When things ended several years ago Peggy fought but Elliott let (or rather made) her go. And she’s been hung up ever since. Unbeknownst to her, he too has been hung up on her, just he doesn’t show it to the world. In fact he doesn’t show much of anything to any one. And that’s a problem. He’s a single father who doesn’t know his child and he’s a winning football coach that doesn’t connect with his players.
Peggy breezes into town for her annual college alumni weekend intent on cutting Elliott out of her heart forever. But the chemistry is just banked and they spark immediately. But what drove them apart initially is still a problem and Elliott makes it clear there is no getting around it. What he doesn’t count on is his own awakening.
Elliott’s behavior during intimate encounters is hot but also hurtful to Peggy. And that kind of messes her up a bit. Elliott’s religion plays a huge part in his life, guilt and all, and that bleeds over into his relationship with Peggy. That is what hurts, that he treats her love as something that has to be hidden, that he’s not worth it, and then he punishes them both when he succumbs to the inevitable. There was a lot of growing up done in this book and most of it by Elliott.
Elliott’s daughter was a delight and she and Peggy hit it off pretty good, much to Peggy’s surprise. Oh things got really messy and ugly as things progressed, but who welcomes a woman into her father’s life when he doesn’t share it with anyone, least of all his daughter? There was plenty of steam and sass, a fabulous groveling scene and the happily ever after I expect from this author. Another keeper I’ll read over and over.
This time, she's calling the shots.
Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he's been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy's determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she'll finally be able to move on.
In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist.