Title: The Trouble With Quarterbacks
Author: RS Grey
Release Date: August 6, 2020
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CANDACE: KAT & YASMINE! DO NOT DALLY! Come straight home after work. Kat, don’t take the long route from the subway station just so you can pass by Cute Hot Dog Guy. This is important!
I’ve had THE BEST DAY. You won’t believe it. There I was in my preschool classroom, washing a bit of poo out of some soggy trousers, when this absolute babe came to collect his nephew from my class.
Truthfully, I thought I’d blacked out for a moment when I first saw him. He was a proper hunk with glorious brown hair, quite tall, and he had these arms. Are muscly arms supposed to turn me on? I’m panting just thinking about them.
Anyway, he told me he’s a professional foosball player. At least, I think that’s what he said. The tots can get quite loud near pick-up time.
YASMINE: Foosball? What are you on about? Have you gone mad?
KAT: Oh sod off. So what if I like to have a good look at Hot Dog Guy’s arse on my trek home after a hard day’s work? It’s called self-care.
CANDACE: Kat, you’re hopeless. Yasmine, yes—foosball! I suppose it’s a big thing over here in the States? We must investigate and learn everything we can.
By the way, he’s called Logan.
Logan + Candace. I think that sounds quite nice! I can hear the wedding bells now. Dum dum da-dum.
YASMINE: Oh good grief. I suppose we can do some snooping when I get home. I’ll grab wine on my way.
KAT: I’ll grab hot dogs.
RS Grey has been a one-click author for me for a couple of years now. Her books are always quick, easy and entertaining reads – I laugh a lot, but at the same time, I feel when I read her books too. The Beau and the Belle, Anything You Can Do, and The Allure of Julian LeFray, for example are my favorite RS Grey books. These books had a lot of funny moments, but just as many heart-tugging scenes that made me want to cry, and I felt so satisfied after reading them. Also, given that I enjoyed Hotshot Doc and His Royal Highness, I was excited to continue the streak, and I hoped that The Trouble With Quarterbacks would become another favorite. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.
Before I talk about what I didn’t like, let me first emphasize that I did find The Trouble With Quarterbacks entertaining. Like all of RS Grey’s books, this was a quick and easy read, despite having 333 pages. The story had its funny moments, too. The book begins with our heroine, Candace, meeting one of her student’s uncle, Logan. Sparks fly, but it takes a little time for them to purse a relationship because Candace feels a little unsure about how it will work when their lives are so different. Other than being a teacher, Candace also waitresses a few nights a week because she needs the money, while Logan is a rich football player. Eventually, they do decide to finally get together, and to see where a relationship would take them.
However, The Trouble With Quarterbacks felt very superficial, and the characters barely had any depth. It was difficult for me to root for any character when I feel like I don’t know any of them. As I’m writing this, I can only remember Candace being quirky, and being British. That’s her whole character. I don’t really remember anything about Logan other than him being rich – even though he plays football, there’s barely anything in the book about his career. Also, while it was explained that the reason Candace works so hard is because she wants to help her family, there’s barely any other information given. Candace’s friends, Kat and Yasmine, played no part in the story – they were there to crack jokes, say some British slang, and that’s it. For the first time in a while, I don’t really care about supporting characters getting their own books.
Also, I feel like Logan and Candace fell out of love out of nowhere. There was barely any relationship development, and I also wonder why they fell in love. I understand that Logan liked Candace not knowing about football, but that can’t be it… As for Candace? I honestly have no idea. I could have ignored all the other things I disliked about this book if the relationship was believable, but unfortunately, it really wasn’t. Also, the story glossed over Candace’s discomfort about how different her and Logan’s lives were, which was a shame. I feel like if this could have been explored more, Logan and Candace’s relationship would have a strong foundation.
I know it sounds like I hated The Trouble With Quarterbacks, but I really didn’t! I just didn’t love it, which is what I have come to expect when reading RS Grey’s books. Will I still read RS’ next releases? Of course I will! Do I recommend this book? Yes, I believe there are readers who will enjoy how light, funny, and entertaining this is – it just isn’t for me.