Griff Montgomery, Quarterback
First and Ten Book # 1
Jean C. Joachim
February 11th 2015
Secret Cravings Publishing
Two people, two tragedies, two deep, devastating secrets…. Griff Montgomery is the headline-making, heart-breaking star quarterback of the Kings – a 6’4”, 33 year old womanizer. Lauren Farraday is a beautiful young interior designer, bitterly scarred by divorce, whose life is falling apart. Though they violently oppose one another in court over her beloved pug (she thinks he’s arrogant and conceited, and he thinks she’s a bitch on wheels), something happens….
These are the bare bones of this sizzling romance, riddled with passion — the first in a brand new series that’ll tantalize football fans and have readers glued to every page and on the edge of their seats!
Griff looks like a super hero with his tousled, mahogany hair, dazzling smile, dark, sexy eyes, and a body that does something indescribable to a tight pair of jeans. Though Lauren’s sworn off men forever, one look sends shivers down her spine, making her feel lonelier than ever before. Her lustrous, long hair, sparkling green eyes, and nonstop curves make his fingers tingle at the thought of touching her. How do they deal with their cataclysmic attraction? Will they be able to drop their protective facades – his to camouflage his grief over his sister and her family, for whom he was a surrogate father, moving 3000 miles away…. And hers’ to shield her from the incalculable loss of her husband and hoped for child?
For Griff, the thought of falling in love is as foreign as toe shoes and a tutu. For Lauren, it’s like putting on cleats and a helmet and running 50 yards…. Can they, will they, risk it?
Griff Montgomery is the starting quarterback for the fictional NFL team, Connecticut Kings. While his house is being renovated, Griff rents a room nearby. He sees a neglected little dog by a house that looks empty. Feeling passionate, he feeds him and takes him home. Lauren Farraday returns home after taking care of her sick father. Her ex-husband was supposed to bring her dog Zander to the kennel, but he just left him outside. She soon finds out who has her dog Zander (now named Spike by Griff) and fights for her dog in court.
I enjoyed the plot as well as the characters. Griff was a down to earth guy with a lot of passion, ready to settle down. Lauren newly divorced and still hurt from events when married, was not interested in anything long term. Zander/Spike brought Griff and Zander together, but would it last?
All the years he’d been tomcatting around, he’d never done that before—never called the woman underneath him by another one’s name. Until last night. The memory made him restless. He grabbed his keys and headed for his car. I’m outta here.
The women looked up as he stormed out the door. Griff didn’t care. He needed air. Once behind the wheel, he entered the highway. With the windows open, he drove to Evergreen Mountain. At his favorite perch, he pulled over and got out. Standing on a ledge with a view on three sides of the small mountain range, he took a deep breath.
No woman had ever bothered him so much before. He’d be damned if he’d let Lauren Farraday get under his skin. She’d already cost him the greatest dog and the best lay ever. He had to get her out of his mind.
So, she has a body that won’t quit. And those eyes. Yeah, they see into my soul. So what? She isn’t the hottest chick I’ve ever seen. Well, maybe close. Okay, the hottest and the best cook…maybe. But she’s a bitch, and she’s hiding something.
When he arrived home, the last of the book club ladies was getting in her car. He stopped a little ways away and watched the blonde hug Lauren and whisper in her ear. Lauren wiped her cheek and nodded. Maybe she’s gay? Once the woman was backing out of the driveway, Griff returned.
His presence startled Lauren. She jumped.
“How about that dinner out?” he asked, leaning against the archway to the kitchen.
“I didn’t hear you come in.”
“Sorry. How ’bout it?”
She nodded then climbed the stairs to her room. Griff took a shower, wondering what it was about Lauren that made her stick in his mind. Tonight, I’m gonna find out.
Jean Joachim, wife and mother of two sons, is owned by a rescued pug, named Homer. She’d been writing non-fiction for what seemed like forever until she got up the nerve to try fiction. It was love. Now she spends her days in New York City in the company of her characters, with a cup of tea and a secret stash of black licorice.
Jean Joachim is a best-selling romance fiction author, with books hitting the Amazon Top 100 list since 2012. She writes mostly contemporary romance, which includes sports romance and romantic suspense.
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