Series: Chicago Grizzlies #1
Published by Piper Rayne Inc
Publication Date: September 26, 2023
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Review Tour
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
I love him. I loathe him.
It’s like plucking daisy petals in my head, but he’ll never know.
When Miles Cavanaugh, the best safety in the league, was traded to the Chicago Grizzlies football team last year, I could finally breathe. Temptation was miles away.
How naïve to think it would end there because when the opportunity to write for a national magazine based in Chicago lands in my lap months later, I can’t turn it down. Sure, it’s a big city, but the sexual energy feels like a beacon between us the minute my plane lands.
To make matters worse, I end up having to take over the job of reporting exclusively on the Chicago Grizzlies. Which means traveling with the team, interviewing players, and pretty much having an all-access pass to their lives during the season.
Miles and I put up a great front, quickly hating on one another, but we both know it’s a lie. We also know the rules are simple. For me, don’t sleep with the subject of your articles. For him, don’t sleep with the journalist who can make or break your career.
I thought straight-laced Miles Cavanaugh followed all the rules… oh how wrong I was.
The best thing about a love/hate relationship is the sizzling chemistry and Bryce and Miles have it in spades. Throw in some entertaining banter, a secret romance, workplace drama and you’ve got a book that is hard to put down.
Bryce and Miles couldn’t be more different. Miles is not your typical athlete. He loves to read, prefers to keep a low profile instead of the boisterous lifestyle of an athlete in his prime, and longs for a family of his own. Bryce on the other hand had a front row seat to the aftermath of her parents’ divorce and has been sour on the idea of romance and love. But the attraction between them is too powerful against their differences.
Workplace romances can be hit or miss for me, especially when a woman’s character and career can be obliterated with one word but this one is a hit. Bryce is smart and confident enough to hold her own in a male-dominated field as a sportswriter and in the locker room with the athletes she covers. But getting involved with Miles could be the thing that destroys her credibility and career.
I really enjoyed both characters equally and while Bryce had some sharp edges, Miles was the opposite with a ton of sweetness to blunt her edges. A large group of well-meaning and supportive friends and secondary characters rounds out the cast of this book nicely and I’m looking forward to reading about Cooper and Damon’s romantic exploits.