I received this book for free from the publisher . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Quarterback Draw by Jaci Burton
Published by Penguin on 2015-02-03
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Romance
Source: the publisher
Playing For Keeps
Grant Cassidy knows how to be a football star—flash that dazzling smile, throw the winning pass, get the girl. But while the hot quarterback loves the game and the lifestyle, no woman has come close to catching his heart. Then he matches wits with a smart, gorgeous model, and Grant finds himself wanting more than a fling.
Supermodel Katrina Koslova might live in a world of glitz and camera flashes, but she works hard to provide for the family that relies on her. She doesn’t have time for fun—much less a boyfriend—but Grant seems determined to be the exception to Katrina’s rule.
Their explosive chemistry is undeniable, but Katrina’s afraid to let go and rely on anyone but herself. Grant intends to ease her fears and prove he’s a man of style and substance.
Ummmmm I can’t say enough about the covers for this series… talk about needing a towel to wipe up the drool but the story in this one was lovely.
We have two people who aren’t really looking for the ONE but find it when they get paired up at a swimsuit shoot. Grant comes in to the photoshoot thinking let’s get this over with so I can head back and relax before the football season starts. He isn’t overly fond of these shoots but they do pay well and he is smart enough to know that football doesn’t last forever. PR is SOOOO not his thing but hey stuck in a tropical paradise isn’t a bad way to earn some dollars but he is surprised by a connection he feels with Katrina and even more surprised by how much he wants to get to know her better. I mean he can have any woman he wants but there is something about her that causes him to want to pursue her. He doesn’t get very far because the one thing Katrina does well is focus and ignore men vying for her attentions.
Katrina is used to doing everything with extreme control. She has had to raise her younger siblings from an early age and her focus is on keeping the modeling career going in order to provide for them. She has no time or desire to pursue a relationship or to be honest even have fun. Her life revolves around her siblings and nothing will take her focus from that. When she meets Grant she’s struck by their chemistry and the fact that she wants… simple as that… she wants…. This is not something she is comfortable with and it leads to tension between them as Grant works hard to get her to let him in.
I liked both of their focus on family and that it means everything to both of them. The romance between the pair builds nicely and has moments where the issues seem a bit too difficult to get over but I loved how compromise and valuing each other ended up being central to it working. Grant does sort of walk all over barriers to get to Katrina but it was meant well and honestly was what she needed in order to really embrace living for herself and not just wrapped up with her siblings.
Her siblings were priceless and good kids so I loved their part in helping her realize that they would be ok with Katrina having a life….