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Offsides: The Originals

(Seattle Steelheads #3)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  42 reviews
He's the beast, and she's the beauty of his past.

After twelve years in the league, all Zach Murphy wants is a Super Bowl ring. His focus has been on hard hits–not smooth manners; about breaking quarterbacks–not making small talk at cocktail parties. After dumping a tray of drinks on the team owner’s snooty daughter and accidentally feeling up the Governor’s wife, his tenu
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Published June 27th 2019 by Cedrona Enterprises
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Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

Offsides was a great read.I've enjoyed this enemies to lovers story and I cared a lot for these characters.

Zach and Kelsie have history.They met at school, he was considered trailer trash while she was a beauty pageant.One eventful night she broke his heart and destroyed his soul.
Now they meet again after years and their lives are so different.Zach is a football player,just traded for the Seattle team,going after his first ring.Kelsie just moved to Seattle after an ill-conceived wedding,without

Erin Lewis
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 star Review Offisdes : The Originals (Seattle Steelheads #3) by Jami Davenport

I love Jami Davenport’s style of writing; her books are always interesting and she has never failed to deliver for me. This is an enemies to lovers story that drew me in and kept me riveted throughout. Zach Murphy and Kelsie Carrington-Richmond knew each other in high school; he was the poor kid and she was a “mean girl”. Fast forward 12 years and now they could not be more different.
Zach is focused on winning a Supe
Kari Hansen
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kelsie was raised in a privileged background where she felt she was better than everyone else and her parents only aspiration for her was to marry well. Twelve years later her life couldn’t be any more different as her Prince Charming showed himself to be a frog and she is picking up the pieces of her life. She has started her own company where she will help high profile men improve their image and reputation, but it could all come crashing down when she meets her first client, Zach.

Zach has ove
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Zach Murphy was new to the Seattle Steelheads football team and it wasn’t going well. All he had in his mind was winning the Super Bowl after 12 years and getting that ring finally. The Steelheads were a different team though, they expected their players to get along, be more involved in the community and be at all black tie affairs. It was not what he was used to at all growing up being considered white trash. So when he was at a team event and saw the high school girl that not only broke his h ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
🔥🔥🔥 Sport Star Romance at it’s best. 🔥🔥🔥

If anything was going to entice me to watch American Football and think of hot and sweaty sexy sport stars, then Jami Davenport’s Seattle Steelheads books series are just the thing to do it. To me they carry enough of a game description to fulfil my vivid imagination of on-field game action, and so much swoony chemistry between two adversarial characters to satisfy my romantic heart.

Since High School, fortunes have reversed for Zach Murphy, now Middle Line
Jennifer Pierson
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Zach Murphy is coming up on the end of his football career, and there's one thing missing, a Super Bowl ring. So, he took a pay cut in order to be traded to a championship team so he could actually achieve that goal before he hangs his cleats up. He's set in his ways, and has never let the money go to his head, so right off the bat with his new team, he's coming off not looking great. He's got beef with the QB, and at a charity event, he sees the woman who ruined him in High School, so he ends u ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review**

Offsides is a enemies-to-lovers romance in Jami Davenport's Seattle Steelheads series and there is nothing that gives you all the feels more than a romance like this.

Zach Murphy has been playing professional football for the last twelve years. During that time, he's worked to get to where he is after overcoming a not so wonderful childhood and some high school experiences he would rather forget ever happened. Duri
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the last twelve years Zach Murphy has been so wrapped up in winning a Super Bowl that he has let it cloud his better judgement, and let his manners slip. Which in turn has created a lot of uncomfortable situations... ones that are coming back to bite him now. His antics have caused management to question whether they want him on the team, so they issue an ultimatum clean up your image, or your gone.

He wants that Superbowl ring, wants to keep his spot on the team, and he's desperate to prove
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jami Davenport is one of my go to authors. I love her books and this one did not disappoint. This is an enemies to lovers book that has you wondering what will happen next and thinking I did not see that coming. Zach and Kelsi knew each other in high school. Zach was from the wrong side of the tracks and had a major crush on Kelsi. Kelsi was the beauty queen who had everything and was the typical mean girl.

They started out as friends but things turned when the mean girl came out of Kelsi and she
Cassie May
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction blog
I love Jami Davenport books. A lot. I like the setting, I like the writing style and most of the times, I like all of the characters. Signing up for this one was a no brainer and I’m really glad that I read it. This book had me laughing and crying and all the feels in between. It started innocently and then peeled back layers upon layers of regret, anger, fear, resentment and guilt. I cried so hard at one particular scene, that I needed a moment to
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
***4.5*** ***ARC Copy***

Well this is my first Jami Davenport read and I was pleasantly surprised.

While it is book three in a series I didn't really feel like I was missing anything. If anything I kinda want to know about the other characters and their stories. She did a good job of making sure it was a standalone in that I wasn't scrambling to put things together or feeling lost because I haven't read the prior books in the series.

I was worried how Zach would ever forgive Kelsie for the past t
Ga Books LoverX
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I freaking adored this book and give it a 4 outta 5! What happens when your HS crush that was a HUGE mean girl and wrecked your entire life is thrown back into your life over a decade later? Offsides tells just that story.

Zach is a bit of an enigma. He is untamed and unapologetic about it while keeping people far, far away from being able to get to know him. Problem is he is only 1 season away from retirement and all he wants is a Super Bowl ring, too bad his QB is a pretty boy not giving it his
Tara Peters
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC to voluntarily and honestly review this book.
I love Jami's writing style and highly recommend her books. Offsides is an enemies to lovers, second chance romance all in one. This was at times an emotional roller coaster of a read, particularly as the details of Zach’s past unfolded. Offsides is a story about digging deep, facing your past and moving forward. It was well written and a story you can really captures your attention and lets you dig in.
Zach Murphy was the poor ki
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hockey
I was really looking forward to reading this one!

Jami Davenport just has such a way with words that it's such an effortless read and so easy to lose yourself in the plot and the characters.

Zack is so caught up in winning a Super Bowl that is becomes an easy means to forget about a past filled with tragedy and heartache!

At a loss on how to act around his team mates or more without a care of what anyone thinks, he has erected this massive wall between himself and everyone else around him.

Kelsie ha
Millennial Book Life Crisis - Samantha
Kelsie and Zach met in high school where Kelsie was the mean girl and Zach had a traumatic childhood. Years later, Zach has turned his life into success while Kelsie has now become down on her luck. When the two meet again, the resentment is great for Zach while the regret is great for Kelsie. When the two are somehow paired to work together, Zach is determined to make it as hard as possible for her, while Kelsie is determined to make it work to get her life back on the right track. When the pas ...more
The Book Fairy Reviews
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Forgetting is hard, forgiveness even harder. When Zach's past barrels through the doors as a waitress in an event, that is so outside of his element, well let's just say that forgetting will be harder than he ever thought possible. She broke him in the worst way a man can be broken, and he fears she will do it again.
Fallen from the grace she pretended to hold back in high school, Kelsey is now trying to make it in a world she used to sneer at. With her head held high and her nerves holding her e
Tanja Kezmic
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: omgreads
Have you ever read a book that slowly but surely grew on you?!? I was convinced that this story was not my jam by the time I read chapter 3...but then something happened and don't ask me what but these two made me change my mind and I didn't even see it before but suddenly I couldn't read fast enough to see what happens next.

This second chance at repairing the wrongs from the past was slow paced and timing of the story was perfect. We get to see how they evolve as a couple. I could relate to bo
Renee Entress
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Kickoff: The Originals (Seattle Steelheads Book 1)
Snap Decision: The Originals (Seattle Steelheads Book 2)

This is Kelsie and Zach’s story. Zach has spent 12 years in the league and all he craves is a super bowl ring. But after a few blunders he needs help. Kelsie is on the run from her ex. But when she is hired to help out Zac
Jackie Wright
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Offsides; The Originals is book 3 in the Seattle Steelheads it I believe you could still read and enjoy this as a stand-alone. Jami Davenport is one of my favourite authors and her sports romance’s are alway interesting and well written and this book is a great addition to this series.
Zach and Kelsie met in high school but they came from different sides of the track and she broke his heart and destroyed him emotionally. Move forward a few years and they both have very different life’s, Zack is n
Jodi Bird (Ruby Red Romance Review)
5 STAR Review by Jodi for Ruby Red Romance Review

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Jami Davenport knows how to write an amazing sports romance story. This story is amazing. I loved falling in love with Zach and Kelsie. I loved their backstory. You never know when the person you hurt will be the one that you have to help and helps you.

I loved these two. I loved the past. I loved that they were able to move on. I loved that Kelsie and how she has focused on her and not what her family ca
Nicole Smith
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-romance
3.5 Stars
I love Jami Davenport's books and she's an auto author for me, but this book took me a bit to get into. Zach and Kelsie have a past and not a good one. Zach is a charcter that has to redeem himself because he rubbed me the wrong way in the beginning. Kelsie has to show she's grown fro her nasty high school days. Kelsie's life is nowhere near what she expected and life has kicked one too many times. Zach's past an emotional one and there is one part that brought tears to my eyes. This bo
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
People grow up and change from high school to adulthood but not all things change....


Kelsie has hit an all time low in here life..she has nothing, her ex is in prison, she's living in her car and doing what she can for jobs which is where she sees Zach again since high school but since they had a rough time high school..the hurt and pain is still there.
The powers that be have decided that Zach has to work with Kelsie to improve his image and if he doesn't completely improve him
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eram, arc, sports

3.5 stars

Zach and Kelsie have history from high school and it’s not a great one. Fast forward 12 years and their economic circumstances have flip flopped. The poor kid is now a successful football player and the rich, mean girl is now struggling to restart her life.

The set up for their reconnection is a bit far fetched, but the story that follows is sweet. Both Zach and Kelsie have a lot of emotional growing to that almost gets in the way of happily ever after.

I enjoyed seeing them together an
Karen Boozer
Zach and Kelsie have a past...she was a spoiled rich girl and he was the jock from the wrong side of the tracks. High school was not kind to either of them no matter the circumstance. Advance 12 years and the circumstances have changed, Zach has more money than he knows what to do with and Kelsie is almost down to her last dollar and virtually homeless.

She is trying to build a business as an image consultant and Zach is her first client...both of their careers are on the line. Zach is totally re
Stacey Goodwin
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Zach and Kelsie’s story. Most of us are not the person we were when we were kids. Everyone
has that point in life where they wish they acted differently and that is where these two are coming from. Kelsie’s insecurities as a teen led her to say and do things to Zach that had outcomes she never dreamed of or was aware happened. As they meet again as adults, Zach holds major resentment towards Kelsie that she has a hard time understanding the severity of. Offsides is the story of how these
Downward dog
Even though Zack is a professional football player and makes millions of dollars, he isn’t comfortable in most social situations. He grew up poor, lacks social graces and usually embarrasses himself.

Kelsie and Zack became enemies when they were in high school. Zack was a dumb jock and Kelsie was a mean girl, who purposely hurt Zack. Now, years later, they meet again and their situations have reversed. Even though Zack and Kelsie are surprised to run into each other again, the timing is perfect,
Jackie Ziegler
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Zach has not had it easy.. His childhood is marred with lots of bad memories and he is not easy to get along as he holds major grudges from his childhood.. His ultimate dream is to win the Super Bowl and he is doing all he can to get that even if he has to deal with Tyler who he really doesn't like.. All is going in the right direction until Kelsie appears. . Kelsie was his dream girl in high school and he thought he hit the jackpot with her but it all turned out to be one cruel joke after anoth ...more
Elizabeth Clinton
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kelsie Carrington Richmond & Zach Murphy have a past, not a good past but when they meet again during an unwelcome circumstance can they move past it all and look forward or will they be stuck in the past.
Kelsie is down on her luck and Zach doesn’t seem to have any luck. Careers on the line, they both seem to have a lot to prove to not only each other but others that are counting on them but can past hurts overcome it all. They will go through a rollercoaster of emotions, but you can’t help
Amber Goodwin
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great book once I finally got into it. It took me a while to click with the book.

Zach is closed off and only looking to get the ring before he retires. He has an attitude and a chip on his shoulder.

Kelsie jas had a sting of bad luck. When she runs into Zach again after so does not end well.

These two want nothing to do with each other but are forced to work together. When Zach finds out her secrets will his heart thaw? Will Kelsie be able to help Zach find what he needs?

Mary Zittrouer
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to start off by saying I love all sports and live a good book. This series combines both and I really LOVE it! This book does not disappoint! Zach and Kelsie’s story is heartwarming and helps to restore your faith in the goodness of all people. I love the intertwining of characters from the other books of this series and how they are one big family! I would recommend this book to everyone that loves romance, sports and just plain good people! I read this book as an advanced copy! I would ...more
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Other books in the series

Seattle Steelheads (6 books)
  • Kickoff: The Originals (Seattle Steelheads Book 1)
  • Snap Decision: The Originals (Seattle Steelheads Book 2
  • Blindsided: Seattle Steelheads Football (Game On in Seattle, #4)
  • Game Changer (Seattle Steelheads Football: Game On in Seattle #7)
  • Fumble Recovery (Game On in Seattle, Seattle Steelheads Book 6)