Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Forward Passes by Jami Davenport

Title: Forward Passes 
Author: Jami Davenport
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Lumberjacks #2
Main Characters: Tyler and Lavender
Release Date: October 2012
ISBN: ebook
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Quarterback Tyler Harris is about to find the woman who can get past his defensive line and reach his heart.

With two championships in as many years, superstar Tyler Harris is the best quarterback in the league. Gorgeous and rich, he’s at the top of his game. But everyone’s looking to take him down. There’s a building media frenzy around an unfortunate accident, and the only safe place seems a rundown mansion deep in the San Juans and owned by his late great uncle. There, Tyler gets sacked by the sassy redhead next door. It’s more alive than he’s felt in years.

Lavender Mead has a good reason to dislike jocks, namely an absentee father who deserted the family to coach college football. Maybe that explains her penchant for bad boys who play ball for a living and break hearts for a hobby. Her new neighbor seems just the type. Yet, something is different about Tyler, and sometimes love requires a Hail Mary. You draw back your arm, pray…and give it all up to fate. And sometimes you win your ring.

My Review:
After the very first chapter of this book, I was in love with it and looking to see if it was available in print to add to my permanent library (sadly, right now, it's not). Right away, I need to give kudos to Jami Davenport. She wrote a hero (and heroine although she isn't quite as bad) who has some serious flaws, which could make him really unlikable. But he's not...she creates a great balance so you can remain empathetic to him even when he's acting/thinking like a real jerk.

The book starts with Tyler as quarterback and winning his second SuperBowl in a row. The guy should be on top of the world, but he's NOT. He's completely apathetic about what just happened and where he's going in life. Immediately, I was in love with this character...just because my heart hurt for him.

Then you meet the heroine, Lavender at the funeral of a man she loved. Art lived next door to Lavender and she had a close friendship with the older man. They'd planned to turn his mansion into an affordable vacation home for veterans, but that plan is derailed when he dies and leaves his mansion to his nephew, Tyler. Lavender has an issue with jocks. She is incredibly drawn to them, and Tyler is no exception to this, but she's learned the hard way that they mean nothing but heartache. She refuses to become involved with another one, no matter how good the chemistry is.

Like I said before, this is a different kind of book, mainly because the hero is not your normal hero material. Yes, he's gorgeous, but he's shallow and materialistic. He admits to staying with his fiance simply because they have really hot sex...most of it make-up sex. He's plowing through his money almost faster than he can make it and works to build his cocky bad-boy public persona. What he doesn't let anyone see is the real him...the one that gives to charity, the one who cares way too much, the one who's hurt by the dumb-jock persona. He knows that his only life-skill is football and feels really unworthy of all that he's earned because of it. 

This book has a slow build up. When it's all said and done it covers almost six months time. Even the relationship between Lavender and Tyler builds up really slowly. I liked that realism, especially knowing Lavender's history with jocks. I will admit I was shocked when the whole story of who her father is came out. I didn't see that coming and liked the way her father has ties to both characters.

I love sports books and this one was a great one. The book takes place during the off-season, but there is still interaction and conflict coming from the team situation. I need to go back to read book #1 in this series and absolutely cannot wait to read #3, because we meet the hero in this book...and yeah, there's going to be some good angst there because he's heading into his final football season. I think I found a new author to add to my favorite sports-author list!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

“…is an author not to be missed!”
USA Today Bestselling Author Lucy Monroe
There are two things I've always wanted to do since I was a young child: to write books and to ride horses. The riding I've been doing for years. Until recently, I only dabbled in writing.
I completed my first story at the age of five. I titled it "Wildfire" (about a horse, of course) and illustrated it myself. I still have the book stowed away in the attic somewhere.
I've written stories all of my life. They were my secret garden, my escape from the realities of the world. I never shared them with anyone. I'd hide them away and bring them out when the mood struck me.
I frequented several fan fiction sites on the Internet. As I was reading those stories, I thought I can do that. Four years ago, I posted my first two chapters on a fan fiction site. My hands shook. My stomach lurched. NEVER had I let anyone read my stories before. What if my writing was garbage? What if everyone hated it? It was a soul-baring moment. Fortunately, they loved it. It became quite popular. Several people who'd befriended me on that fan fic site encouraged me to pursue my writing on a more professional level. 
Being a devoted reader of romance and an advocate of happy endings, it was only natural to choose romance as my focus. I joined the Romance Writers of America, and the Olympia RWA chapter.
Six months and 105,000 words later, I finished my first manuscript, The Dance. Named after Garth Brooks' popular song, the original ending wasn't happily ever after, but I quickly changed that small detail. I started my second single title on Thanksgiving Day and pushed myself to see how long it would take me to finish it. I finished it the middle of February and was very proud of myself for being so fast.
To date, I've published four novels and two short stories in an anthology.
A few years ago, I married a wonderful man. You can bet my Green Beret turned Plumber will be an inspiration for a future book. In my spare time, I show the above-mentioned Hanoverian mare, in dressage. I'm also a rabid Seattle Seahawks and Mariners fan through thick and thin. Lately, I've developed an interest in gardening.
An avid boater, I've spent countless hours in Washington State's San Juan Islands, the most beautiful place on earth, and the setting for "Who's" and "The Dance." You'll see more books in the future set on these islands. My banner and several other pictures on this site were taken in that area.
Currently, I'm a PAN member of RWA and three RWA chapters: Peninsula, Greater Seattle, and Olympia. I'm co-president of the Olympia chapter with fellow writer Anthea Lawson. I spearhead the annual Elizabeth Kistler Memorial Retreat in Port Townsend at Manresa Castle for the Olympia chapter.

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Vickieann said...

Thank you for hosting Jami today :)

Beckey said...

Thanks for sharing.. Seen a lot of interesting reviews on the book :)

Jolene and Family said...

Sounds like a great read!!! Thanks for the chance to win

Jolene A