Title: Protecting the Quarterback
Series: not applicable
Author: Kristina Knight
This is more than just a game…to her
Sports broadcaster Brooks Smith has always been more involved with the game than the players. But after she shares the spotlight at an awards ceremony with tabloid sensation Jonas Nash, one night of letting her guard down around the infamous quarterback spirals into many heated days and nights together when she gets assigned to the story of the year
The hottest player in professional football is hiding a secret that could end his career for good. Now Brooks is caught on the sidelines between the job she loves and the man she is falling in love with.
“Jonas.” Her quiet voice snapped him back to the parking lot. “Why don’t you not take me home?”
His stomach muscles tightened as the words slipped from her lips in that slow drawl.
“Are you sure?”
She nodded, and he knew he wouldn’t take her home, not just yet.
When he was behind the wheel, Brooks took his hand in hers and turned her face to watch the buildings passing by. The sun was beginning to set when he pulled into the parking lot of the condo where he’d spent the first few years of his contract with the team. Several other players lived there during the season, but the place was mostly a ghost town now. He parked in his designated spot and then somehow they were inside the glass-and-chrome decorated living room.
Memorabilia lined the walls and a low, white couch sat behind a glass-topped coffee table. He cringed. It was too perfect. Too planned out.
Too much like the other times he’d brought a woman here. Maybe he should have taken her to a hotel. There was still time, he could—
“Wow,” she said, drawing her index finger over the smooth surface of a table lined with photographs of him during games or at press conferences. God, he’d been such a schmuck with the decorating of this place. “This is not what I expected.”
“My interior designer has very specific tastes,” he said lamely. Definitely, definitely should have taken her anywhere but this condo.
She presented herself as the girl next door, but there was a little bit of siren in her now, which made his heartbeat kick up a notch. Brooks made her way around the room and he couldn’t take his eyes off her as she moved. Slowly and sinuously. Taking in everything around her. This was a different Brooks than the woman he thought he’d known over the past week. That woman was businesslike most of the time. The moments she let her guard down, like when she talked to the kids without that microphone in tow, though, she was irresistible. Impossible not to watch or wonder about. It was one of those moments that made him ask her out for dinner. That dinner had led them here.
Jonas met her at the kitchen counter, put his hands on her hips and turned her to face him.
“It was a date,” he said and bent his head so he could taste her lips. She was sweet, as he’d imagined so many times over the past few days. She wound her arms around his neck and slanted her mouth, giving him better access to the sweetness that was Brooks. He squeezed his hands around her waist and she shivered. “It was always a date,” he said again and began walking her down the hallway to the bedroom.
I really live under a rock. Truly and it’s sad. I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about Ms. Knight and her books. Try her since you like contemporary. You will love her writing style. Her characters are real and relatable people said. What are you waiting for? I can honestly tell that it took Ms. Knight to email me to see if I would review her latest Harlequin. Oh yes, you see she has written several Superromance books and NO, I didn’t even read those. *hangs head in shame*
Well, I have to say that I start listening to the peeps that know my reading habits better that I do sometimes. Ms. Knight delivers a story that is completely relatable. True to life characters and a storyline that isn’t contrived but noteworthy in that sometimes lines are crossed in the sports world.
Brooks is the girl that I wish I could talk to about football. Growing up in Oklahoma and Texas, football is king and you learn at the knee the sport. The teams to cheer for, the teams to hate forever, coaches, sportscasters, etc. I never wanted to be in the sports world but my dad made sure that I could read a box score for any sport and be able to hold my own in a conversion with a man. She reminded me a little bit of the character Sheryl Yoast from the movie Remember the Titans. Go ahead…look it up on IMDB. I’ll wait…She is determined, smart, sexy and completely thrown when she falls for the quarterback. Never expecting to have to choose between her career and love, she is at a crossroads.
Jonas isn’t your typical alpha athlete either. You want to hug him and tell him that everything will work out in the end. Don’t worry about it. He has the most to lose in the story and it shows great character growth that he is willing to do that for Brooks and for the team. Most importantly, though, he does it for himself. If I had one itsy bitsy thing…I would have liked to have seen an appearance from his mother. I’m weird and when you read the story, you might agree with me. My heart broke for him in regards to that thread.
Why should you read this story? Well, the characters for one. Relatable, very smart and strong characters. Jonas and Brooks are sometimes too smart for each other but they need each other in the end. Never forgetting themselves in the process of falling in love with each other. The football scenes and references. Ms. Knight knows her stuff and you know that sitting on the couch with her on Sunday would be a hoot. Plus, again…someone I could talk to; besides my hubby (when he’s not yelling).
Even if you don’t like football or its just a stupid sport, do yourself a favor and pick Ms. Knight’s latest. You can’t go wrong. Again…did I mention football players? 🙂
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Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.
Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!