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Line of Scrimmage Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2008

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Editorial Reviews

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

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402214243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402214240
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on 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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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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In just ten more days Susannah Sanderson's 10 year marriage to her famous quarterback husband will be officially dissolved. Good thing, too since she's scheduled to marry her High School sweetheart, Henry Something-or-the-other, at the end of the month. Not so fast, Susannah...

Fresh off his third Super Bowl win, Ryan Sanderson is bruised, battered and looking to reunite with his ex before their divorce is finalized. He "blackmails" Susannah into spending the next 10 days with him, but will 10 days be enough time for him to win her back?

Actually, it only take a little over 24 hours.

This story didn't work for me and I'll try to explain why. I haven't been very careful about **SPOILERS**, so proceed accordingly.

I felt a twinge of dislike for Susannah early in the book when she's checking out her appearance in the mirror and thinks "better than most". The twinge grew into active dislike when she would remind Ryan that she was going to marry another man whenever they were taking a short break in their sex-a-thon...while still wearing Henry's engagement ring. By the midpoint of the story I absolutely hated Susannah, who cries at the drop of a hat and blames everyone in the world for her marital problems - except herself. Awful, awful heroine.

On to Ryan. Actually he's just about the only character in the book that was even slightly sympathetic, despite suffering from "Romance Novel Leading Man Syndrome". Anyone afflicted with RNLMS will be perfectly perfect - handsome beyond compare, famous and outrageously wealthy. Putting aside Ryan's RNLMS, at least his character displays some realistic traits.
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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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Since this was my FIRST Marie Force read, I figured it deserved to be an official Throwback. I think I have read Line of Scrimmage about ten times, and each time I do, the story has the ability to suck me in and not let go until the last page. Don't we love those books?

One of my Favorite Football Romances, Line of Scrimmage is so much more than what you might think by looking at the cover....Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with the cover....It just doesn't give justice to the emotion packed story that we get inside.

Ryan Sanderson screwed up big time by letting Susannah get away the first time, but he won't let that happen again. Even if the Superstar Quarterback is supposed to be recovering from an injury sustained in the last quarter of the Superbowl. Susannah is about to marry another man, a man who is safe and she won't have to worry about. She is done with worrying and trying to put on a brave face. She wants peace and normalcy and she can have that...just as soon as Ryan gives her a divorce.

Line of Scrimmage is an emotion packed book that will have you tearing up numerous times. We get to see inside the broken marriage of Two people who still truly love each other, but as they say "Sometimes Love Just Ain't enough".

Great Read, Great Storyline, Great Characters and just a wonderful all around Romance!! Get it, Read it and Enjoy it!!
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