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    Fantastic

    A fantastic read and the beginning of a wonderful new series. If this book is any indication of what we can expect in upcoming books, I'm going to need to stock up on tissues. This one is packed with emotion. Grant is dealing with the end of his NFL career, Bethany is dealing with her issues of abandonment and trust, and James (cutest kid ever!) just wants to be accepted. When an impromptu meeting in the park leads first to a friendship and then to love, it's difficult for Bethany to trust that what she and Grant have could be lasting. Will he be there for her and James or will he let her down like so many others have? This was an exceptional sweet and emotional read. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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    New series!

    Contemporary romance readers won’t be surprised at how this story flows, but they will appreciate the special things that make it a fun read. Bethany is a wonderful mom (and her son is one of the highlights of the book), but she’s been hiding her heart away. Meeting super-sexy Grant, who shows real interest in her son as a person, shakes things up. She struggles a little with opening up and I have to say that once she does she shows more patience than me to put up with Grant’s shenanigans. While he may be great with James, Grant does seem a little lacking in the relationship department. Which is to be expected since this is really his first true romance. He’s spent so much of his life focused on football that he never really got involved with a woman. His hot and cold attitude, stubbornness, minor fibs, and lack of communication definitely cause him a ton of troubles … but of course there’s gonna be problems. It’s a romance :) While there there are familiar elements, Kline does a great job of giving us characters that pop and keep you drawn in to the end. Just because something has been used before doesn’t mean they can’t be enjoyable if the book is done well. And this one definitely is. (Honest review given voluntarily after receiving an ARC of this book)
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    3,5***

    A delightful and engaging story about new beginnings in life, new chances, about football, family, and love in a small town USA. Young hearing impaired James gave such a rich nuance to the tale with his braveness, and ability to face the adversity in life. He is sweet, adorable, and smart, and stole the show completely. The love, respect, and caring that is developing between James and Grant was mutual, with a little hero worship mixed in. I loved watching those two find their way to each other's hearts and become the unit they were. And Grant was as easy to love as James. They were so much alike, even though they weren't biological father and son. He was charming, caring, protective, and fun. He showed his tender and vulnerable side with no shame, and when he asked Bethany to be careful with his heart if she wasn't in it for good because he was falling hard - I did as well, fall hard for him. Bethany, her I struggled with. I felt like she was hindering her son to be himself, by the overflowing protectiveness. And I understood her issues with trust, to the point, but her ability to think that it was all about her, when Grant wanted to spent time with James, that went too far for me, since it happens again and again. It just got awkward when she kept thinking Grant was using James to get to her. The story wasn't glorifying the professional football players lifestyle but painted a realistic and believable picture of it. I really liked that Grant wasn't made into a millionaire ballplayer, but one with realistic concerns when career might come to the end. I am not a fan in general of a third person drama, or the main characters dating others after the initial attraction. So that aspect of the storyline got me to wince. It wasn't anything major, but I got the impression that the games Grant and Bethany were playing hurt a third person in the process. The feelings between Grant and Bethany were developing fast and furious. I didn't even realize how little time had passed until it was mentioned in the story that they met only seven days ago. But the storyline is built in such way that at the end I was happily swooning and completely thrilled for the characters, believing in them and in their love for each other, and cheering them on. I truly enjoy the author's voice, the way the stories flow, move, and develop. The love and passion are always fierce, and your emotions get involved as the stories progress. This story was a great setup for the new series, that I will look forward to following. ~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
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    Love this Book!!!

    Making the Play by T.J. Kline....What an amazing start to a new series. This is such a beautiful heartfelt story, by one of my favorite authors. I know when I pick up one of T.J.'s books I am in for a treat. Love the characters Grant, Bethany and James Bethany's son, they are very well written and likeable. Will Grant and Bethany be able to make a relationship work, due to his professional athlete career? I am so excited for the next book in this series. I was given a complimentary book by publisher for an honest review.
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    Beautiful...

    Routine. We all have one. A plan that helps us stay on track and gets up from point A to point B. But what happens when that becomes redundant? A person can get stuck and when something happens to break the sequence, it easy to become thrown off course. Grant is faced with a similar situation in Making the Play. An injury has left him in limbo and faced with a future beyond the field. Will a single mother with a chip on her shoulder and her adorably little boy show him the true meaning of the word "hero"? T.J. Kline gets to the bottom of what's truly important and gives the reader something to think about while doing so.
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