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Slow and Steady Rush

(Sweet Home Alabama #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  553 ratings  ·  103 reviews
This book is published under the original series name. The new editions are published under the series name: Sweet Home Alabama

She lives by the book—and is still searching for her happily ever after.

Darcy Wilde has tried hard not to live up to her last name. As a librarian in Atlanta she lives a fine life far away from the football-obsessed town of her childhood. But when
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Published March 10th 2015 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Heather andrews
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Robbie I loved how he had morals, "because you were blitzed, and excuse me for being gentlemanly, but I didn't want you puking your guts up while I screwed you." Such a nice boy. His thoughts sometimes were of those of a teenage virgin who was nervous, "I'll go, but only if Robbie wants to." She cast him an inscrutable look under her lashes. What did that mean? Did she want to go out with him?" He's sometimes pretty open about his thoughts, "you have no effing idea how much I want you. I ...more
Claire Robinson
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smp, shit-hot-series
4 - Let the past stay there and believe in love. Stars!

Laura Trentham has added herself to one auto-buy list with Slow and Steady Rush. This book offered me everything that I want in a romance novel, and it also offered an extremely strong beginning to the Falcon Football Series.

”Still waters and all that.”

I started this book with minimal expectations, being that it is from a new author offering up a new series, but after reading the synopsis I was hopeful of a good read. Laura more than exc
SL Wilson
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Laura Trentham book that I read and I definitely will be reading more. It isn't often that a book will make me have a range of emotions from laughing out loud(the banter between the Dalt and Darcy) to crying (well, I won't give away why I cried). I liked the layers to both of the characters and how they both had to overcome their insecurities, to be together. I also appreciated the Grandmother's character because she seemed like a real person, almost like she was talking to yo ...more
Darci Goodman
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review pertains to Slow and Steady Rush by Laura Trentham. Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the chance to read and review. What a great read! First off, I love the main characters name (it's the same as mine!) In one of the descriptions I read it called this book Sweet Home Alabama meets Friday Night Lights and that is just the perfect description. This was a sweet romantic comedy which had me hooked from Darcy and Robbie's rather Spicy introduction. There were true laugh out loud moment ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Laura Trentham and have since found out that, "Slow and Steady Rush," was her first book. This was a really enjoyable read. Great story, humor and of course that "boom chicka wow wow," that adds a sizzle to the story line. I read this book quickly as I was anxious to see how the relationship between Darcy and Robbie would unfold. I will definitely buy the next one in the series when it comes out, as I am hoping that will tell more of Logan's story. ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holly
Review can be read at It's About The Book

4.5 stars

Oh, you people… I’m not a spring chicken and it’s not fair to me, keeping me up past my bedtime! But as the recent Facebook meme states, I consider a bookmark–whether virtual or paper–a quitter’s strip. And this intriguing story was so well-written and so wrought with feeling that I had to keep going to get every.last.drop out. I couldn’t stand to go to sleep without making sure that everything was going to be okay.

Abandoned by her mom, Darcy
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. The storyline was great. I was very drawn to the characters. I wanted to know what happened to them, and I couldn’t put the book down until I knew.

The Whitey storyline was an unexpected twist. The author drew out my sympathy for him, and his circumstance. I was reminded that with opportunity, there’s a chance to break free of our past and make a better future.

I’m looking forward to #2. Great new author!
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for this sweet, thoughtful romance. Darcy moved away from the small town she grew up in. She hated living there, with small-minded people and all the gossip. Years later, when the grandma who raised her gets sick, she takes a leave of work to return to the small town she left behind. As much as things have changed there, some things have stayed the same. One new addition to her hometown is Robbie, aka Dalt, the new coach of the football team. Robbie served in Afghanistan with Darcy's c ...more
Well, I was about ready to give this my 'just okay' stamp. I thought the romance was rather ho-hum, I struggled to be passionate towards Darcy and Robbie as a couple. I wasn't particularly excited with Robbie, I guess. I thought his secret didn't justify him to do the awful things (like being judgmental or pushing the heroine away) he did. IMHO, Darcy did most of the attempts to keep their relationship. AND, for a series with "Football" on the name, I didn't see too much football related scenes. ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Darcy couldn't wait to escape her hometown and all the small town gossip about her mother after high school. When her grandmother breaks both hips, Darcy suddenly finds herself thrust back into that world. There is one new addition, though, Robbie the new high school boy’s football coach. He served overseas with her cousin Logan and is not leaving Darcy
When Darcy Wilde left her grandma’s loving home to strike out on her own, she thought she was finished with small towns and small minds. When grandma needed her help, due to an accident, Darcy drops everything, takes time off work, packs a couple of suitcases and comes back to Falcon, temporarily, only. Little did she know she would meet the new high school football coach, become the biggest town gossip of all, spreading an untrue rumor about him and have to atone for her sins. Even more shockin ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided via NetGalley for an honest review..
This is the book that I have from Laura Trentham! I definitely will be reading more... Slow and Steady Rush is about Darcy Wilde is a librarian in Atlanta she ends going back to her home town to help of her grandmother.. Robbie Dalton the new high school boy’s football coach. He served overseas with her cousin Logan.. Darcy and Robbie have some past issues.. The attraction between Robbie and Darcy is immediate and when they can’t fight there fe
This was a sweet small-town romance! Darcy and Robbie had crazy attraction and although I didn’t think they clicked emotionally until later on, their journey was an interesting ride. I liked Robbie’s interactions with the football team and was amused by Darcy’s denial of staying in town even as she continually involved herself. Avery, Robbie’s dog, was hilarious with his human-like reactions and I loved his emotional support for his human caregiver.

Possible trigger: a situation of bullying in r
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
The characters were likable for the most part. Robbie Dalton or better known as “Dalt” has a lot of insecurities. At first he came off as this strong character; a nice person who is respected as the new coach for the high school football team where football is LIFE. For the last couple years the football team at Falcon has had a losing record, so it is on Dalt’s shoulders to get the team back to winning. Darcy has come back home to Falcon after being gone and living in Atlanta. She was reluctant ...more
Cocktails and Books
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book covers a lot of relationship ground and does it really well.

Darcy Wilde is a research librarian at Emery University when she returns to Falcon, Alabama to nurse the grandmother who raised her. To say that Darcy doesn’t want to be there is putting it mildly, but she firmly believes you do for family. Robbie “Dalt” Dalton is a former Army Ranger who has moved to Falcon to be near his friend, Logan, and be the new football coach/math teacher. He has a whole luggage cart of baggage that he
Manda Collins
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Susan Mallery, Victoria Dahl
Great addition to the small town contemporary field. Loved the way that Darcy and Robbie connected over their shared love of her grandmother Ada. And that though their chemistry was there from the start they didn't jump into anything (though when they did--ooh la la). Even if the librarian heroine hadn't already endeared this book to me the smoking hot romance would have sealed the deal. With a realistic and colorful cast of characters and a romance that's surprisingly poignant, this one is defi ...more
Isha Coleman
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I have never read a book by Laura Trentham before. Had never even heard of any previous books by this author. That all changed when I was invited to read a copy of her book Slow and Steady Rush. I was quite impressed. Ms. Trentham wove a story of two outsiders -each with emotional scars searching for a place they belong. I enjoyed the story and would most definitely recommend this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this author's newer series and thought since one of the characters get his first shout out in this series I'll give it a go. Unfortunately, this never clicked with me because I didn't feel the book has the same tone. I guess that is the danger with trying some of the earlier works of an author. I never felt connected to h/H or the people around them and didn't feel they had any connection beyond the physical (even that felt lacking). I don't think I will be giving the other ...more
Oct 13, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Slow and Steady Rush by Laura Trentham
Review by: Kayla
Synopsis: She lives by the book—and is still searching for her happily ever after. Darcy Wilde has tried hard not to live up to her last name. As a librarian in Atlanta she lives a fine life far away from the football-obsessed town of her childhood. But when her beloved Grandmother needs help, Darcy takes a leave of absence and heads back to the home and past she left behind. He knows how to play the field—and is in no rush to settle down. R
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read by Laura Trentham and it was a good book. I really did like Robbie and Darcy together. I thought they were the perfect match from when they first met. The more time they spent together you could see the connection becoming deeper between them even though they were fighting it.

I really did love how Darcy created the rumor that Robbie was gay. I couldn't help but laugh out loud. I thought it was sweet that she offered to pretend to date him in order to clear up
bookaholic ge
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have received this book as an ARC from Net Galley for my honest review.

I have been waiting for this release date so that I can say that I absolutely loved this book. This is the first book that I have read by Laura Trentham and believe me I will be looking for more.

I want to start by saying my hat goes off to you Laura for a addressing an issue that is very important. You were able to touch on the subject in a way that gave it importance but you had the talent to not allow it take over your b
Jessica Alcazar
ARC provided by St Martin's Press via NetGaleey for an honest review!

This is the story of Robbie and Darcy. Robbie's a newcomer to the town of Falcon Alabama and Darcy is a born and bred returnee to the town. Robbie's looking to start fresh and grow roots. Darcy's looking to get in and get out. Perfect combination if you ask me :)

The title of this book is VERY apropos to how the (romance) story read. It was slow and it was steady but by no means boring. The connection between Darcy and Robbie di
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Alrighty guys, This was an okay read. Although, to be honest, the storyline seemed a bit dated to me. Speaking as a girl who hails from a small town in Georgia, I think the days of freaking out over a rumored gay football coach are over. He's not.... it's just a rumor. But this is the basis of the H/h relationship. They "pretend to date" and can guess what happens next. Like I said it is an okay read just not one that moved me or prompted me to discover more about series.

* ARC prov
Laura Hannaway
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was great, Trentham's writing perfectly draws a picture of small town life in rural Alabama and the various types of people living there. The characters were engaging and I was fully invested in finding out if Robbie and Darcy would overcome their insecurities and learn to trust one another. The dialogue was very witty as well, and helped to move the story along at a good pace.

Highly recommended, and I can't wait to read Logan's story when it's published in July.

* ARC received from NetGalle
Bette Hansen
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! This is my first from this author and I can't wait for more from her. The story had a nice steady pace and I loved the characters! Robbie is a man of integrity and values and Darcy is a woman who is just a little lost. She left Falcon years ago to get away from the gossip and pity but she quickly discovers the little town is really the only place she has ever felt loved. It's a great small town romance and I will be looking for the next one. I highly recommend this one. ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Dubbed Friday Night Lights meets Sweet Home Alabama, that was really the only line that registered when I made the instantaneous decision to read this book while visions of Taylor Kitsch circulated on repeat through my mind. Slow and Steady Rush is Laura Trentham's debut release and the first in what I'm sure will become the sought after Falcon Football series. This story grabbed me from the first page and didn't let g
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Laura Trentham's debut novel, Slow and Steady Rush, is a fresh and engaging romance that I absolutely LOVED. The characters are superbly developed and likable, the plot is unique and the small town setting is realistic and homey. This first installment in the Falcon Football series is quite captivating and will leave readers very impatient for the release of book two, Caught Up in the Touch.

Darcy Wilde could not wait to leave the small town of Falcon, Alabama behind and she has made a wonderful
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
As a lover of sports romance, it was no wonder I wanted to give this book a try. Though the hero was not an active player, he was coaching a high school team and that’s enough to get my attention. And the heroine? A librarian. What a dream job. I wouldn’t have minded working in a library, being around books all day to come home to a gorgeous coach at night.

Darcy Wilde, as opposed to her last name, lives a serene, simple life. She isn’t a fan of her hometown, but then, a lot of people feel the sa
Mignon Mykel
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ; original post can be found on mignon mykel : reviews

What a cute story.

There's something about this story that just rings completely true to me, and that gives it major points in my book.

You have Darcy, who wants nothing to do with coming home, but does because her grandmother, who was her guardian for so long, falls ill and needs her home for a little while. While there, this book-y woman needs to run the library for her gr
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“She poured a cup of coffee and slipped into Ada’s makeshift bedroom to grab the book she’d left on the couch. Her gaze focused on her goal, she tiptoed across the rug. With book in hand, she turned. The spine of the book cracked on the floor. The coffee cup broke into pieces, the air ripe with hazelnut. Trembling started in her knees and spread through her body. A static roar blocked out any other noise. The corners of Ada’s mouth tilted into a slight smile. Washed-out blue eyes stared at the ceiling. Darcy reached for Ada’s hand. The cool, waxy skin reeled her backward. She tripped over the book and landed half on the couch. She slid to a crouch on the floor and pulled the afghan over her knees. She dared another look. Ada lay still. Her mind pinged from memory to memory. Standing on a chair in the kitchen while Ada taught her the secret of fluffy biscuits. Cuddling next to Ada on the couch learning to read from Dr. Seuss books. Ada in old, rolled-up overalls and a floppy straw hat weeding the garden. The way Ada smelled like books and Pond’s cold cream. Ada’s laugh when Darcy had regaled her with made-up stories as a child. They’d run out of time to make new memories.” 0 likes
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