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Parker Sherbourne has a talent for sports and seduction - and the body to prove it. When the High Rollers, the professional football team from Las Vegas, chase after her to be their point-after specialist, she jumps at the chance. Sure, the position is only a publicity stunt, but she has always been able to turn any situation to her advantage. 

Carly Bartlett joins the Rollers as the newest athletic trainer and the only other female on the payroll. This dream job could bring the financial security her family desperately needs. The head trainer has only one warning: don't get involved with a player. Not a problem. She doesn't go for guys. 

When Parker reaches out to Carly for treatment, sparks fly. Will Carly fall for Parker's charms and put her own desires ahead of her family's? Has Parker finally found the woman who'll make her slow down and stop playing the angles? 

With the macho world of football against them, can they beat the odds in this lesbian sports romance?

©2018 Catherine Lane (P)2020 Tantor

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  • AmandaB
  • 2020-08-24

I don’t know....

I think this is the first book I’ve ‘read’ by this author. There were some things that I liked and some things I didn’t.

The first thing is that it took me about 5 days to get through it, meaning that it wasn’t so good that I couldn’t put it down.

The next thing was that it had some super cringe-worthy, PC, after-school-special moments that kind of turned me off, personally. It did have a mid-late 20’s finding-yourself-theme that I liked. But generally, it was nothing to write home about and, frankly, it felt a bit forced.

Carly’s lack of confidence was off-putting, something that I felt was compounded by the way Abby played her voice. Don’t get me wrong, Abby is brilliant at bringing the characters to life and I think that, based on the writing, the voice Abby used was intentional and perfect for the character. I just didn’t really like the character, I guess. I mean, she was sweet and kind but also insecure and timid. I know she’s kinda young but that kind of insecurity seemed more fitting to a teenager than a 26-year-old woman.

Also, I felt that there wasn’t much chemistry between the MC’s. The love scene fell kind of flat for me and it was an odd place and time for it to happen.

The family dynamics were really good and I really liked Carly’s little brother. There were some funny and genuinely heart warming moments that didn’t cross over to cheese-ville. But it was just enough to make it not suck, in my opinion.

Basically, I think some may really like this book. I just wasn’t a big fan.

As always, Abby Craden is my jam and I’ll have no other narrator before her. She’s fantastic!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-11-01

It was good.

The narrator was as good as ever, the story was kinda just normal. I have been listening to a lot of books lately so this one just comes off as average. It's not bad though, the plot is consistent and resolves itself well.

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  • Sondra A., Cobb
  • 2020-08-31

More Sports Lesbian Books please!

This book had some of my favorite things... Football, Las Vegas, Abby Craden, and some lesbian romance in the desert. Well done!

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  • Nori L White
  • 2022-01-04

Embarrassingly Weak Female Characters

This book could have been better. Carly is insecure, weak, naïve and has the lowest self esteem I have ever come across for a main character in a lesbian romance novel. Her Low self-esteem is Utterly unattractive no matter how much you described her as attractive!!!

Abby Craden was the only bright part of this book. My advise to the author. Do better!!! Create better/stronger female characters.

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  • paedagogue
  • 2021-11-29

A sports fairytale with a message of empowerment

Catherine Lane's love story features a female soccer star experimentally hired as a kicker for a female-owned NFL team based in Vegas, and a female physical therapist hired by the same team. Parker, an elite athlete, is the daughter of a luxury Vegas casino owner preoccupied with high-stakes business deals and his chronically depressed wife who has been absent from their children's lives. Carly comes from poverty: she and her middle schooler half-brother have been raised by their maternal grandmother, after being abandoned by their would-be showgirl mother. They live together in a tiny cheaply furnished flat, and Carly has taken the job with the football team in hopes of finally relieving her grandma of the need to work long, exhausting hours. Lane's clear, lean prose is like Parker's beautifully conditioned physique, which Carly--herself a beauty of mixed-race parentage--is irresistibly drawn to even before they have met. These two young women turn out to have a great deal in common, despite their social and material differences. Both have left respectable jobs for the challenges and rewards of working for a low-performing team that is being steered by its feminist owner in a new direction, resisting the masculinist culture of the NFL. Both are wounded by absent parents, though Carly is fortunate in her grandmother's selfless love. Both have to prove themselves professionally in an often hostile workplace, even as they find in one another the unexpected grace of being seen, heard and supported. Parker--a notorious, out player--turns out to be blazingly romantic and desperately in need of stability. Carly is closeted, cautious, but Parker awakens her courage. As lovers, they are perfectly matched, and Lane skilfully conveys the heat they spark in one another, and provides credible scenes in which we get to know them more deeply as they get to know one another. With the same swift economy of gesture that Carly admires in Parker, Lane also provides vivid snapshots of the luxury hotel in Vegas where Parker is ensconced, the lower-class suburb where Carly lives, the ravishing sandstone landscape,beyond the Vegas Strip. The velvet-voiced Abby Craden brings this very sweet story to life: yes, I'd listen to her even if she were reading advertisements, but Lane provides her with a nuanced--if low-keyed--story with festive episodes set in Halloween and at Christmas.