Title: Romancing the Running Back
Author: Jeanette Murray
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Santa Fe Bobcats #4
Main Characters: Anya and Josiah
Release Date: January 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
When Anya Fisher is asked to be the maid of honor in her best friend’s wedding, she jumps at the chance to go to Santa Fe. There’s nothing left for her in Atlanta—except a bitter and controlling almost-ex husband. Starting over as an online personal shopper is challenging, but not as much as having to plan wedding festivities with uptight groomsman Josiah Walker...
As a Santa Fe Bobcats running back, Josiah wants to make his mark on the field, not on the earth. A serious conservationist, he’s all about saving energy. So why is he wasting so much on the flighty fashionista in his best friend’s wedding? One kiss leads to another—and more. But when Josiah discovers that Anya has just as much substance as style, their harmless little fling may go into overtime...
This book starts off with a great premise. Anya has come to Santa Fe to help her friend, Cassie (heroine from book #1) prep for her upcoming wedding. In truth, Anya is running. She has an almost-ex husband who's become a thorn in her side. He's refusing to let her go although she's been trying to get a divorce for over two years.
Josiah is the running back for the Bobcat's. From the moment he meets Anya, sparks fly, but they aren't necessarily the good kind. Josiah may be a player for an NFL franchise, but he's an environmentalist at heart. He does whatever he can to reduce his footprint on the earth and to help conserve its resources. When he finds out Anya is a professional shopper, there are immediate fireworks. He doesn't respect her job; she's highly offended by his attitude toward her.
This is a great book for that old adage of 'there's a fine line between love and hate.' Because seriously these two do NOT like one another...at first. But as the maid of honor and best man, they have to work together in helping their friends with their wedding. And the more they're around one another, the more they become attracted. The chemistry switches to another kind altogether.
Of course, this is a romance...you know where the story is going to end up, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their emotional journey to that place. It was fun. I laughed out loud several times. My only tiny issue with the book was Anya's secret...not cool for her to not reveal that little detail earlier in the relationship.
This was an enjoyable story. I loved how at-odds the two start out being. It was also really fun to have the story built around Trey and Cassie's wedding. That allowed for lots of on-page time for the three other couples who've been featured in the series and I loved that. Note: although all those characters play fairly hefty parts in this story, you could easily go into this book not having read any of those other books. The author does a great job of explaining the intricacies of those other relationships in just a few sentences. BUT even though you don't have to have read those books first, I do recommend them. The entire series is good.
And there is a sneak peek of the next book in the series and I'm so excited about it. Just in those few pages, I became completely intrigued. I'm ready to read it now.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.