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Forward Pass (Game On #1)

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  401 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
Get Ready to Play Rough

Shay Beckham grew up idolizing her brother’s best friend, star quarterback Joe Reilly. There was no one in their Texas town who had the moves to match Joe on or off the field. Years later, he’s still a player who has what it takes to drive any hot-blooded woman wild. But Shay isn’t a kid with a bad case of hero-worship anymore. She’s grown-up and ind
Paperback, 212 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Lyrical Shine
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Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I'm excited about Desiree Holt's new Game On series and Forward Pass is a good start. It's hard not to love a story where a childhood crush becomes a reality especially when that crush is your big brother's best friend. Thrown together by supposed circumstance leaves these two trying to deal with the lust they feel, concern for how her brother and his friend will react and both of them trying to move past their preconceived notions of each ot
Danielle Gypsy Soul
I was going to give this book 2 stars but the more I thought about it the more I decided it's a one star book. First of all let me get this off my chest - The Hero had the all time stupidest reason for keeping secrets. It made absolutely no sense and was such an obvious set-up for conflict. The reader knew exactly what was going to happen and yep it happened exactly that way. But even if I could get past that the heroine was one of my least liked heroines of all time. She kept throwing it in Joe ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars – 3 flames

You know that book that’s so predictable you just want to skip right to the end to validate you’re right? Yep, that’s this book in a nutshell. Although I didn’t skip to the end, I was totally validated.

While in high school, Shay followed her brother and his BFF Joe around like a lost puppy. Of course she developed a lovesick puppy crush, which turned into love, but she was the brother’s baby sister who was annoying, blah blah blah. Ok, fast forward to adulthood…

Joe is still
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I have always been a huge fan of romances involving heroes falling in love with their best friends little sister. As a little sister who dated her fair share of her brothers friends back in the day, I guess I have a bit of a soft spot for that type of thing. And while Forward Pass definitely worked for me in that regard, I can't say that I loved it as much as I had hoped I would.

So what's it all about? Shay has been in love with her brothers best friend, Joe, her whole life and unfortunately no
Anne OK
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
The falling for your best friend’s little sister is one of my favorite tropes and with the addition of the sports theme thrown in, it doubled the draw. I was a bit disappointed in this one though. Not much of spark to it and Shay annoyed the heck out of me. She couldn’t seem to move forward and cease reminding Joe (the former professional quarterback) of his playboy days – and believe me, it got tiresome quickly. Joe does his best to put her mind at ease until a “secret” is revealed that was tot ...more
Bette Hansen
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable read! Steamy, funny, and charming. I would have liked a little less whining from Shay about Joe's past and a little more info on why Joe changed his ways but overall it was very entertaining. After years of crushing on Joe, Shay now has a chance with him if she can let go of the past and live in the moment but can Joe live up to her expectations?? I would recommend this one.
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I wasn't quite prepared for the heat factor in this one. It was much more of an erotic romance than I am used to reading but I ended up really loving it. I love stories where they have known each other all their lives. I love their witty and sarcastic banter back and forth too. The only criticism I would have is that the ending felt a little bit rushed
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

There was A LOT of avoidable drama in the book, but all in all it was good

Christina Montminy
I enjoyed my first read by Desiree Holt. The drama brought on by secrets could've been devastating beyond thought. Joe & Shay were a very strong couple, with a huge past to get over. Mistakes that needed to be fixed got run over by overwhelming lust turning into love not recognized. These two had a roller coaster ride of emotions from the word go. Definitely recommend.
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
So far in my romance reads I have judged by the cover, I was surprised in both good and bad ways, I have been let down by many factors, but this book was by far the top of my disappointment list. The cover is lovely to look at, the plot seemed like it was tailored for my tastes what with childhood crushes and ex sports player renowned playboy. But none of these came to fruition. If you’re a lover of contemporary sports romance like me, and love bits of the action in your read, then let me warn y ...more
Isha Coleman
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Release Date:  July 7, 2015
Get Ready to Play Rough
Shay Beckham grew up idolizing her brother’s best friend, star quarterback Joe Reilly. There was no one in their Texas town who had the moves to match Joe on or off the field. Years later, he’s still a player who has what it takes to drive any hot-blooded woman wild. But Shay isn’t a kid with a bad case of hero-worship anymore. She’s grown-up and independent, w
Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf
3.75 stars!

I love a good sports romance. This is written in a classic contemporary romance style, meaning you sort of see how things are going, but you love it anyway. I declare this beach-read-awesome.

While Joe isn’t playing anymore, and is a reformed playboy, his wild days continue to plague him. It just goes to show you that it takes longer than five minutes (or five years in Joe’s case) to change your reputation. Shay has been in love with Joe since….uhhhh….forever. He was her brother’s best
S.M. Harshell
**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**

Joe used to be one of the best quarterbacks in the game. He had woman hanging on his every word from high school to the NFL. Shay has been in love with Joe since they were kids, but she has seen how much of a player he truly is. When they both end up staying at her brother's alone Joe realizes she's not the brat she used to be and Shay still thinks he's a player. Can Shay see he's changed? Will Joe show her all his secre
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
A solid 4 finally together stars for Forward Pass. The story is sweet, her brother's best friend that she'd idolized and fantasized about as a child finally turning to be hers. The dynamic is explosive between the two and Shay really didn't stand a chance since she's probably loved him since her teen years. There's a slightly meddling older brother, a great agent, a reformed playboy, and a sweet love that might just have been predestined.

Shay is smart, fiery, funny, and easy to like. Born and b
Ruthie Taylor
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads~~

Being a huge sports romance fan, seeing the cover reveal for the book, and a definite follower of Ms Holt's writing, I was delighted to be able to read this story.

It engaged me from the beginning and as frustrating as I found the inner musings of the two lead characters, it was amusing to read both their POVs. My desire to bang their heads together a few times was palpable! It worked though; he plot fitted together; the

This book had, by far, the stupidest reason to keep secrets and the stupidest secrets ever kept.

Yes, I'm leading with that -- which breaks my heart.

I wanted to LOVE this book. I mean, look at that cover *fans*

And the premise? Well, unrequited love meets brother's best friend and you start at 5 stars.... my love is yours to lose.

Unfortunately, lose me it did. I wanted to hit my head against the wall reading this book. The hero is keeping secrets about how AWESOME AND NICE he is. Right. Yeah.
May 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
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DNF - 65%

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 1*

Cover: Yay

Trope: Best friend's little sister

Chemistry Rating: Titanic Iceberg

POV: 3rd Person

Review:I have read a lot of romances, some good, some bad, but never have I read a book in which the Hero is sporting an erection in every.single.scene and the Heroine has to make some jab about the women in the Hero's past in every.single.scene, even after he has practically declared that he loves her. Oh yeah - another thing which turned me off was the un
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I liked this book overall. She's an idiot though, and he's an idiot.
She's an idiot because she can't move on from the past - I get she's trying to protect herself ... but god there are a lot of Classic Misunderstandings here.

And he - ... I ... yeah :X parts of it are mixing with Brannaugh's book because hello such similar heroes what with the ex NFL star now sports commentator.
Anyway - not quite sure why/how he'd expect everyone to know or even think he's changed when he was SO VERY PUBLIC abou
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Forward Pass was an OK read.

The story started out well, it was cute and fun seeing Shay and Joe interact and fight the growing attraction between them.
But then I started to lose interest, I was struggling to connect with the characters which affected my overall enjoyment of this story.
Also the insta-love left me questioning how real their feelings were for each other. I can understand lusting for someone but after not even 24 hrs your madly in love and you've found your forever?

Catherine Bishop
Jul 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Oh dear.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book......sucked. It was so painfully predictable. The heroine made me want to bang my head against a wall. There was not a single thing i liked about her. Idk why the hero was into her at all. It was a VERY unbelievable Instalove that just didn’t work for me. I couldn’t feel the chemistry at all between the characters and I’m extra pissed this is classified as a “sports romance”. Don’t be fooled my friends, there are no sports in this book.
Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)
This was awful.
The book could have been trimmed in half and accomplished the same thing. Insta-love to the extreme. The sex scenes went beyond steamy and into porn territory. I started to feel bad for the main character because he was constantly in a state of arousal. The poor man walked around with an erection for half the book.

You should definitely pass on this one. See what I did there?
Sharon Kurtz
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I thought this book was pretty slow because of all the self doubt. going on between the two main characters. As far as Shay goes I did not like her at all. The story line was pretty thin. I have more from this series on Kindle, hopefully they will be better.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shay was irrational and neurotic. The "c" word is neither erotic nor sexy and is used far too frequently in this book.
Char (1RadReader59)
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay! This is the situation. What happens when you are so blessed, not, to be the kid sister to Hank Beckham? One of Grand Falls star football players of the high school team. His best friend since they were twelve is none other than Joe Reilly the beloved quarterback.
The real problem here is these two were demi gods of the team, schools, and town. Shay on the other hand was known as the skinny pesky tag along little sister to Hank. The thing is since the age of eight years old she had the worst
Got Romance!  Reviews
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: Novel
Heat Level: Spicy
Reviewer: Toni
Date: July 7, 2015

Fate has a way of smiling down on a couple. No matter how long it takes, Fate will have their due.

It took fifteen years for Shay to realize that she has been sabotaging her own love life. As a young girl, she fell hard for her brother’s best friend. She didn’t know better, but she followed Joe around idolizing him. From that time on, all her boyfriends never stood a chance. With a new start ahead of her,
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Thank you to Kensignton for the opportunity to read and review Forward Pass. Below is my honest review.

Oh, Forward Pass, I had such high hopes for you...

2.5 stars??? I can't decide if it was just okay or I liked it.

Forward Pass started out cute and funny: Ex-football star Joe Reilly falls for his best friend's pesky sister, Shay, who has been harboring a secret crush on him for years. I mean, how can you go wrong with that, right?

Well, it all started on page 41 when Joe instantly knew he was i
So...I had issues with this book.

It started out okay. The writing style is not my favorite, but despite this I stuck with it. In retrospect, I kind of wish I had abandoned this midway because that's when the story took a downward turn for me.

The story is about Joe Reilly, a retired NFL star who's now a sports commentator and a low-key philanthropist. Shay Beckham is a graphic designer who's the younger sister of Joe's best friend. Shay has had a crush on Joe her whole life, but he has always tre
Smut Matters
Jul 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Heather's review from Smut Matters

This one... It just didn't work for me. I didn't like either of the main characters at all. Shay was so immature. Joe was keeping secrets for no reason I could really discern or understand. Who hides the fact that he or she is a good person. Who actually thinks "If my significant other finds out about this, she'll know that I'm a good person and that I've changed. I'm definitely not going to tell her." Especially when he spends the entire book trying to convince
Karla Eibling
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love the big brother's best friend storyline! Shay Beckham was the little sister brat who always was tagging along with her brother Hank and his friends. What was worse was that Shay had the biggest crush on her brother's best friend, Joe Reilly. None of the guys ever looked at her as anything other than the tag-along and brat. Because they were all older than Shay, they weren't there to watch the ugly duckling become the swan, and a swan she became!

After Shay graduated college, she got
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