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Necessary Roughness

(Love and Football #7)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Tanner Cole’s football career was over in less than thirty seconds one Sunday afternoon. After a lifetime playing the sport he loves he’s been forced into an early retirement. Between figuring out his plan for the rest of his life and dealing with the pain of his injuries, this grouchy hottie isn’t in the mood for the perky physical therapist who makes him ache in more tha ...more
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Published October 10th 2017 by Avon Impulse
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Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really liked the premise of this and was looking forward to getting to it, sadly, it was pretty disappointing.

I liked Jordan. She’s smart and hard working and loyal. Tanner is cocky and arrogant and not in a good way. Together they’re just sort of meh. I didn’t see the chemistry between them, so their relationship didn’t click for me.

I couldn’t get past Tanner’s inner monologue when it came to Jordan. He constantly talked shit about Disney princesses, but knows a lot about them and only refe
Ann Lorz
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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It breaks my heart to write this review. Not because the book was bad, but because it will be the last book out by Julie Brannagh. We lost her recently and my heart breaks for that. I've really enjoyed her books and want so many more.

Since this was the last book by her I decided to really enjoy it, not that I had to work hard on that. I don't think there has been a book yet by her that I haven't liked. She writes w
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author and Pure Textuality PR***

This book was a bittersweet read for me, as it is the last in the series, even if that was not the original intent.

Tanner and Jordan were, at least for me, a little cookie cutter. The angry, injured, ex-player and the cheerful, perky, physical therapist...well, this has been done before. Did I like the characters, yes. But, was there anything about this book that felt new? Not really.

The writing was quirky and I thought there were some place
Tpagirl Loves Romance
Necessary Roughness by Julie Brannagh was the seventh book in the Love and Football series.

Tanner Cole was an NFL star who had a career ending injury. He was obnoxious, cranky, incredibly hard to interact with and was still in recovery. Jordan Mueller was the beautiful optimist that was assigned as his physical therapist. Although sparks flew from the onset, it wasn’t due to attraction.

Brannagh took us through the stages of Tanner’s recovery and acceptance with a few challenges along the way. In
Rachel (Galaxy Girl Reads)
I had requested the DRC of this book because the premise sounded right up my alley. That being said, I'm not really sure what I just read if that makes sense. I mean, all the pieces of a good story were present but a lot of the underlying plot felt rushed and unfinished. The author threw in little tidbits and plot points that easily could've been expanded upon and weren't. She threw in dramatic twists that were, in my opinion, under developed.

Not to mention the male lead's seeming obsession wit
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 1.5 stars

After an ok start, this book slowly but surely got worse and worse. The only reason I kept going is because someone said the ending was ok.

While the main characters – Jordan and Tanner – were fine, the secondary characters, particularly the women, were a joke. They all seemed to be caricatures: either they were ditzy, or they were ditzy AND cruel. Tanner’s first live-in nurse showed up for a couple of scenes, o
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
My favorite part of Julie Brannagh's Necessary Roughness were the characters. Tanner, Jordan, and Harrison were all very appealing...but especially Harrison, Tanner's best friend. (This seems to be a continuing thing with me; the best friend more than the hero?)

Tanner who just had a career-ending injury and is obviously more than grumpy does come across as a self-aware jerk at the beginning, but changes and even becomes charming. I enjoyed his reference to perky Jordan as DP, short for Disney Pr
Isha Coleman
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Necessary Roughness (Love & Football) by Julie Brannagh  
Life consists of many locker rooms and corridors, but it's the way we play the game that determines the person we're meant to be. Ms. Brannagh understood that in order to make an impact, a person has to step up to the plate. Necessary Roughness is blessed with the humor Julie Brannagh gifted the world and the wisdom of heart that helps in our journey to become better people. That is the legacy of a wonderful author.
DNF 85%
Uninspired writing and rather boring. I realized that I would rather read something else.
Also on Romances Ever After.

Necessary Roughness is my first Julie Brannagh book. It’s love at first sight for me; I’m a sucker for pretty covers, and this one is a winner for me especially since it has a dog on it. The story is light and entertaining. I have a soft spot for grumpy heroes and heroines who know just how to handle them. The whole relationship development between Tanner and Jordan had me hooked. I love that it evolved from reluctant-professional relationship to friends to lovers. Th
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After suffering a career ending injury Tanner Cole is completely beside himself, football is all he knows, all he has ever wanted to do, and now it is all gone and he has no idea what to do with himself. His spends his days sulking and going to PT where he has to dealing with an infuriating, but gorgeous woman who is kicking his butt back into shape. He can't stand her she's a little too peppy for his liking, and reminds him of a Disney Princess, but for some damn reason she keeps sneaking under ...more
Tanner Cole was a football star until one bad tackle took him out of the game. Now he’s just struggling to get through rehab and move on with his life. Too bad he doesn’t really know what he wants to do. Physical therapy is not one of the things, he knows that. Too bad his physical therapist is dealing with his own mending after a car accident which means that Tanner is about to get reassigned.
Jordan loves her job. No, like really, enjoys going to work every day. Until she meets Mr. Full-of-Hims
Stacie Christensen
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tanner Cole’s football career was over in less than thirty seconds one Sunday afternoon. After a lifetime playing the sport he loves he’s been forced into an early retirement. Between figuring out his plan for the rest of his life and dealing with the pain of his injuries, this grouchy hottie isn’t in the mood for the perky physical therapist who makes him ache in more than one place.

Jordan Mueller doesn’t have time for a sulky ex-NFL player, even one who looks like Tanner. She’s done with fall
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is Necessary Roughness by Julie Brannagh.
It is the story of Tanner Cole and Jordan Mueller.
Tanner Cole is a former football player. He has been hurt in a game playing the sport he has played and loved his whole life. Forced into an early retirement, he tries figuring out his plan for his life after football. He is dealing with pain from his injuries. He is also being grouchy from the uncertainty for his future. He is certainly not in the mood for the upbeat physical therapist that is there
Kristen Johnson
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Necessary Roughness was a quick but delightful read. The banter between Tanner and Jordan built up on the chemistry between them and the developing bonds giving much depth to their relationship.

Jordan is a hard working, smart and loyal woman. She's positive and sweet. She wants the best for her patients and knows how to help them work for it even if they don't agree or like it. Tanner is hurting - in more ways than physical pain from his injury and this is making him surly and angry with everyo
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Tanner Cole was a professional until he had a horrible injury that has him wondering if he will ever recover. He has to start working with a new physical therapist, Jordan Mueller. He is already known as Mr. Grumpy and he calls her the Disney Princess. They are thrown together and begin to get to know each other as they work toward his healing. The story was okay but I am not a fan of people using derogatory terms to label others. The character of Tanner was not my favorite for taunting an educa ...more
Amanda Cote
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
I’ve enjoyed the rest of this series; they’re fun, quick-reading sports romances. This book, however, was not as good as the others. The whole first half seemed rushed and choppy, to the extent that I cared about neither main character and wasn’t sure how they cared about each other either. Subplots also needed a lot more development. I was left with the feeling that this book was rushed so that it could be released during football season. Was still a quick and moderately entertaining read, but ...more
Ellen Anderson
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun story

I absolutely loved Tanner and Jordan's story. After a career ending injury, Tanner meets up with Jordan, who is his Physical Therapist. They dislike each other. This is a fun, and very enjoyable book. You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy it.
Jennifer F
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports, 2017
This is the last book of this authors, due to her passing. I have loved this entire series and this novel was no exception. It had drama, steamy romance, great characters, and a well written plot line. I am sad this will be the last book but glad that she didn't leave any cliffhangers. ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The prior books in this series were good, quick light reads but this one felt like it was really lacking a good editor. The story jumped, felt rushed and at times it wasn’t clear who was speaking. Basic stuff to fix became a distraction.
Amanda Hanson
I loved the voice and how easy this was to read! However, I felt like we were absent from a lot of important scenes, scenes that would have made me love the book more. Don’t skim over the good stuff, authors!
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read

I loved reading Jordan and Tanner's story. It was so sweet and endearing. This is one of my favorite author's and she passed away. I'm sad to say there is only one book of hers left for me to read and then I won't have anymore of her excellent stories to engage in.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy, fun, cute contemporary romance.
Codi Gary
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
The last book in this series was bittersweet, but a great read for this cold, sunny day. I loved the whole premise and was happy to see Tanner and Jordan get their happily ever after.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really Good

I have enjoyed all of Ms. Brannagh's books, but this one is special. It has warmth, humor and a real story line. I strongly recommend that you read it.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Love football romances! This was an ok was quick and the POV shifted at times during chapters. Overall I liked the storyline and characters.
Jennifer Muraski
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a nice read. I'm sad that this is her last book. ...more
Shirley Penick
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story about a physical therapist and her cranky ex-football player.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Have totally enjoyed this series by Julie Brannagh and I am just sorry it has had to end with her passing. I will miss her books in the future.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Had a hard time reading on because my attention kept wandering.
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USA Today bestselling author Julie Brannagh has been writing since she could hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.

When she's not writing, she's reading--or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team fro

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