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Making the Play
Series: Hidden Falls #1
By: T.J. Kline
Releasing September 27, 2016
Avon Impulse




Synopsis:

T.J. Kline launches a brand new series with the charming story of an NFL player who finds love when he least expects it…

Grant McQuaid has dedicated his entire life to his football career. Now an injury threatens his place on the team and he’s forced to return home to rehabilitate. But when he meets his “biggest fan,” a precocious, blue-eyed, hearing impaired boy named James—and his beautiful mother, Bethany—Grant begins to question whether football is the future he still wants.

Bethany Mills has been doing just fine since her husband walked out on them… and she definitely doesn’t need another man to disappoint her—or her son. But when James runs into his hero at the park, Bethany admits there is a void in her son’s life that she just can’t fill. Her attraction to the handsome football star is undeniable, but a man in the limelight is the last thing she wants for herself, or James.

Grant doesn’t want to subject Bethany to the chaos of dating a professional athlete. But the more time he spends with her and James, the harder it is to resist making a play for her heart…








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T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and Rodeo Queen competitions since the age of 14 and has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She writes contemporary western romance for Avon Romance, including the Rodeo series and the Healing Harts series. She has published a nonfiction health book and two inspirational fiction titles under the name Tina Klinesmith. In her very limited spare time, T.J. can be found laughing hysterically with her husband, children, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.

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Bethany watched from the doorway as Grant McQuaid, star running back, lay on her bathroom floor repairing the seal on her toilet. Thank goodness she’d cleaned the tile after the water had soaked it.
“That should do it,” he announced, standing up and handing James the wrench he’d purchased. “Go put that in a safe place so your mom has it when she needs it next time.”
His shirt had several wet spots on it from his less-than-stellar handyman skills, plastering it to him in several places and making it difficult for Bethany to keep from staring at the way the muscles of his upper body shifted, flexing with his every movement. Her fingers itched to run down the lines of his rib cage where the shirt clung to him like a second skin.
“Ice cream time,” James announced, running past her into the hallway.
“Put it into the drawer by the phone, baby,” she called after him.
Grant washed his hands at the sink and wiped them on the towel sitting on the counter before he turned toward her. “Ice cream time,” he repeated, his voice low and husky.
It didn’t sound like a fun outing when he said it. It sounded like a dark promise of sweet, sinfully dangerous things to come. He took a step toward her, eliminating any distance between them and looked down at her, his dampened chest only inches from her face. Her fingers twitched, desperate to reach out and touch his skin, to see if it was indeed as hot and hard as it looked.
“Are you ready?”
Bethany glanced up at him, the heat from his skin warming her without a touch, setting every nerve ending in her body on high alert. She felt his breath wash over the top of her head. “Are you sure you want to do this? You don’t have to.”
The smile that spread over his lips was warm. And slightly wicked. “Bethany, there is nothing I’d rather do right now.”
His eyes met hers and he lifted a finger under her chin. His hand was cool and still slightly damp from washing up but his gaze was hot. Bethany felt the sizzle of electricity from his touch as it stole her breath. She licked her lips, wondering what she could say, if she could even form words to speak.
His gaze fell to her lips and she felt her knees weaken, her breaths coming in shallow pants. “I take that back. I can think of a few other things I’d rather do with you.”




My Review Of Making The Play:


Everything in Grant McQuaid's life revolves around football, once he was bitten by the football bug as a kid, it hung on tight, and it was the only thing he wanted to do with his life. And now after a injury, he may lose it, and he can't stand the thought of having to walk away from the only thing he has every cared about. Sure he was prepared to retire someday, but it was to be on his terms, and when he was ready to move on, but his injury is forcing him to consider a choice he's not ready to make. Returning home to heal seemed like the perfect idea, and once he is there and meets his biggest fan, and his beautiful mother, he begins to see the appeal of taking his life in a different direction... and begins to realize he has room in his life for more than just football.

Bethany Mills doesn't do dating. relationships, or love thanks to the effects of being abandoned by the man who promised to love her for the rest of his life. Having her husband walk away from her and her son was the hardest thing she has ever had to face, so the idea of letting another man walk into her life makes her more than nervous, and has her wanting to put the brakes on it before the first step in her direction is even made. She knows her son needs some male guidance in his life, but the idea of inviting another man into their lives and risk him walking away when things get too tough to cope with, is more than she is willing to risk... that is until she meets Grant McQuaid!

From the moment I started this heartfelt story I was completely captivated by Ms. Kline's endearing characters and their beautifully executed story, each word stirred my emotions and had me feeling the intent behind every one of them. From the instant these two stumbled into each other's lives it was evident they belonged together, and needed each other more than either one cared to admit, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them wage the war on their good sense and desires. Being a parent myself I understood Bethany's reservations about letting someone into her life and the effect it would have on her child, and I think Ms. Kline handled the tough subject matter wonderfully, and gave it a very realistic and tangible feel. I also enjoyed the way she touched on each family member in the McQuaid family, and gave us a taste of what is to come for them in further installments in this series, and I have to say I cannot wait to dive in!!

I highly recommend you give this one a try, Grant and Bethany's path to finding their happily ever after is quite enchanting and is certain to leave you with a happy heart!!

ARC given by the Avon Publishing, via Tasty Book Tours & Edelweiss, in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
 




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  1. Lovely review. Thank you for hosting MAKING THE PLAY today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

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