, where, by a cosmic twist of fate, her broody neighbor is none other than Ronan, the shiny new football coach everyone adores. But he has no idea who she is.
The booster club keeps shoving women at Ronan to keep him in town. His solution? He proposes fake dating to Nova. But things heat up for real under these Friday-night lights when he realizes she’s the one who slipped away.
Has this jaded beauty found her forever baller, or will his past keep them apart?
Point of view:
1st person. Alternating between Ronan & Nova.
Enjoyable yet somewhat predictable romance. While I love many of the tropes: fake dating, forced proximity, small town, (sort of) second chance – the story sometimes gets bogged down with so much else that it feels like the romance aspect gets pushed aside. Having grown up in a smaller Texas town, I definitely identified with the football obsession and the personalities of many of the residents.
Ronan and Nova have a lot of fun interaction and definitely a few sexy scenes – but they never quite solidified for me as much as I had hoped given the length. A funny and comfortable light romance.
I enjoyed Savannah Peachwood & Sebastian York’s performances. Peachwood did a great job with all the Southern accents/drawl.
Content Warnings (possible spoilers):
death of former fiancé, death of a parent, sex while intoxicated