HomecomingSeries: Boys of Fall #3
by Shannon Stacey
Published by Penguin, Jove on August 30th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
They were the golden boys of fall: Stewart Mills High School’s legendary championship football team. Fourteen years later, they’re back to relive their glory, save the team—and find themselves again . . .
Sam Leavitt has two goals when he returns home to Stewart Mills to fill in for Coach McDonnell: to keep the school from finding a permanent replacement while Coach gets back on his feet, and to reconnect with his mother. As substitute coach for the high school football team, Sam must work hard to keep the boys on track, and that means spending time with the sexy guidance counselor he shared a hot night with months ago. Jen Cooper knows what she’s looking for, and it’s not Sam—he wasn’t even supposed to come back. She wants a cultured, romantic soul, not some rough-around-the-edges guy with calloused hands—and a hard, muscular body. But seeing him every day forces Jen to question what she really wants out of life. And as Sam begins to deal with his past, Jen discovers there’s more to him than she imagined.
Are you ready for some Football?!?!
It’s getting so very close to that time of the year when you snuggle up on bleacher seats under the lights on Friday nights, or you tailgate Saturday mornings, or you waste away a Sunday on your couch in front of the TV. Need to get the mood going early with a side of romance? Here’s a little read for ya…
The Boys of Fall are back with the third book in the series and this time around, one of the boys is coming back into town again but his plans are not to stay permanently. Sam Leavitt left the small town of Stewart Mills right after High School as fast as he could. He never, ever wanted to go back to the town that had so many horrible memories. But after being back once to help the school’s football program, he’s being asked again to fill in for the High School Football Coach while “Coach” recuperates from a heart attack. Because the coach meant so much to Sam, its impossible for him to refuse the request and he leaves Texas again for the small town in Northern New Hampshire.
Heading back to Stewart Mills also means Sam is going to run into Jen Cooper. Sam hasn’t been able to get the “mind-blowing” hook-up they shared last time he was in town out of his mind. It’s such a shame he never said “good-bye” on his way out of town last time (oops!).
Even though Sam was a schmuck for leaving Jen without saying good-bye in the last book, his character wasn’t a bad person. Ms. Shannon made sure to give the reader enough background information and insight into how Sam thinks, so you know Sam is good guy who comes from a shitty childhood.
I also really liked Jen’s character. Because this story is told in dual POV, you get inside both of their minds and know them both intimately. Jen is very altruistic and ready to save the world, one kid at a time.
It just so happens that quite a few of those kids like to play football. And quite a few of Sam and Jen’s friends from the previous books show up to watch, gossip, and help these two hopeless lovebirds any way they can.
This story, a “kind of” second chances story, is quite the slow burn to a final “are we really doing this?” romance. I really enjoyed how these two resolved their future plans to get themselves a their happy ever after! I could completely relate to their ending 😉
For being my first Shannon Stacey read, I’m pretty impressed with her writing. She’s great if you’re looking for a sweet romance with a side of no funny business. Just a nice, sweet diversion from the heaviness in your everyday life.
Small-town romance lovers looking for a sweet, timely read.