"Jacked Up" was funny, hot, and somehow managed to be warm and fuzzy as well.
I went in expecting a steamy love story and got so much more. The Birmingham Rebels have really started to hit their stride with this book - the team is now starting to really get behind each others' backs and support each other, and even the naysayers on the team are starting to look really adorable. As for the trio of the story, I loved how Sam and King adored each other. It was really sweet and wonderful to see how their relationship shifted from best friends to lovers. Jane bridged them, somehow, becoming an integral part of them without it seeming like it was only because she was a woman. The dialog between them was often laugh out loud funny and I was surprised that in the end I'd be filing this book under the warm-fuzzy-funny section rather than sexy-love files. Which isn't to say it's not steamy - it is.
I thought that the story focused quite a bit around Jane's hangups and Sam's difficulties. The latter made sense and I liked how it was handled, but frankly, Jane started to get on my nerves a bit with her back and forth on being naughty or nice. In the end, I wanted King to get a bit more attention instead of always having to be the rock and support of the trio. That said, even though her reactions irritated me, they made sense. Not everyone's okay with having their private life splashed all over the place and being abused for their life choices it was actually about time someone acted "normal" instead of just taking it in stride.
I've been loving the Birmingham Rebels more and more with each book and I can't wait for the next one.
The secret about the Birmingham Rebels is out: With a girl in the middle, two mouth-watering football studs are better than one.
Linebacker Sam Taylor feels like a ticking time bomb. He left the army with emotional wounds as fresh as the scars on his back. Sam’s been living like a monk, but his best friend, defensive lineman King Ulupoka, wants to get him laid. Easy for him to say. The larger-than-life Samoan is a hard-bodied, tribal-tattooed fantasy. Sam agrees, under one condition: King stays to watch.
ER nurse Jane Foster is done being a good girl, and nothing says wild like picking up two of football’s sexiest players and bringing them back to your hotel room. Trouble is, she can’t decide which one she wants more. Sam is hot, sweet, and vulnerable. Jane’s more than willing to ride him into oblivion. But King’s intense gaze from across the room promises that the best is yet to come.
Sure, King has had his choice of girls and guys in the past. That doesn’t mean he’ll jeopardize his relationship with Sam over a case of locker-room lust—until a naughty nurse pushes them both out of their comfort zones. Seeing Jane and Sam together turns King on more than he ever imagined. If they’re game, he’s ready to tackle a three-way play.