Ms. Davenport’s debut novel is an amazing woven masterpiece of football knowledge and the sexual interplay between a pair of friends who have had the sexual hots for each other for years.
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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 friendship in tatters, but Rachel is willing to help her former friend improve his game. Using her unconventional method of sex as a pre-game tension reliever Derek has some of the best games he’s ever played, but how will he react when he finds out the real reason Rachel took the job?
Wow! Davenport certainly knows her football. Her heroine Rachel, learned it at her coach/father’s knee and is now using her knowledge to help her one time love Derek to improve his faltering game. Derek is in danger of getting kicked off the team, which would be a farewell to football for him.
Rachel thinks he has lots more to offer, so she starts coaching him. Under her tutelage and also with her warming his bed, Derek keeps getting better and better, till his team ends up in the Super Bowl.
However, he thinks Rachel is only in it for the chance to prove her father wasn’t kicked out of pro ball for point shaving. Rachel thinks Derek will discard her once he gets his game back and discovers that she is trying to prove he was behind the scandal that got her dad fired.
Add in a high schooler with cancer who ends up being the team mascot, and you have lots of story fodder. I like football, and I liked Fourth and Goal. It was great that a woman had the knowledge needed to help Derek out of his slump, since not very many women know a lot about the game. What’s even more amazing is that the ball players actually listened to her, despite her lack of experience and credentials.
I also loved the names Davenport used for each chapter, in keeping with the game. A good beach or airplane read and you don’t have to know a lot about football to enjoy the story.
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