OK. Some of us kind of were befuddled when a tearful Jessica Simpson tacked up "lost" posters after her beloved maltipoo was carried off by a coyote. Horrific, to be sure, especially to those of us who love our pets. Yet we understood the odds against little Daisy's escaping unscathed - and undigested -- were slim.
Yeah, it was mercenary reasoning, but I remember thinking, "Heck; at least she's still got Tony Romo." Then I realized, well, no, I think the studly Dallas Cowboys QB went MIA from Jessica's life earlier this year amid rumors of his possibly going for an HEA run at his college sweetheart.
Now, that way there be monstrous romance-novel fodder, no? Hot pro-football star heads back to, oh, I dunno, his 10-year college reunion, maybe, to score the one who got away: the fresh-faced young girl who helped him pull his act together to go pro, but whom he dumped by email on his way to first-season training camp.
That's the deal with fictional retired Dallas Cowboys superstar Terrence Franklin, hero of Pamela Yaye's great-way-to-spend-the-weekend read, "Passion Overtime," part of Kimani's Hollington Homecoming series. Terrence is back on campus at prestigious Hollington University to decide whether he'll sign on as head coach for his alma mater. Charged by the U to woo him toward signing is smart, sexy and hell-on-pretty-heels competent H.U. p.r. director, Kyra Dixon.
Kyra's jazzed about Terrence's taking the job; the team and University need him to raise morale and attendance for the U's once-strong football program. Yet Kyra's thrown off kilter by her still-happening feelings for Terrence, the lightning-strike hot sensual attraction between them and the seeming fact that Terrence has grown into a stand-up guy whom folks respect for more than just his wicked-stellar success on the gridiron.
Despite this, Kyra's so not gonna' trust that Terrence won't play her like the women she's seen him love/leave in living media-saturated color for the past ten years. And while Terrence knows he's made big mistakes he's set to make up for, he thinks it's time he made Kyra his - but not before she understands the role she played in their breakup, and how history repeating itself could spoil their reunion and chance at hot, heavy and happily ever after.
Kyra's and Terrence's story will heat you up for more Hollington Homecoming, a series that doesn't just explore relationships between strong women and the respectful, powerful men who have the right stuff to love them. It also gives the reader a peek at the relationships built between women who shared goals in education and service while at university, then continue their friendships into adulthood through trials, triumphs and along the road to love.
What do you love about novels that include "girlfriends" backstories? If you did the sorority thing, how did it affect your life? What do you think of pro football stars as heroes?