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ooh, I liked this book, although I'll be honest with you, it didn't have that much of a holiday feel. Although it did end at Christmastime, the book takes place throughout the entire fall (i.e. football season for high school football which this retired NFL player helps out on...and that's how he meets this single mom of one of the players). But that cover is gorgeous and I love the play on words for the title, so I can forgive that tiniest little blip.
Everything about this book was fun. I really, really loved it. I love that Becca is just as sarcastic and snarky as he 14 yo son. OMG, I loved Simon. He was fun and snarky and so darn smart-alecky...just like a 14 yo would be, but I love that his mom has given him the self confidence to own that and stand up for what he thinks and believes. Seriously, even if the rest of the book wasn't as good as it was (which it totally rocked), I would have loved this book for the interactions between Simon and all the adults in his life, but especially between him and his mom and him and Mitch.
And then there's the romance, which I kind of adored, too. Like her son, Becca doesn't put up with much and having an egocentric, rich, famous NFL player in their midst with all the moms flinging themselves at him...yeah, Becca doesn't think too highly of the guy. But that's what makes Mitch notice her in amongst the masses...she doesn't drool over him like everyone else. In fact, he's pretty sure that she doesn't even like him. Add that to her kid who's entirely too good at football for his age, and Mitch is most definitely intrigued.
So, yeah...I really liked this one...a LOT. I definitely recommend it. Also, I own several of Marie Harte's books, I've never read any of her stories. I need to rectify that and pull some of these out of my TBR pile.
Becka Bragg could be your friend next door - single mom raising her now 14-year-old son on her own. But she's way more than that. She's a young widow trying to make ends meet while running her own business. She does have her cousin Nora who's as close as a sister (who is so full of spunk and is hilarious) to help keep her going. Becka has a busy, full life raising her son, Simon, and running her business which doesn't leave time for much else.
Mitch Flashman has left the NFL having won two Super Bowls and has followed his brother's footsteps to a small town in Oregon. His brother, Deacon, coaches the local high school football team and Mitch has stepped up to help out with the team. Simon is one of the students on the team. This is how Mitch and Becka meet.
And let me add here that Simon, Nora and Deacon make GREAT supporting characters! They really add humor and depth to the story. Simon, in particular, shows wisdom beyond his years.
The dynamics between Becka and Mitch are enjoyable to watch unfold. Unlike other women in the community, Becka is not impressed by Mitch's NFL history nor his bank account. She's very cautious in whom she chooses to date and, although it's been 7 years since her husband's death, she's not dated that much since and when she finally accepts Mitch's invitation to get together, she proceeds cautiously...at first.
Mitch finds Becka a refreshing change from so many of the women he's dated and the women in town who blatantly chase him. That's part of the attraction. She doesn't seem overly impressed by him, nor his wealth. She's also very dedicated to her son and yet can stand on her own two feet; she's not looking for a handout. Now Mitch just needs to get Becka to see him for who he really is.
The characters felt very genuine, and I admired how strong Becka was - very sure of herself even as she deals with all that she has on her plate. And when the sparks begin to fly between them, it is Becka who takes the first step. Mitch is in awe of her sexy self-assuredness in and out of the bedroom!
Mitch's character shows that even if you've literally been at the top of your game in one profession, there can be an adjustment in figuring out what you're going to do when that part of your life is over. There's some very poignant moments where Mitch and Becka have such honest discussions about their lives - Mitch, trying to decide what he should do next in his life and Becka, still struggling on some levels with the grief over losing her husband.
It is in watching both characters face these challenges that the reader is drawn into the story. Add in the great supporting characters, the sexy times for Becka and Mitch and the holiday season - it all adds up to a winning story!