Love and Football #2
Author: Julie Brannagh
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Published: February 11, 2014
Source: publisher for review
Purchase Links: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - iTunes
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?
Julie Brannagh offers up quite the mixture of romance, sass, and hysterically laugh out loud moments in the second book from her Love and Football series. I loved the first book, Blitzing Emily, so I had a pretty good idea that I was going to love this one as well. I had a plan... I was going to take my time reading Rushing Amy and enjoy the journey. Did that happen? Hell no! I started Rushing Amy at 10 o'clock Monday night and was about 70% finished by the time I fell asleep. I woke up and finished the last 30% by lunchtime. It was that fun much to read. Nothing beats having a case of the giggles at midnight. *wink* The characters that Julie creates are spot on. I loved Matt. Oh, my gosh. I kept thinking, "Amy, if you don't jump him, I will." Then I remembered that I was reading a book and Matt doesn't actually exist. Damn it. Watching him pursue Amy while dropping at least a thousand dollars on flowers was hysterical. And then he goes and does something I wish more men would do... He doesn't just send her flowers, he delivers them in person. *swoon* Amy's no slouch, either. She's a strong, independent woman that refuses to do things halfway. She gives as good as she gets. There are new background characters as well as appearances from Amy's family. The only thing I didn't really like about Rushing Amy was her mom. I didn't like how quick she was to judge Matt even before she met him. It felt like she didn't want her daughter to find someone to be happy with. Why else would she make that dinner before even meeting Matt for the first time? I thought that was a little mean. And a little weird...
This series is getting better with each book. I loved Blitzing Emily, but I think Rushing Amy is my favorite so far. I haven't looked too much into the third book in the series, but I'm looking forward to devouring it just as quickly as the first two books. You've got me hooked, Julie. *grin*
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.
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