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The Final Quarter (A New League) Kindle Edition
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If you’re looking for a quick, sexy erotica, then this is definitely a book for you. This was my first book by Anne Lange, and it won’t be my last!
Review by: VRainey
Mitch Ryland is a quarterback who is injured during a game. While he tries to hide the injury from the coach and the doctors it gets too bad. He is then haunted by his late father’s words that he would amount to nothing while pushing is wife away in the process. Serena Ryland knows something is wrong with Mitch and is determined to find out what and help him regardless of his wishes.
The beginning of the story leaves wondering how this book will end. By the end of the first chapter, I excited to see how this book will turn out. The author did a good job of drawing the reader into the world she created. The world is very realistic and the author established a sense of time and location to help the reader created a picture of what the world would look like. The pace of the story was a bit slow at some points and fast is others. The main characters and the secondary characters were fascinating and believable. I loved that no matter how tough things got Serena stood by Mitch. While Mitch has many faults he handled them in a realistic and believable way.
The point of view alternated between Serena and Mitch, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat story lines. The main conflict of the story is Mitch dealing with losing his job while dealing with the demons of his past and moving forward. The characters seemed to fit the overall storyline. The level of conflict is perfect, anymore and it would have detracted from the overall storyline. The dialogue between the characters was sincere and distinct. The characters voice seemed to match not only the setting but seemed to fit their overall personality. The ending was a bit predictable but this book is more about the journey to the end than the end itself. I hope we get to see these characters again in the future. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
The Final Quarter is the second book in A New League series by Anne Lange. While this book is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel with ease.
Disclosure: Free review copy from the publisher/author for an honest review.
Serena was so relatable. She loves her husband and knows that his actions are a result of the pressure he feels as the quarterback of his football team, but she also knows that she can’t continue in a marriage that has her doubting herself and unhappy. I love that although she will do whatever it takes to try and fix her marriage, she also realizes that she also needs to do things for herself, in this case taking a freelance photography job, something she has a passion for but has put to the side to be there to support Mitch.
My heart went out to Mitch, especially as the story of his childhood unfolds and we learn more about why he is the way he is. He doesn’t know anything but football, but he’s also savvy enough to realize that there may be options for him if and when his career is over. As he is faced with an injury that could be career ending, instead of leaning on his wife for support, he pulls away, which of course causes issues in his marriage. I did get frustrated with him trying to deal with things on his own, but again, understanding some of his issues made some of his actions understandable.
Watching Serena remind Mitch of what they have together was wonderful. It was sexy and steamy, and it was also satisfying to see just how much Mitch meant to her and what she was willing to do. And did I mention it was sexy and steamy? Yeah, definitely sexy and steamy!
This was a quick read and although it was short (about 145 pages) it left me feeling satisfied with the story that was told. The pacing was good, especially how the characters and romance develops over the course of the story, and the ending played out perfectly. A nice choice for any romance lover!
I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review.
Mitch's injury has placed his future in question and he has no idea what to do with himself or what that future could possibly look like without playing football. He is pretty wrapped up in his own head and pushes everyone away including his wife. He loves Serena but her recent hints about starting a family are adding to his tailspin. Mitch is a good guy, but a childhood filled with his father's misplaced anger and demeaning comments left him with a boatload of lingering self doubt that has convinced him the old man was right: he is a failure and not fit to be loved, much less a worthy father.
Serena is hurting and desperate to save her marriage, so she concocts a plan to get Mitch to loosen up a little. Although he tries to hide from her and shut her out, she enlists the help of Mitch's brother to plan a few surprises to allow then to reconnect. They have some naughty fun that reminds them what they have been missing that are filled with some really hot moments. Just when they seem to be making progress, a final secret from Mitch's past pops up and shakes Serena's confidence.
Considering they are married and the depth of the love and connection they seemed to share, it felt a bit odd that they never discussed even the basics of his childhood before his foster family but it happens I guess. Mitch was stubborn and a typical guy when it comes to sharing his feelings but he got it together in the end. It was refreshing to read about a married couple and overall I thought The Final Quarter was a quick enjoyable read. 3.5 to 4 stars
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