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Kickoff: The Originals

(Seattle Steelheads #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  42 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
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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

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
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
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
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
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.
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?
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.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Didn’t read the original and loved the re-write!

Safe to say that none of Jami Davenport’s books are straightforward in their plots. This encompasses a whole raft of emotions from fun and wit, denied love, misplaced loyalty, determination, heartbreak, and ultimately loss. In return I laughed and I most definitely cried.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and not all fights are the same, and as always in life, there are winners and losers. Ms. Davenport’s books are more than heavily involved arou
Jodi Bird (Ruby Red Romance Review)
4 STAR Review by Jodi for Ruby Red Romance Review

I'm a huge Jami Davenport fan, but for some reason, I just didn't love this book as I wanted. Derek and Rachel were believable and relatable. I just...I don't know, must have been in a mood when I read this book. I think it hurt my heart to see Derek hurt Rachel. I wanted to love them, but I really just liked them. I know Derek and Rachel from past Jami Davenport stories, so I wanted to know more about them. I did like that they had attraction and
Jennifer Pierson
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Derek Ramsey's football career isn't going well at all ever since his knee got injured, and now he's playing scared. It's not a physical ailment that has him scared, it's all in his head, so he's recently signed a one year contract with the Seattle Steelheads but he's still not up to snuff, and this is pretty much his last stop. Rachel McCormick has been given the opportunity to work for the Steelheads organization to evaluate talent, and if she does well, she could be put on the Coaching staff ...more
Tara Peters
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story had me in tears, laughing, and holding my breath. Derek and Rachel were best friends until one night when they finally admitted to themselves, and each other, that they wanted more. Unfortunately, Derek broke her heart when he went off to the pros and and acted like it never happened. To add insult to injury, he didn't help her father when he needed it. Years later, she is hired to help determine issues players are having and help them overcome them, for his football team.
They are b
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Derek Ramsey was about to walk away from his dream after being bounced around to several teams in the last four years, being traded to team after team kind of set a tone... your're not good enough. But for some unknown reason the owner of the Steelheads has just given him a second chance, but it comes with the stipulation that he clean up his act or he's gone. So they have appointed someone to help him get back into shape and get his mind clear and back on the game... but things take an interest ...more
Gwen Shafer
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this one. Not only was it about football which I love but it was about a woman trying to make a name for herself in the sport. Rachel is back in her hometown trying to make a name for herself in the Settle Steelheads football team. One problem her old flame and best friend Derek is a player on the team and needs her help. She agrees but it turns into something more than it should. But while trying to stay somewhat professional she is also trying to figure out why her father th ...more
Karen Boozer
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rachel and Derek were friends that had an encounter then went their own ways...years later Rachel needed Derek to help her dad out of a difficult situation and he couldn't. For years she thought him heartless but when she is forced to work with him to help him get his game back she realizes that he had reasons for doing what he did but still couldn't believe the accusations leveled against her beloved dad. The longer they work together they realize the feelings that had never went away and got s ...more
Aug 04, 2019 added it
This should have come with a warning: Tissues needed! Great book!
Kelly Graham
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Not sure exactly why but it took me a lot longer than a normal read to get into this book.
This is a second chance romance with the added twist of having to keep things in the dark.
There's a lot of chemistry between Derek and Rachel and more going on in the book than just their relationship with the added extra of Rachel trying to clear her fathers name, Dereks cousin and Rachels best friends on off relationship and the heartbreak of the hand Ryan has been dealt.
I especially enjoyed the parts of
Jo Gammage
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jami once again has delivered a Heartfelt Story about life and the hurtles we can face along the way. Derek and Rachel have been best friends since growing up together who lost their connection as young adults, who then find their paths cross again. The connection between Derek and Rachel grows strong again and that being together completes them and makes them a better person when they are together than when they are apart.
Jami involves the reader in a way that you feel you are along for the rid
Patti Correa
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Jami Davenport's hockey novels, and her football series is not disappointing at all! This book has a lot of on field and off field drama, just not too much. The story lines of the characters keep you reading until you get to the end. I did not want to put this one down for sure. There are even some really engaging secondary character stories that make you want to hurry up and get to the next book.
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USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her Game On in Seattle Series, Men of Tyee Series, and coming soon will be a romantic suspense series, Gone Missing.

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Seattle Steelheads (6 books)
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  • Blindsided: Seattle Steelheads Football (Game On in Seattle, #4)
  • Snap Decision
  • Game Changer (Seattle Steelheads Football: Game On in Seattle #7)
  • Daring to Win (Dare to Love)