Monday, July 15, 2019

Home Field Advantage by Liz Lincoln - ARC Review

Is the Dragons’ new wide receiver: A) a fallen NFL star looking for a comeback, B) the sexy player your boss wants you to write an exposĂ© on, or C) the former love of your life?

For Milwaukee Dragons beat reporter Natalie Griffith, he’s clearly D) all of the above. Three years ago, Natalie’s bombshell report on her ex-boyfriend’s off-the-field scandals landed her the job she loves, but she still feels guilty about destroying his career. Now Quinn Lowry’s back, and he’s taking over her locker room, flashing his charming smile and reminding her exactly how hot they were together.

After two years out of the league, Quinn is sober and on the field again. He’s worked his ass off and he’s not going to blow his second chance, not even for the woman who broke his heart—twice. Having Natalie around is the last thing Quinn needs while he’s trying to prove he deserves to stay on the team.

Maybe one final night together will give them both some much-needed closure. But with Natalie’s boss pressuring her for another headline-grabbing scoop, can she admit to herself that she’s falling for Quinn all over again?

Writing books about addicts is a challenge.  If you are too dismissive of the past, of their addiction, it feels like it's a plot point that was tossed in that the author didn't quite know what to do with.  If it's too much a part of the story, it feels like the story is not a romance, but a story about life after addiction and rehab.  And, while there is a place for this, it's not in a romance.

This story gets it right.  The balance is there.  Quinn's past with addiction and his past with Natalie are intertwined, but also separate.  His past is in the past, but not ignored and it is allowed to be a part of the way he is now.

Natalie and Quinn, as I said above, have a post.  It's an ugly one, although it seems that she was not present for the part where his life went completely off the rails into rehab and self destruction...she was there on the periphery in her role as a reporter.  And, it's this past, her presence in his life now, and the things that happened that they have to work through.

And, I thoroughly enjoyed watching them work through it.  I liked the story, I believed in the authenticity of the characters, and their chemistry was scorching and appealing.

I am looking forward to the next title in the series.

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