Forward Pass by Desiree Holt: 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.
It’s not often I come across a book where I dislike both of the main characters, but I did here. Let’s start with Shay. She’s skeptical of Joe, and every time he receives a phone call she wonders if it’s from a women. She keeps referring to him as having a “harem” even though he wasn’t seeing anyone. Then, when he tries to explain things to her, she just assumes the worst and refuses to listen to his explanations. She struck me as being immature and unreasonable.
Joe meant well but I didn’t understand his motives. One, he does a lot of charity work but never wants credit for it, and he refuses to tell Shay about it. Why would someone hide doing good deeds? The reasons given for that were extremely weak. Then over the years he keeps bailing out an old friend. I didn’t understand the motivation for it. I would understand if it was someone he had been close with, but he wasn’t so made absolutely no sense that he would try to keep bailing her out and giving her money over a span of years. And once again, instead of explaining Gina’s situation, he kept that from not only Shay, but his agent as well.
It seemed like the only place these two worked well together was in the bedroom. Outside of it they were annoying and frustrating. There was a lot of unnecessary drama. This is the first book in a new series and honestly, it didn’t make me want to continue on with the next book.
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.