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Kickoff: The Originals

(Seattle Steelheads #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,453 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Struggling pro football wide receiver Derek Ramsey was once Rachel McCormick's best friend and lover, and now they're forced together again.

Gifted with an uncanny ability for evaluating football talent and a dogged determination to succeed in a man's world, Rachel finally gets her chance in the pros as a staff member of the Seattle Steelheads. Her first assignment is to he
Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published July 25th 2019 by Cedrona Enterprises (first published May 3rd 2011)
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For the most part, this book was meh for me. The main reason is that even though I liked the interactions between Derek (the hero) and Tyler as well as the interactions with Ryan, I couldn't care less for the romance per se.

To be honest, I have to say that if the romance bored me I found the last parts with Ryan quite emotional without going over the top.
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I confess this is my very first sports romance. This is also my very first Jami Davenport read and I really loved it.

The leading lady in this book is Rachel, a budding football scout. Taught by her father from a young age all the ins and outs of the game of football. Rachel has a keen eye for spotting the key points of a player and uses them to make the guys a better player. A funny thing about Rachel is she has a habit of tripping over everything including her own two left feet.

Leading the male
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

Kickoff was a perfect blend of characters,stories and emotions.
Jami Davenport has been able to masterfully handle the different levels of this story because to me it wasn't only a sports romance or a second chance at love,there was so much more to this book that you have to discover.

Derek and Rachel were friends until they acted on their passion and ruined their relationship.Now they meet again and they are the Seattle Steelheads' WR the first and the counsultant/ coach of the offense the latte

Kim O
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new author and the beginning of a new series for her. I LOVED this book. Just WOW! I want the next one bad!

Review up on I'd love for you to come by and comment.

Erin Lewis
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

5 star Review Kickoff : The Originals (Seattle Steelheads #1) by Jami Davenport
Derek Ramsey is the wide receiver for the Seattle Steelheads but his game is off and his former best friend and lover Rachel McCormick is brought in to help Derek get his game back on track.

I love Jami Davenport’s style of writing; her books are always engaging and I was captivated by Kickoff from the first to the last chapter.

A second chance at love story that drew me in and kept me riveted throughout. Neither Dere
Sofia Lazaridou
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was going to read the book since so far I have liked what I have read from this author, but I wasn't able to read past chapter two. Why? Here is exhibit #1:

"There were lots of things Rachel McCormick couldn’t forget. Topping the list was Derek Ramsey, her former longtime best friend and only-one-weekend lover. And not just any weekend lover, but the shatter-your-heart-never-slept-with-anyone-else-before-or-after type of lover."

So Rachel was a virgin before Derek and she didn't sleep with any
Jackie Wright
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that has so much going for it, it was easy to read with just the right mix of passion and angst and like all of this authors books you really feel part of the story, a second chance romance set in the world of the Seattle Steelheads football team and this is Derek Ramsey’s story.
Derek Ramsey is the wide receiver for the Steelheads but his game has fallen apart and he has lost his confidence so the team bring in Rachel McCormick to get him back on track what no one knows is Rachel
Emily Utsch
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow is my heart just so full right now. I did not expect to get the emotions coming at me. This author gets you involved in the story before you even realize it, and after you hit that point you are just along for the ride. This is a second chance / sports romance book. Lots of emotions but we also get good chemistry. Start this book, and you will be hooked!

This is the first book in the Originals series. Can be read as a stand alone. You will see secondary characters that will pop up in the late
Danielle Calabrese
I totally expected to love these characters, read about some football, have some cheesy sexually charged football cliches, and some hot sex scenes, and I was not disappointed. I was not, however, expecting to cry my eyes out. The subplot with a 17 year old boy with cancer just did me in and made the whole book just stand out. This book has everything I look for in a great read so give it a try!
Ga Books LoverX
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book and I totally give it 4.5 outta 5 (wish I could give half stars on here!)

This was a great light and easy read (even though it does have heavy topics) I felt as if I was not being submerged in the drama, I was just more along for the ride and sitting passenger and eating popcorn while it all unfolds. Jami Davenport did a great job setting everything up. This is way more than a second chance romance between two friends that took it a little bit further than what they should have and now
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rachel McCormick had grown up in the perfect family with a dad who was a football coach and taught her everything possible about the sport. Not only did she know the game inside out and upside down, she had the ability to analyze people and plays and fix the issues they had. Her dream of doing that and maybe going into the NFL was crushed when a scandal rocked the college football world, taking her father with it. Now she has another chance but it also meant dealing with the man who broke her he ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, sports, eram
3.25 Stars

It’s a bit of an odd experience ready a book and knowing how it’s going to turn out. That’s Kickoff for me.... between reading the newer Stealheads books and the other originals that are being republished Derek and Rachel are characters that I’ve met before, but when they were further down the road from where they are here.

The “going back in time” idea probably led to some of the issues I had connecting with the characters, especially Derek and Ty (his cousin and a secondary character
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What if you could change the past? What if you could go on from the past? What if the past didn't matter? These are questions that Rachel and Derek are faced with as Derek's future becomes focused on the Super Bowl and Rachel is faced with the truth of what her father did. Rachel wants to prove that her father is innocent and Derek has the answer she thinks. Getting closer to him could risk her heart but clearing her father's name is worth it. Derek needs to prove he can play past his injuries a ...more
Tanja Kezmic
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: omgreads
I'm going keep this one short;
I loved how they wanted to stay away from one another but just couldn't seem to do so. They share a conflicting past which was a big problem at the beginning before they realized that they love each other to much to stay away. There were a few eye-rolls here and there but overall this story was about how much one is willing to let go in order to find peace and happiness in life.

This was a quick, emotional and fun read. I'm looking forward to meeting more character
Diane McConnell
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Rachel has to decide on Derek or a coaching career!

Football wide receiver Derek was about ready to give up playing football after after he had played for three teams in four years. Rachel McCormick had been his best friend when he was child and lover for one weekend and still had a torch for her when the team hired her as consultant. Rachel wasn’t supposed to date a player but after they finally slept together Derek played his best game in a long time so maybe Rachel was his good luck charm? Doe
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I think this is one of my favorite books by Jami Davenport! I love her writing style normally but I just feel like this one was just so special. Sexy, sweet, fun, passionate and emotional, this one ticks off a lot of boxes. This is a second chance love story between Derek and Rachel but it is truly so much more than that. This couple has undeniable chemistry that try as they might, they could not keep it at bay. My emotions are still all over the place after reading this. I really love foot ...more
Isha Coleman
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Rachel and Derek are breaking all the rules. Exes with benefits proves to be a heartache in the making. A bad idea could lead to a winning hand, if these two players can keep their heads in the game and their hearts out of the equation. Kickoff refuses to compromise when it comes to heart. Davenport pushes boundaries, but never steps over the line. Kickoff proves that sassy can be a fabulous fit when it comes to sports romances.
Mary Zittrouer
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I began reading this book I expected a great book. I love Jami Davenport's series! But what I didn't expect was the pull of the heartstrings that occurred. This book is one of those that makes you feel good inside and feel good about humanity! Derek and Rachel and their story is wonderful. I love the Steelheads and their whole family and it is a welcome addition. Anyone that reads this will be glad they did! I read an advanced reader copy of this book.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kickoff by Jami Davenport is truly a love story that contains it all. It will take you on a real rollercoaster ride thru Derek and Rachel’s relationship. You will smile and Laugh out loud and you will cry during this heartwarming story. Derek and Rachel were true best friends growing up who lost their way as they got older. Meeting up again in a less than perfect situation when they are older allows them to reconnect and try to work thru the many obstacles they have to reach their HEA. Even if y ...more
Elizabeth Clinton
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you open this book you will never expect all the feels it has. Romance, angst, heartbreaking & heartwarming moments, but what you will have is a smile on your face when you see the words The End.
Derek & Rachel have a history. Some might say it was great others would say not but when they find themselves once again together either they can take the risk of opening up their hearts again or leaving well enough alone. You will love taking this journey with them through all their ups an
Jackie Ziegler
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Derek and Rachel have known each other since junior high. They had a thing years ago but when Rachel told Derek how she felt he walked away. Now Derek is playing for the Steelheads and his game is so far off they dont know what to do with him. Rachel has joined on as an assistant coach and her first mission is to get Derek's head back in the game. What happens when the one thing Derek needed all along was Rachel? Will she risk her heart again?
Melony Hobgood
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one definitely had a few surprises in store. What's not a surprise is I loved all the characters and I especially loved Derek. He's not at all what I thought he was at the beginning.
Dahlia (yadkny)
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erotic Romance Lovers
Shelves: favorites
The thrill of victory means so much more when you’ve experienced the agony of defeat.

Rachel McCormick is on a mission to expose the person responsible for her father's career demise. Her disguise comes in the form of business suits, which serve the purpose of helping keep an emotionally cold and distant regard. Her target is one former best friend/lover and now struggling pro football player, Derek Ramsey. Rachel is prepared to go the distance with Derek if it means obtaining the truth, but the
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
Another great book in this series, I really love reading Jami's work. She pulls you in from the beginning and doesn't let go until the end. The characters were very likable and the story flows very well. I can't wait to read more from this author.
Really 2.5 stars but I rounded it up to 3 stars.

Derek and Rachel were best friends - one weekend they took it further and it destroyed their friendship - for reasons which are never explained.

Five years later, Rachel is house-sitting for Derek after his cousin and her best friend (who are dating) set them both up. Derek is an American football player who has never really achieved his potential after having surgery on an injured knee. Rachel was a go-to girl but lost her job after her father was
Cocktails and Books
Derek Ramsey is an amazing athlete struggling to keep his job in the game he loves. He is an NFL wide receiver whose talent should make him a future hall of famer but after an injury during his rookie season he has continually struggled and knows that this season will be his last if he can’t turn his game around. The one woman who can help him is Rachel McCormick, former best friend and caretaker who knows football better than most men. A weekend rendezvous five years ago had left their friendsh ...more
Jac (For Love and Books)
After reading Jami Davenport’s short novella in the upcoming Seduced by the Game (review coming next week!) I was intrigued, I loved her style and wanted more. My friend, Lis, pointed out that she had the Seattle Lumberjacks series, and so I immediately downloaded it to my Kindle!

I know this is a romance, the steamy scenes let you know that for sure! But this book was about so much more than just steamy scenes and Rachel and Derek falling in love. (I could highlight the childhood best friends in
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
I really enjoyed this book - it was my first book by Jami Davenport - and I'll defiantly be trying some more. I really liked Rachel and Derek - they made a great couple. I enjoyed watching them try and keep their relationship to sex only, when it was painfully obvious that it was never just sex for either of them. The sex owas hot, and the romance was sweet. The HEA was throughly satisfying - and I'm really excited that Tyler gets his story next.

I only had a few complains that kept this one from
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Jami Davenport book, and I can tell you it won't be my last. I loved the characters, especially the female intent on being part of a male dominated sport. I like football, but I'm not a fanatic and yet this story was easy to read and the plot was clear and concise.

The characters were well defined, right from the start. I liked them and was sucked into their story. However, when Ryan enters the picture, I had to say "WOW!" Everything came together, and the depth of the character
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Great Sports Romance! Rachel is hired by Derek who happens to be her former best friend and one night stand. Derek hires her to watch over his house and animals when he away at out of town games. Derek is a professional wide reciever for NFL team. Rachel is also trying to get close to Derek to find out information that could clear her Dad's reputation from a points shaving scandel. Rachel grew up around sports and is awesome at coaching and agrees to work with Derek and his cousin Tyler to get t ...more
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