Title: Roughing the Kicker
Series: Sinners and Saints #1
Author: Eden Butler
Release: July 17, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reese Noble chased this dream for a decade.
Now it was here.
A pro career.
All eyes on the league’s new kicker.
Millions of people expecting her to fail.
But Reese wasn’t a novelty and the spot she landed on the New Orleans Steamers was one she planned to keep.
With her teammates giving her hell and the world doubting her every move, Reese will have to fight harder than anyone else to make her dream a reality.
Even if that means following the lead of Quarterback Ryder Glenn —the only man who brought her to the edge of ecstasy and the depths of heartbreak. The same man who broke her heart ten years before.
In this city, there is a thin line between sin and sainthood and only the strongest can walk it.
“Y’all….this book has everything….hot sweaty football players, kick ass strong ass women, Nola and romance.”
– Jennifer Holt
“The writing was absolutely incredible, the emotions and feelings so real and relatable. I can see myself reading this book over and over again.”
– Ashley Wilburn
“Eden Butler take a bow!……This story is full of so many emotions animosity, grief, elation, mistrust, fear, jealousy and guilt, so prepare for one almighty roller coaster ride.”
– Reading is Our Satisfaction
You would think that because I’ve read so many of Eden Butler’s books that I would be used to the angsty scenes and emotional upheavals that drive her storylines, but each and every time I enter one of Butler’s stories, I find myself overwhelmed by the characters’ struggles…by their inability to let go of the past and focus on the present…by the positive and negative feelings that push not only the characters but the plot as well as these two people’s lives collide in a less than ideal situation for both of them.
Reese Noble may be breaking barriers in the professional sports’ world, but it doesn’t come without criticism and backlash. Every aspect of her life is under scrutiny as the only female player in the National Football League, and with so many people watching her and waiting for her to fail, there’s an extreme amount of pressure that she has to deal with, but what makes things even worse for Reese is the fact that her team’s quarterback, Ryder Glenn, despises her and makes both her professional and personal life hell due to their shared past and the fact that he hasn’t found a way to forgive her for what happened between them a decade ago. But Reese is a fighter…she’s a competitor and regardless of the uphill battle she encounters, she refuses to give up…she refuses to cower and that’s what makes Reese an extraordinary heroine because most women, given the history with the playmaker of their team and the fact that a lot of people want to see them fail would fall prey to the pressure, but that’s not something that Reese will ever do.
Ryder Glenn is a grade A asshole for quite a bit of the story; he’s stubborn and vengeful, and he blames Reese for what happened to their relationship. Ryder doesn’t make things easy for Reese, but that’s partly because Ryder’s never dealt with what happened and is unwilling to gain a new perspective, holding on to what he feels occurred and where the blame should sit, which means that until he faces the past, accepts the full truth, and chooses to move forward without it as an albatross around his neck, they will never find a common ground and Ryder will miss out on a second chance with the only woman he’s ever wanted by his side.
Roughing the Kicker is the perfect title for what Reese endures because it’s not just the other teams’ players she must contend with and prove herself to…it’s the entire league and all those who watch professional football, but she gets ‘roughed up’ even more by her own teammates and it’s not the physical licks she takes, it’s more the emotional mind games that are played against her that make her question her value…her skill…her position as a professional football kicker, but even more as a female athlete who has busted her ass to get where she is.
The one aspect of Butler’s writing that amazes me each and every time I read her stories is the fact that she takes risks…she ventures away from the norm and listens to what her characters want and does everything in her power to tell their tale as they want it told, regardless of how difficult that may be and that speaks to the type of storyteller that Butler is and how the craft and process of writing and being true to herself and her words is of utmost importance.
I’ve never finished one of Butler’s books without being emotionally drained by what her characters go through, which absolutely proves the power of her words and her ability to capture her readers’ attention and keep it until the very last page.
4.5 Poison Apples
Eden Butler is an editor and writer of Mystery, Suspense and Contemporary Romance novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum.
When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.
She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.
Please send help.