Review: Catch of a Lifetime by Candee Fick

Candee Fick's Catch of a LifetimeFrom the back cover:

He breathes football. She shudders at the very mention of the sport.

After a tragedy involving a football player destroyed her family, athletic trainer and graduate student Cassie moves across the country looking for a fresh start, but a change in financial aid lands her in the middle of her worst nightmare.

Meanwhile, rookie coach Reed worries his dream career will slip away as injuries plague his players and his star receiver teeters on the brink of ineligibility. As the two work together to salvage the season, sparks fly, and Reed must eventually choose between the game he cherishes and the woman he loves.

My thoughts:

Running plays and passes, academic eligibility and sidelining injuries. Cassie isn’t sure she can handle the football world after what happened, but she doesn’t have many options. As a rookie coach, pressure to win rests heavy on Reed’s shoulders. Can they overcome the challenges they face?

Catch of a Lifetime draws readers not only onto the field, but into the lives of college players and their coaches. The hours of practice, study, and review may pay off, or they may all come to a devastating end. Knowing the risk, the players and coaches must give it their all.

The action continues to move throughout the story as comfortable routines are interrupted by the victory or defeat in each game. The cast is highlighted by distinctive personalities and likable characters.

I would caution those who are more conservative readers that there are a few scenes that are “edgier” than some might prefer. The story is clean, but it does deal honestly with realistic situations. (I would not suggest my daughter read it until she is a bit older.)

Those who love football (or who love men and/or boys who do) will enjoy Catch of a Lifetime and the thrill of the season.

(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)

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