Tuesday, March 10, 2015

4 Star Review: Slow and Steady Rush (Falcon Football #1) by Laura Trentham


She lives by the book—and is still searching for her happily ever after.

Darcy Wilde has tried hard not to live up to her last name. As a librarian in Atlanta she lives a fine life far away from the football-obsessed town of her childhood. But when her beloved Grandmother needs help, Darcy takes a leave of absence and heads back to the home and past she left behind.

He knows how to play the field—and is in no rush to settle down.

Robbie Dalton knows a thing or two about painful pasts. After bouncing around in foster care and the Army for years he is finally ready to move on and make a home for himself in Falcon, Alabama as the newest high school football coach. Sparks fly when the sexy new coach and the sharp-tongued librarian meet, but neither of them is looking to make ties.

But when it comes to love, sometimes you’ve gotta throw away the rule book to cross the finish line…

Everything changes when Darcy falls in love, not only with the gruff, protective, and smoking hot man who's sharing her days and nights, but also with the complex tapestry of people who weave Falcon together. Could this be where she belongs - and who she belongs with?

My Review

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this book. It has a kick ass heroine. A HOT hero who happens to be ex military. An adorable and loyal three legged dog. Football (I love sports). Excellent secondary characters. And of course a sweet romance.

Darcy is returning home to help her grandmother, Ada, who has broken both her hips. She is only planning on sticking around for a few months to help Ada get back on her feet. Darcy and her cousin Logan grew up together at Ada's house, but Darcy left as soon as she could. Logan, after leaving the military has returned home to run the local tavern and coach the high school football team. The two are extremely close and I really enjoyed their sibling like relationship.  

Logan's friend, Robbie, who he served with in the military, is the football team's head coach. How the team performs will decide if he has a job past his first year, so he is a bit under pressure. He meets Darcy while she is swimming (naked) in the local swimming hole. While they have never met before, he did read all of the letters that Darcy used to send Logan while he was deployed. Darcy doesn't realize that Robbie has read her letters and is wary of him at first. He has been very helpful to Ada in Darcy's absence and she thinks it is just so he can buy a house/land that Ada owns. 

After a silly misunderstanding, Darcy and Robbie start "dating." By going out on very public dates, they are hoping to stop all the rumors that are going around town. Things are very awkward at first, but it doesn't take long for the two of them to grow close. Robbie knows that Darcy is only there temporarily, but he is willing to take advantage of whatever time they have.  

Unfortunately for Darcy she starts to really enjoy her time at home. Sure, he may want the house/land, but when it comes down to it, he really is just a good guy. Having read the letters that she sent to Logan, Robbie feels like he kind of already knows Darcy and he is at ease with her. As two grow close
 and Darcy discovers that she misjudged Robbie. She also starts to doubt whether she should leave once Ada is back on her feet. Luckily for Darcy she does have a great support system who will support her no matter what.  

There are a lot of light moments in this book. Darcy's grandmother is is very funny and quote spunky despite being laid up with two broken hips. And the old ladies who work at the library are hilarious as well. One of my favorite moments in the book is right before Darcy and Robbie are going out for the first time:
Still no movement from Robbie’s house. Darcy said, “This is pathetically close to a Disney movie. The studly jock forced to date the mousy nerd. The football god squiring around the bookish librarian to repair his reputation.” 
Kat hip-bumped her. “First of all, you are not mousy in the least. Secondly, there is nothing wrong with being intelligent. And, thirdly, I’m sorry to inform you, but you are a decade too old to star in a Disney movie.” 
“That’s depressing. What would we qualify for? A Lifetime special?” 
“Too young. That’s for the fortysomething set. You two are the prime age for a porno though.” 
“A porno.” The laughter bubbling through Darcy’s body erased a good portion of her nerves. “Lord help us. What would we call it? The Coach’s Concubine?” 
“The Lusty Librarian,” Kat said. More teenaged giggling ensued. 
“Sacking the Coach.” 
“Fourth and Extra Long.” 
“Unsportsmanlike Conduct.” 
“First …Down on the Coach.” 
“Indecent Interference.” 
“Freaking in the Fourth Quarter.” 
“Foot Balls and Dicks.” Darcy’s voice barely squeaked past laughter. 
“You about ready to go?” A deep voice rumbled.
Logan's book is next in the series and I can't wait to read it. There are a few references in this book about how he had a hard time after he came home from the war and I would like to know more about that. 

Amazon buy link: http://amzn.com/B00OYBAI3A

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