Chasing Jillian: Love and Football #5 by Julie Brannagh

Chasing Jillian: Love and Football #5 by Julie Brannagh

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.

Chasing Jillian

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.


Chasing Jillian: Love and Football #5 by Julie Brannagh

Title: Chasing Jillian
Author: Julie Brannagh
Series: Love and Football #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062363883
Published on: 7 July 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 213
Rated: four-stars
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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.


Tasty Excerpt


She hurried over to the laptop on the little desk in the kitchen, pulled up Google, and searched on Seth’s name. She sank into a chair while she read. He was six foot four, and she practically weighed as much as he did. Well, not quite, but still. She let out a long sigh. He was two years younger than she was. It also seemed Seth had been busy: He was single. “Very single,” according to one of the most recent fan websites she looked at. In Google Images, she found a series of photos of him with multiple tall, dark-haired women, each more gorgeous than the last.

Jillian shut the laptop lid with an irritated “click”, got up from her chair, and hurried into the bathroom. She’d stood in front of a full-length mirror so many times, but it always showed her the same thing. She wasn’t unattractive, but she could use a little more self-confidence and a lot more toning.  She wasn’t asking for physical perfection, but she’d like to make some changes. If she made a plan, started slowly and kept at it, she’d see a difference.  The biggest changes needed to start on the inside, though. Maybe if she got out a little more, she might meet a guy that was interested in her. Seth was gorgeous, but he wasn’t really in her universe. Jillian went into the kitchen, grabbed a frozen low-calorie dinner out of the freezer, ripped the cardboard lid off, and shoved it into the microwave. Dinner would taste a whole lot better if it was accompanied by half a bag of chips and some Ranch dip. But that wasn’t an option right now. She opened the refrigerator door to look for a fresh vegetable of some type.

She pushed the fridge door shut after a fruitless search and rummaged around in her apartment’s tiny pantry. She located a can of peas. Peas were good. Plus, there weren’t many calories in peas. Maybe she could fill up on them if the diet dinner didn’t cut it.

Jillian’s love-hate relationship with her body and food had started when she was little.  Most of the time, there wasn’t enough to eat. She ended up in a foster home at three years old after her mother died in a car wreck, and she was moved a few times before she entered elementary school. Things got a little better for Jillian when she was placed in a more permanent foster home, but she was still so hungry. No matter how much she ate, she wanted more.  When she was old enough to make her own money, she made sure there was more than enough, and that’s when the problems began. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, she needed to focus on the great things in her life. She’d build a healthier lifestyle as a result. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, change from the inside would last a lot longer. She wanted to build on the goals she’d already achieved and reach out for more of the things she wanted in life: A husband. A family. To belong.





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About Julie Brannagh

USA Today Bestselling Author, Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.


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