Slow and Steady Rush (Falcon Football #1) by Laura Trentham


 
She lives by the book—and is still searching for her happily ever after.
Darcy Wilde has tried hard not to live up to her last name. As a librarian in Atlanta she lives a fine life far away from the football-obsessed town of her childhood. But when her beloved Grandmother needs help, Darcy takes a leave of absence and heads back to the home and past she left behind.
He knows how to play the field—and is in no rush to settle down.

Robbie Dalton knows a thing or two about painful pasts. After bouncing around in foster care and the Army for years he is finally ready to move on and make a home for himself in Falcon, Alabama as the newest high school football coach. Sparks fly when the sexy new coach and the sharp-tongued librarian meet, but neither of them is looking to make ties.


But when it comes to love, sometimes you’ve gotta throw away the rule book to cross the finish line…

Everything changes when Darcy falls in love, not only with the gruff, protective, and smoking hot man who’s sharing her days and nights, but also with the complex tapestry of people who weave Falcon together. Could this be where she belongs – and who she belongs with?

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Darcy has taken a sabbatical as a librarian and comes to Falcon to take care of her grandmother.  She didn’t want to return to Falcon because of all the memories it brings up that she wanted to leave behind.  When she meets the new football coach, Robbie, sparks fly.  But he has his own baggage and isn’t looking for any kind of relationship.  What
happens when neither of them can deny what is between them? Can they put past hurts behind to be happy now?
I was taken a bit by surprise at how much I liked the characters in this book.  Darcy is a witty, sassy, warm and very loveable character with past hurts that I think anyone can understand.  And Robbie was a complicated and sad character that I couldn’t help but fall for a little bit myself.  His story is so sad and heart wrenching you just want to grab him up and give him a hug.  I really felt for him and his past and admired the man he turned himself into.  I can totally see why Darcy fell for him.
Of course, this isn’t one of those tales where everything goes smoothly, but I didn’t find the plot and the drama to feel really forced or manufactured.  I think it may have been just a smidgen predictable, but overall I really enjoyed it.  It’s a much layered story with complicated characters that really make the entire story one you can’t help but get wrapped
up in.  4 stars.