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Line of Scrimmage Paperback – December 17, 2017
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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!!
But I was pleasantly surprised. VERY surprised to find that I really liked this book. A lot.
Ryan Sanderson is the starting quarterback for the Denver Mavericks. Hot off his 3rd Superbowl win in 5 years Ryan is ready for the fight of his life. Winning back his wife Susannah before their divorce is final in 10 days. But Susannah is already engaged to her high school sweetheart. It's clear from the get go that Susannah still has deep feelings for Ryan and you're anxious to wonder why if she's engaged to someone else.
Ryan pulls out all the stops - seduction, sweet words, pleading and...seclusion to get Susannah to remember the good and why they married in the first place. After an accidental brush with death, Ryan convinces his teammates to take him and Susannah to their secluded cabin in the Colorado mountains for a few days. The cabin is a special place for them and their relationship and he knows if he can get her alone with no distractions they can fully talk about their marriage and repair it before the final damage is done. While at the cabin we get the full story on what has happened during their 10 year marriage and it's heartbreaking. Between the games, fame and the death of their child, Ryan and Susannah just didn't try hard enough to move closer together. Losing their son was the final crack and they just drifted apart and were too hurt and stubborn to reach out and yell that they needed needed each other.
I personally don't think Susannah took Ryan back too fast. If anything, Ms. Force did her best to show that while the dissolution seemed to be a joint effort at first, the reality was that it was more on Susannah's part than Ryan's. If anything. 70% Susannah and 30% Ryan and his career. Between Susannah listening to the evil voices surrounding her of her family talking down about Ryan and her relationship/friendship with her ex boyfriend Henry, her marriage was doomed to failure because Susannah wasn't strong enough to defend her love and relationship with Ryan. She listened to all the negatives around her and after the baby died it all came to a head and she fell back into Henry's all too welcoming arms.
All in all, believe me when I say that Ryan Sanderson is ONE hero that's for the books. This is the guy you WANT to be married to. He loves Susannah with everything and he's beyond faithful and trustworthy. Being one of the most famous football players and quarterbacks of all time the fact that the temptations of his fame never, not once shook him makes him even more wonderful.
Susannah on the other hand is difficult to like at times and I think that was Ms. Force's goal. Because whenever they make 10 steps of progress, Susannah's years of hearing doubt from outsiders creeps back in and they take 5 steps backwards. Ryan is patient and willing but old habits die hard on Susannah's part.
I'm EXTREMELY glad this book had tolerable sex scenes. I've read a few sports books and for some reason, perhaps because the hero has extra testosterone due to his physically ability, the H and h get it on every minute and it makes the book ridiculous. Ms. Force did the story in this book a lot of justice. She balanced it well. It seems so easy but you'd be surprised if you REALLY looked at the book you're reading and realize just how imbalanced it is. But Line of Scrimmage wasn't like that at all. Well paced and well balanced.
When they finally get through all the bumps and ridges and seem to be moving forward, Ms. Force throws in an completely unnecessary monkey wrench that almost ruined this book for me completely. I felt that enough damage had been thrown at them and they were getting better so the final showdown with Henry and the despicable thing he does was totally out of left field, unnecessary and the epitome of drama for the sake of drama and in a way some ridiculous cliffhanger plot Days of Our Lives or some cheesy soap opera. It's rectified quickly but it knocked this book down a star for me. Before that, I was satisfied and completely in LOVE with this book but that 11th hour nonsense soured the whole thing for me. I really liked it but I DID love it before that.
Overall, you won't be upset that you bought this one. Take it from one VERY picky reader. I've read True North really liked it, I got Love at First Flight for free and really disliked it then I bought Everyone Loves a Hero and hated it so much I deleted it from my account 15 pages because I couldn't force myself to finish it. I was skeptical about this book after those two but at this current price I gave it a go and I'm really glad I did because I really enjoyed this book.
Extra: the cover is all wrong. Ryan has absolutely no tattoos and the Mavericks' colors are purple and yellow. I hate it when cover artists don't even try to make it match.