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Line of Scrimmage

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  7,300 ratings  ·  352 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 356 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
♦♣♦ BIG 5 I've only-ever-loved-you stars....♦♣♦

This book is one of the most memorable books I've ever had the pleasure of reading and there's no doubt its heading straight for my favorites shelf.


MY insight to the summary :

Susannah and Ryan have been married for a very long time,in fact right out of high school.
But after Ryan got signed on by the Mavericks to play at the prestigious NLFs....Thier perspectives started to differ,priorities changed and the media oncs caught up on the he
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cont-romance
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
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
Aug 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
My first by this author and I will say I was entertained


Yes, my buts always get in the way.

"Baby" Can we just agree to find another term of endearment? I wish I had a dollar for every "baby" I've read as an endearment


I'll admit I deducted a full star for that tacky and trashy fiasco that occurred at the Ball for the Children's Hospital. I mean come on, not even believable.


That is some mentally unstable Real Housewives crap. Where were the snipers with tranquilizer guns?

I'll shut down the freak s
Anne OK
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read in 2008 and was my very first book by Marie Force. I loved Ryan and Susannah and their story. I thought I had reviewed every book that this author has written - but it appears this one slipped through the cracks. And it deserves my accolades. From this I soon moved on to each and every release and they've only added hours of reading pleasure.

Coming soon is an extended Epilogue bringing readers up-to-date on The Sandersons and their life as it has changed since the ending of LINE OF SCRIMMA
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of emotional, drama-filled contemporary/sports romances with reunited (married) lovers theme
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!
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!
Lady Heather
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance, fans of Marie Force
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 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
Julie (jjmachshev)
Sep 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for; 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
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

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
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booksfree-com
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
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Amber’s reading
I really wanted to like this book more. It had so many things I love in contemporary romance: second change romance, cocky athlete, hate to love, witty banter, and 3rd person narrative. The 1st half was reminiscent of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I was psyched!

Then halfway through, it fell flat with contrived drama and behavior that was out of character for the heroine.

Oh well, on to the next.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've got to say, no romance should be over 350 pages long. The genre just doesn't need that many pages to tell their story, especially if there is no suspense, mystery or humor. I enjoyed their story and could see why Susanna felt lost in the whirlwind that was Ryan. Not sure what she thought she was signing up for, but I can understand how it went wrong for her.

Ryan and Susanna got married right after he graduated from college. They were married for 8 years when a personal tragedy drove them ap
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.

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

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
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reread 2018 - still holds up for me. :)

Reread 7/2015 - Still really like this book. I've seen a lot of folks dislike it because they feel that the heroine is a cheater, but I just don't see it that way.

reread 1/2014

Not sure why this hits so many readers' hot buttons, but it's one of my favorites. This is my 3rd or 4th reread of this book.

I'm always a big fan of reconciliations in a marriage/relationship where the 2 parties still love each other but have separated for various reasons. I always wa
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
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 th
Mrs. 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
Jun 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Lisa Filipe
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Nah - not very good at all. I actually started to write quite a long review and thought - nope. Some just don't deserve the time.

Don't you just hate those books that give you the idea they will be about a specific theme? In this case, football. Very minimal story content about the game - shame. And, top this off by a weak storyline, weakly developed characters, shallow minimal emotion in the relationship - yuk!

This story could have been so much more. She started out with all the right stuff, but
3.5 stars

This somewhat second chance romance is about a footballer who is trying to get his wife back with the divorce deadline looming close. With the time frame it was a faster pace, also these characters have history. As football goes it was pretty on point and the main hero was fleshed out well. The story had a suspense part in a way too. What irked me was the heroine and her childish, immature moments sure everyone has them but she really blamed everything on the guy. Sure he wasn't the out
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, second-chances
4.5 stars

Wow I really didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. It was well written with a lovable sexy hero and a heroine who was also likable. There problems were easy to relate to, other than the celebrity status and millions of dollars of course. Have to love these sports hero romances ;)
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Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense and erotic romance. Her series include Gansett Island, Fatal, Treading Water, Butler Vermont and Quantum.

Her books have sold nearly 10 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller more than 30 times. She is also a USA

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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.”
“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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