Focus. Dean Goldsmith is Indiana University’s star quarterback, and his dreams are about to come true. His undefeated season means he has a legitimate shot at the NFL. If he stays focused. Football comes first.

College senior, Grace Yeates, is determined to defy the odds. She is months away from graduating with a business degree, something no one thought she would be able to pull off. All she has to do is focus on her number one priority. Family comes first.

Distraction. Dean has no time for distractions, but when a gorgeous, snarky, redheaded waitress refuses to tell him her name, he can’t seem to focus on anything else.

Grace knows she can’t let herself get caught up in a guy, particularly a man-whore like Dean, no matter how charming or sexy. She has two hearts to look out for now and no room for a Dean-sized distraction.

Complications. Everyone in Dean’s life agrees that Grace is the kind of complication his career doesn’t need.

Grace knows that Dean is the kind of risk her heart shouldn’t want.

But what if the last person you think you need, the one you shouldn’t want, becomes the one you can’t live without? Can their biggest distraction actually be the focus they were missing all along?

Wow!  I thought I knew what to expect from this book…after all, I’ve read many stories with a similar premise.  But, boy did I get more than I bargained for.  This story was so much more than just a romance.  Everything about this book tugged at my heart and pulled at my emotions…I smiled, I sighed, I sobbed.  If you dive into this story, and, trust me, you definitely should, be prepared to lose control of your heart. And make sure you’re prepared with plenty of tissues.

Dean is a quarterback and a player.  He’s the kind of guy who’s used to getting what he wants with no strings attached.  His good looks get him all the women he needs and his talent is going to take him to the NFL.  What else could a college guy want?  When he meets Grace, and when she doesn’t give him the time of day, he becomes obsessed with finding out more about her.  But, what he learns turns his life upside down.  I absolutely adored watching Dean listen to his heart and go from being a playboy to a kind, caring, swoonworthy man.  His devotion to Grace and Finn had my heart melting over and over.  Grace is a single mom, working to put herself through college.  She’s been through a lot of tragedy but she’s strong.  She’s determined to provide her son with the best life possible.  She doesn’t need the complications that Dean can bring into her life but the connection she feels with him is unlike anything else she’s experienced.  I loved the banter between these two.  And the chemistry…well, think fireworks!  The obstacles they faced were many, and they all felt very real, so it should come as no surprise that I cheered them on the entire way.  These two were perfect for each other.

I absolutely must also mention that I loved the secondary characters as well.  Finn was the sweetest four-year-old ever and he provided both emotional and humorous moments.  Dean’s family and friends added so much to this story and I’m glad that there are a couple of other books in this series that will allow me to delve deeper into this great group of people (shout out to Amazon…when I tried to buy the first book in the series, I was reminded that I’d already bought it a while back but obviously hadn’t yet read it…am I the only person this happens to?!?).  This is definitely a series I’d like to keep reading.

Long story short…this book was heartwarming.  It was sweet, sad, and beautiful.  It was hopeful and romantic.  It was everything I could have asked for and, as a lover of love, my heart is well and truly satisfied.

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