One Night with a Quarterback
Book 1 in the Santa Fe Bobcats series
Author Jeanette Murray
Narrated by Carly Robins
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Feb 9, 2016
Running time 9 hrs 13 min
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Cassie Wainwright thought that her father—head coach of the Santa Fe Bobcats—ignored her purposefully. Come to find out, he had no clue that she’d ever been born.
Now Cassie is determined to meet the man who’s always been missing from her life. Her mother warns her that being the long-lost daughter of a well-known NFL coach won’t be easy, but Cassie’s determined to stick it out—and before her life turns upside down, she wants one more night of fun.
Starting quarterback for the Santa Fe Bobcats Trey Owens is tired of being in the limelight. Lucky for him, the beautiful brunette he meets at the club isn’t a local. She has no idea who he is, and she’s down to party.
Tomorrow, Cassie will think about her father. Tomorrow, she’ll think about her future—but tonight is for herself and the hottie she found on the dance floor. It’s a match made in heaven, if only for a night . . .
Contains mature themes.
This is an interesting idea for a novel: with the way people treat sports stars, the story of being acknowledged by a father you didn’t know you had is similar to the story of a king of old acknowledging his by-blow with the comely tavern wench. The newly acknowledged child is always in a tenuous position and the current wife is bound to treat him or her with malice.
I was interested in this book because I had reviewed another book in the series, LOVING HIM OFF THE FIELD, last year. It’s interesting that that story also includes a child conceived out-of-wedlock .
That being said, Cassie’s dad and his wife, who are examples of “fine, upstanding citizens,” and who claim to be family-centric upholders of Christian values are the least loving and accepting people in the book. They are more about creating a family persona to increase their fortune and social cachet. The coach and his wife treat Cassie as if she is a bad character (sins of the father being visted on the child by said father). The coach’s youthful indiscretion isn’t really brought up; it’s always Cassie having to prove her worth.
The idea that this family is morally pure when the mother is such a a bitch, and that they would give Cassie childish rules just to stay in the running for admittance to the family feels too contrived.
But, the mistaken identity side of the novel also feels kind of dumb. And, the carrying-on-in-secret trope is as cliche as the phrase best use to describe it: “recipe for disaster.”
While the story idea is interesting and feels new, it apparently didn’t have the legs needed to go the distance and the author had to hang on story arc on the morality clause handed to Cassie and on a sort of mistaken identity on the other.
I think Murray well represented how a wife and mother might react to finding out her husband had a child outside of marriage. Also, how the mother throws her older daughter into seriously contradictory behavior: at times she has a moral stick up her butt and and at others she just wants to be a teenager. The emotional malleability and desire to belong is evident in the youngest daughter’s behavior as she is instantly thrilled to have a new big sister.
I also liked that Cassie is involved in computer network technology and self-identifies as a geek.
On the other hand, there are a lot of sweet moments between Cassie and Trey. I like how this star QB is not into being famous and is more interested in his friends and in playing football. The hook ups are great and it was great to see two people so attracted to each other. And Trey’s devotion to his friends is also nice to read.
However, the premise that her dad wouldn’t allow her to date as his family essentially test drives Cassie as a new daughter, is ridiculous. It. Just. Is.