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Line of Scrimmage [Kindle Edition]

Marie Force
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Book Description

She's given up on him and moved on...
Susannah finally has a peaceful, calm life and a no-surprises man. Marriage to football superstar Ryan Sanderson was a whirlwind of passion, heat, energy, and excitement, but Susannah got sick of playing second fiddle to his team, watching women throwing themselves at him, and living in terror of the hard hits he took on the field. With their divorce just days from being final, she's already planning a wedding with her new fiance...
He's finally figured out what's really important to him. If only it's not too late...
Ryan has just ten days to convince his soon-to-be ex-wife to give him a second chance. He has just brought home his third championship and his career is at its pinnacle, but during the year of their separation, Ryan's come to realize it doesn't mean anything at all without Susannah...
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From Publishers Weekly

Force's debut contemporary reads like an overly long category romance. Ryan Sanderson, three-time Super Bowl–winning quarterback for the Denver Mavericks, interrupts his almost-ex-wife, Susannah, while she's dining with her new fiancé, Henry, and his parents. Ryan threatens to slow the divorce proceedings, delaying Susannah and Henry's wedding, unless she allows him to woo her until their marriage legally dissolves in 10 days. Susannah capitulates, and after they finally communicate with one another about the stillbirth that destroyed their marriage, their passion reignites. When Henry reappears on the scene, however, the story falters. Henry, who has loved Susannah for years, always tried to get between her and Ryan, and she seems to have meekly tolerated it. Susannah's passivity and poor judgment reflect poorly on her, and Henry has few positive qualities. Ryan, on the other hand, is a good guy desperate to fix past mistakes, a terrific change of pace from the typical reluctant hero. (Sept.)
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Susannah Sanderson is all set for her upcoming wedding, until her soon-to-be-ex-husband, football superstar Ryan Sanderson, shows up. Ignoring her protests, Ryan informs her that since their divorce isn’t final for 10 more days, he still owns half of the house, and he intends to live there. Susannah has a hard time maintaining her boycott of the handsome, hunky athlete, especially when he’s in such close proximity. To further complicate things, it’s all too easy to compare him with Henry Merrill, her nerdy new fiancé, who comes complete with his domineering mother. Ryan has taken some hard hits on the playing field, but nothing prepared him for the breakup of his marriage. Now he’s throwing Super Bowl level energy into a reconciliation, and this is one game he’s determined to win. With its humor and endearing characters, Force’s charming novel will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, reaching far beyond sports fans. --Shelley Mosley

Product Details

  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001P5044G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,550 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Football Romance (B+ Grade) September 25, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This sexy book is about a married couple of ten years who are ten days away from getting their divorce finalized. They have been separated for almost a year and Susannah Sanderson is about to breathe a sigh of relief because in less than two week she will be a free woman and able to marry her former high school boyfriend, Henry. Susannah is getting a divorce from Ryan, the start quarterback of the Denver Mavericks and overall MVP of the NFL. Ryan doesn't want to go through the divorce since he is very much still in love with his wife. But the past year has been hard on them both because Susannah feels Ryan is selfish, especially since they lost their first child together when Susannah miscarried. That was the last straw and Susannah filed for divorce soon after Ryan went back to work.

Because the judge decided to wait six months to make their divorce legal, Ryan has a plan up his sleeve where he will move back into his home where Susanna still lives. He wants this remaining time with his wife and if she doesn't agree, he will stop the divorce proceedings. Ryan basically blackmails Susannah into spending the time with him. Ryan feels he has changed and wants to show Susannah the new Ryan Sanderson. Susannah has no choice to go along with Ryan's sneaky tactics. She thinks she is strong enough to be around Ryan and not fall for his charm, just like she did when she was in college.

Both Ryan and Susannah are hurting because of a lot of misunderstandings on their part. Susannah is not the typical trophy wife for a larger than life star like Ryan. That is what Ryan loves so much about Susannah, that she keeps his head on straight and brings him down to Earth.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOUCHDOWN!!! August 24, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A real treat by a new author. Don't let the cover fool you. This book is much more than a football romance. Characters are wonderfully developed and their story will keep you entertained from the first page through the last. Terrific read -- one I highly recommend. I'm looking forward to the next book by Marie Force.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It Just Went On And On... November 20, 2012
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I read a couple of reviews of this from bloggers I respect, and I was really looking forward to it. What a disappointment. The hero is a pretty cool guy, but the heroine is a real wimp who spends most of the book in tears. As far as I could tell, she has no claim to fame aside from being the beautiful wife of an extremely wealthy football player. She has a lot of 2012 sex, but other than that, she's a throwback to a Harlequin 1970's heroine. The secondary characters are stereotypes. There's an evil ex-boyfriend and an equally evil wannabe girlfriend who are so predictable they are funny. The writing is mediocre, and the plot reads like something lifted from a soap opera. The plot is a series of disjointed misunderstandings and situations that are loosely strung together. Very few of them really move the plot forward, and most of them could be cut with no harm done.

I paid $5.38 for this book, and it wasn't worth it. I can't recommend it to anyone, and I doubt I will buy anything else by this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light book April 19, 2010
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This is a short and entertaining book , great for a summer afternoon at the pool. The story will not inspire you and I'm sure I will not put Line of Scrimmage in my "keeping shelf" but it was an agreable read.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sporty Romance with a Kick August 29, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Line of Scrimmage by Marie Force is not only a fantastic read for the romance fan but also for the female sports fan. I found this story ripe with emotion, steadfast with passion and downright endearing. Ladies hold onto your hats cause this Line of Scrimmage is full of secret game plays.

Susannah Sanderson is a stunning blond who's had her fill of a one sided relationship. Marriage to a football superstar is marriage to the team and for Susannah it seems to be taking more than she can give.

Ryan Sanderson is superstar quarterback with three Superbowl wins under his belt but his ten years of marriage aren't quite getting him the awards that he needs. More money than he could possibly ever spend, good looks enough to snag any woman he wants, leaves this jock with happiness in his fantasy world and trouble in his real world.

Henry Merrill is an overly possessed, back stabbing creep who is so in love with Susannah that he sits on the sidelines waiting for his chance to pick up the pieces of her life as it shatters with her separation and upcoming divorce from her husband. Like a leach he sucks his way into her life and into a promise of marriage as soon as the divorce is final.

The story starts us out with Susannah and Henry having a dinner party with his parents to discuss their upcoming wedding. They have a short four weeks before they will be husband and wife and the only thing that can possibly go wrong is Susannah's court date in ten days. All is going well until her estranged husband decides to throw a money wrench into all of Susannah's carefully laid plans by showing up and saying, "Honey I'm home".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars another stunner
Started this book yesterday. Did not put it down until the last page. What an absolute stunner by Marie Force.
Published 8 days ago by Book lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...another good book by Marie Force!
I loved this story about never giving up on love! It was a great romance book and a must read!
Published 11 days ago by kindle enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a good strong Romance
I haven't written a review in awhile, but just thought I would on this one because it was just an overall good book. Read more
Published 14 days ago by jaho64
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!
I have recently become a huge fan of Marie Force and this book did not disappoint. Ryan and Susie were very easy to reassure to and cheer for. I couldn't put the book down!
Published 1 month ago by S. Skillett
5.0 out of 5 stars Line of Scrimmage Marie Force
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I had purchased it some time ago but never got around to reading it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again a great read.
I read some of the reviews that ranged from 1 star to 3 stars and wondered if these people were ever married or are to young to understand Susie's character. Read more
Published 2 months ago by iloveny
3.0 out of 5 stars Least Favorite of Ms. Force's Romances, Mild Spoilers!
After years of putting his career and love of football first, Ryan Sanderson is trying to win back his marriage. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. B. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars line of scrimmage
I enjoyed the book all the eyes! Would recomend to all my friends. Have not read a book built around football but being a football fan I liked the whole book with ass the twists... Read more
Published 3 months ago by gollum
5.0 out of 5 stars romantic
Marie Force is a romantic after my own heart! While the story can sometimes become predictable, the romance is always fresh!
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More About the Author

With more than 2.5 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1.3 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin's Carina Press, as well as the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love, book 1 in her new Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller in February 2014. The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out in June, and the third book, I Saw Her Standing There, is coming in November. In 2014, Marie will have eight mass-market print releases--the first five Fatal Series books from Harlequin and the first three Green Mountain Series books from Berkley. Her most recent book, Fatal Jeopardy, book 7 in the Fatal Series, released on March 24, 2014, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. She recently agreed to a major three-book deal with Berkley for her upcoming contemporary Quantum Series, featuring Hollywood heavy-hitters who are determined to remain single until love changes their plans.

While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie.

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