The whole world might be in love with him. But all he’s ever loved is her.
Grant Turner’s name is synonymous with football. The fans and media can’t get enough of the player known as The Invincible Man, a nickname he earned while growing up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country and the nickname he’s kept by being one of the best players in professional football today. No one can take him down. He’s unstoppable.
But even a suit of armor has its weak point, and Grant’s has always been Ryan Hale. They were a couple of kids when they fell in love, and just when it looked like the happy ending neither expected was within reach, Ryan disappeared. No explanations. No good-byes.
Grant coped by throwing himself into the game for seven years, and he’s finally moved on. Or so he thinks.
When she walks back into his life, all of those feelings come crashing back, despite the warnings in his head that tell him she’ll leave him again. Grant can withstand the league’s toughest defensive line, but he’s always been weak where she’s concerned.
No man can take Grant Turner down.
But one woman certainly can.
One woman will.
Earlier this year I read and loved Collared by Nicole Williams. I was blown away by the clever story and her skillful writing and I immediately put her on my radar.
I don’t usually ever do this, but I went into Touching Down nearly blind. I knew it was a sports romance – hello, the cover – but other than that I just kind of let my previous experiences lead me to reviewing an early copy.
It started off really strong; the opening scenes held a lot of mystery and did an excellent job at establishing characters and relationships. I was invested and engaged and ready for a story that would take hold and overwhelm me.
I’m sad to say that’s not what happened here. I quickly determined the plot soon after the initial build up so that when “twists” were revealed, my emotions never wavered. While our hero was the best part here – compassionate, funny, and sexy with swoony alpha tendencies – I never got mad or overly excited, I remained a calm neutral. It was just a nice reading experience.
In the case of Touching Down, it wouldn’t be the first book I would call on if you asked for a sports romance recommendation. However, it would be one I would suggest for its skillful writing, reliable and consistent protagonists and lack of unnecessary storyline drama. I’d love to know what you think if you give it a try.