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Loving Him Off the Field

(Santa Fe Bobcats #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,078 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Sometimes the best defense is a good offense…

Aileen is a sports reporter trying to make a name for herself without relying on her looks, And what better way to do that than to break a scandal about one of the fastest rising stars on the Santa Fe Bobcats? Killian seems too good to be true, so she knows he must be hiding something…

It’s hard enough breaking into the NFL—even
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by InterMix
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Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Aileen is struggling journalist trying to make a name for herself while keeping her integrity. She wanted to live up to her parent’s example as trustworthy journalists. Finding a breakthrough story is proving difficult when she doesn’t want to compromise her principals. That is until she spies Killian, the Bobcat’s kicker and media mystery. He stays out of the spotlight and almost nothing is known about him. Looks like Aileen has her work cut out for her, though, because Killian is relu
I love a good sports romance and this one was fantastic! I loved Aileen! She is smart and funny and goes after what she wants. Aileen is a journalist who is doing sports fluff pieces. Killian is the Bobcats kicker. He's a loner and pretty much just keeps to himself. He's keeping a secret and doesn't want anyone to find out about it. He's not happy when the adorable, freckled reporter starts following him for an interview. I loved these two characters! The chemistry between them was hot, they had ...more
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2.5 Not so much Stars!!

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Intermix/Penguin

Okay, so the truth is sports romances are my guilty pleasure *blush* and I was excited to read this one after quite liking the first of the series One night with a quarterback sadly, this book didn't quite do it for me. :(

Here we have Killian who is the kicker of the Santa Fe Bobcats who happens to be a self imposed loner on and off the team. He chooses this because he has a secret that needs to be
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holly
Review can be read at It's About The Book

I honestly have to applaud Ms. Murray for her ingenuity. I’ve been a lifelong reader, and at the tender age of 50+ I’ve read… er, doing the math… a gajillion books by now, and I’ve never never never come across the twist that she uses as the reason that this football player plays hard to get in this inspired, sexy, contemporary sports romance about a Santa Fe Bobcats player and a sports journalist. It was awesome to be guessing and guessing and to hav
Christi Snow
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
I loved the first book in this series and enjoyed this one just as much.

Killian is a pro NFL kicker with a secret. As a result, he doesn't let anyone into his life...not his teammates, not the fans, and sure not the media. He has a son who's he's sacrificed everyone in his world protect him. But that's the big mystery throughout so much of this book...why is it so important that NO ONE find out about this child? I couldn't see what could make that secret such a huge deal...unt
Elizabeth H.
I absolutely LOVED the first book in the series and was excited for the next one. When LOVING HIM OFF THE FIELD came out, I was a little skeptical. I’d been reading a lot of books lately that haven’t been able to capture my interest and I was afraid that it might be the same with this one. I’m happy to report that this is not the case at all!

Killian is the kicker for the Santa Fe Bobcats NFL team. He’s broody and severely private. He’s got some huge secrets he wants to keep that way so he isolat
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Hummmm... Definitely not as enjoyable as Trey's book. This story really centered around Killian's secret. There was no romance just lust that somehow became a HEA.

I loved the inclusion of the other players. I just wish the relationship part had been more built up.
Oct 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I love sports romance books, and while this one was good, it didn't really wow me like some others I've read. The writing was good and all that, I just wanted something more.

Full review posted here:
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-sports
I would have given it 4 stars but the secret about the hero's son just dragged on too long. ...more
Cute read, review to come
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 secret stars!

P.S.: I love when the couple have mature conversations after they fight and then they're honest with each other, it gets me all tingly inside LOL
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
LOVING HIM OFF THE FIELD was a cute story, filled with lika-able characters and a good story line. IMO it was missing that certain something. That WOW! factor. Killian's the quiet and reserved pro football player and Aileen is the reporter sent to scoop him. I liked Aileen and how up front she was with not only Killian but other's she could've "tricked" into getting ahead. I thought it was a cute idea the way they made her reporting a game.
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loving Him off the Field by Jeanette Murray

It’s nice to take a break now and then from historical romance novels and I was so interested to read a contemporary romance novel featuring sports celebrities. I really enjoyed the sports books by Jill Shalvis and Jaci Burton, so I was hoping this was along similar lines. It was a great read. I’m not a huge NFL fan. The most I know about it is that there are games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights and my hubby is glued to the tv. But with this book
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Aileen and Killian are the least interesting couple of the series. It has a lot of potential but there was so much bowling and self deprecated humor which is just not for me. Not the worst book. Not for me.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: athletes
Another really good sports romance. I loved how the importance of integrity was portrayed in this story. The characters are great and it is a really enjoyable read.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
Nothing really sets this apart from others like it. Ending seemed a little rushed.
Abbie Lairson
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I underestimated this book!
Cassidy O'quinn
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
About 4.5 stars
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from NetGalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review.This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Delight
A sweet one of the guys report falling for her interviewee kicker on a football team. Throw romance and football together and I am ready to tackle it and score a touch down!

Just look at that cover. It makes me want to drool. I can take hair on a man's chest or not, so this is one of those not moments. Makes you want to
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I was thrilled to get back to the Santa Fe Bobcats …. Baseball season is over so …. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL! Sorry! I guess you have to be a football fan and watch a lot of it on TV. But, the Bobcats are fictional so I guess I’ll have to swoon over them instead of rooting for my favorite team … nope, not going there and making enemies! And, with all the controversy surrounding the NFL th
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars

Killian Reeves is the quiet kicker for the Sante Fe Bobcats. He's perceived as a loner, an a-hole, and does not really have friends on the team. He does not hang out with them or the groupies. He kind of lives in his own head and deals with his own hidden issues. He has secrets and keeps his personal life private for a reason.

Aileen Roger is a struggling reporter who needs a story and it needs to be something that no one else has exposed. So Killian is the perfect choice since no o
Monica Cardoza
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book! It had everything that I love in romance stories it was hilarious, sexy and sweet all rolled up in one.

I have been a big fan of Ms. Murray since I read her Sempre Fi Series then I read the first book in the Santa Fe Bobcats Series and I’ve been hooked. I knew that it was going to take some time to really get to know Killian’s story but once it was told I couldn’t believe it. He was one of the characters that it wasn’t hard not to fall in love with. Then there
Stephanie  G
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I discovered Jeanette Murray’s sports romances last month when I picked up One Night with a Quarterback. They feature smart and capable men and women with witty dialogue and enough details about sports to satisfy more than the casual fan. Loving Him Off the Field features the surly kicker of the Santa Fe Bobcats, Killian Reeves and intrepid reporter Aileen Rogers trying to work her way up to a prime gig in sports reporting.
Killian Reeves isn’t much of a team player despite being the kicker on t
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loving Him Off the Field, the second installment in Jeanette Murray's Santa Fe Bobcats series, is a very engaging love story between an up and coming journalist and a publicity shy pro football player. This wonderful novel features a slow-burning romance, a refreshing storyline and genuine, likable characters, and it is an positively delightful read.

Killian Reeves is quiet and unassuming, and he keeps his private and professional lives completely separate. Unlike the typical highly paid athlete,
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The obnoxious power of the press, after a “friend” nearly ruined your career, and love for a child sounds like something right out of the news, right?

And, there’s no reason you wouldn’t want to tar all reporters with the same brush, except maybe when you fall in love with one and admire her integrity.

And when you realize your also cheating your kid.
The problem I had here
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In Summary:
Santa Fe Bobcats kicker, Killian Reeves, does not allow groupie interaction. Not anymore, never again. He does not like reporters. He's a man of few words and throws off a "personal bubble" vibe that even teammates can't ignore. Most of the other players have even given up trying to include him altogether. But he has his reasons for staying so isolated from the pack. He has a secret that he does no
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Loving Him Off the Field is the second book in author Jeanette Murray's sports romance series Santa Fe Bobcats. Admittedly, I was surprised that this was about the team's kicker, Killian Reeves, because I was expecting the second one to either be about Josiah Walker or Stephen Harrison, the most mentioned supporting characters from the first book and the closest friends to that book's main male character, Trey Owens. But regardless of my assum
Downward dog
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-romance

I received a copy of this book to write an honest review for Cocktails and Books.

LOVING HIM OFF THE FIELD is an engaging story about Killian Reeves who is a kicker for the Bobcats, a professional football team. He’s a nice guy, but he doesn’t have any friends and keeps his distance from everyone, including his teammates. He’s not the typical high profile jock, he doesn’t have any interest in groupies, media attention or living the high life; he lives a simple, so
bookaholic ge
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aileen is a sports reporter she is trying to find the story to really push her out into the big leauges. She wants people to like her for her talent and not her looks and she believes that the Santa Fe Bobcats has just the story she needs to get her out of back ground and into the spotlight.

Killian is the kicker for the Santa Fe Bobcats he stays out of the spotlight refuses to do interviews, stays away from the groupies and never gets close or hangs out with his team mates.

Right away Aileen know
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una

I was pleasantly surprised at this modern romance because along with the obvious love story the author developed the characters enough that the story shone through the chemistry and subsequent steamy “sex scenes” between them..

Killian is suffering from lack of confidence in his role on the team (after all he is only a kicker) and because of his mistake in the past he won’t allow himself to take part in the comradery that t
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Jeanette lives just outside St. Louis with her husband, daughter and their lovable-but-stupid Goldendoodle. When she's not writing her next romance, she's found hanging out with the new friends she's made here, catching up with old friends from past duty stations on Facebook, or surfing Pinterest pretending she can cook. Catch up with her on Facebook o

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