Winner Takes All (Champion Valley #1)
Money. Fame. Endorsements. Blake Carpenter had it all—before his professional football career spiraled out of control. Determined to rebuild his life, he takes on coaching the high school team in his Colorado hometown. Despite a few fumbles, Blake knows he can lead these boys to victory. As long as he can keep his eyes on the prize and off the team's di ...more
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Winner Takes All tells the story of Blake, a retired and disgraced NFL player, and the headstrong woman, Annabelle, that he tries to push away. As his hometowns new High School Football couch he already has enough to deal with, so the last thing he wants is to have the teams physical therapist trying to tell him how to couch his boys. Doesn't matter how cute she is when she's arguing with him...or so he tries to tell himself.
This was a small town roman ...more
I swear there is something about small-town romance that has a way of bringing a smile to my face. Maybe it’s the characters or the simplicity of the story line. But either way, I adore reading this trope. And in Erin Kern’s latest upcoming release, Winner Takes All, she has scored major touchdown points in my book. This is the first book that I have read from this author and it surely won’t be my last.
“How could one woman confuse him s ...more
This is a cute contemporary sports romance centered around Blake Carpenter, a former NFL golden boy, who left the sport amid injury and scandal, and Annabelle, a physical therapist, determined to keep tight control over life.
After returning to his hometown in Colorado, Blake is given a one shot chance to pull a winning season out of the ...more
Winner Takes All was a very engaging book that draws the reader in from the very beginning.
I enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Annabelle and Blake, it kept me turning the pages and I ended up reading it in one sitting.
Loved their interactions, their banter amused me and kept me entertained. Annabelle and Blake were likable characters that you could relate with and had amazing chemistry.
Overall Winner Takes All was a well written, sweet and entertaining read.
A great sta ...more
I'm something of a sucker for small-town romances, and this one was no exception. A fairly easy read, I quickly found myself invested in both Blake and Annabelle, and rooting for them to get past the initial...bumps in their relationship. Their hate-to-love was a slow burn, littered with some fun exchanges and flirty banter, ...more
ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley
WINNER TAKES ALL is the first of the Champion Valley series. Erin Kern is a new-to-me author and I was intrigued by the premise of this story. Unfortunately for me, the book just didn’t work.
First and foremost, I didn’t like the hero at all. Blake Carpenter was a former football star who experienced an injury that took him off the field. Since then he’s been coaching his high school football team, but he doesn’t sound too happy about it. Blake seems too used to the money and fame that he’s all ...more
Rosalie's 4 star review
Football coach romance? What can get better?! I loved this plot. Blake Carpenter was an A1 football player, playing for the NFL, when an injury sidelined him. Getting injections that helped him perform ended up getting him kicked off, showing illegal drugs in his system. Not one to rat out the dr's that were injecting, he walked away...right into coaching high school football. Taking his hometown team's f ...more
I really enjoyed this clean romance. It's "clean" in the sense that there are no love scenes, only kissing, but bad words are perfectly sprinkled throughout, which makes the narration and dialogue very realistic.
Although, I will say, those kissing scenes really sizzled!
The book deals with some pretty heavy issues that many people face every day, and reading how Annabelle helped Blake work through his was very endearing.
I liked Blake from the beginning. He was brooding and had a toug ...more
Winners Takes All was good read, full of romance, football and lots of sexual tension. Blake was a former football player. He was a star and “sadly” he ended up being a high school coach where he has the chance to prove himself again in the sports world. But his pride, reputation and one certain physical therapist didn’t make things easy for him. Annabelle is recently divorced and is fully focusing in her job in the high school football team. Her only goal is to keep those ...more
Blake Carpenter finds himself back in his Colorado hometown coaching high school football. After his pro football career went off the rails amid a huge scandal he needed to start over and this is where he landed. The school's football program ha ...more
They work so incredibly hard and I can't you enough guys *Kisses and Hugs
I was quite surprised by this book.
I'm always up for a good sports romance. so when the awesome team at Forever reached out to review an early copy if the book, I jumped on it.
But this one was really nothing like I expe ...more
Anyone who knows me knows I love a good football romance. And this one is set between a coach and physical therapist.
I think my favorite thing about this book is that it's a slow romance without you even realizing it. You get sucked into the pages and it seems like it goes really fast, when in reality it's over the course of a few months. I loved the tension between Blake and Annabelle. It pretty much jumps off the pages.
When I picked up Winner Takes All, I was expecting a steamy, sexy antagonistic romance combined with a conflict that deals with a scandalized ex-football star and his chance at redemption through coaching his former high school football team to glory. We sort of get this but the road to redemption is paved with a long rambling story that struggles to assert itself and is punctuated by a woman who exhibits what I like ...more
I am a huge football fan, so when I read the description of this book I couldn't resist. I'm new to Erin Kern and didn't know what to expect, but I am so glad I gave this book a chance. Being the first of the Champion Valley series Winner Takes All does an awesome job of setting up the series for future books. The main characters are well developed and just seem so real that you feel apart of the story rather than a reader. The secondary characters are introduced in a wa ...more
Winner Takes All was a sweet romance that takes place in a small town and is about an ex-NFL football player who leaves under not so great turns who becomes the high school football coach and the high school’s football team’s physical therapist. If you are looking for a sweet, leave you with a smile on your face romance then this is the one you need to pick up. I enjoyed Winner Takes All, I can’t say that is was ...more
Blake first comes off as rude and like he hates his job when in fact he really does enjoy it. He just doesn't like all the other people who are involved in trying to form his team. He meets Annabelle when he finds out she will be the teams Physical Therapis ...more
Blake and Annabelle had so much chemistry! Both of them have some baggage they're clinging to...for him it's the disgraceful end to his pro football career and for her it's her need to not get hurt again after her divorce. There are some other things going on in here that I don't want to spoil. But let me say, I love how it was handled (when you read this, you'll know what I'm talking about LOL).
The supporting cast was fantastic! Cam and Brandon. Stella. The Beehive Mafia ...more
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
Warning: Drug Abuse (view spoiler)[the hero, Blake, is in the beginning stages of an addiction to pain killers. He does understand his problem and works to stop it as the book goes on. (hide spoiler)]
--What’s Going On--
Ex-NFL star, Blake Carpenter, has fallen from the limelight and is now working as a high school football coach. He has one season to get this losing team in shape or he'll lose his job. But he's not happy about having to work with physical therapist, Anna ...more
Blake Carpenter retired from football under a scandal laden cloud then returned to his hometown in Colorado. Recently hired as the high school football coach, he is under intense pressure to get his losing team into this year's playoffs. With his job on the line, Blake is not at all happy when physical therapist Annabelle Turner shows up a ...more
Because I like a good sports romance, I was curious about Winner Takes All by Erin Kern after reading the blurb, but I was doubly so when I learned this was the first book in an all-new small-town romance series called Champion Valley. I’m a big fan of the trope, so it w ...more
As the first installment in a new "Championship Valley"series, Winner Takes All does not disappoint. Blake is disgraced, begrudingly retired football star who's return to his hometown with one season to turn around a high-school football team's losing record. Annabelle is a control-freak physical therapist who refuses to quit on the team, even if it means she's constantly under Blake' ...more
ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review
I love a sports romance. I think it makes up for me not having an athletic bone in my body!
I know absolutely nothing about American football (other than it seems to take all day to play a game lol). Throw in a small down and romance and I am a goner.
Blake and Annabelle, there is just so much spark, so much fun between them. There is attraction, but as much as they are attracted, they annoy each other no end. But the sniping and bickering is extende ...more
Now I'm just chugging along, spitting out books faster than my kids can turn my living room into a disaster zone...
Actually, that's not entirely true. I only wish it were true.
But in all seriousness, I write sassy and sexy contemporary rom ...more