He may be a player, but this stud’s not shooting blanks.
I’m nobody’s baby daddy.
I don’t care how many stunning women throw themselves at me,
looking to turn one hot night into an eighteen-year paycheck.
I’ve got way too much on the line to throw it away for one night of pleasure.
Ball is life, and basketball is my first priority.
I’ve got a championship to win.
But when I see her,
shaking those pom-poms on the sideline,
I’m transported back to childhood.
Reminded of the days before a fiery plane crash ripped our lives apart,
forcing us to grow up overnight.
Back then, Eden Evans stole my heart,
and this time, I might be ready to let her keep it.
I have no interest in a man who comes with groupies.
With a rock legend for a father, I’ve seen the toll fame takes on a marriage.
The last thing I need is a guy with more Twitter followers than Justin Beiber.
So when Nick Barnes dribbles his way back into my life,
My heart and head go into battle.
I can’t fight my desire for the sexy baller with his eight-pack abs
and panty-dropping charm.
And when that little stick shows an unmistakable plus sign,
suddenly, everything is on the line.
With a secret baby on the way, will Nick realize that having the home court advantage is what he’s wanted all along?
This is a standalone romance novel with a HEA and no cliffhangers. Light on basketball and heavy on steamy romance, this first book featuring members of the Barnes family.
I admit I went into this story comepletely blind. I didn’t know what it was really about or what other books the author wrote but I the cover and the blurb convinced me to read it. When it comes to sports and…well…athletes I’m always kinda wary, since they tend to be either real assholes or as recent events (like Nick and Iggy’s failed relationship) prove, not as faithful as one would want them to be. BUT in this story, Nick, proves he’s an alright guy that knows what he wants and goes for it. And I loved that. Yes, there were times I wished he was more possessive of Eden but when you look at the whole situation from a different angle, you’d see that in real life that’s exactly what would happen, so I can’t blame him for his decisions. And neither can I blame Eden for hers. With the new addition to her family, her future plans have to be re-evaluated and that’s what she does.
When it comes to the characters, I loved Eden’s mom but loathed Nick’s. Eden’s mom is so supportive and down to earth, just like a real mother should be. Now, Nick’s mother is the exact opposite of that. She has this reality show and for me it came across as she just used her children and basically they were her pawns. It didn’t matter what Nick and his siblings wanted from life, no, what mattered most is that she got most out of it. And that’s just disgusting. No mother should do that, not if she really did love her children. But in the end I’m glad she got what she deserved, especially after we found out what she did in the past to her and Eden’s family.
I liked the plot. There were ups and downs and also some misunderstandings but nothing that couldn’t be fixed. The only thing that bothered me was the ending. I really didn’t like the style in which it was written. I wanted it to be more, more descriptions, more character involvement, just more…
All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and I would definitely recommend it!