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Fair Catch by Meghan Quinn Reviewed

Fair Catch

Training, playing ball and studying is Lexi’s life and it never seems to bother her until her friend, Parker Hill, points out to her that sweat pants on a Friday night while watching sappy romance movies isn’t really living up her last year in college. Lexi didn’t see the need to party since she didn’t know what the hell she was doing with her life after college but her friends wouldn’t take no for an answer. Little did she know going to the first party of the season was going to flip her world upside down. Jake Taylor, starting quarterback for Cal U and campus heart throb spent his entire college career, partying, getting drunk and winning football games but it is all finally catching up to him. He is ready to throw in the towel of his partying days when he decides to have one more last fling. That is when he runs into the one person that could turn his life inside out. Lexi wants nothing to do with Jake and his partying ways but after one bet gone wrong , she finds herself on a date with the annoyingly obnoxious, egotistical heart throb. Even though she wants nothing to do with him, she finds herself gravitating toward him and giving into his charm. They fall hard and fast for each other as they find love, comfort and a home. They live in their own littler world where nothing matters besides the love they share for each other. But love isn’t enough for Lexi when she is trying to find her way after college. She slowly sinks into Jake’s shadow and finds herself clawing out of the Jake sized hole she buried herself in so she can find who she is, who she wants to be and what her future holds for her. Fair Catch is a true love story that goes through the trials and tribulations of Jake and Lexi’s insecurities, jealousies, short comings and strong personalities. Love is one hell of a strong bond but sometimes, it’s not strong enough. Follow Jake and Lexi as they try to hold on to the love they share while they try to find themselves and find out what life is after graduation.

ARC Was Given To Blog For An Honest Review

I have been on a reading frenzy of Meghan Quinn books recently. They are like potatoes chips you can’t just eat one. I once again was pulled into this story as I have with her other books.

Fair Catch is book one of the Love and Sports series. I am seeing a pattern that the author might like sports. Each one of her stories has lead characters but the supporting characters play an integral role in her stories. I find myself quickly turning the page not just because I want to know about the lead characters, but also the rest of the ensemble cast.

Ok, so about the story. Lexi is a powerhouse, extremely beautiful and intelligent and an incredible athlete on the girl’s softball team.  I love her because she does not seem to know just how beautiful and incredible she is. Lexi is a strong woman, which I like my female leads, but she just does not know what she wants to do with her life. What I did not like about Lexi is that she could not seem to make up her mind and I think she gave into the Jake a little too easily. I did not like seeing how she was becoming once in the relationship with Jake.

Jake is my hot, cocky football star the typical man whore, star of the football team, and on his way to the NFL. He can get in anyone’s pants most of the time. Here is the difference Jake is a leopard that decides he is going changes is spots. I love how charismatic he is but wanted to smack him upside the head a few times, that boy has a lot to learn if he wants to be in a relationship but it was his willingness to try that captured my heart and he really gave it his all. He fell in love, accepted it and nothing would stop him from keeping her and making it work.

Jake and Lexi, when these two come together there is a lot of pass interference and foul balls called. Their dynamic is not unlike other stories I read but this is fun to read. Once Jake had the ball (Lexi) he was planning on making a home run. After they came to together they were inseparable and could not get enough of each other. The sex in the book is definitely hot and sizzles. I had to wonder if the relationship was healthy, I was seeing what her friends were seeing and she was so caught up in Jake’s dreams that she seemed to lose sight of her own might be. This was disconcerting to me because I liked how independent and strong willed Lexi was. I eventually was able to understand the message I think the author was trying to convey to the reader. I think the message is that a person really can’t give themselves fully to another until they give fully to themselves first.

As I mentioned earlier there are quite a few other characters in this story, Mason and Brooke are together throughout and seem to be in love.  I am already in love with Mason and want more and more of him. I can tell there is a lot more to his story with Brooke and by the end you will see what I mean. Parker is hot baseball player and Lexi’s and Margo’s best friend. There is a story happening here too.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Meghan Quinn’s books are always very detailed and involve multiple storylines. I have said it before and I will say it again. I love this about her books. Some people tend to like soul focus on one couple, but I like her writing style. The only thing I can say that I did not like about this book is that there seemed to be some phrases that were a bit repetitious throughout. I did read an ARC copy so some of those things may have been caught and cleaned up but I am not sure.

EXCERPT

She turned to grab Margo when she ran straight into a tall muscular mass. The impact caused her to fall back and stumble until she fell straight on her ass. Embarrassment laced through her body as she looked up and made eye contact with those light green eyes she couldn’t stop thinking about since last night.

“Whoa, sorry there Lexi.” Jake said, while reaching out a hand to help her up. She ignored his hand and got up herself. Margo caught up to her and the smirk on Margo’s face made Lexi want to punch her best friend square in the boob.

“Hey Jake.” Margo said. “Looks like you took down our little center fielder. No one ever knocks her down.”

Lexi looked at Margo as if she was insane for talking to him. She grabbed her friends arm and started walking away from the massive football player. Margo was mumbling something under her breath when Lexi was yanked back by the arm.

“Hold up” Jake said. “I want to talk to you.”

Lexi looked at Margo and said, “Go ahead talk away. Margo I’ll catch up with you later.”

Margo stopped her. “Deary, he wants to talk to you, not me.”

Lexi turned to Jake to confirm and he just smiled. Lexi folded her arms in front of her chest putting off the most defensive stance she knew and asked, “What do you want? And why they hell are you up this early? The football team never has to work out this early.”

“I wanted to catch you before you went to class.”

Lexi shook her head. “How do you even know I have class this morning?” She held up her hand. “Wait, I don’t care, just tell me what you want.”

“Fine, I’ll get right down to the point. I want you to be my date for the alumni dinner this Friday.”

Lexi felt her mouth drop to the floor. He wants her to be his date? Want? He didn’t even ask, he just stated his needs. She was about to open her mouth in protest when Margo beat her to it and said, “She would love to. What time?” Margo’s interjection made Jake smile, causing Lexi to slightly melt but then she realized what Margo said and she was able to regain her senses.

“No, I would not love to. Where the hell do you get off going around demanding what you want people to do? You can find yourself another date. Lord knows any girl will trade her left tit to go on a date with you.”

Her comment made Jake laugh, causing rage to take residence in Lexi’s body. “What is so funny?” She asked.

“You, you’re so stubborn.”

“I’m stubborn? Because I don’t want to go out with you? That’s not stubborn, that’s just knowing what I don’t want and I’m sorry to say but that’s you.”

Jake feigned an attack to his heart as he put his hands to his chest. “Your words kill me.” She rolled her eyes. He straightened up and said, “I’ll bet you for it.”

Lexi wanted to take out whoever told him all about her. How the hell did he know she never turned down a bet? It was her one weakness, whenever someone said they would bet her, it was practically impossible for her to refuse. She looked at Jake and knew no matter what he said, she wouldn’t be able to refuse because she wanted to put him in his place and wipe that damn smirk off his gorgeous mug.

The Love and Sports Series:

Fair Catch (book 1): Goodreads

Meghan Quinn

Author Bio:

When I was in high school I occasionally read books but was consumed by other teenage things so I didn't take the time to appreciate a good book on a cloudy day, wrapped up in a blanket on the couch, besides The Notebook I made time to read the heartbreaking novel. It wasn't until I received a Kindle for Christmas one year that my world completely flipped upside down. When looking for books I came across the Contemporary Romance genre and was sold and I haven't turned back since. You can either find my head buried in my Kindle, listening to inspiring heart ripping music or typing away on the computer twisting and turning the lives of my characters while driving my readers crazy with anticipation. I am currently residing in beautiful Colorado Springs where the sun is always shining and there is a trail waiting to be hiked on every corner. I share a lovely and warm home with the love of my life and my five, four-legged children.

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