Necessary RoughnessAuthor: Julie Brannagh
Series: Love and Football #7
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release date: October 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Sports, Romance
Source: Pure Textuality PR
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Tanner Cole’s football career was over in less than thirty seconds one Sunday afternoon. After a lifetime playing the sport he loves he’s been forced into an early retirement. Between figuring out his plan for the rest of his life and dealing with the pain of his injuries, this grouchy hottie isn’t in the mood for the perky physical therapist who makes him ache in more than one place.
Jordan Mueller doesn’t have time for a sulky ex-NFL player, even one who looks like Tanner. She’s done with falling for the bad boy without a heart. When she’s forced out of her apartment and offered an opportunity too good to pass up, she agrees to move in with Tanner. She’s only there to speed up his recovery. No funny business, even if her body is telling her otherwise.
As Tanner and Jordan spend more and more time together, they begin to see each other in a new light that threatens to change everything. But when the ghosts of girlfriends past reappear, Tanner must decide if he’s willing to put everything on the line for a shot at a future with Jordan.
The Faerie Queen’s review
After an ok start, this book slowly but surely got worse and worse. The only reason I kept going is because someone said the ending was ok.
While the main characters – Jordan and Tanner – were fine, the secondary characters, particularly the women, were a joke. They all seemed to be caricatures: either they were ditzy, or they were ditzy AND cruel. Tanner’s first live-in nurse showed up for a couple of scenes, only to decide to sexually harass him out of nowhere, and this was somehow connected to the ex-girlfriend who dumped him but then kept sending him sexts. It was like all the women had to be nightmares to make Jordan look like the only option.
The relationship between Jordan and Tanner also didn’t make sense. They claimed to hate each other, but there wasn’t enough showing of this. If anything, maybe they found each other mildly irritating when around each other, but there wasn’t enough demonstration of actual hatred. And Tanner only hated Jordan because she was “perky”? Actually, the whole portrayal of Jordan was ridiculous and cliché: red hair, tiny, big eyes, perky.
Anyway, back to the relationship… I felt nothing, because nothing really made sense. Their first kiss wasn’t swoonworthy… It was out of place and made me call out WTAF. Their first time having sex was more yawnworthy than spicy, mostly because it had no foundation of pent-up chemistry. Plus, it had the usual features: the guy immediately gets hard after coming, the girl orgasms in a couple minutes, etc. Also, Tanner’s magically able to be on top with the knee that’s been in agony for months. Ok, sure.
The plot and pacing was waaaay off. I was never quite sure how much time had passed, and things seemed to move too fast at times because of that. Weird things were thrown in here and there without connection to the rest of the story. The author was pulling at straws, really.
Last but not least, what was with all the product placement? Specifically mentioning “Amazon Fresh” and “Microsoft” and “Surface tablet” in some places, then skimming over other opportunities for naming specific things was weird. I would have preferred “I get my groceries delivered” and “tablet”. It felt like the author was getting paid for mentioning specific products or services, or thought it was showing how modern and cool she was, when actually it could easily date the book or confuse readers who don’t know what these things are.
Wow, that’s two contemporary romances that have flopped for me in a row, and that makes this romance reader mega sad. Hopefully the next one will be better!