Release date: 9/6
What he wants he gets…
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 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 a heaviness and part of me already aches for what I could have if I was just any other girl at Western. “Have you killed anyone?” he finally asks. 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 be 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 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.
His lips barely move but I can feel everything in me surge toward him. The short wedges
I shoved on this morning suddenly feel precarious. I grip his shoulders to steady myself and then find myself rising up on my tiptoes to press deeper against him. He hauls me flush against him until I can no longer touch the floor.
His one hand palms nearly my entire back while the other angles my head for better access. He may be a virgin, but the guy knows how to kiss. His tongue is finding places inside my mouth that I didn’t even know would feel good.
All the pent up desire that has been boiling in me for days comes pouring out of me. I attack him with my next kiss, biting his lower lip, sucking on his tongue. Against my belly I can feel the hard ridge of his erection.
“God,” I breathe as he abandons my mouth to trace the line of my jaw with his lips. He growls in response and pushes me back against the bookcases but I don’t even mind that the shelves are biting into my back. I just want more.
And he gives it to me. We cling to each other, feeding off of each other’s seemingly endless need until I hear a gasp and then a muted giggle. And those two faint sounds somehow manage to break through the haze of lust and bring with it the realization that
I am in a very public place. I wriggle against him and he sets me down reluctantly.
“We’re in the bookstore,” I say in a scandalized voice.
When I read the blurb for this book, I was curious and a bit amused. Knox Masters, college football hero extraordinaire and… virgin? Definitely a departure from the stereotype. I wondered if he’d be a prude, forever being seduced and hanging on tooth and nail to his virtue. You know what? This guy’s not a prude. In fact, he seems to have picked up a wealth of knowledge somewhere. Online, probably. The internet is for… never mind.
Knox actually comes across as quite the beast. He has healthy appetites. He doesn’t shy away from sex, but he wants it to be an intimate act with the woman for whom he meets and falls. That was refreshing. To add to the role reversal, the girl of his dreams, Ellie, would like nothing better than to get him in the sack (Sacked, get it? LOL) but he wants to work on their relationship first. Of course she agrees. Who wouldn’t fall for that sweetness?
It’s sweet, it’s hot and it made me laugh a lot. But it has some serious components, too.
Some of the supporting characters in this book are so real. Knox has an identical twin. In one scene, they test Ellie to see if she can tell them apart and I was suddenly doing an ugly cry. It totally blindsided me. Guess I’m a sucker for punishment because I thought it was the best thing ever.
This story was pleasantly unpredictable. I never knew what was going to happen next. Even the ending surprised me. Readers who don’t mind a bit of voyeurism will likely give it 5 stars but this old-fashioned (dinosaur) girl will give it 4.5. I hope there will be sequels because this was a lot of fun. Looking forward to more from Jen Frederick.
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