by Jaci Burton (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by Berkley on February 5th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Format: eBook (336 pages)
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Grant Cassidy knows how to be a football star—flash that dazzling smile, throw the winning pass, get the girl. But while the hot quarterback loves the game and the lifestyle, no woman has come close to catching his heart. Then he matches wits with a smart, gorgeous model, and Grant finds himself wanting more than a fling.
Supermodel Katrina Koslova might live in a world of glitz and camera flashes, but she works hard to provide for the family that relies on her. She doesn’t have time for fun—much less a boyfriend—but Grant seems determined to be the exception to Katrina’s rule.
Their explosive chemistry is undeniable, but Katrina’s afraid to let go and rely on anyone but herself. Grant intends to ease her fears and prove he’s a man of style and substance.
I've been so in love with Jaci Burton's Play by Play series -- with all her smokin' hot eye candy covers and almost too literal 'Greek gods of sports' -- I've now dubbed her as "Queen of Sports Contemporary Romances". I binge read the whole series from book one to book eight and honestly fell in love with every single one of these jaw dropping sport gods and their respective love affairs, and with Quarterback Draw, this book just made me fall in love with it more.
Although this book isn't as smoking hot as the cover implies, Quartback Draw made me SWOON. The romance wasn't chart topping hot, but it was giggly sweet and I instantly fell in love with the characters just like how I did in the previous books. Quite similar to the first book -- The Perfect Play which features single mom Tara Lincoln and Quarterback Mick Riley -- Quarterback Draw features single mom Katrina Kolsova and Quarterback Grant Cassidy.
During a promotional photoshoot, Grant is paired with supermodel Katrina. He's dated his fair share of models, but Katrina doesn't seem to be anything like them, especially after she'd rejected his dinner invite. She wasn't being flirty either, but he's sure of the undeniable chemistry going on between them.
Katrina isn't your typical arm candy supermodel no matter how glamorous her life may seem and she isn't one to be caught up in celebrity drama when she's already got her hands full of her own life drama. As the legal guardian to her younger siblings ever since she was eighteen years old, they must come first, before her. She's excellent at her job, all for the sake of giving her siblings the good life they deserve. She's an outstanding heroine, and absolutely contradicts the stereotypical image of a model. Instead, she's strong, down to earth, fiesty, smart and one heck of a bookworm.
Meanwhile, Grant was another addition to the Play by Play perfect men. He didn't appear to be notorious or egoistical, nor was he standoffish or aloof. A gentleman, a total sweetheart and didn't at all come off as a dominating alpha male. He was the good boy who played sports that you could take home to meet the parents... and they'd surely love him. Not only that, he's also a family man and a natural with kids. Now, where do I sign up for my own Grant Cassidy? Hah!
What I love about the Play by Play series is how the stories don't just revolve around the main characters and their total attraction for each other, but rather, the books feature the essence of family, and not only have I been smitten by the main characters, but also the rest of the family members as well. They were a refreshing addition to the story, especially Katrina's younger siblings, Leo and Anya, and Grant's siblings who played sports as well (and it seems they're off to have their own book as well, with Tucker to be featured in the next book, All Wound Up).
This isn't my favorite of the series, but I can't deny that I enjoyed this read very much. I've read a lot of reviews of this book that implied that it was a boring read, but I beg to differ. Quartback Draw is a sexy read that will surely make you swoon, so if you're looking for such reads, this one is definitely right up your alley.