Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Come Back Home - Lori's Review of SLOW AND STEADY RUSH by Laura Trentham

Title: Slow and Steady Rush
Author: Laura Trentham
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperback
Publication Date: 3/10/2015
Source: ARC from publisher through Netgalley 

She lives by the book—and is still searching for her happily ever after. 

Darcy Wilde has tried hard not to live up to her last name. As a librarian in Atlanta she lives a fine life far away from the football-obsessed town of her childhood. But when her beloved Grandmother needs help, Darcy takes a leave of absence and heads back to the home and past she left behind.

He knows how to play the field—and is in no rush to settle down. 

Robbie Dalton knows a thing or two about painful pasts. After bouncing around in foster care and the Army for years he is finally ready to move on and make a home for himself in Falcon, Alabama as the newest high school football coach. Sparks fly when the sexy new coach and the sharp-tongued librarian meet, but neither of them is looking to make ties.

But when it comes to love, sometimes you’ve gotta throw away the rule book to cross the finish line… 

Everything changes when Darcy falls in love, not only with the gruff, protective, and smoking hot man who's sharing her days and nights, but also with the complex tapestry of people who weave Falcon together. Could this be where she belongs - and who she belongs with?

I was born and raised in a small town in Northwest Tennessee. Although, I loved English and reading in high school, I was convinced an English degree equated to starvation! So, I chose the next most logical major - Chemical Engineering- and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years. Now I live in South Carolina with my husband and two children. In between school and homework and soccer practices, I love to get lost in another world, whether its Regency England or small town Alabama.

Slow and Steady Rush surprised me. I was expecting a cute sports-themed romance, which I did get, but also there was so much more.  This was an extremely moving story of a girl who left her hometown feeling like a complete outsider, only to return and find the home she has always longed for.

Darcy Wilde is a librarian in Atlanta, but she has to return to her hometown of Falcon to care for her grandmother who raised her. In many ways, things appear to be exactly the same as they were in high school, but the more  Darcy looks around she isn't sure if it's the town that has changed or if it's her.

Robbie Dalton is determined to make his roots in Falcon, Alabama, but first he has to lead the high school football team to a win. After a youth spent moving around foster homes, Robbie longs for a home. He knows that in order to stay on another year, he has to turn the team around and get them winning but it seems that not everyone in the town of Falcon is rooting for Robbie to pull it off.

Darcy and Robbie have some sizzling chemistry, but it's the behind the scenes things that Robbie does that wins me over.  Robbie has a huge heart, but he is determined not to let Darcy see it.  He looks after her grandmother, mentors the kids on the team, and is just simply amazing.

I know I'm being a little vague, but I really don't want to spoil anything in the story. While sports play a big part of the story, family and friendship is a much stronger theme. I really enjoyed it.

5 out of 5 stars

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