Birmingham Rebels offensive linemen Beau Perez and Cass Zielinski are inseparable, on and off the field. Cass, the captain with the cowboy swagger, is a loose cannon. Beau, the veteran tight end, is cool under pressure. And ever since they were caught on tape in a steamy threesome, their exploits have fueled more than a few tabloid headlines—and naughty fantasies.
Marian Treadwell knows all about the video. And now that she’s the Rebels’ new assistant offensive coach, she can’t look at Beau and Cass without picturing their hard, naked bodies—with her pressed in between. Marian would like nothing more than to indulge those impulses, but she knows better than to get too close to her players, a bunch of adrenaline-fueled alpha males who don’t always follow the rules.
Just the thought of sharing the gorgeous yet guarded Marian drives Cass wild. At first, Beau isn’t sure she’s right for them . . . and lately, all he desires is a little alone time with Cass to explore their new intimacy. But it’s only a matter of time before Cass breaks through both of their defenses. Because when seduction is the game plan, he always plays to win.
The Birmingham Rebels are a team of rebels and rejects, good football players who have gotten into a lot of trouble so they aren’t wanted by other teams. This team is their last chance at playing the game they love. Cass is the team captain. His best friend, Beau, goes everywhere with him and they share everything from football to women. Beau’s background is bumpy. He used to strive to be who everyone thought he should be and got in trouble with drugs. Cass was the only person to visit him in rehab and it was Cass who gave Beau something else to crave. Somewhere along the way they fell in love with each other. Not sure how the other would take such a declaration, they kept their feelings to themselves. It wasn’t until the introduction to the new assistant coach, Marian, and her keen observations that opened their eyes. I liked that because it showed how essential she was to their relationship, seeing things they did not.
Marian also has some painful skeletons in her closet. Her trouble with certain situations was believable. She’s worked hard to make a name for herself away from her father, but the emotional scars still existed, plain for the team to see. The reveal of what she kept hidden was a bit slow for me. The team wants Running Back, Danny Smith, who was notorious for his hatred of football players—which made no sense to be because he still played football. Only Marian can coax him to come over to the Rebels but the secrets they share might be the undoing of them both.
There were a couple of things that irked me about this story, other than Danny’s love of the game/hate of the players. Cass and Beau finally confess their love to each other but their first sex together included Marian. I would’ve like to see them explore and connect with each other without her. The second thing was the sex cures all psychological issues. The shared past between Danny and Marian comes with mental scars that in reality would take concentrated time (years) and effort with a professional therapist to get past. But Cass is given an ultimatum to fix both Marian and Danny and if he didn’t… well, I won’t give that spoiler up. What came afterwards isn’t how one should go about the situation and isn’t a credible solution. So I had to suspend my belief to finish the story.
This might not be for ménage readers who are opposed to consensual sharing. I don’t mind, obviously. I love poly relationships in all forms. In this story, the sharing is a onetime situation. There are a couple of side characters that are prominent in this book, and I liked that the sexual situation revealed more of their personalities. Tom was the most surprising to me. 😊 What I disagreed with in this story won’t keep me from reading the next book in the series. I’m interested in seeing what kind of trouble the Birmingham Rebels get into.