The Wedding Deal by Cindi Madsen
Series: Heart in the Game #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on March 25, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Former quarterback Lance Quaid just inherited the most losing team in the NFL. He’s got only a few weeks until draft day to turn things around, and after firing more than half his staff, he can’t do it alone. Thankfully, his HR manager is more than capable, if only she’d stop focusing on “due diligence” and stop looking so sexy while she’s yelling at him.
Charlotte James has made a life out of following the rules. But nothing could have prepared her for Lance Quaid––he’s a human resources nightmare. The man is brash, has no filter, and, as her new boss, is constantly relying on her to cover his ass. Which is admittedly quite nice.
When Lance begs her to join him on a trip down the coast for his brother’s wedding so they can finalize details––on a strictly business basis––she agrees...after they fill out the necessary forms, of course. Away from the office, though, sparks start flying as the team starts coming together. But both of them know anything more than the weekend would be a colossally bad idea––after all, the extra paperwork would be a nightmare.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
If you’re in the mood for a fun, steamy hot, engaging romance you can’t go wrong with The Wedding Deal.
The set up for the story is quite simple, Lance, a former quarterback, just inherited his grandfather’s tanking football team and he knows the only way to turn it around is to start from scratch… which is how he finds himself basically with no staff weeks before the draft. Luckily for him, Charlotte, the HR manager, is not only awesome with forms and rule-enforcing but is a wiz with football players’ stats and a devoted fan.
If Lance has a prayer of getting the team back on track, he needs to dedicate every waking moment, and then some, to building back his staff and coming up with a strategy. When he is forced to lose a whole week of that time going to his brother’s wedding, he decides to beg Charlotte to be his plus one so they can keep working whenever he’s not attending some mandatory bridal activity. Only, the more time he a Charlotte spend together, the more their attraction grows and soon becomes so strong neither of them can fight it.
Lance and Charlotte’s relationship had a bit of rough start when he seems to be set out to break every rule in the office handbook. Their underlying attraction and crazy chemistry was the one thing that made sparks fly whenever they interacted, and I really enjoyed all the bickering and banter.
Charlotte at first comes off as a bit closed off and strict-bordering-on-obnoxious-rule-follower, but once we begin to learn her backstory it is more than understandable. She was funny, sweet and gave as good as she got. I loved how she started to loosen up once she and Lance’s relationship unfolded. I also loved how she made him work for it when he was a ginormous git.
Lance was a pretty great hero. He was clear on what he wanted and went all out to achieve it, be that rebuild a crappy team or win the woman of his dreams. He had some issues to overcome regarding various subjects, and even when he manages to be the most massive dingus, his all-in type of groveling was epic. He was not only sexy and hot as hell, he was also caring, charming and a really great guy… if only with a little disregard for not-swearing-at-the-office policies.
In a nutshell, I had lots of fun reading The Wedding Deal. It was entertaining and light, it had feels and sexiness and I just loved pretty much every one of the characters. I’m really hoping for some of them to get their own stories *cough*coachBryant*cough* in the future.
Rating: 4.5 “office rules be damn” Stars
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