hard-partying star quarterback in order to serve the Lord. Recently returned from a mission now, he's ready to get back on the football field at UCAL. But despite turning his life around, his bad boy reputation is proving hard to shake.
Allie Hollis is everything a cheerleader should be--beautiful, outgoing, and smart--but her brilliant smile hides a devastating secret. So when Jason begins to show interest in her, there's no question: her answer is no.
Yet, in the face of Allie's chilly response, Jason's gentle persistence pays off, and a tentative friendship grows. Their chemistry is obvious, but Allie's determination to steer clear of a relationship with Jason goes deeper than he realizes. When the truth of her painful history comes to light, the couple must decide whether they will remain on the sidelines or jump back in the game of love.
I've been looking forward to this book for months, watching it move up the pile as I got closer. It's been tough to wait but finally, FINALLY, I got to read it!
I think one of the things I love most about Tiffany Odekirk's books is how she is able to make her characters feel so real. They are imperfect. They struggle. There are good moments and bad moments but all the while I feel like I know them. I am invested in them and I'm rooting for them. Jason and Allie could be any one of us. There is bits in each of their stories that every person can relate to in some way or another. I love when I can connect with characters emotionally and with Jason and Allie it came gradually as I got to know more and more about them. It was fantastic.
There is real struggle in this book. Not just between Jason and Allie but in their own personal lives as they battle their own demons. Even though there was struggle, it never felt overwhelming to me as a reader. It was balanced nicely with happy moments of fun and love. There was always hope threaded through every page and I really felt that. Jason really stole the show for me. He was so endearing and so all in with Allie. He was persistent, fun loving and kind. I loved how those same attributes crossed over to his family and teammates as well. Yeah, I just loved Jason.
I'm a fan of Tiffany Odekirk's stories. I'd love to see her branch outside her LDS specific writing and delve into a more secular contemporary clean romance genre. But, until then, I will continue to enjoy the Jennings series and hope another book is coming! Baby brother needs a book, I think!
Content: LDS religion specific, Christian (talk of God, praying, attending church), talk of after effects of rape and alcohol abuse, kissing
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.