Knox Masters is a quarterback's worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And...virgin. Knox knows what he wants--and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he's set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she's the sister of his fellow teammate, but that's not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.
...but he's never met her before.
But Ellie isn't as sure. She's trying to start a new life and she's not interested in a relationship...with anyone. Beside it's not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother's teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.
Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.
I LOVED this book. I laughed. I cried. I didn't want it to end!!!!! And Knox Masters...WOW. Jen has given us yet another book boyfriend to swoon over!
Sometimes you read a book and it takes a couple chapters to draw you in, but not this one. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked! Knox meets Ellie one morning while doing his morning workout. He finds her sitting in the football stadium, strikes up a conversation with her and immediately feels a connection. He can't quite explain it, but he connects to Ellie. She seems to understand him on a level that he has never experienced before. He finds himself telling her things that he has never told anyone. When they part ways that morning he knows that he needs to find her again. He HAS TO find her.
Luckily for Knox, it turns out she is the sister of one of his teammates and the two of them are reunited sooner than he thought. It's clear to everyone around them that they not only have chemistry, but something is brewing. Here's the thing. Knox is a virgin. Yup, you read that right. The ridiculously sexy football star is a freaking VIRGIN.
But Ellie is hesitant to start anything with Knox for two reasons. The first being an incident in her past makes her think that getting into a relationship with her brother's teammate is a very bad idea. And the second being that Ellie is keeping a VERY big secret that could affect a lot of people. But Knox won't take no for an answer and before long the two of them are a couple. And these two as a couple...SO FREAKING HOT. There were a few times where I thought I would need a cold shower to cool down.
I really liked Ellie and I felt bad for her. From a very young age she was given the responsibility of looking out for her brother and making sure that he didn't know about it. As she got older, she felt as though there was no way out so she just kept doing what she always did. But meeting Knox was the best thing that could have happened to her. They had a great rapport that just fun to read:
The problem with Masters is that I’m very attracted to him, more so than a normal girl is attracted to a normal guy, which is why I can’t just walk away from him. I know that standing here having this conversation gives all the wrong signals. If I really didn’t want Masters, I’d walk away. We both know it.
“Okay. We have this thing,” I wave my finger between our bodies, “going on. I think the best thing we do is have sex, burn it out, and go on our own way. I won’t even tell a soul that we did it and you can continue with your virgin cover story.”
His face tightens. I don’t know if it’s because I accused him of lying or because I want to have sex without any emotional attachment, which is weird because most guys would jump up and down for joy at this offer. “If all I wanted was a quick lay, you and I both know I could get that without any effort. I want something more than that from you.”
“Welcome to disappointment. It’s character building.”
I force myself to turn around and walk away. The chair scrapes behind me, and then his big hand turns my shoulder and backs me up against the bookcase holding stories about dead girls hacked up by serial killers and other true crimes. Seems apt.
He leans down, so close I can smell him—a mix of warm male and citrus—and it’s so good my knees get a little weak. “I’m not experienced, but I know when a girl is into me, and you're into me. You want to play it casual, then that's how we play it... for now. But fair warning, I'm bringing everything I’ve got to tear down your resistance. My specialty is reading plays and then overcoming the barriers.”
I lock my legs to keep from falling over and pull out the biggest barrel I have. “Masters, there are things about me that if you knew, you wouldn’t want to spend another minute in my presence.”
He considers my words, the silence taking on heaviness, and part of me already aches for what I could have if I was any other girl at Western. “ Have you killed anyone?”. I can feel his eyes assessing me and I keep my gaze averted, afraid of what I’ll see in his moss green gaze.
“Have you slept with my brother?”
“What?” I can’t prevent myself from gawking at Masters, who’s smiling as he asks the question. “No! God, I’ve never even met him!”
“Are you catfishing poor athletes from Auburn? Wait, don't answer that, because I don't think I'd find that objectionable. Oh, I have it—” He snaps his fingers.
“This isn't a joke, Masters.”
He tucks a stray piece of hair behind my ear. “Until you tell me what it is, it’s not a reason to stay apart either.”
I suck in my lower lip to prevent throwing myself at him and telling him to take me.
“Why?”I ask helplessly.
“Because I like you.”
He grips me by the chin and lays down the gentlest, sweetest kiss. In that kiss, he tells me everything. That he wants me. That he’s willing to take it slow. That he’s not giving up. He kisses me as if this is the only thing he wants to do for the next ten hours.
Knox. God, I loved him. He was just the sweetest and kind of too good to be true. He falls head over heels for Ellie pretty much from the moment he met her. And when things go bad and and Ellie suddenly isn't part of his life he does what is probably the most romantic thing I've ever read in a book. EVER. I cried y'all. Like buckets of tears. And this thing that he does (I don't want to give it away) not only included his family and her brother, but the whole dang football team. It was AMAZING and I can't tell you how many times I have gone back to reread it. It was just perfect.
I am definitely looking forward to future books in this series. Jen created a great group of secondary characters and there were some hilarious moments when it was just the team hanging out. I can't wait to see who we get next!
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