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Friday, May 14, 2010

Hot In The Clutch by Ann Jacobs

Hot In The Clutch by Ann Jacobs
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (90 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Book 3 in the Gridiron Lovers series.

After twenty years in the NFL, Dave Delaney’s playing days are over and he’s back home in Hedgecock, Texas, coaching football at his old high school. He’s tired of meaningless sex and his empty lifestyle. Dave is ready for change and sets his sights on the girl who got away.

Diane Connors is attracted in a big way, but Dave is used to being chased by groupies almost young enough to be his daughters. He’s still a chick magnet with a wild reputation, and she’s gun-shy after escaping a miserable marriage with a bully—another local jock.

Thing is, neither of them can forget what might have been.

Hot In The Clutch, book three in the Gridiron Lovers series, is an incredibly romantic story that brings two older, and wiser, people together. It’s not your typical erotic romance in that the focus isn’t on sex, but rather, the connection made between two people as life slows down and you begin to reflect on what matters most in life.

The heroine, Diane Connors, is a fighter. Married out of high-school to the town bully, she learned quickly that some dreams aren’t meant to be. Now, divorced from her husband (who is deceased) and on her own, she’s happy in her life. It’s not until NFL quarterback Dave Delaney returns home after a devastating knee injury that ends his career that she starts thinking of something more. She was deeply attracted to the gorgeous man all the way back in high school. Since he’s here to stay and he indicates the spark runs both ways, she’ll decide to take a chance that could change her life.

Make no mistake; romance is the catalyst of this story. Diane and Dave have shared an attraction for years and now they are free to act upon it. The result is sharp dialogue, memorable scenes, and tons of heat when the lights go down. My only complaint is that the declarations of love just weren’t believable to me, nor was their decision to settle together within a matter of hours (on the first date). Sure, things like this happen, but it’s rare and I just didn’t feel it. That isn’t to say this detracts from the story, but rather, takes it from being a believable contemporary romance to more of a fairytale one. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

The writing is fantastic and the characters are wonderful. I loved Diane and Dave equally, as well as the secondary characters presented along the journey. This is my first foray into the series but I fully intend to do some homework by purchasing the first two to catch up.

If you like sexy football heroes and spunky heroines, be sure to pencil Hot In The Clutch onto your TBR list.

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