I received an ARC for this book from NetGalley for my honest review. This was released on October 15, 2013.
When sensible schoolteacher Ella Lucas rides into her home town on a Harley and seduces the resident football hero, Jake Prince, she figures she can be forgiven and move on. After all, she’s just buried her mother.Two years later, back in the city, their paths cross again but this time Jake is in the process of destroying her favourite dive bar. With her home facing a wrecker’s ball, her school being closed down and her 15-year-old brother hell-bent on self-destruction, it’s the last straw. Throw in a dominatrix best friend who is dating a blue ribbon guy so straight he still lives at home with his mother, it’s no wonder the sanest person in Ella’s life is a dog.
With all this to contend with, the last thing Ella needs is Jake back in her life. But, as fate would have it, Jake is the only chance she has to save her school.
As the school football season heats up, old secrets threaten to surface and Ella takes on greedy developers, school boards and national tabloids. But can she save not just her home, her school and her brother, but also the reputation of the man she’s never been able to forget? And, more importantly, does she want to?
Ella is a school teacher who is running away from her past in a small town. Imagine her surprise when she meets up with Jake, former rugby player (who, may I add, is hot as hell), who knows all about her past.
Of course, she tries to deny her feelings for him and wants to stay away from him but, as I always say, resistance is futile. When Jake is recruited to coach the new rugby team at her school, she has no choice but to have contact with him.
One of the things I really loved about this book was the secondary characters. Ella’s best friend Rosie is a goth girl and she’s mad for Simon a prim and proper guy from a political family. They are a great combination. Then there’s Rosie’s aunts Iris and Daisy, who smoke hand rolled cigarettes and read “the cards”. Rounding out the cast is Pete, Jake’s friend who I found to be funny and charming (even with that stinky cologne of his). But my favourite secondary character is Cerberus. A stray dog that Jake found and brought over to Iris and Daisy’s house. I absolutely loved that Jake helped him (who isn’t a sucker for a hot guy with a dog?) I totally loved that Cerberus is the team mascot and that he actually eats Rosie’s curry and seems to love it.
Overall, this was a feel good book. I loved the relationships in this book and how they intertwined. It was a pleasure to read and I’m looking forward to reading more from Amy Andrews. I give this book four hot cups of java.