A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.
NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.
Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.
Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he’s her forever man.
Kristen Callihan is probably one of three authors who can make me embrace and love a book with an insta-love trope. The Game Plan sort of straddle the insta love line considering that the hero Dex has had his eye on Fi the moment he met her and Fi pretty much fell for Dex immediately.
But the wonderful writing, the chemistry between the characters, the secondary characters and Dex (rawr!). As much as I love Fi in all her quirky girly glory, Dex made this book for me. He’s a virgin but more than that he’s just a really, really nice guy. Ms. Callihan hit it right out of the park with Dex.
Another thing I loved is the overall story. Dex is wary of the notoriety that comes from being an NFL player. His virgin status only added to his appeal. Meanwhile, Fi is floundering. Office politics and jealousies are wreaking havoc in her work life. A short vacation to San Francisco where her sister Ivy and brother-in-law live offers a short reprieve. It also led to Fi and Dex reconnecting.
And holy mother of wow did they reconnect. Callihan take readers on a ride with Dex and Fi as they navigate their fledgling relationship. One of the obstacles they have to overcome was time and space. Dex lives in New Orleans, Fi in New York. Add to that the relentless scrutiny of the media, Dex and Fi were in for a bumpy ride.
Despite that, this book was low in angst. The interesting cast of supporting characters also added to the appeal of this book. I cannot wait to read more. I want Rolondo to have his own book. Pretty please, Kristen, make it happen.