Winner Takes All Cover Image.jpgTHE LOVE OF THE GAME

Money. Fame. Endorsements. Blake Carpenter had it all — before his professional football career spiraled out of control. Determined to rebuild his life, he takes on coaching the high school team in his Colorado hometown. Despite a few fumbles, Blake knows he can lead these boys to victory. As long as he can keep his eyes on the prize and off the team’s distractingly gorgeous physical therapist.

Annabelle Turner knows all about the scandal that cost Blake his NFL career, and she’ll be damned if she’s going to let his mistakes hurt her team. What she doesn’t count on is the intense attraction that turns every heated run-in they have into a wildly erotic competition. Point by point, play by play, kiss by kiss, they try to keep things professional for the good of the team. But when the score is this close-and the passion this fierce-it’s anybody’s game . . .




This is the perfect time of year to read Winner Takes All by Erin Kern; fall is just around the corner and football season is underway!

Blake Carpenter, football extraordinaire, has to retire.  He injured his knee numerous times, has undergone several surgeries and is now being questioned about using performance enhancing drugs.  Blake is a standup guy and would never choose to use performance enhancers.  His reputation has faltered, so in order to get his life back together, he takes a job as the high school football coach in his hometown in Colorado.  The team has been on a losing streak for the past 18 years.  Does Blake have what it takes to turn them in to a winning team?

Annabelle Turner is a physical therapist.  She worked with the high school players in their previous season with injury prevention and is looking forward to a new season with the kids.  Of course she is curious about the new coach, Blake Carpenter, famous retired quarterback with a questionable reputation.  Annabelle is not one to judge.  She has a past that she has worked hard to overcome, a past that has left her cautious and reserved when it comes to new relationships.

There is an instant attraction when Annabelle attempts to introduce herself to Blake.  Of course Blake is interested in her, but his first reaction is to ignore her.  After all, why do high school kids need a physical therapist?  They continue to tolerate each other, but is it really tolerating or is there something else between them?

I love romance novels like this.  The stories take place in beautiful locations, the characters are engaging and likeable, and the dialogue is playful.  The book is a fast, easy read.  The storyline is predictable, but I read books like this for pure enjoyment.

3.5 / 5 stars

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Erin was born in Houston, TX. but spent the majority of her life in the Bay Area. She married her high school sweetheart and began her writing career while being a stay-at-home mom to her daughter.

Her first book, Looking for Trouble, was on the Amazon top 100 for four months, and on the top ten for four weeks. The second book in the Trouble series, Here Comes Trouble, was also a top seller on Amazon. Erin currently lives in North Texas with her husband and two children.




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