Her boss wants her in his office—and as his bride!
Adelaide Thibodeaux grew up with Dempsey Reynaud, and she’s worked for him for years. But when the billionaire football coach springs a surprise engagement to keep her from resigning, it’s a low blow. Just as she’s ready to strike out on her own, she’s stuck in a fake relationship with her boss, biding her time…
But soon Adelaide faces a second blow: she’s actually falling for the man! Can a relationship founded on a lie become the real deal? Or will they fumble before the end zone—and stay in the friend zone?
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
At first I was a bit hesitant about this series as it resolves around football, but as I’ve really enjoyed Joanne Rock and Catherine Mann their books so far I decided to give this series a try. And I am so glad I did! I really enjoyed this book and I also liked how the football aspect was handled. It’s a friend to lovers type of romance combined with a fake fiancé plot. I really enjoyed this book and while it works well as a standalone I want to pick up the other three books as soon as possible to get the other brother’s their story as well.
Adelaide and Dempsey have been friends since they were kids and Adelaide always has had a crush in Dempsey. Dempsey eventually got picked up by his real dad and taken away from the bad neighborhood they grew up in and is now a successful football coach with Adelaide as his secretary. Until Adelaide decides to start her own business and Dempsey does the only thing he can think of to keep her close, announce a fake engagement. The fake engagement forces the two together and acknowledged there is a possibility of more between them.
I really liked these two characters, both were headstrong and knew what they wanted and didn’t settle for less. I liked how Adelaide fought for her own business and her dreams and also for her own happy ending and she wouldn’t settle for anything less than someone who loved her too. She has been put by a difficult situation by Dempsey, but I think she handled it very well. Dempsey is a successful football coach who might be a bit too passionate about his career and doesn’t see what doesn’t resolve around it. He has neglected his friendship with Adelaide for years and now that he realizes it, he does his best to make it up to her and show her he cares. He has had a though youth and then once he got into this family he always felt like the black sheep, he isn’t as good with social relationships, but he does his best.
These two were great together and I liked how their friendship formed a solid basis for their relationship. I enjoyed seeing their relationship bloom into something more and I really felt the connection between these two. there is a bit of drama, but it all felt very realistic, not drama for the sake of drama. And I understood why the characters acted that way, although I wanted to shake some sense into Dempsey when he worded things in a way Adelaide misunderstood him, but it’s part of his struggle and character. There are some hot scenes, some sweet ones and a few scenes where we learn more about their past. We also meet the other brothers who each have their own book and I can’t wait to pick up the rest of this series soon!
To summarize: I really enjoyed this book! It has an interesting plot and the set-up really worked well. I am normally not a fan of the fake engagement type of stories, but it worked here. I liked how Adelaide and Dempsey had been friends for a long time and I think it added some depth to their relationship. I liked seeing them develop their friendship into a romance in this book. They were both great characters and the drama felt realistic, not added for the sake of it. It also was fun to meet the other characters and I am looking forward to read the rest of the books in this series.