Date the prettiest girl in high school, check.
Football scholarship to a division-one school, check.
Heisman contender, check.
Buy engagement ring, check.
On track to graduate with honors, check.
There’s just one glitch. His girlfriend is in love with his younger brother and breaks up with him in the middle of his senior season. Shocked, betrayed, and embarrassed, Zach turns to the only woman he can trust: his nerdy tutor.Tutoring college athletes at Southeastern State University is more than a job for Jenna Peterson; it’s a way for her to
pay it forward after long-ago tragedy struck too close to home. SE State’s golden boy, Zach Chamberlain, isn’t the first jock Jenna’s tutored with cover-boy good looks, and he won’t be the last. When he asks for her help with statistics, Jenna assumes he’s as egocentric as the other athletes on her roster. A wildly inappropriate and lackluster
kiss at the worst possible time doesn’t do much to disprove her theory.
Zach will do anything to save face in front of his family, and he uses Jenna’s bleeding heart and unfortunate circumstances to enlist her help over the holidays. Jenna begins to realize Zach is more than a pretty face as his storybook life begins to unravel. When a sprig of mistletoe provides the perfect opportunity for Zach to affirm his skill, the searing kiss pits the playmaker against the rule maker in a kiss to the end. When secrets are revealed and the game’s on the line, will they follow the script, improvise, or throw the book out the window?
his brother. That was most definitely an OUCH moment. When that happened, Zach did what star athletes do best … he focused his pain and anger into the game. I know what you thought I was going to say, so get your mind out of the gutter because Ms. Hayes never took Zach there – oh, he was offered the man-whore route, but he declined and I appreciated that deviation from the norm. Zach is a good guy, a nice guy, a normal guy with problems like everybody else and it isn’t until Jenna realizes this that she is finally willing to open herself up to him. He’s left the ball in her court, but when she finally decides to let him know how she feels, her timing to do so is bad and it jeopardizes the future of their relationship.
So if you’re looking for a romance novel with some laugh out loud humor and just a little bit of steamy sex, grab A Kiss by the Book and get ready for several flags on the play as both Zach and Jenna go for the goal. 😉
Christy Hayes writes romance and women’s fiction. She lives outside Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two teenagers, and two rescue mutts. For more information, please visit www.christyhayes.com.