Hot Best Seller

The Quarterback Keeper

Availability: Ready to download

Alex I'm the starting quarterback for the Portland Pirates, and I have a thing for my son's teacher. Except I didn't know the cute blond on the beach with the giant dog was, in fact, my kid's teacher until two months later at Open House. Christian took my breath away during the second week of my two-week vacation at the beach and introduced me to things I never knew could fe Alex I'm the starting quarterback for the Portland Pirates, and I have a thing for my son's teacher. Except I didn't know the cute blond on the beach with the giant dog was, in fact, my kid's teacher until two months later at Open House. Christian took my breath away during the second week of my two-week vacation at the beach and introduced me to things I never knew could feel so good and be so right. I think he just might be the one who inspires me to tell the world that this NFL quarterback is bisexual and in love with a man. That is until I blew the best thing to happen to me since my kids were born. All I know is I have to get him back. I had to find a way to keep him. Christian I never imagined I would meet the love of my life while being bowled over on the beach by the overeager Newfoundland I was dog-sitting. But that's exactly how I ended up on my back in the sand, wrapped in his arms and pressed into the sand by the six-foot-five dark-haired Adonis on the beach. Did I mention he had two beautiful children? Our week together was worthy of a sexy modern-day fairytale full of promises about the future until he sent me the text that broke my heart. And how was I supposed to get over him when his adorable six-year-old son was in my class? Find out how Alex and Christian ache to overcome some daunting complications to reunite in The Quarterback Keeper, Book One of The Package Deal Series. Tags: First Time Gay; Single Dad; Bisexual Experience; Sports Romance; Football Player and the Teacher


Compare

Alex I'm the starting quarterback for the Portland Pirates, and I have a thing for my son's teacher. Except I didn't know the cute blond on the beach with the giant dog was, in fact, my kid's teacher until two months later at Open House. Christian took my breath away during the second week of my two-week vacation at the beach and introduced me to things I never knew could fe Alex I'm the starting quarterback for the Portland Pirates, and I have a thing for my son's teacher. Except I didn't know the cute blond on the beach with the giant dog was, in fact, my kid's teacher until two months later at Open House. Christian took my breath away during the second week of my two-week vacation at the beach and introduced me to things I never knew could feel so good and be so right. I think he just might be the one who inspires me to tell the world that this NFL quarterback is bisexual and in love with a man. That is until I blew the best thing to happen to me since my kids were born. All I know is I have to get him back. I had to find a way to keep him. Christian I never imagined I would meet the love of my life while being bowled over on the beach by the overeager Newfoundland I was dog-sitting. But that's exactly how I ended up on my back in the sand, wrapped in his arms and pressed into the sand by the six-foot-five dark-haired Adonis on the beach. Did I mention he had two beautiful children? Our week together was worthy of a sexy modern-day fairytale full of promises about the future until he sent me the text that broke my heart. And how was I supposed to get over him when his adorable six-year-old son was in my class? Find out how Alex and Christian ache to overcome some daunting complications to reunite in The Quarterback Keeper, Book One of The Package Deal Series. Tags: First Time Gay; Single Dad; Bisexual Experience; Sports Romance; Football Player and the Teacher

30 review for The Quarterback Keeper

  1. 4 out of 5

    Imme van Gorp

    DNF @58% I honestly think I might be cursed. I'm having one bad read after another. What on earth is happening?? Anyway. This was.. cheesy. So god damn cheesy. And not even in a heart-warming or cutesy way, but in a "my god, why is this so bad" kind of way. The writing was not good. There was zero depth. The characters were so flat. The jokes were uncomfortably cringe. The feelings were incredibly over-the-top. And the insta-love drove me up the goddamned wall: they were literally talking about be DNF @58% I honestly think I might be cursed. I'm having one bad read after another. What on earth is happening?? Anyway. This was.. cheesy. So god damn cheesy. And not even in a heart-warming or cutesy way, but in a "my god, why is this so bad" kind of way. The writing was not good. There was zero depth. The characters were so flat. The jokes were uncomfortably cringe. The feelings were incredibly over-the-top. And the insta-love drove me up the goddamned wall: they were literally talking about being "the one" for each other after one fucking day together. Come onnn. Honestly, I was just bored and annoyed. I needed this book to end almost immediately. The only thing I kind of liked was when Alex fucked up and in came the begging and the grovelling. I loved the chase where he tried to win Christian back. It was honestly the only thing I enjoyed in this entire book, and once all that was over, I knew the best part was behind me, and it was only going to get worse again. So, I decided to throw in the towel and spare myself the misery. BYE.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Renae Reads

    *** I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*** The Quarterback Keeper is a wonderful low-angst insta-love romance between a NFL quarterback and first grade teacher who meet on vacation when both of their dogs run into each other leading to an adorable meet-cute. Alex and Christian have immediate chemistry that blossoms over the course of one week as they both fall head over heels for one another. The one hiccup is that Alex is not "out" and his contract is up, which creates many potential pr *** I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*** The Quarterback Keeper is a wonderful low-angst insta-love romance between a NFL quarterback and first grade teacher who meet on vacation when both of their dogs run into each other leading to an adorable meet-cute. Alex and Christian have immediate chemistry that blossoms over the course of one week as they both fall head over heels for one another. The one hiccup is that Alex is not "out" and his contract is up, which creates many potential problems for the couple. Overall the Quarterback Keeper is a great low-angst story that features an swoon-worthy love story that I thought was perfectly done. This was a great start to this series and I cannot wait for the next one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Teacups & Tropes)

    ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ This was a cute little read. I have a bunch of ARCs to get through, and this was one of them. The Quarterback Keeper follows Christian, a grade one teacher, and Alex, an NFL quarterback, over a year in their lives. A chance meeting on the beach brings the two men together; a badly timed photo and a bad decision tears them apart. But we, of course, get a HEA. Christian was so caring and adorable and I loved Alex, especially when he got all protective and caveman-y. You want instant points ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ This was a cute little read. I have a bunch of ARCs to get through, and this was one of them. The Quarterback Keeper follows Christian, a grade one teacher, and Alex, an NFL quarterback, over a year in their lives. A chance meeting on the beach brings the two men together; a badly timed photo and a bad decision tears them apart. But we, of course, get a HEA. Christian was so caring and adorable and I loved Alex, especially when he got all protective and caveman-y. You want instant points from me? Caveman. Go cavemen and I will EAT. IT. UP. If you're looking for a light read and some definite insta-love, this is the read for you. This is an ongoing series, but it looks as though each book can be read as a standalone. The next one features Alex's brother and one of Alex's teammates so... #drama Thank you to Gay Romance Reviews for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dani Sadler

    This book was so frustrating/disappointing and just hard to read. The idea had so much potential but the writing was weird! There was so much over explaining and stating the obvious, plus so much that really didn't need to be there at all and completely threw the pace off. I'm not normally bothered by insta-love but two days and they're all in?! Plus the speed that every 'serious' conflict that came up was resolved was ridiculous - my toddler has longer arguments with his toys, I swear!! This book was so frustrating/disappointing and just hard to read. The idea had so much potential but the writing was weird! There was so much over explaining and stating the obvious, plus so much that really didn't need to be there at all and completely threw the pace off. I'm not normally bothered by insta-love but two days and they're all in?! Plus the speed that every 'serious' conflict that came up was resolved was ridiculous - my toddler has longer arguments with his toys, I swear!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    martina (taylor’s version)

    dnf at 25% i can’t do it it’s too cheesy

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I finished it but I’m not quite sure why 😂.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mami Bear

    Likeable MCs. I felt the book was let down by: - Misleading blurb. I thought Alex would have to work for Christian's forgiveness / a second chance but he didn't. He said sorry once and he has a big dick so that's the end of that. - Too much focus on the MCs of next book. - Weak plot - Cliched ex-wife Likeable MCs. I felt the book was let down by: - Misleading blurb. I thought Alex would have to work for Christian's forgiveness / a second chance but he didn't. He said sorry once and he has a big dick so that's the end of that. - Too much focus on the MCs of next book. - Weak plot - Cliched ex-wife

  8. 4 out of 5

    R

    Christian, a teacher on a mini vacation to the Oregon coast to pet sit. He sees a gorgeous man with kids and a dog on the beach. He has no idea how this will change his life. Alex is an NFL quarterback. Meeting the man and his giant dog on the beach felt like that was exactly the way life should be. Till he made a drastic decision and one text shattered both hearts. This was a bit angsty, sweet and steamy read that tugged at my heart a bit. The writing was nice. Backstory was enough to get a good Christian, a teacher on a mini vacation to the Oregon coast to pet sit. He sees a gorgeous man with kids and a dog on the beach. He has no idea how this will change his life. Alex is an NFL quarterback. Meeting the man and his giant dog on the beach felt like that was exactly the way life should be. Till he made a drastic decision and one text shattered both hearts. This was a bit angsty, sweet and steamy read that tugged at my heart a bit. The writing was nice. Backstory was enough to get a good feel for the characters and I liked how their friends encouraged them to get (back) together. The ex wife could of been a disaster but I liked how the authors didn’t turn her into an obstacle. A new author paired with an established one have created a very nice book. Another “makes my heart feel good” story. Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was pretty much instalove. All about Alex, a football player who's never been with a guy but always been interested, and Christian, his kid's teacher. Even though this is all new to Alex, there's not the usual fumbling confusion. It helped that Christian was willing to lead the way lol. I didn't feel super connected to the characters for whatever reason and it could totally just be me at the moment. But mostly this was a sweet read with a very sweet happy ever after in the end. This was pretty much instalove. All about Alex, a football player who's never been with a guy but always been interested, and Christian, his kid's teacher. Even though this is all new to Alex, there's not the usual fumbling confusion. It helped that Christian was willing to lead the way lol. I didn't feel super connected to the characters for whatever reason and it could totally just be me at the moment. But mostly this was a sweet read with a very sweet happy ever after in the end.

  10. 4 out of 5

    D.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ordinary and nothing special but I'm so fucking curious about Marcus' story. He married his ex-wife (since Marcus is bi) as a rebound after he broke things off with Aidan. She got pregnant because Marcus was dead drunk, lonely as fuck and missed Aidan terribly so he having unprotected sex (?) with her? What the actual fvck???!!! I need to wait until August for reading Marcus' messed up life and his reason why he made Aidan's life miserable for 10 long years and how he got a son of his own and sp Ordinary and nothing special but I'm so fucking curious about Marcus' story. He married his ex-wife (since Marcus is bi) as a rebound after he broke things off with Aidan. She got pregnant because Marcus was dead drunk, lonely as fuck and missed Aidan terribly so he having unprotected sex (?) with her? What the actual fvck???!!! I need to wait until August for reading Marcus' messed up life and his reason why he made Aidan's life miserable for 10 long years and how he got a son of his own and spent 3 years with his ex-wife before filed for divorce.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marion

    This is the first book in The Package Deal series and the first that I have read by this duo. I have to say that I really enjoyed the book. It is a sweet story that will have you feeling good by the end of it. This is the story of Alex and Christian. Christian is a school teacher that is house and dog sitting for his aunt and uncle before he starts his new teaching job. He is kind, friendly and completely clueless about anything related to sports. Alex is a divorced father of two, enjoying his w This is the first book in The Package Deal series and the first that I have read by this duo. I have to say that I really enjoyed the book. It is a sweet story that will have you feeling good by the end of it. This is the story of Alex and Christian. Christian is a school teacher that is house and dog sitting for his aunt and uncle before he starts his new teaching job. He is kind, friendly and completely clueless about anything related to sports. Alex is a divorced father of two, enjoying his week to have his kids at the beach house that he has rented. He is also the starting Quarterback for the Portland Pirates. When the two of them meet through their dogs, sparks fly. Alex is even more excited to discover that Christian has no idea who he is. He is enthralled to meet someone who likes him for him; not his job nor fame. This is their story. It deals with the stress of sports and the fear of coming out very well. How by trying to do the right thing we sometimes hurt those that we love the most. Alex and Christian must face numerous obstacles in their desire for a happy ever after. I liked the characters and really enjoyed the story. It is a really sweet read. I look forward to the next book by these authors. I received an ARC and am leaving my honest opinion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This book has several moments of heartache and “what the heck were you thinking?!” involved but it all works out in the end, believe me. It doesn’t take Alex much time book-wise to figure out how badly he screwed up and to beg, grovel, and plead his way back into Christian’s good graces. It doesn’t hurt that their week at the beach was pretty much love at first sight. They were simply made for each other and there wasn’t anything that could keep them apart, especially once Alex realizes that he This book has several moments of heartache and “what the heck were you thinking?!” involved but it all works out in the end, believe me. It doesn’t take Alex much time book-wise to figure out how badly he screwed up and to beg, grovel, and plead his way back into Christian’s good graces. It doesn’t hurt that their week at the beach was pretty much love at first sight. They were simply made for each other and there wasn’t anything that could keep them apart, especially once Alex realizes that he is incomplete without him. And Christian really couldn’t say no when he was so miserable without him. I am sure people will complain that this book isn’t realistic but honestly I don’t read for reality. I read to escape. Both the old adage “ when you know, you know” isn’t any less true in real life than it is in a book and I feel sorry for those that can’t accept that. This book was wonderful and it made me happy. I loved these characters and am now seriously invested in Marcus and Austin’s happiness as well. This will be a comfort reread for me, I can tell.

  13. 5 out of 5

    HarriReadsRoMMance

    This is a really great OFY story. Alex has known he’s bisexual since he was a teen but between playing football in college, getting drafted and then married to a woman he has had zero opportunity to explore his attraction to men before. He takes a 2 week vacation on the beach and ends up next to Christian who is house sitting for his aunt and their connection is instant and their chemistry is strong. Alex has very strong feelings for him but then he messes up out of fear and pushes Christian awa This is a really great OFY story. Alex has known he’s bisexual since he was a teen but between playing football in college, getting drafted and then married to a woman he has had zero opportunity to explore his attraction to men before. He takes a 2 week vacation on the beach and ends up next to Christian who is house sitting for his aunt and their connection is instant and their chemistry is strong. Alex has very strong feelings for him but then he messes up out of fear and pushes Christian away. When they reunite 2 months later Alex is prepared to do anything to win Christian back and never let him go. I really like that the misunderstanding/break up happens early in the book and the rest of it has them together and prepared to do battle out Alex coming out together and not at the end. There’s a little angst with Alex’s ex-wife who’s a piece of work but it’s a relatively low angst feel good read. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueleen ♡

    This was quite simply cute AF. It was a pretty low angst swooney romance. Yes, if you read the blurb you can see there was an instance of heartbreak, but it was mutual heartbreak and honestly came from a place of caring. I still could have done without Alex pulling that foolishness though. Christian was a total keeper and I'm glad Alex had such a good friend in his life to tell him so. There was a healthy amount of steam to go along with the romance. On top of that the side characters were very This was quite simply cute AF. It was a pretty low angst swooney romance. Yes, if you read the blurb you can see there was an instance of heartbreak, but it was mutual heartbreak and honestly came from a place of caring. I still could have done without Alex pulling that foolishness though. Christian was a total keeper and I'm glad Alex had such a good friend in his life to tell him so. There was a healthy amount of steam to go along with the romance. On top of that the side characters were very likeable and gave us a little glimpse into the next couple. I have a feeling I am going to like the next book even more because we all know enemies to lovers is one of my top favorite tropes. From the looks of things, Alex's brother is not going to take is easy on the man who broke his heart. I can hardly wait!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

    2.5 Stars Sometimes instalove works and sometimes, like here, it doesn’t, we’ll, at least for me it didn’t. I think the first portion of the story wasn’t drawn out enough for it to be believable that they had such a connection so quickly. This was a quick and easy read. The story is pretty light with just a bit of angst thrown in for good measure. Christian and Alex were pretty likable for the most part, although Alex did mess up. He definitely could have approached certain situations with more 2.5 Stars Sometimes instalove works and sometimes, like here, it doesn’t, we’ll, at least for me it didn’t. I think the first portion of the story wasn’t drawn out enough for it to be believable that they had such a connection so quickly. This was a quick and easy read. The story is pretty light with just a bit of angst thrown in for good measure. Christian and Alex were pretty likable for the most part, although Alex did mess up. He definitely could have approached certain situations with more honesty. As for the writing, frankly, I found the dialogue to be somewhat cheesy and over the top at times, but maybe the story just didn’t resonate with me, so take my opinion with a grain of salt and try it for yourself. *shrugs* Unfortunately, this one just really didn’t work for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heather Duff

    A bit insta-love, a bit angsty, a whole lot of sweet and steamy. This was a really nice read that involved a sweet first-grade teacher, a super hot football star looking to explore his bi side, two adorable children, and some even cute doggos playing matchmaker. Sometimes, even when you’re faced with the ‘one’, it can still be hard to ignore the world around you and its pressures. But thankfully, when you have some great friends to give you the push you need, you can get your second chance. And r A bit insta-love, a bit angsty, a whole lot of sweet and steamy. This was a really nice read that involved a sweet first-grade teacher, a super hot football star looking to explore his bi side, two adorable children, and some even cute doggos playing matchmaker. Sometimes, even when you’re faced with the ‘one’, it can still be hard to ignore the world around you and its pressures. But thankfully, when you have some great friends to give you the push you need, you can get your second chance. And really cute HEA. Great start to a series by a new collab of authors. Looking forward to book 2. < ARC provided by GRR and this is my honest review >

  17. 4 out of 5

    HMS

    This was a book I picked up on a whim after seeing it mentioned on an Instagram post. It's a wonderful story about second chances. I love cowboy and sports romances and this is a story that centers around a quarterback on a fictional NFL team. It follows two men that meet, have a vacation fling but fall for each other without realizing it at first. One makes a mistake then goes back to make things right. After that, it shows support and love for each other as they work through the various challe This was a book I picked up on a whim after seeing it mentioned on an Instagram post. It's a wonderful story about second chances. I love cowboy and sports romances and this is a story that centers around a quarterback on a fictional NFL team. It follows two men that meet, have a vacation fling but fall for each other without realizing it at first. One makes a mistake then goes back to make things right. After that, it shows support and love for each other as they work through the various challenges of being part of the LGBTQIA+ community as a professional athlete and teacher. The secondary characters add a level of warmth to the story including the two main characters of the next book in the series, Pass Interference. Marcus and Aiden are introduced in this book, so I can't wait to see where their story takes us - I've already pre-ordered their book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Welp, the blurb was wonderful but dang, the execution was so lacking, oh so lacking. There was so little chemistry between the MC's, I just started skipping the sexy times. And I love me some sexy times but not these. There were spelling errors (there vs. their), plot errors (player vs coach) and which was Yoda or Luke. The whole picture thing was flimsy at best and when did that occur? And he told who first he was bi? And Lord knows, there was not enough groveling. I thought I might be able to Welp, the blurb was wonderful but dang, the execution was so lacking, oh so lacking. There was so little chemistry between the MC's, I just started skipping the sexy times. And I love me some sexy times but not these. There were spelling errors (there vs. their), plot errors (player vs coach) and which was Yoda or Luke. The whole picture thing was flimsy at best and when did that occur? And he told who first he was bi? And Lord knows, there was not enough groveling. I thought I might be able to recommend this as a fluffy beach read but no.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Osborne

    I fell in love with both characters and even sympathize with each one in giving up on a part of your soul hurts more than losing friends or even your job. Alex and Christian had a whirlwind start and trying to find their path to love is full of obstacles and hurt. I did receive an Arc for a review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    I enjoyed Alex and Christian's story. They had such a connection and I loved seeing them work through everything that came with their relationship. I enjoyed Alex and Christian's story. They had such a connection and I loved seeing them work through everything that came with their relationship.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie Underhill

    The Quarterback Keeper by Rheland Richmond and Emerson Beckett is the first book in their The Package Deal series. It is a delightful story about a clueless about sports elementary teacher and an NFL quarterback who find love together. Christian is starting a new job as a first grade teacher at a private school when he dog sits for his aunt and uncle at their house on the shore outside of Portland for several weeks at the end of the summer. Alex is the quarterback for the Portland Pirates NFL fo The Quarterback Keeper by Rheland Richmond and Emerson Beckett is the first book in their The Package Deal series. It is a delightful story about a clueless about sports elementary teacher and an NFL quarterback who find love together. Christian is starting a new job as a first grade teacher at a private school when he dog sits for his aunt and uncle at their house on the shore outside of Portland for several weeks at the end of the summer. Alex is the quarterback for the Portland Pirates NFL football team. He is divorced with two children and they have rented the house next to where Christian is staying. They meet when their dogs find each other on the beach and literally knock them down into each other’s arms. Christian doesn’t know who Alex is and that is very refreshing for him. They find themselves attracted to each other and act on this when his children return home to their mother. Alex has known he is bi but never explored this side of himself until Christian came along. They feel so much for each other but Alex isn’t out and is afraid of the repercussions for his job and children so he breaks it off with Christian when he has to go back home for training camp. This breaks both of their hearts and when Back to School Night comes, Christian discovers that Alex’s son is in his class and when he shows up he begs Christian to talk to him to see if they can find their way back to each other. The story continues from there as Alex uses all his powers of persuasion to get Christian to continue the relationship they started at the beach. There are some angsty moments involving coming out; family situations with the ex-wife, Alex’s children, and his brother; friends trying to be helpful; a hard hit during a football game; and 2 big dogs who love to be together. There are also many sweet moments between the two men and some hot love scenes. I really enjoyed this book. The main characters are swoony and I liked how they cared once they realized they were “it” for each other. Their love story kept building through each situation they encountered and only strengthened what they felt in their hearts. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather Palmer

    I love a good sports romance and what can I say about this one but that it was magically sweet. Alex and Christian had the chemistry I look for in any book from the very moment they meet. Not only did the authors give them their spark pretty quickly in the book, but they gave the two men the chemistry and instalove that I love to see in a book like this. If you don't like instalove or sports-related romance then you won't like this book, but honestly, it was well worth the read. I have read many I love a good sports romance and what can I say about this one but that it was magically sweet. Alex and Christian had the chemistry I look for in any book from the very moment they meet. Not only did the authors give them their spark pretty quickly in the book, but they gave the two men the chemistry and instalove that I love to see in a book like this. If you don't like instalove or sports-related romance then you won't like this book, but honestly, it was well worth the read. I have read many of Rheland's books and this is probably one of my favorites. I felt the characters were well developed and I liked how the author's introduced outside characters close to the MC's to broaden what is to come in the next book. The relationship that Alex had with his brother was great and I loved the relationship between Christian and Coop was sweet as well. I liked how the authors didn't focus on how the relationship between Alex and Christian would affect Zach at school. The focus was solely on how it would affect the team. Christian is a teacher dogsitting for his aunt and uncle when they go on a Caribbean vacation. Alex is the star quarterback of the Portland Pirates renting the house next door. When Christian takes his aunt and uncle's Newfoundland out for a walk on the beach he catches sight of Alex with his kids playing in the sand. When they see each other, it's like love at first sight. The kids go home with Alex's ex-wife and Alex and Christian spend time getting to know each other. At the end of their time together, Alex sends Christian a text that will leave him broken. Three months later, who would've thought they would meet again when Alex walks into his son's classroom on Open House night to see the man of his dreams. As they work through their problems, other issues arise. Can they get past all of the obstacles in their way and have their happily ever after? I would highly recommend this book. Again you have to like sports romances and instalove to really get a grasp for liking this. Now I cannot wait for the next book in the series to see if Aiden and Marcus get their happily ever after. I received this book as an ARC for my honest review through GRR.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    3.5 stars…This is the first book in a series. Several characters are introduced that seem likely to become main characters in future books. The MCs here are Alex, the divorced quarterback for the NFL’s Portland Pirates, and Christian, a first grade teacher. They meet on a beach in the summer and Christian has no idea who Alex is. After agreeing to see each other secretly once they are both back in Portland Alex chickens out and dumps Christian. Until they meet up again at Alex’s son’s school…whe 3.5 stars…This is the first book in a series. Several characters are introduced that seem likely to become main characters in future books. The MCs here are Alex, the divorced quarterback for the NFL’s Portland Pirates, and Christian, a first grade teacher. They meet on a beach in the summer and Christian has no idea who Alex is. After agreeing to see each other secretly once they are both back in Portland Alex chickens out and dumps Christian. Until they meet up again at Alex’s son’s school…where Christian is his teacher. This is a sweet, instalove story where things go a lot smoother than they would in the real world. So many realities of current day professional sports are ignored that it’s a bit hard to concentrate on the story…you keep thinking what would really happen. Likewise the situation with Alex’s ex-wife. It’s too bad these things aren’t treated a bit more realistically as it would make it easier to fully engage with the story. Likewise there are some major editing issues and continuity and research errors. The book really needs a good editor which is a bit surprising as the co-writer is, according to the end notes, an editor. This book would not be a good recommendation for her skills. There were quite a few things that took my head out of the story and that is a cardinal sin for this reader. I was hopeful that most of those things were fixed before this book was published but I did a quick skim through the published book and found many of the things I’d noted were still present. It’s too bad as this is a sweet story with a hopeful message. Being more thorough, diligent, and practical would have enhanced the message and made the story more enjoyable. **I voluntarily read an arc and this is my unbiased opinion.**

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    3.5 Stars The authors are new to me, and the blurb looked very interesting. This is book one of the Package Deal Series, and it got off to an interesting start. In the first quarter of the book, I became very vested in the storyline, and as it progressed, I must confess my interest did wane. The plot is fun. You have an All-Star NFL quarterback who is eager to explore the needs he has kept hidden for many years. Divorced with two adorable young kids, Alex tries to keep peace with his ex-wife so th 3.5 Stars The authors are new to me, and the blurb looked very interesting. This is book one of the Package Deal Series, and it got off to an interesting start. In the first quarter of the book, I became very vested in the storyline, and as it progressed, I must confess my interest did wane. The plot is fun. You have an All-Star NFL quarterback who is eager to explore the needs he has kept hidden for many years. Divorced with two adorable young kids, Alex tries to keep peace with his ex-wife so they can co-parent. I felt that Alex was so anxious to find a man he really went from zero to sixty in seconds. Don't get me wrong, Alex is a sweet and caring father, and I did like him quite a bit. Christian is a kindergarten teacher that Alex met while on vacation. The instructor is also a terrific man and extremely likable. The two together, however, just had zero chemistry. They're wonderful guys, but the relationship felt flat. It might not have helped that this was inst- love at warp speed. In mere days they both felt they had found the "one." After a week, the intensity of the relationship/commitment was just too much. Some of the issues I had with this book was the angst which felt manufactured and not real. Both men used the same endearment - babe. They constantly called each other this, and to be honest, it was overdone. Every huge obstacle in the story was fixed almost immediately and glossed over easily. This may not bother you at all, and it could just be me. While I would not revisit this story, if you are a fan of fluffy, super sweet romances and instantly falling in love with your soulmate, you should give this a try. Happy reading! .* * Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn't a requirement * *

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    Christian St. Claire, dog-sitting for his aunt and uncle at their beachside house, meets the gorgeous guy-next-door and his two adorable kids while walking their dogs on the beach. The attraction between the two men is as immediate as it is intense. Christian's temporary neighbor, Alex, effectively comes out to him as bi-sexual, and, after Alex's ex-wife picks up the children the two are left alone to discover just what exactly is so captivating about each other. The week passes as if the two we Christian St. Claire, dog-sitting for his aunt and uncle at their beachside house, meets the gorgeous guy-next-door and his two adorable kids while walking their dogs on the beach. The attraction between the two men is as immediate as it is intense. Christian's temporary neighbor, Alex, effectively comes out to him as bi-sexual, and, after Alex's ex-wife picks up the children the two are left alone to discover just what exactly is so captivating about each other. The week passes as if the two were in paradise, but Alex is keeping something from Christian, and Christian is keeping something from Alex…. secrets and lies of omission that come full circle back to them when Fate intervenes and throws them together after their week-away-from-home is up. The Quarterback Keeper is an extraordinary book - rich in romantic emotions and imbued with a very captivating and entertaining storyline! I especially enjoyed the main characters' dilemma of a chance meeting again later in a somewhat unusual place, manner and circumstance - when each thought that he'd never see the other again. The character development in this novel is fantastic, and the plot is so very well-written and meticulously constructed that I couldn't put the book down! The secondary characters - especially Alex's children and teammates - all add a wonderfully heartwarming sense of family and support to what Alex and Christian are romantically experiencing together. A wonderful novel about being honest emotionally …and jumping on the opportunity when a second chance comes your way! 5 stars!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    L H

    Christian is excited to go to the shore and dog sit for his aunt and uncle. He enjoys time by the water. The only thing that would make it better than a good canine companion is a good looking guy to keep him company. Alex has rented the house next door to where Christian is dog sitting. He is a pro quarterback who is bi-sexual and divorced with children. Trying to make it in football and a college girlfriend that became his wife did not allow him time to explore. He now has that time while he i Christian is excited to go to the shore and dog sit for his aunt and uncle. He enjoys time by the water. The only thing that would make it better than a good canine companion is a good looking guy to keep him company. Alex has rented the house next door to where Christian is dog sitting. He is a pro quarterback who is bi-sexual and divorced with children. Trying to make it in football and a college girlfriend that became his wife did not allow him time to explore. He now has that time while he is communing with the water, his dog and his fellow water lover Christian. They are instantly attracted to one another and after Alex's kids go home with their mother he and Christian have time to get to know one another and deepen their mutual attraction. But it ends at the shore. Or so they thought when Alex breaks it off by text and leaves for training camp. But that was not it as Christian winds up being Alex's son's teacher. Their chemistry is strong but Alex is not out and he is a professional athlete so he will need to proceed with caution around coming out. Still, their chemistry is real and he realizes that he wants to see if what he and Christian feel for one another is real. They have obstacles to issues to resolve but isn't the chance to find love with someone you click with worth the effort? Good sports romance with all of the elements and a really adorable pair of guys that you want to see wind up together. I received an ARC from GRR for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    The Quarterback Keeper was a fun coming out for you sports romance. Alex is a football player, now divorced and a father to two very cute kids. He’s spending vacation time at the beach and when he meets Christian he finally has the opportunity to explore his bisexuality. Christian is openly gay and a teacher, house sitting for a family member and he’s not a fan of sports. So he doesn’t recognise Alex. And Alex loves it. Because for once he gets to feel normal. It’s only when a photographer share The Quarterback Keeper was a fun coming out for you sports romance. Alex is a football player, now divorced and a father to two very cute kids. He’s spending vacation time at the beach and when he meets Christian he finally has the opportunity to explore his bisexuality. Christian is openly gay and a teacher, house sitting for a family member and he’s not a fan of sports. So he doesn’t recognise Alex. And Alex loves it. Because for once he gets to feel normal. It’s only when a photographer shares a phot of them online that things go bad. Because Alex isn’t ready to come out, leading to the quickest breakup ever. But it gets more complicated when Christian ends up as the teacher to one of Alex’s kids. I really enjoyed this story. It had a couple of interesting differences to the normal in the closet sports story. Instead of being the first to ever come out in professional sports, Alex does reference a few others. But he’s still scared about what coming out means for his career. But he does adore Christian, because the level of normal he feels around the other man is so important to him. It’s only when a new player joins the team that he begins to feel comfortable with coming out. I liked that Christian was pretty clear in what he wanted, and making sure that he could get that from Alex. This was a fun story and I can’t wait for the next one. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Xanthe

    This is a good first book in a new sports romance series. Alex, quarterback for the Pirates literally knocks Christian over on the beach and so begins their romance. Everything is sweet, swoony and adorable until it's time to get back to real life where Alex would have to come out to his family, his team and the nation, causing him to freak and sends a text ending it all. However, a second chance arises and Alex especially grabs it and runs, hoping to have forever with Christian. I enjoyed this s This is a good first book in a new sports romance series. Alex, quarterback for the Pirates literally knocks Christian over on the beach and so begins their romance. Everything is sweet, swoony and adorable until it's time to get back to real life where Alex would have to come out to his family, his team and the nation, causing him to freak and sends a text ending it all. However, a second chance arises and Alex especially grabs it and runs, hoping to have forever with Christian. I enjoyed this story. It's not often you have the main bit of drama about 30% into the book but this had both men heartbroken after making such a connection over just one short week. Their connection and attraction felt real, as did their emotions which makes it easy to pick up when Alex does some grovelling and begging for forgiveness when he has the chance. I like how things developed for them, taking things slow to ensure it worked for them this time as well as working to a kind of schedule when it comes to Alex's coming out. I also loved just how much Christian doesn't like any sports, hilarious when his new partner is a starring QB. Alex's children are totally adorable and complete scene stealers though the jury is out on his ex wife. I'm definitely looking forward to book two with the hints that are laid out in this book. I received an ARC and am happily giving a review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ButtonsMom2003

    This was a cute insta-love story with cute dogs and cute kids. It’s the first book I’ve read by either of these authors and I thought it was pretty good. It kind of follows the same path as a lot of sports related coming out stories but I didn’t really feel like I was reading the same old thing. Christian and Alex meet on the beach where Christian is dog sitting and Alex has rented a house for a few weeks. They have an instant connection and Alex is glad that Christian didn’t recognize him as the This was a cute insta-love story with cute dogs and cute kids. It’s the first book I’ve read by either of these authors and I thought it was pretty good. It kind of follows the same path as a lot of sports related coming out stories but I didn’t really feel like I was reading the same old thing. Christian and Alex meet on the beach where Christian is dog sitting and Alex has rented a house for a few weeks. They have an instant connection and Alex is glad that Christian didn’t recognize him as the Quarterback for the Portland Pirates. It’s always hard for him to know whether he is liked because he’s a celebrity and rich, or because he is really liked. Of course, things go wrong and Christian is furious that Alex lied to him – a lie of omission is still a lie. I was satisfied with how everything was wrapped up and I’m looking forward to reading Marcus’ story. He was a great secondary character in this book. A copy of this book was provided to me at my request but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    S.K.

    Not the most auspicious beginning to my reading in July. I tried to read this – I kept trying to read this. I cannot even imagine just how many times I picked up my kindle and turned to this book. It either sent me to sleep or I got so bored that I was reading pages and realising that I was taking absolutely none of it in. I wasn’t even going to leave a review because I felt guilty for the fact that I simply did not like this book. The characters were flat and uninteresting; the writing felt form Not the most auspicious beginning to my reading in July. I tried to read this – I kept trying to read this. I cannot even imagine just how many times I picked up my kindle and turned to this book. It either sent me to sleep or I got so bored that I was reading pages and realising that I was taking absolutely none of it in. I wasn’t even going to leave a review because I felt guilty for the fact that I simply did not like this book. The characters were flat and uninteresting; the writing felt formulaic and uninspired, and no matter how much I loved the idea of the storyline, it just didn’t pull me in. I couldn’t even explain what went wrong – it takes a lot for me not to finish a book – but this just left me completely cold. I am considering seeing if there are other books by these authors to see if it was just the collaboration between them that didn’t work for me because I want to give them both a fair shot. Ultimately, I didn’t finish reading and for what I did read, I can only score this a 1/5.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...