Intended for Bristol

Intended for Bristol (A Second Chances Novel) by L.P. Dover


Overview by Publisher:

Trying to live down his very public indiscretions, Carolina Cougars kicker Jaxon Reed feels like the most hated man in the NFL. When he’s traded away, his new teammates in California don’t waste any time making his life miserable. Unfortunately for them, Jaxon’s no easy target. As payback, he sets his sights on the quarterback’s sister: a sultry brunette who’s curvy, confident, and sexy as hell. But what begins as a revenge fling turns into so much more.
Bristol Thomas doesn’t have time for games, especially those played by her brother’s Neanderthal teammates. A talented interior designer with lofty goals, she doesn’t know the first thing about football, or Jaxon—except that he’s exactly the type of man she usually avoids. But when his deep laugh and deeper kisses break through her walls, she becomes the target of a fan who’s obsessed with Jaxon. Now she needs to know that Jaxon has her back . . . because he already has her heart.

I have a huge crush on sports themed romance books.  While I don’t know a lot about football, I was eager to read this book.  Jaxon and Bristol are well developed and interesting characters.

Jaxon is the asshole of the team.  He has a beef with a player and decides to mess with him through his sister.  This is not the first time that Jaxon has interfered in the lives of his team mates.  After some disastrous consequences in the past, you would think he has learned his lesson – but he hasn’t.  It’s not that Jaxon is a bad guy.  His actions are explained through his competitiveness and inability to let a slight go.  One beef I had with the book was that it seemed to go overboard in making him a complex character.  Not only is Jaxon a star kicker and at times a complete jerk, he has a sensitive side that he lets shine through painting and mechanical engineer.  At times, it just seemed a stretch that he has the inner thoughtfulness to express himself on canvas.  What did not seem to be a stretch is the compassion and grief he feels for his mother.  This was an unexpected plot point, but worked really well to start the change in Jaxon’s behaviour.

Bristol has dated the professional athlete type in the past.  She was badly burned, so she wants nothing to do with her brother’s teammates.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t realize that ‘Jack’ is actually the team jerk that her brother complains about.  A whirlwind romance ensues.  Jaxon is charming, sexy and interesting.  He woos Bristol and they find they have a lot in common.  They definitely connect in the bedroom and the passion between them is well worth reading.

The big issues between the two occur because of the lies that Jaxon tells Bristol.  The shit hits the fan when she finds out that he is a football player and on her brother’s team.  It happens around the half way mark in the book, so I was curious about how the rest of the story unfolds.  There had to be more drama coming, right?

Well, some of Jaxon’s playboy past catches up with him and pulls Bristol into danger.  This was another great plot twist that I didn’t see coming and found to be really effective.  The heightened challenges the two face bring them together and they become a team.  Through the conflict, there is a path to resolution.

This is the first book I have read in this series and I really enjoyed it.  The writing was well done and the plot held my interest.  The characters were intriguing and at times relatable. I will definitely check out the other books in this series!


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