Forward Pass (Game On #1)
by Desiree Holt
Get Ready to Play Rough
Shay Beckham grew up idolizing her brother’s best friend, star quarterback Joe Reilly. There was no one in their Texas town who had the moves to match Joe on or off the field. Years later, he’s still a player who has what it takes to drive any hot-blooded woman wild. But Shay isn’t a kid with a bad case of hero-worship anymore. She’s grown-up and independent, with her feet on the ground and a serious head on her shoulders. If she could just say the same for Joe.
It’s been fifteen years, but Joe Reilly hasn’t forgotten the skinny little kid who used to follow him around like a shadow. What he can’t get over is that the skinny shadow has grown into one hell of an incredible woman. One any man in his right mind would kill to get his hands on. And one who seems to be completely immune to him. He knows he and Shay could have something special together. If he could only convince her he’s about more than just the game.
I have always been a huge fan of romances involving heroes falling in love with their best friends little sister. As a little sister who dated her fair share of her brothers friends back in the day, I guess I have a bit of a soft spot for that type of thing. And while Forward Pass definitely worked for me in that regard, I can't say that I loved it as much as I had hoped I would.
So what's it all about? Shay has been in love with her brothers best friend, Joe, her whole life and unfortunately no guy that she has dated has measured up against him. When she finally decides it's time to move on from him, she goes home to find out that he's staying at her brothers house (where she's currently living) for a few weeks while he's back in town. Their meet-cute was absolutely perfect and I thought from that alone that I'd be able to fall in love with these two... So where did it go wrong?
Joe was a bit of a playboy back in his younger years, and even though he's cleaned up his act over the past few years, Shay isn't afraid to point it out entirely too often. I swear, every other word out of her mouth was his harem this and his women that... To say it got a bit redundant would be a huge understatement.
Of course, Joe does everything in his power to make Shay believe he really is a changed man, and in the beginning it was totally sweet, but after a while I almost wanted to tell the poor guy to just give up already. Anyway, they finally move past it but then Joe's "secret" comes out and it causes a whole lot of drama that I found rather unnecessary. Why didn't he just tell her?!?! Ugh!
Don't let my rant make you think that this book wasn't good, because it was, and I did enjoy quite a bit of it. Like, when Joe and Shay were together and learning about the adult version of each other, it was such a sweet, easy read. But the unnecessary drama definitely brought my rating down.
Overall, this was a light and easy read with some smoking hot sexy times thrown in. And while this was my first time reading a book by Desiree Holt, I can honestly say that it won't be my last.
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Forward Pass through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.