CATCHING SUMMER

CATCHING SUMMER                          L.P. DOVER

Former nurse Summer Jacobs has seen her fair share of suffering, but she never expected tragedy to hit so close to home. After watching her husband die in the MMA ring, Summer spends the next two years fighting her way through the darkness. The last thing she needs is another hardheaded athlete turning her life upside down. But that’s exactly what happens when she meets a gridiron star who’s as skilled at stealing hearts as he is at snagging passes.

Carolina Cougars wide receiver Evan Townsend usually has no problem winning fans, so he’s intrigued when Summer shoots down his go-to plays for winning a woman’s attention. Never one to back down from a challenge, Evan turns up the heat, setting off sparks that neither can deny. But as his slow seduction begins to chase away Summer’s pain, he gets the feeling that someone is desperate to keep them apart. Now Evan will do anything to protect her—because he never misses a chance to make a perfect catch.

MY REVIEW:
     At the tender age of twenty-eight Summer Jacobs had already been married, widow and an unwilling captive victim to her husband’s brutal murder.  He was an MMA fighter who only wanted to love Summer, be a great fighter, and make enough money at it to open his dream southern restaurant with his brother, Greyson.
     You see her husband, Austin, was asked to fight in a private off the books fight in Vegas for a big amount of money.  So from their home in George off they went.  Once they arrived they were blindfolded beaten and taken to an undisclosed area.  She was held with the blindfold on and he was taken into the arena and beaten by at least 3 men to where Summer could hear the pounding him unmercifully and breaking bones.  She could hear him yelling, “Just let her go.”  She didn’t say a word she didn’t want to add to his pain of hearing her be in pain or fear.  For if by some miracle they were to make it she didn’t want him to feel guilt more than he had to for any pain that happened to her. 
     The thing was she felt and heard the moment that her love affair was over forever with Austin.  That Austin was never coming back to her and she wanted to go be with him to say goodbye.  But that is when she herself blacked out from her beating.  Yet to her way of thinking she was unfortunately enough to wake up in a hospital badly beaten and bruised not knowing what happened and who she was.  Slowly but surely the nightmares began and one day Austin’s friend, undercover cop, and  MMA fighter, Mason Bradley, and he sparked a memory and it all came back to her.
     Mason found who murdered Austin and they all were brought to justice.  He was almost killed himself in the process of getting the job done.  Nothing would bring her Austin back.  She moved in with her twin sister Lara, in North Carolina, after selling her home in Georgia.
     After six months she was still a shell of herself and the nightmares were not lessening.  Lara finally was open and honest with her.  Saying Austin wouldn’t want her to stop living and to be like this.  She told her she needed to see a therapist. 
     Fast forwarding two years…her therapist Phillip is saying that she is doing well and that she is ready to be out there.  In fact she has been ready.  In fact she needs to dip her toe in the dating pool.  She wasn’t sure about lighter.  She invited him to show up to the restaurant that she and Grayson had opened that was getting busier each day.  He said of course.
     When she leaves she’s engulfed in looking at her phone for Dr. Kate Davis’s phone number, she is the team doctor for the Carolina Cougars an NFL team. Not only that her husband Cooper and her brother Evan Townsend, and Cooper’s uncle who is the head coach are all part of the team.  When she runs into a brick wall of a chest.  It’s none other than Kate’s brother Evan.  She tells him that she was just trying to call his sister.  She explains that she has some classes to take to keep up her license for nursing.  He says he remembers that she said something about it.  He asked if she thought she was ready for such a rough crowd she said yes.  He said, good.  In his heart he was worried because from the first he met her over two years ago he wanted to ask her out but his sister had said she wasn’t in the right place yet.
     Kate would know.  Kate’s first husband had cancer but had taken his life by overdosing before it could take him.  Before they could get to talking more Evan’s teammate Derek sticks his head out from the gym and asks if he’s coming.  He introduces Summer and they say goodbye.  Summer feels an odd emotion with Evan but doesn’t want to but is surprised because she never thought she would feel it again with another man.
     This was an amazingly fast paced book.  You don’t want to put it down once you pick it up.  It is a love story, a tragedy, a who done it, and so much more.  The characters are well thought out and keep you guessing.  I give this 5 ++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com. 

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