Rushing Amy by Julie Brannagh
Series: Love and Football #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Format: eARC, 448 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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Julie Brannagh's sparkling and romantic Love and Football series continues!
For Amy Hamilton, only three Fs matter: Family, Football, and Flowers. It might be nice to find someone to share Forever with, too, but right now she's working double overtime while she gets her flower shop off the ground. The last thing she needs or wants is a distraction … or help, for that matter. Especially in the form of gorgeous and aggravatingly arrogant ex-NFL star Matt Stephens.
Matt lives by a playbook—his playbook. He never thought his toughest opponent would come in the form of a stunning florist with a stubborn streak to match his own. Since meeting her in the bar after her sister's wedding, he's known there's something between them. After she refuses—again and again—to go out with him, Matt will do anything to win her heart … But will Amy, who has everything to lose, let the clock run out on the one-yard line?
I love football. I love love. I love good books about football players and love. This book was just that… and more. Where I felt like the first book, Blitzing Emily, was a bit on the long side and dragged a little, I never felt that about this book. Amy and Matt were both more relatable and I loved their courtship and everything that came after. The characters were a little older than the ones in books I tend to read, so there was more maturity and I liked that.
Amy was likable and I connected easily with her. She was sweet and sassy, she loved football and her family and she wasn’t looking to get serious with anyone. Meeting ex-NFL player and current sports broadcaster Matt threatens to derail her plans. They share an immediate spark, but she fights it. He does everything he can to subtly get to her and I adored the scenes where he was ordering flowers for every woman in his life to make her jealous. I found it cute and clever. Matt was conceited, but not an asshole. He was actually a pretty great guy. I loved his relationship with his daughter and the one that eventually built between Amy and his daughter, too. They were believable as a couple and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them.
I was really impressed with Rushing Amy. The characters had depth and their relationships with each other did as well. The romance was sweet and it built slowly over time, which made it more real. I connected enough with the characters that I enjoyed reading about them as individuals as much as reading about them as a couple. This book had both an ex-wife and a daughter and the author, thankfully, stayed away from the clichéd storylines and character types when it came to them. Amy and Matt were both smart and had strong personalities, which led to a bit of drama, but it was understandable and not unnecessary.
Rushing Amy was romantic, sexy and more or less angst-free. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope Julie continues this Love and Football series. It’s one of my favorite “sports romance” series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.