|He’s going in deep to make her his…|
Struggling artist Sheridan Harper never imagined she’d spend a sizzling night with Jared Quinn, the smoking-hot star quarterback of her local professional football team, the San Jose Hawks. And she’s even more shocked when Jared’s publicist offers her a proposition: a fake marriage to keep Jared out of the gossip mags. Being that close to Jared would be too tempting, so to protect her heart, she insists on secretly including a clause forbidding sex between them.
Jared just wants to keep his starting QB job and keep it in San Jose. His reputation as a ladies’ man has landed him in the headlines one too many times, but there’s something about his kind, passionate new wife that tempts him beyond reason. Any sort of intimacy between them is completely forbidden, but as their bodies fall in deep, will their hearts follow suit?
Jared’s image is going downhill and if he wants to keep his spot on his hometown NFL team as their starting quarterback, he needs to clean things up, owner’s orders. Jared’s publicist comes up with the idea of Jared getting fake-married to a solid, respectable woman. Jared says no, but after meeting and spending one sexy night with Sheridan, his focus shifts and he goes to Sheridan with a proposal she never saw coming. Marry Jared for one year, pretend to be his wife in public and she’ll be paid more than enough to help keep her artist’s studio alive and with the extra publicity her marriage will bring, her business will be going strong for years to come. She’s hesitant, but her studio means everything to her, it being the last link she has to a Grandmother she was close to and lost a year ago. She agrees but secretly asks her lawyer to include a no-sex clause in their agreement – their one night together hit her hard and she knows that being in close contact with Jared for a year means her heart is at risk and it’s a chance she doesn’t want to take. They become husband and wife and start their year long, sexless (yeah, right!) marriage.
I found both Jared and Sheridan to be so charming together. Their no sex clause doesn’t last long and even though they’re both still learning to trust the other person, they make it about a month before the attraction becomes too much and they go from a two bedroom house to one. Karen Erickson can write some very sexy scenes, but it was the sweet moments between these two that got me. Whether it was Sheridan taking care of Jared after a tough game or Jared surprising Sheridan at her studio during a night she was hosting breast cancer survivors, those little moments added up and that’s what made them a couple I completely enjoyed.
They have a few bumps along the way, their arrangement doesn’t stay secret for long and once the press finds out their world comes crashing down. But I liked how they handled it. They needed a little space, but they didn’t let it drag out, they didn’t have a huge fight about it, they got through it and it was drama well done without a bunch of overly angst filled scenes.
We get a small introduction to another potential, future couple in Sheridan’s best friend Willow and Jared’s best friend and teammate Nick. Nick has it bad for Willow, but she’s already proving to be a challenge for him. I can’t wait to see how that plays out.
Game For Marriage is a charming romance with a lead couple that I really enjoyed getting to know. I loved seeing Jared on the field and Sheridan in her element at her studio. But together, they brought the story to life and had a ton of chemistry. A very fun, hot read and I’ll be coming back for more.
Release Date: January 11, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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*eARC provided by publisher for review*