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Friday, August 26, 2011

Fourth and Goal by Jami Davenport

Fourth and Goal by Jami Davenport
Publisher: Loose Id LLC.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (249 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Moonflower

In a game played on and off the field, only one of them will emerge the winner.

Armed with an uncanny ability for evaluating football talent, a dogged determination to succeed in a man’s world, and an empty bank account, Rachel McCormick agrees to help struggling wide receiver Derek Ramsey get his game back. Rachel believes Derek, her former best friend and lover, knows the truth behind the points-shaving scandal which ruined her father. She vows to expose the secret even if it destroys Derek in the process.

When Derek’s coach suggests sex as an excellent tension reliever the night before a game, Rachel takes one for the team. The next day, Derek has the best performance of his not-so illustrious pro football career. As Derek and Rachel rack up nights in bed and other places, the team racks up wins on the field. Rachel is torn between her loyalty to her father and her growing affection for Derek.

Now it’s fourth and goal, one second left on the clock. Their hearts are on the line. Do they trust each other enough to go for the long bomb or do they get dropped for a loss?

Fourth and Goal is a hold your breath, heart pounding, gut wrenching love story. It’s been a long time since a book has captivated me enough to bring me to tears. Don’t let the sports element scare you off. I don’t watch football or any other sports, but I loved this book whole heartedly.

The Seattle Lumberjacks have never made it to the playoffs and they haven’t had a winning streak in a decade. Most of the fans have deserted them and the “Jacks” are the laughing stock of the league. What they need is a miracle. The clock is ticking and there are no more time outs.

Back in their college days Rachel and Derek were a perfect team. He was the golden child, but it was Rachel that made him shine. One mistake and their lives were changed forever. Five years later, Derek is on the verge of losing his professional football career and there is only one person who can help him. He hurt his best friend many years ago, but now she is his last hope. Pain, betrayal, and lies are a lot for anyone to get past. Can these two move beyond their differences and take one for the team?

Rachel McCormick has lost her job due to an unthinkable scandal that has also ruined her father. Her only option for employment and vindication is to take a caretaker’s job from the one man that single handedly ruined her life. Determined to prove her father’s innocence, Rachel puts her past hurts away and sets out to do her job. If it is the last thing she does, Rachel will bring down the man who broke her heart many years ago and destroyed her father: Derek Ramsey.

From the moment he started his professional career, Derek has been trying to run all his plays uphill. He has gone from a Rose Bowl MVP and Olympic Gold medalist to a washed up twenty-seven year old. Things have never been the same since he ruined his friendship with Rachel. He was injured during his first professional game and out for the rest of the season. He has been traded three times in four years, and can’t seem to catch a ball that has been tossed to him by a five year old. He knows his days are numbered. Derek has to prove himself to the new coaches before the regular season begins, one month and counting.

The secondary characters are the absolute treasures of the story. You want to smack and laugh at Tyler, the cocky overconfident quarterback. Mitch is the protective caveman of a brother, who can’t seem to see his sister as a grown woman. And Ryan, an amazing young man, is the heart and soul of the story. He captures and almost steals the whole book. He is a courageous, talented individual who crept into my heart and the cast of Fourth and Goal.

Ms. Davenport did a fantastic job on this story. Fourth and Goal is a well written sports romance novel. She told a convincing story of a woman who knows and loves the game, without alienating the readers who know nothing of the sport. With sultry and inventive sex scenes, heart breaking sorrow, nail biting football plays and a cast that is captivating and engaging, Fourth and Goal is a winner!

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