Title: The Varsity Dad Dilemma
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2021
★ A sexy, small town sports romance from USA Today bestselling author Lex Martin! ★
What’s worse than having Rider Kingston, the star quarterback, give you the big brush-off because he doesn’t want to get serious? You’d probably think living across the street from him where you get a firsthand view of his hookups, right?
That’s what I thought. Until someone drops off a baby with a note pinned to her blanket that says one of those jocks—either Rider or one of his roommates—is the father. The problem? Baby mama doesn’t mention which of these numbskulls is the sperm donor.
I wouldn’t care about their paternity problems—not the slightest bit—except my brother lives there too. Which means that adorable squawking bundle might be my niece, and there’s no way I’m leaving her unattended with those bumbling football players.
They need my help, even if they don’t know it yet. Once we solve this dilemma and figure out who’s the daddy, I’m out.
I’ll just ignore Rider and those soul-searing looks he gives me every time I reach for the baby. He broke my heart three years ago. He won’t get a second chance.
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As I walk Sienna to her car, she squeals. “Holy crap, is that Rider Kingston?”
Without my permission, my gaze slides across the street to the oversized man-child, who has the gall to be moving furniture shirtless while flexing his stupid abs. Judging by the other sweaty minions pouring out of the two story, Rider’s getting new roommates too.
My eye twitches again, and my focus snaps back to Sienna. “I thought you said you weren’t a fan of football.”
“Oh, I’m not. I can’t sit through an entire game. But I am a fan of football players.” Her gaze turns ravenous as she scans my neighbor’s front lawn. Or, likely, the glistening eight-pack Rider’s put on display. “All that testosterone. Those bulging muscles. That deep, masculine grunting. Oh yeah. Get me one of those!”
She cackles, and Rider hears it.
Of course he does.
Shockingly, he deigns to speak to me.
“Hey, Gabby,” he shouts. “How was your summer?”
I’m not sure when he decided to stop ignoring me, but that’s better than pretending we’re friends, which we’ll never be.
I close my eyes because I don’t need any reminders of his masculine beauty. And I definitely don’t need to see that sexy smirk, the one more powerful than his cannon that took the team to the playoffs last year.
No, I’m not interested in the star quarterback. Not anymore.
Turning on my heel, I wave my middle finger and march back to my house.
Laughter is all I hear as I slam the front door shut behind me.
Lex Martin is the USA Today bestselling author of the Texas Nights series (Reckless/Shameless) and the Dearest series. She writes contemporary romances, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. A former high school English teacher and freelance journalist, she’s lived all over the country but currently resides in her hometown of San Antonio with her husband and twin daughters.
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Gabby and Rider stole my heart! All the freaking feels!!
This story is engaging, swoony, sexy and all the things in between. I got attached to all the characters who from their youth and the things that came a little wild and fun had to grow up faster when a baby was left on their doorstep.
Everything wasn’t going to be the same, fighting the battles together thanks to their neighbor Gabby. A woman that might want to do anything with him and all the famous football players. A dilemma for sure but Gabby wanted what was best for the baby, so she didn’t hesitate to help them.
I appreciated how the whole story came together, giving to all the characters such great world building and watching them grow up throughout this.
Gabby and Rider had such smoking chemistry and powerful connection that melted my heart. Both seemed to look for different things but they couldn’t be more similar in so many ways. I adored how they built their friendship, a strong bond growing into something more, beautiful and real. Damn my heart.
Gabby and Rider weren’t trying to be perfect and trying to find their way as individuals, making mistakes along the way but learning from them.
The author had created a great backstory, somehow heartbreaking and making them more real and relatable to me.
What about the supportive characters? They were just awesome and so endearing. A crazy bunch of friends who had each other’s back, no matter what. What a team!
I read it in one sitting, making me totally invested and cheering on Gabby and Rider. I loved their interactions with the baby, a cutie pie that had everyone wrapped up around her fingers. Nothing was easy but they found a great balance and support. Raising this baby like partners and with their great teammates.
The journey was intense and incredible.
They had to overcome some obstacles and drama along the way. But they were in college so it has to be expected, right? However I didn’t find it overwhelming.
It was an incredible journey filled with love, second chances and amazing friendships. I laughed, I swooned tons (get ready for the ovaries explosion) and my heart also cracked a little during the emotional and heartbreaking moments.
Just loved it!!