November 7, 2012

Tour Stop: Forward Passes by Jami Davenport

Series: Seattle Lumberjacks 2
Format: Digital
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Quarterback Tyler Harris is about to find the woman who can get past his defensive line and reach his heart.

With two championships in as many years, superstar Tyler Harris is the best quarterback in the league. Gorgeous and rich, he’s at the top of his game. But everyone’s looking to take him down. There’s a building media frenzy around an unfortunate accident, and the only safe place seems a rundown mansion deep in the San Juans and owned by his late great uncle. There, Tyler gets sacked by the sassy redhead next door. It’s more alive than he’s felt in years.

Lavender Mead has a good reason to dislike jocks, namely an absentee father who deserted the family to coach college football. Maybe that explains her penchant for bad boys who play ball for a living and break hearts for a hobby. Her new neighbor seems just the type. Yet, something is different about Tyler, and sometimes love requires a Hail Mary. You draw back your arm, pray…and give it all up to fate. And sometimes you win your ring.

When I started Jami Davenport's FORWARD PASSES I was so sure that I will dislike the book. Why? Well let's just say that though the hero, Tyler Harris, is a gorgeous, arrogant, entitled, hunk, who's not the sharpest tool in the shed. At the beginning of the book Tyler was saying it's not hard for him to play dumb because his GPA was only 1.09... this made me iffy because sarcastic banter is a huge part of contemporary novels like this and dull repartee is a deal breaker for me. After all, it's the constant head-butting of the lead characters that makes an ordinary love story quite interesting.

I'm glad that I stuck with it because I ended up loving FORWARD PASSES. Maybe Tyler isn't a straight A student but he's street smart and obviously his skills lie in the sack and the football field. The plot isn't complicated, it's your usual run-of-the-mill romance where boy meets girl, girl hates boy's guts, guy seduces girl, they fall in love and live happily every after. And just like those hunky-dory romance novels we never grow tired of, it's the chase that made it all worth my while.
The bad girl in her desperately lusted after the bad boy in him.
"I love your body. I just can't stand your mind, what there is of it." Lavender
And boy did Tyler chase Lavender til both of them are both slick and heady with passion. Even if I had my doubts going in to FORWARD PASSES I found myself enjoying the romance and liking JDavenport's voice. I might not have fallen in love with Tyler and Lavender but I got attached to their story a little bit. Tyler's conflict centered on his career-life balance while Lavender's revolved around her family. I hated Lavender's grandmother, Doris, and I think the only thing that I was hoping to get from the story that JDavenport didn't exactly deliver was Doris' mea culpa for the grief she inflicted on Lavender and her brother. 

Overall, FORWARD PASSES is one of those formula romance novels that will not disappoint readers of this genre. The men are tempting and the women are feisty, the romance sizzling and the bed scenes scorching. Seattle Lumberjacks 2 might feel and sound familiar but the packaging JDavenport wrapped it in is crackling with sexual tension and funny interludes that made FORWARD PASSES a very good short novel to pass the time with.


  1. Thanks for hosting me on your blog to day, and for the well-thought-out review. I know Tyler is a tough one. :)

  2. Sounds like a good lazy Sunday read, while I am being ignored by the husband so he can watch football. :) Thanks for the share!

    1. Let him watch football while you fantasize about what the do off the field LOL

  3. Oh....I will check this one out for sure just as soon as I get the first book in the series.

    1. You do that or you can skip the first one, it can be stand alones too.


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