Skin in the Game by Jackie Barbosa: Review

May 28, 2013 Reviews 0

cover30465-mediumAngela Peterson was always the quiet, shy kid growing up in Harper Falls, crushing on the high school quarterback and honing her football strategy skills. Now grown up and coaching the high school team, she’s shocked when that same sexy quarterback returns to Harper Falls asks her back to his hotel room. And then tries to steal her job.

Injured NFL quarterback Cade Reynolds is in Harper Falls to take over as interim head coach, and he never thought the tall, blond bombshell he propositioned would offer up any resistance. Not to a repeat of the amazingly wild night they shared and certainly not to his coaching position.

But the Harper Falls High Eagles are Angie’s team, and even the hometown hero won’t take that away from her, no matter how hot he is. As the two engage in a battle of wits and wills, this is one game neither is prepared to lose.

I love sports romance, I really do. Particularly ones that don’t devalue the part women often play in sport. It’s good to see a female character like Angie – she’s smart, good-looking AND a football genius. Cade not only doesn’t devalue Angie’s contribution to the team, he acknowledges that she had some hand in making him the footballer that he has become. Wow, that’s kinda sexy! Cade is a sweetheart, a little from column alpha and a little from column beta.

I really like that there are actual NFL team names used in this book. I know that copyright issues might stop authors from using official team names, but sometimes the made-up ones throw me out of the story a bit.

There was a really nice connection between Cade and Angie. One thing I really enjoyed about their relationship was that there was a shared history – they went to school together and she did have a crush on him – but there was no massive blowout because of some perceived misunderstanding. Their lives just went in different directions. I like the ones with the drama for sure, but it is nice to have a break from that.

The sexual chemistry between them was very strong, and the sexytimes were very well done. However, I’ve read some of Ms Barbosa’s previous work and I suppose I was expecting this story to be a little steamier. Still, this is not a book for the under-18s – the sex scenes are pretty hot and sensual.

I didn’t see the possible story between Rachel and Warren coming at all until the end. This one sounds very promising – can’t wait to see how that one is handled.

This was a quick read, and I could have read it in one sitting if not for my daughter deciding that she wasn’t going to fall asleep at a normal time of the night. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of this series.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

Release Date: 27 May 2013

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Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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