It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now.
Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as-sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self-control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own.
*ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
This Book Nerd Says:
As a sports romance fan and an avid football fan, I found Jackson's Trust to be a standout read in terms of how much I enjoyed it. It's a contemporary story and the maturity of the characters make it clear. Leila is driven, smart, and fiercely committed to pursuing her passion. I love this character and the realistic portrayal of a woman in a male dominated field that breaks through the barrier and kicks in the locker room doors to not only make a name for herself but to prove that she doesn't have to dumb herself down to do it.
And then there's Jackson... if you could dream up the perfect book boyfriend, he would probably come out looking and sounding a lot like Jackson. He was beautiful inside and out and the way he loved Leila's passion more than he was intimidated was the best kind of "alpha" behavior I've seen in a long time.
The attraction between Leila and Jackson is immediate and intense but then it's put on simmer as the characters do something amazing... they get to know each other. I hope you read the sarcasm in that appropriately. As much as I enjoyed watching their chemistry sizzle, I enjoyed watching them form a genuine friendship and connection with each other. They truly wanted the best for each other and became one another's cheerleader... they made me believe in their connection.
I chuckled and laughed at the light humor throughout and then somewhere around 75% I shot up out of my seat stunned by a twist that I didn't see coming. The twist added some gritty layers to their story that test their bonds and strength and overall it worked but I still would have been fine without it in the story at all.
I enjoyed this read and would recommend it for all of the above reasons. Plus the introduction to Jackson's friends was a treat and I look forward to the potential stories in the rest of the series.
I gave this one 4 Stars.