Today, MWR is the next stop on the review tour for Rushing Amy. This is the latest book in the Love and Football from Julie Brannagh.
I love sports romance, and will always review it if given the chance. As part of this tour, there is a giveaway as well thanks to the publisher, Avon.
So, what is Rushing Amy about?
For Amy Hamilton, only three Fs matter: Family, Football, and Flowers. It might be nice to find someone to share Forever with, too, but right now she’s working double overtime while she gets her flower shop off the ground. The last thing she needs or wants is a distraction … or help, for that matter. Especially in the form of gorgeous and aggravatingly arrogant ex-NFL star Matt Stephens.
Matt lives by a playbook—his playbook. He never thought his toughest opponent would come in the form of a stunning florist with a stubborn streak to match his own. Since meeting her in the bar after her sister’s wedding, he’s known there’s something between them. After she refuses—again and again—to go out with him, Matt will do anything to win her heart … But will Amy, who has everything to lose, let the clock run out on the one-yard line?
Here’s what I thought of Rushing Amy:
I am thoroughly enjoying the Love and Football series by Julie Brannagh. Rushing Amy has got a lot of what I love in romance fiction – smart, snappy dialogue, characters you can imagine as real people, and a believable chemistry between the hero and heroine.
There is a lot to love about Amy – she followed her heart and took up a career she loved rather than languishing in one she didn’t, she felt love for her family even though she admitted resentment towards them at times. I loved that she wasn’t super perfect but not completely dysfunctional.
Matt is a perfect fit for Amy – he displays his interest pretty early but he never pressures her. I love that he is willing to wait and do the hard yards, rather than stamp his feet saying “Why won’t you date me?”. His sense of humour is fantastic as well, as seen in those cheeky notes he sends with all those flowers.
Theirs is a really natural, unforced connection. I enjoyed watching these two fall in love.
The relationship between Matt and his daughter was really well done. I liked the realism that it seemed to have – Samantha wasn’t sickly sweet or over-the-top bolshy and Matt was a little at sea as to how to handle a teenage girl, but never clueless. I also liked how the ex-wife was never made out to be a raging bitch when she clearly wasn’t.
I loved Blitzing Emily, so it was lovely getting to catch up with Emily and Brandon again. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next in the series, Catching Cameron, when it comes out in May (or so I believe). Well-written, entertaining sports romance is often difficult to find, but Julie Brannagh is quickly proving herself to be a great, fresh new voice in this genre.
I give it 4 out of 5.
Let’s find out about Julie Brannagh.
Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.
Julie hasn’t quite achieved the goal of owning a pro football team, so she created a fictional one: The Seattle Sharks. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of four contemporary sports romances.
Now we know what the book is about and what my thoughts are, I think you should get hold of Rushing Amy and find time to read it.
Tour Wide Giveaway
As part of this tour for Rushing Amy, we have a fantastic giveaway for you, the readers, courtesy of the lovely people at Avon. They are giving away two digital copies of the preceding book, Blitzing Emily.
Sounds like something you want to win? Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below.
Good luck and happy reading!