Diving into a low-stress and low angst romance, perfect for my mood of late. Jillian Brannagh’s new release, the fifth in her Love and Football series features the men of the Seattle Sharks and the women who turn their heads. Please read on for my review and excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a Digital Download Bundle of books 1 – 4 in the Love and Football series by Julie Brannagh.
I wanted low-angst, light reading – I’ve had a chunk of heavier angsty reads of late, and Chasing Jillian looked to be just what I needed. Jillian works in the front office of the Seattle Sharks: a bit shy and quiet, she wants to lose some weight, and uses the training facilities when no one will be around to tell her no, or to notice her. Determined to move forward from the issues she developed in foster care, she was easy to relate to and understand.
Seth is a player on the team, and one of the many that never make headlines for off-field behavior. An all-around nice guy, he walks in on Jillian using the machines, and offers to help her achieve her goals. There’s little not to like about Seth: he’s friendly, honest and caring and while he is attracted to her, he won’t risk their growing friendship or her position with the team since relationships with players is forbidden.
Tentative friendship begins as Seth takes the time to get to know Jillian, and she blossoms under this relationship. Both are attracted to one another, but it takes time for Jillian to understand that Seth sees beneath the walls and shell that she has put up. No real stress or angst here – just a solid construction of a relationship that grows as Jillian does, and couldn’t have been more perfect for the two involved. A wonderful introduction to this series – it stands perfectly well alone, but entices readers to want to know more. I know I do.
Title: Chasing Jillian
Author: Julie Brannagh
Series: Love and Football #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
Published on: 7 July 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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Score a touchdown with Julie Brannagh's latest Love and Football novel—about discovering who you are and finding love along the way.
Jillian Miller likes her job working in the front office for the Seattle Sharks, but lately being surrounded by a constant parade of perfection only seems to make her own imperfections all the more obvious. She needs a change, which takes her into foreign territory: the Sharks' workout facility after hours. The last thing she expects is a hot, grumbly god among men to be there as witness.
Star linebacker Seth Taylor has had a bad day—well, a series of them recently. When he hits the Sharks' gym to work out his frustration, he's startled to find someone there—and even more surprised that it's Jillian, the team owner's administrative assistant. When he learns of her mission to revamp her lifestyle, he finds himself volunteering to help. Something about Jillian's beautiful smile and quick wit makes him want to stick around. She may not be like the swimsuit models he usually has on his arm, but the more time Seth spends with her, the harder he falls.
And as Jillian discovers that the new her is about so much more than she sees in the mirror, can she discover that happiness and love are oh-so-much better than perfect?
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.