I had it all.
The Super Bowl rings.
The hot shot TV gig.
Then I got fired.
Now I’m living in middle-of-nowhere Maine, playing assistant coach to the woman of my nightmares.
Did I mention that she and her son are my new neighbors?
If you talk to the locals, they’ll tell you Aspen Levi is the queen of high school football.
But if you ask me, my new head coach is a pain in my left nut sac.
She’s too blonde.
And way too sexy for my peace of mind.
Only, one minute we’re fighting, and the next I can’t keep my hands off her. One hot kiss. One forbidden touch. I don’t do love but . . .
What I want, I take, and what I want is Aspen Levi.
When Aspen Levi heads back and Dominic DaSilva heads to small town USA, both looking for a fresh start, it’s definitely not to play second fiddle to each other, but after a less than stellar first encounter, that’s exactly what these two are up against as they try to coach a high school football team together with Dom serving as Aspen’s assistant while also fighting their desire to rip each other’s clothes off and finally give into to the insane chemistry that sizzles whenever they’re in the same vicinity.
I adored the way Maria Luis crafted the power struggles between Aspen and Dominic; it’s not often that an retired NFL player gets schooled on the finer points of teamwork and commitment when it comes to the sport he made a career of, but that’s only because they don’t usually find themselves in a subordinate position. It’s not that Dom’s unprepared to lead the charge when it comes to his new job, but contrary to what he believed would happen when he arrives in London, his moniker is not head coach but assistant and that’s a difficult pill to swallow, at least at the beginning and especially because the head coach is not only hometown royalty but also a woman.
Any chance they get, Aspen and Dominic put each other through their paces and boy is it fun to watch. Their banter and snark are always on point and as much as they love to rile each other up, getting them to react in over-the-top ways, it also helps them in getting to know one another and in ultimately taking a chance on each other, which is something neither thought possible after their first run in at The Golden Fleece.
As much as they don’t want to admit it, at least at the beginning of the story, Aspen and Dom work well together; their skillsets complement one another and what they bring to the game on both personal and professional levels is exactly what their team needs and deserves. And I absolutely adore how Dom is there for Topher in ways that his actual father isn’t…I think that’s what made me swoon for Dom the most.
Kiss Me Tonight is a feel good romance that illustrates the importance of good role models, the necessity of learning from one’s mistakes, and the fact that putting yourself in someone’s else’s shoes is essential to truly know where that person is coming from and what that person is dealing with, and as these universal lessons are explored and taught, readers see just how valuable they are for both the high school players and their coaches.
4.5 Poison Apples
Maria Luis is the author of sexy contemporary romances, though she may or may not have a few historical romances hiding in the cobwebs of her computer.
When she’s not writing about strong men and the sassy women who sweep them off their feet, Maria is a historian who specializes in medieval England and 19th century New Orleans. What do the two eras have in common, you ask? Not much, except for disease, scandalous activities and crime–Maria’s favorite topics.
Maria lives in New Orleans with her better half, where she can generally be found hiking with her two dogs, Zeus and Athena, kayaking in Louisiana’s inter-coastal waterways, or curled up on the couch with a good book.
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