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Chasing Jillian: A Love and Football Novel - Julie Brannagh

Jillian is an executive assistant for the owner of an NFL team. One night, while working out in the team's weight room, she meets a football player named Seth. They start to hang out together. Both of them are nice people and get along but she's short and curvy and he's built like a Greek god and dates models so she thinks he would never be interested in her.

 

Spoiler alert: he is!

 

Many of the other characters talk a lot about how great their spouses are and all of the women are pregnant, so I'm assuming they were the subjects of the other books in this series.

 

This is a strange book:

* A lot of major conversations (for example, when Jillian tells Seth about her childhood in the foster care system) are talked about but not shown. Instead, the author focuses too much on weird logistical touches. Jillian reserves a car via Lyft; a vendor calls to promise a mailed invoice. Water is offered and fetched.

 

*There's a weird sexual harassment moment that flares up and disappears without any consequences or heft.

 

*At least two scenes involve football players interacting with "adorable" children. YMMV, but for me that was two scenes too many.

 

*There is absolutely no tension of any kind in this book. No sexual tension, no worries that the couple won't end up together, nada.

 

*Jillian gets a mini makeover that includes a "pretty, turquoise fleece cardigan" as part of her sexy new wardrobe. (Sexy. Fleece. Cardigan.) A Google image search didn't yield anything that would have what I just typed make sense.

 

So, anyway. Definitely get this book if you want to read something that has zero chance of stressing you out.