by Mickey Miller
Amazon Bestselling Author Mickey Miller brings you a sexy, new standalone romance novel.
When the NFL goes on strike, Super Bowl champion Peyton O’Rourke ends up back in his hometown as a substitute teacher and high school football coach.
The one thing he didn’t count on?
Fellow elementary school teacher Maddy Cooper being newly single.
She’s the hot girl next door type.
Literally. She’s literally the cute girl who grew up next door to Peyton and his best friend’s (now ex)girl.
And even though he knows he should be with anyone other than Maddy Cooper —
Well you know the drill.
Things are going to get hot. Heavy.
Does Facebook still have an ‘It’s complicated’ button?
Because it’s about to go down.
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5 ++++ STARS
All-Time Favorite Read
Top Read of 2019
Top Read in Sports Romance & Romantic Comedy
What an addictive read!!! I couldn’t put the book down until I had finished the last page, and now I’m sad I had to say good-bye to Peyton and Maddy!!!
Peyton and Maddy were neighbors when they were teenagers, and Maddy was the girlfriend of Peyton’s friend, Eric. Peyton left their small town and didn’t look back. He was a Super Bowl Champion. Maddy stayed and became an elementary school teacher. Years later, Peyton returns. The NFL is on strike, and he comes home as a substitute teacher and high school football coach. Maddy is adjusting to single life since Eric broke up with her to travel. Now, he has moved back in with his grandmother who has Alzheimer’s. Once these two lay eyes on each other again, the sparks FLY!!!!!
I fell in love with the characters and the storyline! Peyton was so much more than I first thought he was. He was self-confident and somewhat cocky, with a hilarious sense of humor. Underneath that sexy exterior, was a somewhat vulnerable man who was afraid to get his heart broken by the woman who held it in the palm of her hands.
“He was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He could charm the pants off almost anyone when he wanted to, but those who knew the background on his upbringing, like I did, knew he hid shades of darkness behind his smile.”
Maddy was the “girl next door.” She was sweet, loyal, and loving. But, like Peyton, she was complex and had more layers than I thought she did. Underneath that wholesome exterior was a woman who was passionate but yet didn’t feel comfortable sharing that side with anyone.
The storyline just like the characters were complex and multi-layered. The steamy romance between Peyton and Maddy was a big part of the book, but there was another story taking place at the same time. Maddy was a woman who was trying to find her own independence and direction in her own life. She found herself at a crossroads, did she choose security or take a chance on the unknown. Peyton was what she needed to test the waters. He was there for her just like she was there for him when he was a teenager. Peyton was also in unchartered territory. He had never had the feelings for anyone that he was developing for Maddy. At first, he tried to get her out of his mind. Then, he tried to be satisfied with their “no strings” relationship, but he kept finding himself wanting it all with Maddy.
“Trying to keep her out of my mind only etched her deeper onto my soul.”
The book was well-written, and I loved how Miller ended the chapters, giving me a bit of foreshadowing of what was to come. I have not had the opportunity to read Miller before. I’m so glad I’ve discovered this talented writer. He knows how to writer with the perfect balance of steam and romance that gives you “all the feels.” He was able to blend humor, steam, and romance flawlessly to give me another top read of 2019.
Also available on Kindle Unlimited
Meet The Author
Mickey is one of seven men who are members of the Romance Writers of America. He loves playing sports, performing improv, and pineapples. After trying his hand at screenwriting, he found his passion being one of a handful of guys who writes over-the-top contemporary romance novels. He lives in Chicago, IL and yes, his Grandmother knows what he does for a living. But she keeps it on the DL.