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Hawk Moyer has it all: fame, fortune…the only thing missing from the pro athlete’s life is family. Half his identity is a mystery, and after a transfer to Pittsburgh’s soccer team, he’s determined to solve the secret of his origins. He just needs to stay focused on his game in the mean time.
The only problem? He met a woman who’s not that into him…and he can’t get her out of his head.
Lucy Nelson has everything to lose. She finally broke free from her son’s abusive father and is working to build a future that can’t be taken away. She’s got priorities, and they don’t include a cocky soccer player, no matter how charming. As far as Lucy’s concerned, he’s only good for one thing.
But Hawk’s a mid-fielder. He’s used to playing offense and defense, and he’s not afraid of Lucy’s baggage, especially with backup from a trio of brothers he didn’t know he had. Can Hawk convince Lucy he’s a team player? Will she ever trust him to be there for her amidst her custody chaos?
Point of view:
1st person. Alternating chapters between Hawk & Lucy’s perspective.
This is book 5 of the Stag Brothers series and I was a little worried going in that I would be confused since I haven’t read the previous books – but Davis explains just enough that I didn’t feel lost or that the previous characters took over the story.
I love single parent tropes, however Lainey Davis and narrator Nikola Muckajev are new to me so I was apprehensive going into this. I’m so glad I gave it a try. I truly enjoyed Hawk & Lucy’s story.
Hawk is a newly transferred soccer player and Lucy recently became a fitness coach on the same team. Davis brought a lot of depth to this story with Lucy’s battles with her ex, Hawk discovering his siblings, and a unique twist with Lucy not only knowing his sport well but also being in a supervisory position over Hawk. Charmingly mixed in all this was sexy romance, a cute kid, and supportive family and friends.
There was a little angst, but it wasn’t pointless or dragging and I enjoyed Lucy finally falling for a determined Hawk. Loved the epilogue and the HEA for this deserving couple.
I immediately grabbed The Stag Brothers box set so I can dive into Tim, Ty, & Thatcher’s stories.
I enjoyed Nikola Muckajev’s performance. As the chapters alternated perspectives, I liked that he changed his affect to correspond with Hawk or Lucy’s perspective. He had a solid range of character voices that differentiated everyone well. I’m looking forward to enjoying more of his narrations.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from Home Cooked Books and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
About the author:
Lainey Davis lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, her feral sons, and rescued rabbits. She writes steamy, contemporary love stories with grouchy heroes, strong heroines, and plenty of fiascos. She’s excited to find out how much coffee is too much.
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My Favorite Quotes
“Ma, please do not talk to me about spicy books.”
“Feeling wanted that way thrills me.”
“I’ve wanted this every second since the first night I met her.”
“Will you never, ever let me be there for you?”