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The Reverse Play by Julia Clarke

Updated: May 17, 2020

Blurb: Football is my life, and coaching in the NFL is my dream. I have a doctorate in sports psychology, but the fact that I’m a woman means I couldn’t possibly know a thing about football, let alone coaching a team. At least, that’s what my critics say. Others argue a woman on the sidelines would be a distraction.

Distraction. Pfft. I’m a professional, and I certainly don’t fall for players.

When I land my dream job coaching the Boston Rebels, I realize just how difficult it will be to maintain a hands-off approach to the team. Everything about them, from their broad shoulders and thick biceps to their chiseled abs and narrow waists, makes it so I’m the one who’s having trouble staying focused.

As if that weren’t bad enough, I’m attracted to not one, but three, players. Three offensive players who keep breaking through my defenses.

I’m their coach, but absolutely nothing in my playbook prepared me for this. My head seems to understand they’re completely off-limits, but my heart is pulling a reverse play

Review: I've just recently been turned onto the whole reverse harem phenomena. I'm into menage, but hadn't really considered a scenario in which multiple men could coexist with one another without also banging one another. UNTIL NOW.

I really enjoyed Time of Enchantment, but I think The Reverse Play tops it. The writing, the character development, the story line... it was all there. I think I particularly enjoyed that this story was more about adults than young adults, which is more my speed at the moment (I fluctuate).

Full disclosure, I hate football. Most sports, actually. But that didn't lessen my enjoyment of this football-centered story. If you're a huge football fan then don't prepare yourself for outright realistic references; as our author mentions at the beginning of the book, she takes some liberties. But I didn't really notice them which means you probably need to be a fan of the sport to actually care.

Blake is a fun heroine. She's passionate about her future career and she's not going to let the fact that she was born female keep her from breaking into the coaching game. I appreciated that even though she had a plethora of feelings for a select group of football players that she really held out on acting on any of those emotions as long as humanly possible. I wouldn't have enjoyed her nearly as much if she'd been willing to throw away her career on a whim.

Tristan, Xavier, and Colt are three very great guys. They were different enough from one another that I was easily able to remember their qualities and personalities without jumbling them all up together. And, obviously, there was lots of muscles to go around. I'm really looking forward to learning more about them in the next book!

If you like manly men and independent women, then you're going to love this read. It's out January 29th! Get at it.


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