Published February 11th 2014 by Avon Impulse – Add it on Goodreads
Julie Brannagh's sparkling and romantic Love and Football series continues!
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?
If this book was a food, it would be "Death by Chocolate". Rich, decadent, and just sweet enough to know you're indulging your wicked side. Rushing Amy is that "reserved for special occasions" treat, that makes the day extra special because you get to indulge so rarely. While the characters weren't fairy tale perfect, (although Matt came pretty damn close) they weren't what has become so popular now, the tragically damaged and depressed H/h. They were relatively normal people dealing with normal issues while trying to find a not so average love to enhance their lives. I praise Julie Brannagh for not following the trendy formula and saving my hopes for the romance genre's future.
Matt's near perfection and ardent pursuit of Amy was just what I needed to wash the dreary winter blahs out of my head space for a bit. Amy was a truly excellent heroine, keeping true to herself and determined to make her own way in her own style. Yaaaaay!! Girl power! The engaging and snappy dialogue, honest and believable emotion, a well told, smoothly written story, and some absolutely lovable secondary characters (I want to go clubbing with Matt's mom!) Rushing Amy can find a home on any romance lover's bookshelf. In fact I think doctor's everywhere would be well advised to prescribe one dose of Julie Brannagh's Love and Football series for all sorts of general malaise. The cure rate would be astronomical. If you can't smile after reading these books, you should be admitted to an ICU immediately. Although a noted rise in body temperature would be a predictable and prevalent side effect. Get a jump on spring sunshine and check out Amy and Matt's story. You'll be very glad you did.
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Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.
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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