Line of Scrimmage
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She's given up on him and moved on...

Susannah finally has a peaceful, calm life and a no-surprises man. Marriage to football superstar Ryan Sanderson was a whirlwind of passion, heat, energy, and excitement, but Susannah got sick of playing second fiddle to his team, watching women throwing themselves at him, and living in terror of the hard hits he took on the field. With

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ebook, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2008)
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Gabriella *is awesome*
♦♣♦ BIG 5 ive only-ever-loved-you stars....♦♣♦

This book will defiantly be one of the most memorable books i've read this season.

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An insight to the summary :

Susannah and Ryan have been married for a very long time,intact right out of high school.But after Ryan got signed on by the Mavericks to play at the prestigious NLFs....perspectives start differ,priorities change and the media catches up on the circus.

Now finally with the divorce, just 10 days away,Ryan realizes what a fool he had been...more
valee
5++ STARS!

Wow, just wow.

I usually wait for many goodreads' friends to have read the book and adored it before starting it myself. I don't like to try new books. But I'm so HAPPY I read this one. I'm not sure what made me read it because I seriously never read a book that isn't already a best seller or loved by many before but I did read this one and I just want to recommend it to everybody else.

Hear me out here, there's just no way you won't love this book guys! You have to read it! It's so goo...more
KarenH
If you are a fan of contemporary romance stories with a pseudo-sports theme (the Chicago Stars series by SEP, the Chinooks series by Rachel Gibson) then Line of Scrimmage by Marie Force is a must-read for you. Like the comparable stories, the hero is a professional sports icon who will have your heart from page one. But unlike those similar books where the hero and heroine meet and then face the trials and tribulations of a new union, the protagonists in LofS have been married 10 years and are j...more
Auntee
Oct 12, 2008 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of sports romance
Recommended to Auntee by: Julie (jjmachshev) Anderson
This was a very well-written, easy read, that was very hard to put down. At times it was like a soap opera--so many things happened to the H/H! I loved the hero--he was one of those loveable "bad boy" types, but really very sweet and vulnerable at times. The heroine...well she ticked me off a bit. At times I found her selfish, childish, and a bit spoiled. But towards the end of the book she started to grow on me, and I forgave her for how she treated the hero. This book was about a young couple...more
Shawna
5+ stars – Contemporary/Sports Romance

I loved this emotional contemporary sports romance about a pro-football star trying to reconcile with his soon-to-be ex-wife before it's too late. It's a very moving, well written story and a realistic depiction of the difficulties and tribulations of marriage, even for two people who so clearly love each other. I'm looking forward to more from this talented author! Big 5 stars!
Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Sep08

Can you believe it? Me, Mrs. doesn’t really read ‘sports’ romances, and I’ve read two in the last week! And enjoyed both! This is surely cause for celebration. My most recent is “Line of Scrimmage” by Marie Force. It’s about football, did you guess? It’s also about the debutante and the quarterback. But don’t hate them for that because their life hasn’t been a bed of roses.

Susannah is finally calling it quits. After ten years of marriage to footb...more
Christa
After reading Line of Scrimmage, I have found a new author to add to my list of sports romance favorites. This was a very good book with a touching story. I liked the emotional intensity between the main characters. The heroine, Susannah Sanderson, was exasperating at times, but she was mostly likeable. The beginning of the story was from her point of view, and as she placed the blame for the failure of her marriage completely on her Pro quarterback husband I expected him to be an insensitive je...more
Lady Heather
At about the 70% mark of this book I was really hesitant in finishing this story, because in my mind Henry with his diabolical, obsessive mind, and Becky with all the rumors that Susanna had heard about her affair with her husband Ryan...it gave me such a HUGE knot in my stomach, that I forced myself to continue reading the story. I know that sounds really 'wimpy', but I really HATE infidelity in the stories I read.
That being said...I'm really glad I pressed on and finished the book. I really en...more
Rachel (BAVR)
Annoying, irrational heroine.

Godlike quarterback hero.

Fight. Make up sex. Repeat.

Not Rachel's thing.

However, there's a brilliant scene near the end when the heroine goes fucking bananas and throws a hissy in public. It amused me enough to increase the rating to 2 stars!
Tam
I don't read a lot of reconsiliation romances. Wait that isn't true because I read a lot of scorned lovers getting back together, but I don't read them about once-married couples. Probably because marriage is the end of my little HEA and I hate having my bubble broken.

So, I was a little wary about starting this book. But so many of goodreads were a-flutter over this that I gave it a go but I am SO HAPPY that I ended up reading it!

So interesting. So good. The characters were great, and complex....more
Duchess Nicole
I just couldn't get into this. The heroine cries about ten times in the book, no joke. No, not just cries, but sobs. I'm sure that I'd be a little jealous and possessive if my husband was some huge star with women crawling all over him, but good grief. She was so over the top, that if I knew this chick in real life, I'd call her a psycho and steer clear. Ryan seemed like an okay guy, and while I did want to have a happy ending, I just couldn't bring myself to care all that much.

While I suppose...more
willaful

This book and I got off on the wrong foot. I found the whole set-up so repugnant: an estranged husband who decides to get his wife back 10 days before their divorce is final, and blackmails her into doing it by threatening to drag out the divorce so she can't marry her new fiance… and the new fiance is the old boyfriend she had already dumped once for her husband… I'm channeling young Alvy Singer in "Annie Hall" going, "what an asshole." How am I supposed to root for this guy when I felt so sorr...more
Steffi
It's safe to say, that Line of Scrimmage is one of Marie Forces best.

This story of two soul mates who had to find their way back to each other, really moved me and I came to enjoy a plot, I'm usually not fond of at all.

Susannah and Ryan are married but have been seperated for some time. Susannah felt neglected and forgotten in her marriage, so she decided to make her own way and build a new life. When she gets engaged to a long-time friend, Ryan knows he has to act soon to get Susannah back an...more
Kajol
To say that it exceeded my expectations is one thing, but knowing that I loved it, I can't help but bounce with excitement as I am typing furiously on my keyboard to describe all my bottled feelings for this book.

Line of Scrimmage is one of those good books which leave you with a contented heart and a final parting sigh. It didn't feel like a rush of thrill as it came to an end but it was like one of those refreshing moments which you'd love to revive.

I adored Ryan Sanderson knowing that he was...more
Terra
Line of Scrimmage by Marie Force is not only a fantastic read for the romance fan but also for the female sports fan. I found this story ripe with emotion, steadfast with passion and downright endearing. Ladies hold onto your hats cause this Line of Scrimmage is full of secret game plays.

Susannah Sanderson is a stunning blond who's had her fill of a one sided relationship. Marriage to a football superstar is marriage to the team and for Susannah it seems to be taking more than she can give.

Ryan...more
Brenda (b)
This book gave me that uplifting happy feeling when I finished it. Ryan and Susannah struggle throughout the whole story to put their marriage back together and patch it up. The details of what went wrong between them were slowly revealed as they struggled with their true feelings. I'm glad the author didn't make it easy on them and the flow of their progress kept my interest. There was lots of sex but nothing too explicit. The story did require me to suspend belief just a bit as I was beginning...more
FlibBityFLooB
Mar 25, 2010 FlibBityFLooB rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the non-happy-happy-joy-joy style of romance
Recommended to FlibBityFLooB by: RRRC Group Dare to Read Challenge
4.5/5 stars. This novel made me feel like a fly-on-the-wall of a separated couple on the brink of divorce. Technically, that doesn’t sound interesting, but the story in this romance was absorbing. It was full of realism (despite the unbelievable situation the characters were in) and had a bittersweet shade to the entire plot. I think the realism was due to raw emotions that occurred between the characters – you couldn’t help but feel their love for each other.

From the cover, it looks like you w...more
Karla
4 1/2 stars. Pleasantly surprised at what a good book this was. I just blew right though it. It was just the right balance of good dialogue, an engaging story and one hot, hunky football player Ryan. He isn't about to give up on his marriage to Susannah, who is days away from marrying someone else. It was surprising and heartbreaking to find out what tore them apart, and an enjoyable journey to see that they still had passion, desire and love for each other. Very sweet HEA...loved it!
Heather in FL
This was a little bit more smut-lite than I expected, but it was still a great story. The setup was definitely interesting: Ryan and Susie were married for 10 years, but are in the midst of a divorce. The judge made them take an additional 6 months before the divorce would be final. After that point, if they wanted it, it would be granted. There were a couple of other clauses written into the agreement that neither knew about because neither took the time to read it. Turns out that was a good th...more
Splage
This is a reread for me, I am giving away some of my favorites and wanted one more taste. It is as good as I remember! Line of Scrimmage is a twist on the typical sports romance because it shows an existing couple that has real problems. They are about to give up on their 10 year marriage until they come together and determine it is worth saving.

It is great sport’s love story about a stud quarterback, Ryan Sanderson, who has reach the pinnacle in his sports career, is about to retire, but has l

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Booklover
First n formost Marie Photobucket you are such a talented wonderful awesome excellent writter,you bring about the emotions so well,the characters are so well developed and human,the issues in the stories are so well handled and tackled and at no point i was stuck or bored it moves at a great pace,you keep the readers glued to the story from 1 till the last page

i have read 2 books and both the times i instantly connected with the characters,i loved them adored them got angry with them wanted to smack them...more
Erika  Badass
Ryan Sanderstone has it all. Fame, fortune, 3 superbowl rings and more money than he can spend. What doesn't he have? His wife.

Susannah Sanderstone is ten days away from freedom. Her divorce will be final, she will marry her safe high school boyfriend Henry, and all will be light in the world of previous darkness.

God I hated the premise. Susannah is STILL MARRIED to Sex on a stick Ryan, and is ENGAGED to Henry the pansy. Um no. Not so much. This shit doesn't fly with me. So she is cheating on R...more
Germaine
I read a couple of reviews of this from bloggers I respect, and I was really looking forward to it. What a disappointment. The hero is a pretty cool guy, but the heroine is a real wimp who spends most of the book in tears. As far as I could tell, she has no claim to fame aside from being the beautiful wife of an extremely wealthy football player. She has a lot of 2012 sex, but other than that, she's a throwback to a Harlequin 1970's heroine. The secondary characters are stereotypes. There's an e...more
Taryn at My Secret Romance

Line of Scrimmage was a quick read, one I managed to finish in one sitting. I wasn't in love with it, but I didn't hate it. I had a few issues with it so it was just an okay read for me.

The hero, Ryan, is doing everything in his power to keep his wife from going through with the divorce. My issues were that the heroine cried a lot, like all the time. She would immediately jump to conclusions and blame the hero without even giving him a chance. Granted, he had hurt her in the past so her trust i...more
RebeccaL
I normally enjoy stories of "troubled marriage" and watch the characters how they build the trust and love again. However, this book is way below my expectation and the characters are not likeable at all. I feel that the heroine did not even know what she really want and the hero is quite arrogant in treating other people (may be he is entitled to his arrogance when he was so successful in his career and is truly a superstar). But for me to enjoy a romance story, I need to read someone who is ce...more
Sarah Eiseman
This is my first time reading this author and she’s one that’ll definitely get a second read. This book was about football, which this time of year is a must for me. I married a Jets fan, what can I say? The writing was clean, the characters were easy to relate to, the plot was a little out there, but true enough that I felt for every member of the story.

Ryan Sanderson is at the end of his career with the Denver Mavericks, a football franchise that he helped put on the map. His career has been e...more
A Tasty Read Book Reviews
Feb 16, 2012 A Tasty Read Book Reviews rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sports Romance Lovers
Shelves: favorites
Since this was my FIRST Marie Force read, I figured it deserved to be an official Throwback. I think I have read Line of Scrimmage about ten times, and each time I do, the story has the ability to suck me in and not let go until the last page. Don't we love those books?

One of my Favorite Football Romances, Line of Scrimmage is so much more than what you might think by looking at the cover....Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with the cover....It just doesn't give justice to the emotion packed st...more
Katie(babs)
This sexy book is about a married couple of ten years who are ten days away from getting their divorce finalized. They have been separated for almost a year and Susannah Sanderson is about to breathe a sigh of relief because in less than two week she will be a free woman and able to marry her former high school boyfriend, Henry. Susannah is getting a divorce from Ryan, the start quarterback of the Denver Mavericks and overall MVP of the NFL. Ryan doesn’t want to go through the divorce since he i...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
4.5 Stars
Quickie Review:

Marie Force delivers a compelling tale of love and second chances in Line of Scrimmage.

I loved this contemporary romance with a dash of romantic suspense. The story follows a big star (and smexy) quarterback, Ryan Sanderson, and his journey to winning his wife, Susannah, back.
Line of Scrimmage was very moving and heart breaking; with the ups and downs of marriage, the darker side of stardom and the devastating loss of a child and the affect that can have on a relationship...more
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“She beat lightly on his chest with her fists. "I want a partner, not a protector."
"Can't I be both?"
"You're enormously exasperating sometimes, do you know that?"
He grinned. "And you love me anyway.”
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“Oh, poor baby,” she said, mimicking his drawl.

“Whew. You’re back. There was this other Susie here a minute ago, and she was really nice to me. She scared the shit out of me.”

She laughed. “They locked her back up in the loony bin.”

“Good, because there’s only one Susie for me—the one who calls me on my crap and doesn’t let me get away with jack shit. That’s the Susie I need. That’s the Susie I’ve missed coming home to over the last year.” He kissed her. “And that’s the Susie who’s going to leave a gaping hole in my heart and my life if she doesn’t give me another chance.”
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