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The Man, The Game, The Baby by London Casey

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They hired her to keep me out of jail. Now she’s carrying my baby…

Roman Knight. You know the name. You know the reputation… on and off the field. There’s not a pass I can’t complete or a woman I can’t charm. I’m the highest paid quarterback in the league. But I’m one bar fight away from jail. Now my people have hired some lawyer to try to control me. Yeah, right. I know she’s going to last about as long as all my other lawyers.

Right up until I meet her.

As soon as I lay eyes on Willow, I know I have to have her… in my bed and in my life. I always get what I want, and this time, I end up with a little more than planned. Willow is pregnant… and if that’s not shocking enough, a late night incident results in a murder charge being thrown my way. I’m left with a choice – rat on an old friend or go to jail.

If I want a real life, and a family… I’m going to have to fight for it.

I was able to snag an ARC from Karolyn James, who uses the pen name London Casey. I was definitely intrigued by the synopsis of the book.

Roman starts off seeming like a bit of a psychopath. Willow just seems harsh. If I’m being totally truthful, I was not really fond of either character in the first 20% of the book. HOWEVER, once the author really brings us further into Roman and Willow, and their lives, you start to see how awesome they are.

Roman is a NFL Quarterback who is at the top of his game professionally, but his personal issues keep causing him trouble. Roman is a fighter and its shocking to see how he manages to get himself into trouble at every turn. And I do mean, every SINGLE turn.

Willow is a lawyer who thinks she is being terminated. She’s actually being recruited as another member of Roman’s legal team and she is supposed to babysit him, more or less. In the legal settings, Willow is the only woman surrounded by men. When I mention Willow seeming harsh, you can see why she needs to be in this environment. Her character can dish it out just as well as she can take it.

I have to say that while I initially didn’t care for Willow or Roman, I did appreciate that the author made them real people. In reality, we don’t always love everyone or we don’t always say or do the right thing. That’s really how Willow and Roman are.

Roman has a lot of past issues from his childhood, and they are actual, legitimate issues. I admired that the author chose to tackle that. So many books have this trope of past issues, secrets, etc. Roman does share with Willow, but he does it once he knows he can trust her. It is not because she found out accidentally and its now some huge crevice in their relationship.

The sex in this book is incredibly steamy. Roman and Willow definitely have a hot connection. I appreciated that Willow’s character is a woman who enjoys sex herself. At one point in the beginning, Willow has a one-night stand (this is before she knows Roman). This is something she does on her own. Its not that she meets someone and she hoped for more and it was only a one-night stand. She actually initiates it. The sex seemed to be far more intense with a woman like Willow who knew what she wanted, not just the man initiating the sex.

Another aspect I liked was that I felt this book was really about Roman and his growth. Yes, we do see Willow a lot and we see her falling in love with Roman. But she does not have the hurdles to overcome like Roman does. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Roman grow, mature, but also confront some of the issues he has.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you enjoy sports romances. It was well done and I felt like Roman and Willow were a very special couple that I will not easily forget.

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