As if things aren’t already tough enough as the only girl on a college football team, Coach had to go and assign Zeke Collins as my roommate.
A cocky kick returner and my brother’s best friend who should have been ripped of that title years ago, he’s as infuriating as he is undeniably sexy.
I hate him, and for good reason — reason I won’t ever let him forget.
He thinks because we grew up together that it’s his role to protect me, but all he does is get in my way, make me look weak, and piss me off more.
I tell him I can handle myself, and I’m hell-bent on getting that point across to him and the rest of the nation watching the only girl in collegiate football.
The pressure doesn’t get to me. The scrutiny? I’m ready for.
But sharing very thin walls with Zeke Collins? I wasn’t prepared for that.
And the more we’re forced together, the harder it is to distinguish that pencil-thin line between hating him… and wanting him.
4.5 Heart Review by Ashley
Kandi Steiner punched me in the chest right from the start with this one. And the hits kept coming all the way through (and not just on the field).
I LOVED Riley. She is a straight up badass. A woman thriving in a mans sport. But it was her heart and grit that drew me in. Her promise to her brother. Her determination to be the best. How she wasn't going to be defeated no matter what. Even if she had to go toe to toe with her teammates. And enemy, who just so happened to be her brother's best friend, Zeke.
Oh that Zeke. I couldn't help but like the big guy (and there were times I really didn't want to like him). He was guarded with his truths. Protective of the things he held dear, friendships, family, football. And Riley, even if she didn't want it or him in her life. But he saw her. Got her in a way she didn't get herself sometimes and helped her when she got stuck in her head.
For as much as they didn't like each other, they needed each other as they faced their new world. And somewhere in the middle of practices, film study, classes and pushing the limit just enough they found something neither was expecting...understanding. Something that felt like home. At least until the bottom dropped out.
I could feel the tension radiating off the page. There were so many times I wanted to jump into the pages and yell at them to listen to what the other wasn't saying. To get out of their own stubborn ways and let themselves have this. Be happy instead of carrying around years of anger and guilt.
Whew! Talk about intense. Fair Catch is angsty sports romance perfection. The hate, the desire, the longing in Riley and Zeke's friends to enemies to lovers romance made it impossible to put this down. And that ending...be still my ever swooning heart...it was good!
About the Author
Kandi Steiner is an Amazon Top 5 bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing "emotional rollercoaster" stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance -- in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you're a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she's your gal.
An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women's Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her "freedom of press."
She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.
When Kandi isn't writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, planning her next adventure, or pole dancing (yes, you read that right). She enjoys live music, traveling, playing with her fur babies and soaking up the sweetness of life.
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