Title: Game Changer: Seattle Steelheads Football
Author: Jami Davenport
Series: Game On in Seattle
Publisher: Cedrona Enterprises
Release Date: 02-28-2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Multi-Cultural Romance
Page Count: 165
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When horse racing and football collide, Hunter McCoy, star tight end of the Seattle Steelheads and neophyte horse owner, finds himself in a battle of wills with a sexy horsewoman and a stubborn, opinionated race horse.
Kate Vanderhof-Carrigan’s family has raised champion Thoroughbreds on their Kentucky bluegrass farm for over a century. Lately the farm has fallen on hard times, but Kate is determined to return Oak Brook to its former glory. First, she must satisfy an odd clause in her grandfather’s will. She’s been given five years to produce a winner of horse racing’s biggest prize of all, the Derby, or lose the farm to her siblings and their development plans. Time has run out, and Hunter’s talented horse stands between Kate and her last shot at the Derby. Only Kate never counted on her heart entering the race.
Hunter is juggling his responsibilities to his two-dozen investors, his blind sister, his football career, and his commitment to his tribe. The last thing he needs is an unwanted attraction to a spoiled rich girl who doesn’t fit into his carefully crafted plans. Not only are they rivals on the race track, but she doesn’t understand or appreciate his dedication to his Native American heritage. Yet despite the odds, all bets are off when Hunter and Kate find themselves in a relationship they can’t resist.
4 Derby Stars
I have read this author many times. She writes a good sports story as well as incorporating a good romance as well. This book though there are two romances in it and it was great. It also has football meet horse racing. The pace, writing, and premise were great. I have never read anything before about horse racing and this was a treat and I very much enjoyed it.
Kate’s family owns Oak Brook Farms that has been raising championship racing Thoroughbreds for over a century. She stands to lose it all to her siblings if she can’t produce a winning horse for this Kentucky Derby, as stipulated in her grandfather’s will. While out watching a horse rehab and her being hands on, at a stable in Seattle, she sees Hunter for the first time. She sees his horse and wants him. Well both the horse and Hunter, actually. Kate feels Hunters horse Sid would be exactly what she needs to save Oak Run. Everyone has a price is her philosophy.
Hunter lives with his sister Lili and she is a strong, independent woman even though she has a disability. She doesn’t let it stop her or slow her down. I admired her. Hunter is very protective of her almost to the point of smothering at times. He plays football for the Seattle Steelheads and takes pride in himself and his life. He loves football and his horse Sid. Hunter doesn’t want any distractions getting in his way and Kate is a huge distraction. Let me tell you, there was a point I had an issue with Hunter. He really pissed me off. The writer had me feeling what the people were feeling and it drew me in.
Hunter and Kate are so much alike and different. Different in their upbringing and social backgrounds. Alike they are headstrong, stubborn and passionate. The chemistry is there and palpable from the moment their eyes meet at the stable.
Then you have Cam and Lilli as the second love story. Let me tell you Cam bugged the crap out of me. I thought he was indecisive and a bit of a jerk. Though I did like getting two stories in one. Watching the growth of all of them was good. It wasn’t at all distracting for me anyway from Hunter and Kate.
There is one thing and that is the ending and I am not sure what to think. I hope there is more as the ending feels a bit unfinished to me, but maybe that was the point to make me think. All in all, it was a good story and I enjoyed my time reading it.