Looking for the perfect autumn ship to curl up with on a chilly night? Look no further than Riley Young and Brady Higgins of After the Game, the latest book in the Field Party series by Abbi Glines.
Two years ago, high school sophomore Riley Young was run out of town after she accused the town golden boy of rape. Now, she’s back with her young daughter in tow to take care of her ailing grandmother. The single mom’s only goals are to finish her homeschooled senior year and to give her daughter the best life possible. Love isn’t even on her radar until she crosses paths with her former friend Brady Higgins. The all-star quarterback with a heart of gold and sturdy moral compass, Brady begins to question his decision to shun Riley all those years ago when he picks up her and daughter in his truck during a storm. As much as he wants to see a liar, all he sees is a lonely girl with incredible strength. Despite her issues with trusting others and his fears of the fallout, Riley and Brady strike up an unlikely friendship destined to change both of them forever.
The draw of this fall football couple is how well Glines executes the friends-to-lovers trope. A slow burn that keeps readers turning page after page, neither Riley nor Brady set out to find a soulmate at the beginning of the book. Yet, by the end they can’t deny the chemistry brewing between them. Their foundation of a simple need for companionship and a non-judemental sounding board allows them to establish a relationship that runs much deeper than most teen hookups. They draw on each other’s strength, accept each other’s weaknesses, and stand by each other in a town where she is public enemy number one and he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders.
An intensely raw and real young adult romance, Riley and Brady are one team up you’ll be rooting for on and off the field.