From the author of Romancing the Running Back and the First to Fight series comes the latest in the Santa Fe Bobcats series! Teamwork improves the chances of scoring . . . When the Bobcats' fate on the field is sealed, and they would rather give their starting quarterback, Trey Owens, a break, they call in Josh Leeman: “The Backup.” But after Trey is placed on the disabled list for the season, all eyes are on Josh to lead the team. Josh's sudden superstar status thrusts him into the spotlight, and garners plenty of attention from the ladies—except for one.
Carrington Gray is delighted to see her father released from the hospital—but not so much to see Josh at the celebration. Their mothers have long tried to set them up, although it's had the opposite effect. But under the circumstances, Carri and Josh would rather go on fake dates to appease their mothers than rock the boat. Yet the more time these two work together on their little lie, the more they see the surprising truth . . .
I thought this story was cute and liked how different it was from the previous books in this series. Josh and Carrington grew up together but friends they were not. When Carrington returns home to help take care of her father the last thing she wants to do is hang out with Josh. But soon Carrington finds herself needing to escape her family sometimes and is thrown together with Josh.
Josh has his own issues going on, with the quarterback out its time for him to step up on and off the field. It doesn't want to have this go to his head so who better to knock him down then the one and only Carrington.
Murray not only brought a good amount of humor to their story but sarcasm. These two acted liked they hated one another but in reality it was foreplay of what was about to come. I loved learning that at one point they each had a crush on the other but never did anything about it and I loved how shocked they both were to learn about it.
When these two finally get together it's steamy and funny but yet what captured my attention is that they really didn't act any different. They still picked at one another and still used heavy laced sarcasm through their entire relationship.
Josh and Carri didn't have the drama in their relationship which I was thankful for. Instead the drama was focused on their families and Josh stepping up in his career. The more I read of their story the more I enjoyed it.
I was glad Murray put an epilogue at the end because I loved getting a little look into what their future would hold. While football might not be my favorite sport I loved reading about and the romance was very believable. I can't wait to see whose story will be next!