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Fourth and Goal (Seattle Lumberjacks #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  998 ratings  ·  54 reviews
In a game played on and off the field, only one of them will emerge the winner.

Armed with an uncanny ability for evaluating football talent, a dogged determination to succeed in a man’s world, and an empty bank account, Rachel McCormick agrees to help struggling wide receiver Derek Ramsey get his game back. Rachel believes Derek, her former best friend and lover, knows the
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Published May 5th 2013 by Boroughs Publishing Group (first published May 3rd 2011)
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I confess this is my very first sports romance. This is also my very first Jami Davenport read and I really loved it.

The leading lady in this book is Rachel, a budding football scout. Taught by her father from a young age all the ins and outs of the game of football. Rachel has a keen eye for spotting the key points of a player and uses them to make the guys a better player. A funny thing about Rachel is she has a habit of tripping over everything including her own two left feet.

Leading the male

For the most part, this book was meh for me. The main reason is that even though I liked the interactions between Derek (the hero) and Tyler as well as the interactions with Ryan, I couldn't care less for the romance per se.

To be honest, I have to say that if the romance bored me I found the last parts with Ryan quite emotional without going over the top.
Kim O
This is a new author and the beginning of a new series for her. I LOVED this book. Just WOW! I want the next one bad!

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Jac (For Love and Books)
After reading Jami Davenport’s short novella in the upcoming Seduced by the Game (review coming next week!) I was intrigued, I loved her style and wanted more. My friend, Lis, pointed out that she had the Seattle Lumberjacks series, and so I immediately downloaded it to my Kindle!

I know this is a romance, the steamy scenes let you know that for sure! But this book was about so much more than just steamy scenes and Rachel and Derek falling in love. (I could highlight the childhood best friends in
Dahlia (yadkny)
Jul 05, 2011 Dahlia (yadkny) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Erotic Romance Lovers
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The thrill of victory means so much more when you’ve experienced the agony of defeat.

Rachel McCormick is on a mission to expose the person responsible for her father's career demise. Her disguise comes in the form of business suits, which serve the purpose of helping keep an emotionally cold and distant regard. Her target is one former best friend/lover and now struggling pro football player, Derek Ramsey. Rachel is prepared to go the distance with Derek if it means obtaining the truth, but the
Cocktails and Books
Derek Ramsey is an amazing athlete struggling to keep his job in the game he loves. He is an NFL wide receiver whose talent should make him a future hall of famer but after an injury during his rookie season he has continually struggled and knows that this season will be his last if he can’t turn his game around. The one woman who can help him is Rachel McCormick, former best friend and caretaker who knows football better than most men. A weekend rendezvous five years ago had left their friendsh ...more
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
I really enjoyed this book - it was my first book by Jami Davenport - and I'll defiantly be trying some more. I really liked Rachel and Derek - they made a great couple. I enjoyed watching them try and keep their relationship to sex only, when it was painfully obvious that it was never just sex for either of them. The sex owas hot, and the romance was sweet. The HEA was throughly satisfying - and I'm really excited that Tyler gets his story next.

I only had a few complains that kept this one from
This was my first Jami Davenport book, and I can tell you it won't be my last. I loved the characters, especially the female intent on being part of a male dominated sport. I like football, but I'm not a fanatic and yet this story was easy to read and the plot was clear and concise.

The characters were well defined, right from the start. I liked them and was sucked into their story. However, when Ryan enters the picture, I had to say "WOW!" Everything came together, and the depth of the character
Great Sports Romance! Rachel is hired by Derek who happens to be her former best friend and one night stand. Derek hires her to watch over his house and animals when he away at out of town games. Derek is a professional wide reciever for NFL team. Rachel is also trying to get close to Derek to find out information that could clear her Dad's reputation from a points shaving scandel. Rachel grew up around sports and is awesome at coaching and agrees to work with Derek and his cousin Tyler to get t ...more
Football is my second favorite sport, second only to basketball. As a 6’0” woman, of course basketball is my favorite, that was my life in high school. I love sport romances and Fourth and Goal definitely lived up to and surpassed my expectations. I loved the story line and how these two fought the attraction until they couldn’t any more. Ms. Davenport knows how to put in just the right amount of angst and hot, sweaty sex to make a story hard to put down. I fell in love with all the characters a ...more
Ela Is
Eu nem sei por onde começar. Eu queria tanto poder escrever uma resenha boa sobre esse livro... Mas vamos lá...

A sinopse do livro é muito boa e isso me chamou a atenção. Porém, a ideia da trama é muito mal executada. O livro é pequeno fisicamente, mas a sensação é que ele é enorme, pois nada acontece e a escrita não flui, é lenta, devagar e até me peguei querendo passar algumas páginas (mas não passei!!). O que importa é a sensação que fica no ato da leitura e no lugar do divertimento que eu dev
Danielle Calabrese
I totally expected to love these characters, read about some football, have some cheesy sexually charged football cliches, and some hot sex scenes, and I was not disappointed. I was not, however, expecting to cry my eyes out. The subplot with a 17 year old boy with cancer just did me in and made the whole book just stand out. This book has everything I look for in a great read so give it a try!
Christina Montminy
Wow, this was a really good book! The lives of Rachel & Derek were filled with drama, past complications, lust & unforeseen love. Having been best friends for yrs they took their relationship to the next level in late college yrs but it didn't turn out like Rachel thought it would. Not wanting a serious relationship Derek broke her heart & they didn't see each other for 5 long yr. When he's almost at the end of his very short football career she comes back into his life & things ...more
Fun read. I love romances set in the sports world. The dialogue in this one was a bit corny with all of the sports slang the author used, but it didn't detract from the storyline. I'd read another book by this author.
I enjoyed this book. The first 100 pages are filled with a bit too much football talk, but when the romance started I couldn't stop reading.
Lavada Dee
This is a very engaging story. I'm not a football fan but you don't have to be. You'll fall in love with the characters.
Sometimes, the problem with books included in a series is that it suffers side plots that introduce the main characters of the next book. It takes much space, and more often than not, it even outshines the main story or the main characters. It can come to a point where the supposedly supporting character gets as much focus as the main one in order to establish the bases for the plot of the next story. Although I enjoyed this book, said 'bases' annoyed me especially because it's about a character ...more
Read this in an evening.

It was really nice to see a woman who knew just as much about the sport in question as the man. I don't profess to be an expert on American Football (I follow it better than rugby though!), but it fit in with what I did know and what I expect from being a woman in a male dominated industry (sexism IS alive and well, unfortunately)

I enjoyed the story and liked the characters, but why didn't I score it higher? Pretty much the plot:sexytimes ratio. Too much sexytime, not eno
Gale Stanley
If you love sports heroes in romances, you will love this book!
A must read for football romance fans....
Derek is a football player, but his game seems to be off. Then Rachel comes back into his life, all grown up and looking sexy as ever. She's there to help, and Derek hopes that she's forgiven him for the mistakes he made in the past. The mistake that ruined their long-time friendship.

Now Rachel is helping him with his game. Who would have thought sex would get him back on his game? But he's concerned about what this physical relationship without any commitment or feelings will do to Rachel, even
Fourth and Goal was an absolutely wonderful book I could see myself reading over and over again. Not only was it a great Football book but a touching, heartwarming, funny, romantic book that had me crying as well as angry at times too. Fourth and Goal is one of these books that's sticks with you.

I fell in love with Derek. He was such a great guy passionate, loyal, caring, giving, strong, supportive, honest, the more famous he got the more he gave. Rachel, my heart went out to her. She had a gre
There's a chill in the air around here recently that reminds me of fall... and football. It may be July but it sure feels like September so it was only fitting in a way that I've been caught up in the Seattle Lumberjacks Series by Jami Davenport as well.

Fourth and Goal is the first book in the Seattle Lumberjacks Series by Jami Davenport and it kicks off the series in a big way. There's romance, suspense, a little mystery and a heartbreaking secondary story that pulls all of the characters toget
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Fourth and Goal is a hold your breath, heart pounding, gut wrenching love story. It’s been a long time since a book has captivated me enough to bring me to tears. Don’t let the sports element scare you off. I don’t watch football or any other sports, but I loved this book whole heartedly.

The Seattle Lumberjacks have never made it to the playoffs and they haven’t had a winning streak in a decade. Most of the fans have deserted them and
Michelle Bowman  / We Love Kink .com
Two words! Derek. Ramsey.

Fourth and Goal is the first book in the Seattle Lumberjacks series. What a great book, even if you aren't a sports fan. Sure there was a lot of football talk, but it didn't distract me from the story.

Rachel was a very likable heroine, she's got a love for football even though she has no athletic ability herself. She's clumsy, which I can totally sympathize with. She's struggled professionally because of allegations against her dad, and she wasn't the only one.

Derek was
Joint Review with Lou @ The Book Pushers originally posted here:

Publisher: Loose ID
Where did you get the book: e-ARC from author
Release date: Out now

Lou: MinnChica and myself are big fans of sport romance books, and when we had the change to review Fourth and Goal, we said yes. Being from the UK, I know zilch about American Football but no matter the sport I really enjoy these themes in romances. Fourth and Goal, I thought, centered a lot on the aspect of
Robin B78
3.5 stars

This was cute. I like a good sports story and this one didn't disappoint.

Rachel is a gal trying to make it in a man's world. In the world of football. Her dad is a coach, her former love and his cousin both play pro for the local team. There's some drama with a previous incident involving points shaving. We also meet a young man with cancer who you will absolutely fall in love with.

A few issues: the POV. It seems to flip flop from a first person to more of a narrative POV at times. It
Really 2.5 stars but I rounded it up to 3 stars.

Derek and Rachel were best friends - one weekend they took it further and it destroyed their friendship - for reasons which are never explained.

Five years later, Rachel is house-sitting for Derek after his cousin and her best friend (who are dating) set them both up. Derek is an American football player who has never really achieved his potential after having surgery on an injured knee. Rachel was a go-to girl but lost her job after her father was
I enjoyed this story for the most part, but there were times that it was a little slow going for me. I like sports romances but I'm more of a romance than sports lover. There was a lot of football in this, and while that's what the book was about, it was maybe a little too much for me. I liked Rachel and Derek and they had some pretty hot and steamy scenes. Tyler was a great secondary character, even though he was kind of an ass and had a penchant for dropping the F bomb. Actually, I thought his ...more
Laurie Ryan
GREAT read! I just finished reading Fourth and Goal and it drove me nuts because I started it at a time when I was extremely busy and could only read a few pages at a time. Finally this week I got enough free time and read the last 150 pages in two day. I loved this story. The stakes were high, the emotion intense, and the sex sizzled. Ooh, boy, did it sizzle! (fans self as she types). The issues between Derek and Rachel were as strong as the their attraction. And I also, kind of against my will ...more
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