Series: The Unlovabulls #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Dallas, TX
This time around, they’ll both have to take risks to make it work. Don't miss this fun and flirty second-chance contemporary romance.
Hayes Walker is screwed.
His body is giving out, his family is bleeding him dry, and he never prepared for life after football. When the Dallas Bulldogs offer him a coaching position instead of a returning roster spot, only two things keep him going—staying fit in case another football team picks him up, and spending time with a gray-faced Boxer at the Unlovabulls Dog Rescue.
Olive Russo is a woman who can walk through a kennel in a white pantsuit without getting a spot on her. The always organized PR pro will need her cool control when she’s forced to plan a fundraising gala for the Unlovabulls with the college boyfriend who turned her inside out. A decade ago, Hayes Walker broke her heart and sent Olive into a spiral of bad decisions that she’d rather her clients not know about. Now she is determined to keep the completely lickable Hayes off her to-do list—even if their chemistry is stronger than ever.
Dumping Olive was the worst decision Hayes ever made. When the amazing girl walks back into his life a full-fledged woman, he makes a play for her heart. But when Olive’s secrets are exposed and the NFL knocks on Hayes’s door, they’ll both need to leave their past where it belongs if they’re going to make it work the second time around.
Book 1: Protective InstinctBook 2: Model Behavior
Model Behavior delivers an aging footballer, a flawless PR rep, and dogs! Add in that Olive and Hayes have history? It gets even better.
The book sort of centers around the dog rescue center. Both of my dogs were rescues, so I care deeply about rescue organizations. Olive is planning a fundraiser for the rescue, and Hayes volunteers there. Olive is still hurt about their breakup years earlier and not quick to trust him again. Olive has her own baggage with her need to be “perfect” and her discovery that it isn’t why she is good at her job. Hayes has a mean mother who is way too involved in his love life. Both of these two have faces that they put on for everyone and they are realizing maybe they should just stop pretending.
Overall, I enjoyed this second chance romance. There is just enough angst to make it interesting, and lots of cute dogs in training (seriously, I have been through the training with my dogs and it is NOT easy). Model behavior is a quick, enjoyable read if you want something less angsty but still romantic.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: second chance romance, football, dysfunctional family
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
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