In high school, basketball star Charlotte Stannard and Navy SEAL Jamie Hawthorn were everything but lovers. They shared a ruthlessly competitive spirit and relentless drive, but Charlie, afraid of the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy at seventeen, drove Jamie away. But now Jamie’s back in town for the banquet to honor the basketball coach, and finds Charlie, newly home from a successful career in the European leagues and coaching the girls’ team. The flames between them are hotter than ever, but Charlie believes Jamie just wants what he couldn’t have when they were kids. Jamie’s not just playing to win. He’s playing for Charlie’s heart, forever.


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Young love. Sometimes, there is nothing sweeter. I loved this book because while it was basically a second chance romance, the main characters have already evolved and developed so much that it really feels like a new romance for both of them, at least, that’s how it is for me. The thing about Ms. Calhoun is that while the stories she has in this series are made up of simple, ordinary characters, she is still able to create a solid, rich, and very much alive story for each character that it’s easy to imagine them in real life.

The heroine is this story is probably my favorite out of the three. She’s an independent woman (not that the other two weren’t), she worked hard on her success, she knew how to make sacrifices, and she knew how to look and give back. I have enjoyed all three novellas in this series, and I would love nothing more than to read more books from Ms. Calhoun again.


After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, I found myself living in the suburbs of a small Midwestern city. The glamour of various cube farm jobs had worn off, so I gave up making a decent living to take Joseph Campbell’s advice and follow my bliss: writing romance.

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