Hayes Walker is screwed.
His body is giving out, his family is bleeding him dry, and he never prepared for life after football. When the Dallas Bulldogs offer him a coaching position instead of a returning roster spot, only two things keep him going—staying fit in case another football team picks him up, and spending time with a gray-faced Boxer at the Unlovabulls Dog Rescue.
Olive Russo is a woman who can walk through a kennel in a white pantsuit without getting a spot on her. The always organized PR pro will need her cool control when she’s forced to plan a fundraising gala for the Unlovabulls with the college boyfriend who turned her inside out. A decade ago, Hayes Walker broke her heart and sent Olive into a spiral of bad decisions that she’d rather her clients not know about. Now she is determined to keep the completely lickable Hayes off her to-do list—even if their chemistry is stronger than ever.
Dumping Olive was the worst decision Hayes ever made. When the amazing girl walks back into his life a full-fledged woman, he makes a play for her heart. But when Olive’s secrets are exposed and the NFL knocks on Hayes’s door, they’ll both need to leave their past where it belongs if they’re going to make it work the second time around.
Book 1: Protective Instinct
Book 2: Model Behavior
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I loved the first book in the series and was looking forward to this one and I wasn't disappointed. Olive and Hayes have a history but he owns up to his mistakes and they are able to move forward. The story is well paced and I loved seeing characters from the previous book.
Omg, I'm so in love with Hayes Walker! Strong and silent on the outside, but he melts only for "the one that got away" and the old dog at the rescue where he volunteers. All of these characters are beyond yummy!
Hayes is a former Dallas Bulldogs football player who didn't really plan for life after football and is forced into retirement. His only motivation to get out of bed is a senior dog at a local rescue he spends time with and trying to stay in shape so he might get picked up by another team. Olive is an ass kicking public relations manager that lives and dies by her to do lists. When Hayes dumps her a decade earlier, it affected her in ways that she needs to keep private. When the two come back together to plan several fundraisers for the Unlovabulls (love the spelling, btw) dog rescue, sparks fly but at what cost? Hayes could break Olives heart again and choose family or football before Olive. Or will her secrets get out? But the chemistry is stronger than every and they're having a hard time staying "just" friends.
A sweet, steamy second chance romance. I love how no nonsense Olive is and Hayes is book boyfriend material all the way. I loved how the author spun the opposites attract story and the play on both football and dog rescue work. It was really lovely how she drew the parallel between the old dog nobody will adopt, but Hayes spends time with (Sadie), and the old football player nobody wants on their team.
The love scenes are off the charts hot, I especially loved the beard ride, and I am in love with Olive and how secure she is in her 6 ft tall, plus size body. She's confident and such a strong heroine! I want to be Olive when I grow up. Plus, doggies everywhere, and the dog names crack me up. Biggie and Smallz, Kevin and Dogzilla.
Model Behavior is a must read contemporary for sports romance lovers, and dog lovers too. You will fall in love with Hayes, Olive and Sadie. I can't wait to get my hands on the next in the series. I hope the veterinarian gets her own book.
Oh I loved this book so much. Olive seems like she has everything all together. She runs a successful PR business. She has a set way for doing things. Hayes has just lost his football career and is now a coach for that team. What none of theirs friends know is that they were a couple in college. When the two end up working together to help the Unlovabulls dog shelter raise money, the past comes out. Hayes always regrets the way he ended things with Ollie and wants to at least have a chance to apologize and maybe be her friend again. She tries to actively stay away from him but finally he is able to get a chance to talk to her. These two had so much feeling to them. I loved their interactions. Hayes has a mom that I just wanted to throttle. He makes decisions in life based mostly on trying to take care of his sister and keep his mom off his back. He never seems to put his happiness first. Throw is a cute rescue dog and this book is great from start to finish. I don’t want to give anymore away as it was great from start to finish. I have read the first book in the series which you don’t have to to enjoy this one, but I loved seeing the characters again. Cant wait for more!