— BLURB —
CANDACE: KAT & YASMINE! DO NOT DALLY! Come straight home after work. Kat, don’t take the long route from the subway station just so you can pass by Cute Hot Dog Guy. This is important!
I’ve had THE BEST DAY. You won’t believe it. There I was in my preschool classroom, washing a bit of poo out of some soggy trousers, when this absolute babe came to collect his nephew from my class.
Truthfully, I thought I’d blacked out for a moment when I first saw him. He was a proper hunk with glorious brown hair, quite tall, and he had these arms. Are muscly arms supposed to turn me on? I’m panting just thinking about them.
Anyway, he told me he’s a professional foosball player. At least, I think that’s what he said. The tots can get quite loud near pick-up time.
YASMINE: Foosball? What are you on about? Have you gone mad?
KAT: Oh sod off. So what if I like to have a good look at Hot Dog Guy’s arse on my trek home after a hard day’s work? It’s called self-care.
CANDACE: Kat, you’re hopeless. Yasmine, yes—foosball! I suppose it’s a big thing over here in the States? We must investigate and learn everything we can.
By the way, he’s called Logan.
Logan + Candace. I think that sounds quite nice! I can hear the wedding bells now. Dum romdum da-dum.
YASMINE: Oh good grief. I suppose we can do some snooping when I get home. I’ll grab wine on my way.
KAT: I’ll grab hot dogs.
THE TROUBLE WITH QUARTERBACKS is a hilarious romance about unlikely love found between a British preschool teacher and the professional quarterback who sweeps her off her feet.
— MY REVIEW —
Huh. Who would’ve thunk it? Foosball. Foosball players. Hot stuff…?!
Oh, no wait…
I meant football. Yes! Football players. Hot stuff…?! Um… yeah!
If you’re looking for your next sports romance book that centers around two lead characters who are complete opposites, yet manage to get along so well that it’s almost sickeningly cute, then here it is, people. The Trouble With Quarterbacks is a fun, lighthearted standalone romance about the hot new, star quarterback and the young woman who’s got him all smitten that he’ll do just about anything to keep her from the trouble that slowly but surely follows a famous athlete.
To some this may be considered a fluff read. Something to read in between their more “serious” thought-provoking books. To others, this is their staple read that they cannot get enough of. Simple escapism from the day-to-day grind by reading something peppy and upbeat that has their moods boosting. Either way, it can’t be denied that Grey has got the romantic reads down pat.
She has a way of getting you engaged in the characters’ lives long before the romance kicks in. Her characters, one way or another have something relatable about them. Whether it’s their personality, the lives they live, or their thought process that’s eerily similar to yours, you’ll find yourself connecting with them on some level.
Add the meet-cute these protagonists experience that’ll no doubt have you ooh-ing and aah-ing, and bada-bing, bada-boom! — you have yourself a treat! 😊
If you’ve read any of Grey’s previous books prior to this new release, then you know what you can expect from her books.
You usually have the quirky heroine — who usually is the one the babbles on and on, and tends to have the embarrassingly, slap-your-forehead type moments that’ll have you laughing despite the fact you probably shouldn’t. That would be Candace, in this case.
Then there’s the hero, (aka Logan) — who’s the hunky, male specimen with the Colgate commercial-worthy smile, and Adonis inspired body that has our adorable, chatterbox of a heroine swept off her feet.
Okay. I’m just gonna admit something I probably shouldn’t in an ARC review. But I cannot not be honest with you guys. Candace was a character that had me liking her bubbly, offbeat personality easily, and bonus points for her being a fellow shorty (yay for short people!) 👍 She’s relatable to the everyday, working class people, hustling to make ends meet, and the girl has no filter when it comes to the random things that pop into her head (especially when she’s with her friends). I could even almost forgive her British slang going in and out throughout the book too 😜 But the more she became comfortable in her growing relationship with Logan, the more she became too forward. She lost a bit of her respect (from me as a reader) the more she started throwing herself at him. It was cringe-y at times to say the least, which in my mind lost her appeal of being the cool, down to earth girl that I initially liked about her.
Logan was definitely the selling point in my opinion (besides the cute romance story line). He was a consistent swoon-worthy bugger. I loved everything about him. He’s the perfect mixture of gentleman and typical charming male when chicks are involved. But I adored his personality the most, and the fact that he knew what he wanted. I felt kind of bad for the way Candace treated him at times (not gonna lie — at times I was hissing at the book saying to no one in particular that he deserves better). He may be the new hot and happening quarterback of a winning NFL team but he has managed to stay grounded. He’s sensitive towards Candace’s feelings. He’s thoughtful, and best of all, if he was in the wrong, he has no shame in admitting it and apologizing! Who wouldn’t want an easygoing guy like that, I ask ya? If it wasn’t for his crazy, hectic, lime-lighted lifestyle, he would be one of the most simple, drama-free fictional book boyfriends I’ve ever come across.
I enjoyed reading this adorable story, but it did fall a little flat for me halfway through. Once their relationship started to develop further, it almost felt like there was no more build-up. There were a few things that I would’ve loved to have seen with Logan like his family dynamics for one, that unfortunately was never a focal point in the story.
Whilst there were some very amusing secondary characters included in the form of both Candace’s roommates and Logan’s teammates, I wasn’t completely lusting after them or their side stories happening in the background. I thought Candace and her roommates were a hoot and a half at the beginning but slowly started becoming too much to bear.. *nervous laughter* … 😬🙄
Honestly, if you can ignore the crazies in the background and concentrate on Logan and Candace’s relationship and seeing how things will unfold for the two, then it’ll be a much more effortless read. The instant chemistry between Candace and Logan is what’ll have you snuggling up in bed and not wanting to put the book down until you finish. The quirky interactions and laugh-out-loud moments these two share is a definite highlight to look out for. Especially early on when they were still in the flirtatious stage.
There are some really hilariously winning parts in this book that I would most certainly will never tire of reading over and over again. One involving a pool and some shredding of clothes. Mmm. 😉😉
I can’t get enough of Grey’s romantic comedies. They always have an uplifting, lighthearted way of making you get into good spirits. Even if it’s only for the duration of the read. It’ll having you smiling, giggling, even cringing at some of the embarrassing things said and done by these loopy characters Grey has so expertly created.
I know Grey has written sports romance in the past, but the was the first one I had read of hers. I found it refreshing seeing one of her heroes be someone other than a boss in a corporate job (or be in a office environment per se).
Thank you to R.S. Grey for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 🧡
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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one. Stay safe, keep positive! Xo