Today at My Written Romance, I am super happy to host a stop on the Tasty Book Tour for Backfield in Motion by Jami Davenport. Backfield in Motion is the fourth in Jami’s Seattle Lumberjacks series, behind Fourth and Goal, Forward Passes and Down by Contact.
So, tell us a little bit about Backfield in Motion:
Star running back Bruce “Bruiser” Mackey has heard those words his entire life, especially after his twin brother’s tragic accident. He might use his surfer-boy good looks to land lucrative endorsements for his secret charity, but he hates books being judged by their covers. Which is why it’s wrong that his friend MacKenzie Hernandez is intent on giving herself a makeover.
Sure, Mac and her father have been reeling financially since her brother disappeared three years ago, and Lumberjacks management gives an annual scholarship that might get her life back on track, but he can’t imagine anyone smarter, sexier, or more beautiful than Mac already is. He can’t keep his hands off her—and the more they spend time together, the less he wants to. She’s perfect as is. One way or another, he’ll make sure the team’s tomboy groundskeeper gets a full ride. And between the two of them, they can learn to accept what’s behind them and look downfield to a future full of win.
Here’s what I thought about it:
Backfield in Motion, despite being the fourth in a series, could easily be read as a standalone. Regular readers will know my stance on series reading, however if you’re not as crazy as me in the whole “reading in order” thing, this would be readable as a story on its own.
I love sports romance, and this is a great example of it being done really well. Great characters, real problems and explosive chemistry – always a winner.
Mac has that awesome tomboy vibe going on, but I love that she isn’t entirely clueless about her femininity. She may not be expecting any of the male attention she gets post-makeover, but I like that she doesn’t freak out and wonder why. I love her passion for her work and her attitude, which is admirable in the face of the uncertainty around her brother.
On the surface, Bruiser has major asshole potential – pretty boy, hotshot NFL player, underwear model. Beneath that plastic veneer, there is a totally different person – intelligent, community-minded and harbouring a very painful past. Your heart breaks for him and what he’s gone through with his family and with his ex-wife. He’s definitely a lesson in not judging a movie by the poster.
I loved that Bruiser’s feelings for Mac (or at least his attraction to her) began to develop before she had the makeover. Too often, when a heroine is made over, it is only afterwards that the hero realises that he likes her. It’s like in teen movies, where the girl takes over her glasses and suddenly she’s a different person. Thanks, Jami for doing it this way and showing that it isn’t necessary to change to get a guy to notice you.
The sexual chemistry between Mac and Bruiser is hot. They do the whole “this isn’t right, maybe we shouldn’t” thing, but that pull between them is just too powerful to ignore.
There were some pretty hefty emotional goings-on in Backfield in Motion. Both have some hard backstory, and on occasion, it did threaten to take over the story. But luckily it didn’t and the romance remained the focus.
Supporting characters can make or break a story for me. While I prefer my focus to remain on the hero and heroine, the people around them can affect my reading experience. The people around Mac and Bruiser made the story. Each of them played their part in their story really beautifully. I liked that there was a decided lack of plotmoppet in Elliot – he’s a kid dealing with tough crap and behaves exactly like I would have expected.
I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but I can tell you now that when I get a spare moment, I will definitely be going back to read the stories of Bruiser’s teammates. Oh, I hope there’s a good woman in store for Brett. He is such a doll and deserves someone who will treat him as well as he will treat them.
I give Backfield in Motion 4 out of 5.
Now for the giveaway!
Jami Davenport is giving lucky readers a chance to win a digital copy of Fourth and Goal, the first book in the Seattle Lumberjacks series, as well as a five book subscription to the Lunchbox Romance Line from Borough Publishing.
To be in with a chance to win one of these awesome prizes, simply complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
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Here’s a little bit about Jami!
An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy romantic comedy, sports hero romances, and equestrian fiction. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.
Jami works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher and dressage rider. In her spare time, she maintains her small farm and socializes whenever the opportunity presents itself. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion, it is the most beautiful place on earth.
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Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy of the book by the publisher, author and Tasty Book Tours. My thanks to them.