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The headline could write itself: Matthew Hawkins, star defensive end, comes out of retirement to play for the Washington Wolves. Which is perfectly fine by Ava Baker - it makes her job as publicist for the team easier.   

There are only two problems. This particular football player was her first crush. The bigger problem: Matthew Hawkins was once engaged to her older sister. 

 It's been 10 years since Ava has seen Matthew. He's bigger, better looking, and best of all - completely single. Despite his history with her sister, the attraction between Ava and Matthew isn't so one-sided anymore. It's hot enough to burn down the entire city of Seattle.

But this headline is far more complicated to write. And not just for the press or what it means for her family - because once her heart is involved, there's no predicting the ending.  

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Karla Sorensen (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Kelly - KCBookLover
  • 26-05-2019

Football Romance! Fantastic Audiobook

The narration for this book was spot on - they both portrayed the characters emotions and inner thoughts perfectly. Teddy was excellent as Matthew- I could imagine him both in the locker room or in the bedroom with Ava. And Lucy brought sophistication and class to Ava - I felt her pain and heartache like she was in the car with me. The Story: There is nothing better than sports romance - and I am not even a diehard sports fan outside of reading! This book highlighted why I love the genre, there is just something about the dedication and heart of sports players that makes me love them and everything surrounding them. So when you throw in a juicy detail like the hero being the sisters ex-fiancé - I am salivating to sink my teeth into the story and fall in love. Matthew Hawkins was not ready to be done with Football- but his life long team was done with him- opting for younger, uninjured replacements. So when the Washington Wolves are willing to take a chance on him - the last thing he expects to find in the front office is his ex-fiancés little sister. Always having a soft spot for her, the sexy, take no bull, vixen, who half the team is scared of, is not what he expected. Ava Baker loves her job, loves her team but anything involving her family is a painful, torturous event she’d rather avoid. So when Matthew waltzes into her office, surrounds her in a giant bear hug, she’s knows she is screwed and the wall she had built up around her heart doesn’t stand a chance. The chemistry and past history between Matthew and Ava leads to some difficult situations and some sizzling moments as well but I loved every minute of it. I seriously needed a giant hug from Matthew as well to make it through certain scenes. I feel like a hug from a giant man like him could solve any problem. And Ava - her family always made her feel like second best and she let that dictate her actions- just like they wanted. I was glad to see her finally stand up to them and make her voice and opinions known - she is a powerful, important woman and didn’t deserve to be overlooked. I got chills reading the final chapter- I love when it all comes together and plays out like I hoped. 5 Stars for me!

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  • Reggie
  • 03-08-2020

Falling for your sister’s ex fiancé is always tricky...

Ava has a great job as a PR manager for the NFL team, Washington Wolves. She loves what she does and she’s great at it...all is well in her world...until the team picks up a new defensive end. The same guy whom her sister was engaged to until she cheated on and dumped him. Now Ava has to face her crush...Matthew Hawkins...and act as if she’s not affected by him...not one bit. Matthew Hawkins has not had much luck with relationships. His marriage only lasted 5 yrs and he was about to retire when he got the call from the Wolves. As Matthew and Ava rekindle their friendship...which then becomes more...it seems as if he’s finally found the real thing. But will Ava’s insecurity and need to please her family sabotage her relationship?

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  • Mayzone
  • 25-01-2020

Sports Romance Dream book

I loved the second book in this series, Ava and Matthew’s friends to lovers story played out so well in this book. Ava had some SMH head moments and I definitely felt Matthews heartbreak, held out for the HEA and it was worth it. Teddy Hamilton and Lucy Rivers together always makes for a great book. Sorensen is becoming one of my favorite authors. Use a credit on this one!

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  • Michella L. Patane
  • 08-08-2019

Checks all my boxes! One click this one!!

I absolutely enjoyed this audiobook. Sexy sport romance... check. Forbidden... check. Fantastic narration... double check. I highly recommend listening to this one!!

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  • Thebookishpeep
  • 26-01-2020

Great Narration!

I loved this story and the performances! My first book from this author and I will certainly be seeking more.

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  • Kelly Farrand
  • 11-06-2019

great book

I really loved this book I found myself walking around with a big smile on my face. such an easy listening experience, going to move on to the next.

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