Playing by the Rules by Beth Bolden (Miami Piranhas Book 3)

 Beth Bolden certainly knows how to write football players falling in love and she proves it once again in Playing By The Rules.

From the blurb:

Ex-quarterback Davis Abernathy knows he’s on his last chance.

If he strikes out as Paxton Kelly’s coach, nobody else is going to call him. Not to get back on the field, and not to stand on the sidelines.

He’s got a lot to teach Pax, and as a second-year quarterback, Pax has a lot to learn. But Davis doesn’t anticipate the irresistible way they’ll be drawn together from their first meeting. He never could have predicted such a fierce and uncontrollable yearning—or that Pax would feel the same.

It should be easy to remember rules aren’t meant to be broken, and certain lines aren’t meant to be crossed, but the only thing that’s easy is falling totally, completely in love with Pax.

As Davis falls harder, Pax succeeding becomes just as important—and maybe more so—than resurrecting his own career. If he messes this up, his last chance isn’t all he’ll be sacrificing.

What he should be is focused on being the perfect mentor. But what he wants is Pax in his bed, Pax in his life, and more impossibly, to win Pax’s heart forever.

Angel's Review:

Beth does it again! She scored yet another touchdown with this book. 

In this book we finally got Davis and Pax's story, after feeling their chemistry in the previous book we finally got to see them get together. 

Davis is Pax's coach which means they shouldn't have a relationship, it could get Davis and Pax fired. They can't stop their hearts from wanting what they want though. 

Oh man the angst in this book! If you thought that they would finally realize their feelings for each other and get together you would be wrong. I didn't think it would be easy but I also didn't expect them to be the most angsty of all the couples either.  

I really enjoyed seeing these two guys finally letting themselves be together instead of fighting so hard to ignore what they felt. It made me sad for them that they had to pretend they didn't have feelings for each other. And when Pax just shut everything and everyone out? That cause me to tear up a bit. So while they didn't have the easiest or the most straightforward path together they eventually got there in the end. 

Beth knows how to write football romances, there is no two ways about it. I am absolutely clueless when it comes to football and I could understand what was going on. On that note I do want to say that there is A Lot of football talk in this book, but that's to be expected. The characters are really well written, I loved getting to see all the characters being their goofy and match making selves. My favorite part was when the team had their intervention to get Davis and Pax together, best part hands down.  I also really enjoyed the Thanksgiving part as well, it made me smile. 

Overall a really excellent addition to this great series, I'm so excited to get Coach's story! I'm looking forward to his book. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

Beth Bolden can write angst... this book is almost three books in one.... the slow build of two men working closely together and feeling the chemistry, but resisting it to protect their jobs... until a crisis brings things to a head and the aftermath, and finally a steamy love story... 

This book is truly a fight for the romance and if you aren't a patient person, I can see you having trouble waiting for the payoff... but it's so worth it!

Rating: 5 Stars

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