Her boss wants her in his office—and as his bride!
Adelaide Thibodeaux grew up with Dempsey Reynaud, and she’s worked for him for years. But when the billionaire football coach springs a surprise engagement to keep her from resigning, it’s a low blow. Just as she’s ready to strike out on her own, she’s stuck in a fake relationship with her boss, biding her time…
But soon Adelaide faces a second blow: she’s actually falling for the man! Can a relationship founded on a lie become the real deal? Or will they fumble before the end zone—and stay in the friend zone?
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I gave myself a few days to mull this one over, only to come up with the same thoughts. So, here goes.
I know it’s rude to think athletes are not scholarly, but I had a hard time connecting the leading man’s dots. Dempsey grew up poor (until teens), played football (until injury cut his career), and speaks with an eloquence that seems, well, elevated. I know he’s been in this lifestyle for nearly 20 years, but it was still difficult for me.
Adelaide was a whole ‘nother deal. I’m stuck between thinking she is the kindest, most forgiving, un-selfish leading lady I’ve ever read… or… she’s a humongous wimp. Like, to the fifth power. I would have liked to have seen her assert herself a little more, but hey, I didn’t write it so I really don’t get a say. It did, however, keep me from being emotionally invested in the story.
Okay, enough of the less than loved stuff.
I did like the premise. Dempsey had no clue, no clue how much he cared for Adelaide. That’s obvious in his lack of attention towards her. His taking her for granted was threaded well throughout the entire story. Don’t we all take someone for granted? I really appreciated the lengths Adelaide was willing to go to feel seen, important, and accomplished. And the lengths to which Dempsey would go to keep her close were, well, the entire point LOL!
Adelaide did finally grow a pair by the end of the story, but they were small.