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Grace Turner scores the opportunity of a lifetime interning with an Ex-NFL player. But working under Brock Anderson turns out to be the job from hell. The hometown hero turned athletic trainer has a reputation as the best in his field, but his volatile personality makes working with him miserable.
Despite the animosity between them, he’s highly respected in his field and interning under him could mean everything for her career. The long days, longer nights, injuries, and busses filled with smelly athletes are the easy part. The biggest battle is the unwarranted attraction to Brock that she can’t seem to shake.
But as Grace spends more and more time with her brooding boss, she uncovers that his abrasive nature is deep rooted in his grief—something she’s no stranger to.
The glimpses of the man beneath the harsh exterior Brock presents to the world leave Grace conflicted in her feelings for him. As the internship draws to a close, Grace is faced with a choice that could set her future on an entirely new course.
Read an Excerpt
“Please,” I scoffed. “People watch you all the time. You must know that. You’re this presence that people like watching. I don’t know. You’re fascinating.” He blinked slowly a couple times, making me feel all sorts of nervous. “Nevermind.”
“No, finish your thought. I’m curious.” He nudged me with his leg and raised his dark brows.
“Fishing for compliments, Brock?” I teased, but stopped when his expression turned serious. My stomach soured, empathy taking over. This was a guy who thought very low of himself since the accident. As tough and intelligent as he was, he was a little broken inside. “You handsome, silly man.”
One side of his lip curled up, but those dark blues eyes waited for me to continue. I put my small hand on his arm this time, squeezing him. “No one watches you with pity, Brock. If that’s what you’re thinking. They watch you with awe and pride. Here you are, in the prime of most men’s athletic years working your ass off for a sport you were forced to give up. You’re amazing, really. You’re intelligent, everyone who works around you admires the hell out of you, and you refused to let life get the best of you. You help the dumbasses like Q and Chip, make sure your staff is treated fairly, and you helped me with this project which you had no obligation to do. You’re a good guy, Brock. Sometimes, I think you forget that.”
My heart pounded as his face fell slightly, his lips pressing together so hard they turned white. His eyes shattered me and I panicked, needing to ease the tension. I patted his knee with a shaking hand. “Although, you can be a bit grumpy.”
I have no words. No words. I got a book hangover from reading this in one sitting and then waking up the next day dealing with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. I was so sleep deprived but I don’t care. This is one of the smartest, funniest, swoon-worthy, most awesome books that I have read this summer. And get this…as big of a baseball fan that I am, I’ve never read Ms. Snowe before. *hangs head*
People, this book is one of those gems that just spoke to me. I could go into all of the details about Brock and Grace but I don’t want to do that. You need to read this book. Ms. Snowe does an excellent job of just letting the characters tell their story. All she did was write it down for them. Their story was fresh and completely relatable. In fact, since we get the story from Grace’s point of view, I wasn’t sure what was up with Brock throughout most of the story. This is a good thing for me. Sometimes I want both sides of the story but with them…nope. I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much. Most of what Brock is thinking is through his body language that the other characters describe.
The dialogue between all the characters had me in stitches the whole time. Grace gave as good as she got. Her relationship with the other on the team are spot on, too. Plus, I LOVED Fritz. I felt like he had a very soft spot for Grace. Like an unrequited love or something. What really kept the story going for me was the slow burn romance and the friendship that developed between Brock and Grace. There is some deep-seated grief from both of them and Ms. Snowe resolved it slowly and thoughtfully.
Again, this book spoke to me. It was smart, fresh, and awesome. Ms. Snowe just wrote a book that I will definitely re-read again and again. I just loved seeing the grump (Brock) come out of his shell to Grace and see that he is worthy of love and to let go of the grief that he has shouldered for years. For Grace, it was to finally find herself and figure out what she wanted in life. Putting them together to figure it out together is a blessing for this reader and I will definitely look to read Ms. Snowe again.
About the Author:
Jaqueline Snowe lives in Arizona where the “dry heat” really isn’t that bad. She identifies as a full-blown Gryffindor and prefers drinking coffee all hours of the day. She is the mother to two fur-babies who don’t realize they aren’t humans and a new mom to her adorable son. Her life revolves around balancing her day job in education and her incessant need to write and explore the world with her wonderful baseball-loving husband.
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