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.
I’m back! There was a little hiccup with my top ten soap opera couples (it’s coming I promise), but this week’s Joyful Noise couple is still wants to take us higher.
Olivia Hill has spent her whole life playing by the rules. Under the careful eye of her lovingly overprotective mother, she doesn’t have much of a life outside of school and church. The only place where she feels like she has a voice is singing every Sunday in her church’s choir. She longs to break out of her good girl shell and carve her her own path. Enter streetwise Randy Garrity. After being kicked out by his parents in NYC, Randy is taken in by his outspoken grandmother. When Randy lays eyes on Olivia at his grandmother’s church, he is immediately smitten and makes it his mission to use his musical talents to earn a spot in the church choir alongside her. Olivia finds herself drawn to bad boy with a heart of gold, letting him push her out of her comfort zone. She also recognizes that his talent and ear for music may be just the thing her choir needs to take them to the next level. However, Randy’s troubled past and tensions between their families may make their blossoming romance a little trickier than they thought. A modern day Romeo and Juliet with a gospel soundtrack, Randy and Olivia are the kind of ship that just makes you feel good. Their love is innocent and sweet with a hint of teenage rebellion.
If your looking for a two hour love story that will make your heart sing, Randy and Olivia are one ship you’ll be playing on repeat.
I’m taking this weekend off to enjoy a little R&R, but I’ll be back next week with a whole list of some of my favorite soap opera ships like this lovely couple. (Bonus pouts for guessing who they are and from which soap.) Stay tuned and enjoy the rest of the three-day weekend!