Traded: Brody and Kara
#1, Cliffside Bay Series
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Brody Mullen is the best quarterback in the AFL, and his Super Bowl win only confirms what he's suspected his entire career: romantic entanglements are bad for his game. No women. No sex. No problems. But after hiring a beautiful nurse to care for his mother, his resolve begins to weaken.
The small coastal town of Cliffside Bay, California seems like the perfect place to start over for Kara Eaton. Shielded by her new identity from the Witness Protection Program, she takes a job as a nurse and commits to never speaking of her past, lest she risk losing her life. The only problem? Falling for the handsome, very public, football player who hires her.
The first installment of The Cliffside Bay Series by bestselling author Tess Thompson follows the interwoven stories of five best friends, the beach community they love, and the women who captivate them. Prepare to get lost in a wave of small town charm, men you would love to take home to your mother, and smart, resilient heroines you wished lived next door.
More Than Just a Sports Romance
This was a sweet love story that was filled with a bit of suspense and the sexual tension between Brody and Kara was off the charts.
Brody is a famous professional quarterback. After winning the Super Bowl, he came back to Cliffside Bay to a mother with a broken leg and broken spirit and a surrogate mom who had just been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Knowing he couldn’t handle taking care of them alone, he looks to hire a live-in nurse. Lucky for him, Kara had just moved to his little beachside community.
Kara is a woman with a hidden past. After testifying against her organized crime boss father, she is put into the Witness Protection Program and relocated to Cliffside Bay. She decides to take the job at Brody’s just until she can pass her boards. As they are around each other more and more their feelings for one another start to grow. Knowing she can’t develop any attachments will she give into her feelings? Will Brody be willing to accept her past and breakdown her walls to be able to get close to her.
This book was way more than a sports romance. It was a book about family and belonging despite having to trade your life.
This is a cleaner book than what I have been use to reading but I still enjoyed it. Tess was still able to provide the heat even without the hot scenes. This story was well written. You felt what the characters were going through. It’s one of those “I got to know what happens next” books. So intriguing you won’t want to put it down.
Good start to a new series!
I was excited to read this as I love sports romance, however, this was not sports romance. Although the story revolves around Brody, who is a professional football player, it is more about Brody and Kara, the small town of Cliffside Bay and the five best friends and their families. Even though I started out disappointed, I quickly discovered I was really enjoying this book.
This is a new to me author and I liked her smooth writing style. It was well written and there is a lot going on with multiple stories in progress, but it was so well done, that I was totally engaged. It is also told in dual POV, which I appreciate because I am in the characters heads. It started a little slow with the laying of the foundation of Kara’s entry in the Witness Protection Program, but quickly rolled in to a smooth rhythm.
I loved Kara! She was an amazing, smart and nurturing woman with a very tragic past. My heart hurt for her. She was so kind, and people just connected with her. She had a way about her that draws you in and makes you feel comfortable and that’s what hooked Brody. She was not only beautiful on the outside, she was beautiful on the inside!
Brody was a great guy but at times he was selfish, and I loved how Kara called him on it. He could be harsh and quickly regretted his mistakes when he would lash out. He has strong women in his life, his mother and the housekeeper/nanny that helped raise him. It has been two years since Brody lost his beloved father and it has taken a toll on the family. Kara is hired to help take care of Brody’s mom after she fell and broke her leg and Flora the ailing housekeeper that is recovering from pneumonia and is suffering from a brain tumor that is going to require surgery. Kara becomes attached to her wards, even though that is not her way. She can’t help falling for the women that remind her of the mother that she lost.
Brody and Kara want to be together, but he is her employer, and this is only a temporary arrangement. Their attraction is strong, and feelings are getting involved. Their relationship is slow burn. It took a while for them to get together. There are no explicit scenes, this is a sweet love story. I usually like more heat in my romance, but it was a good story with engaging characters, so I didn’t feel like I was missing anything.
The secondary characters have significant roles in this book as it sets up all the players. They are genuinely good people with stories to tell and I can’t wait to read them. I truly enjoyed each and every one of them. Okay so why the lower rating, I felt that with all the build up that the ending was rushed, and I felt like I needed more. A chapter or epilogue to wrap it up in a neat little bow. Alas I didn’t get it. I really liked it and I will continue with the series because I am invested in all the characters.