So, I am a big, big Sara Ney fan as many of you may know. Well, Jock Road is her newest release and it is another super duper slow burn of lust and chemistry interspersed with great chemistry. But before I go into all the great things I love about this book, I have to say one thing I don’t like about the promo. The woman shown in the promo photos has dark hair when in the book (at least the ARC, I will have to double check against the final book), Charlie is said to have blond hair multiple times. MULTIPLE, lol. Now, in the grand scheme of the story, this is not a huge deal, I promise. But just a head’s up if, after you read the book you wonder, why is this promo showing a brunette woman, this could be why. You can see all the promo images below the review.
Triple J (Jackson Jennings Junior) is from a small town in Texas and one of the activities that they do in his small town (and frankly, in mine growing up) is to cruise the main drag of town. Now that Jackson is a superstar football player in Iowa, he keeps that tradition up, especially as partying, drinking, and hooking up is NOT on his schedule. Jackson sticks to his plan for the future, to go to the pros. But then he meets Charlotte “Charlie” Edmonds. She is a spitfire he can’t resist.
Charlie admits she has no time for jocks. She doesn’t have a great image of athletes and initially meeting Jackson only reinforces that. His huge honking truck is shining its lights directly in her small car! She takes her courage by the horns and confronts him and thus, Charlie and Jackson are connected.
Oh how I love the dialog between these two. Now, this is a definite slow burn. They don’t even kiss for quite awhile into the book but let me assure you, the chemistry is there. I love getting into the heads of Sara Ney’s characters and for sure that happens in this book. There is a lot of internal in their heads moments which tends to be a style for Sara Ney that I enjoy.
I liked how these two broke their own insecurities to get to know each other. Jackson takes a chance on his future in a way that is very different from how he has led most of his life. He is ready to try dating. A super focused athlete is not a new storyline of course but I like how Sara Ney really brings Jackson to life.
And Charlie! I enjoyed her humor and how she realized that Jackson (and athletes in general) are not Biff McMuscles (inside joke, read the book). ALSO, Sara Ney clearly loves fall as much as me because Charlie and Jackson go on a date to pick out pumpkins and it is just perfect! Exactly the kind of date I would enjoy frankly.\
Jock Road is the third book in the Jock Hard series but it very easily stands alone! If you like opposites attract, I think you will enjoy Jock Road!
Free in KU
Tagged: Sara Ney