Chasing Jillian: A Love and Football Novel

Chasing Jillian: A Love and Football Novel

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by Julie Brannagh

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Score a touchdown with Julie Brannagh's latest Love and Football novel—about discovering who you are and finding love along the way.

Jillian Miller likes her job working in the front office for the Seattle Sharks, but lately being surrounded by a constant parade of perfection only seems to make her own imperfections all the more obvious. She needs a


Score a touchdown with Julie Brannagh's latest Love and Football novel—about discovering who you are and finding love along the way.

Jillian Miller likes her job working in the front office for the Seattle Sharks, but lately being surrounded by a constant parade of perfection only seems to make her own imperfections all the more obvious. She needs a change, which takes her into foreign territory: the Sharks' workout facility after hours. The last thing she expects is a hot, grumbly god among men to be there as witness.

Star linebacker Seth Taylor has had a bad day—well, a series of them recently. When he hits the Sharks' gym to work out his frustration, he's startled to find someone there—and even more surprised that it's Jillian, the team owner's administrative assistant. When he learns of her mission to revamp her lifestyle, he finds himself volunteering to help. Something about Jillian's beautiful smile and quick wit makes him want to stick around. She may not be like the swimsuit models he usually has on his arm, but the more time Seth spends with her, the harder he falls.

And as Jillian discovers that the new her is about so much more than she sees in the mirror, can she discover that happiness and love are oh-so-much better than perfect?

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Love and Football Series
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4.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons, and a rambunctious chocolate Lab. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart® finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.

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Chasing Jillian: A Love and Football Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More plot holes than a chunk of swiss cheese and the most annoying heroine. She's 31 and runs around doing the most stupid things possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all of it. Easy read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story. I would have liked to have read more why the charactors had such a hard time getting in to a lasting relationship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was well written and told of two people who each suffered from painful experience never shared with others. These experiences shaped how they grew as adults. One, had low self-confidence and a difficult time making and trusting friends. The other's secret concerned a tragedy which happened years before but never shared with anyone outside of his family. The two met and were attracted to each other but still did not share the haunting secrets for quite awhile. This is a love story and one where a young woman grew into confidence and a high paying job. The other, a professional football player finally admitted he could indeed trust another person when he shared his secret tragedy and in turn, she understood and helped him through it. As in life, not all walks are smooth and these two experienced many potholes and bups along the way.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Jillian is determined to lose weight, so she decides to start using the equipment at the place she works when nobody will know she's doing it. That's when she runs into Seth. He's surprised to find her there, but when he finds out what her plan is, he wants her to achieve her goals. They become friends, with an underlying possibility of something more. It doesn't happen immediately, but when it does, talk about swoonage, people. Melting your heart swoonage. There are some speed bumps along the way, but their hearts will lead them in the right direction. Chasing Jillian is a super sweet new friendship slowly turned romance. I thoroughly enjoyed the slow build. Seth and Jillian are adorable together, and the depth of their feelings shows in the way they interact and talk to each other. It was great to watch Jillian break free from her comfort zone with Seth's help. All in all, a great romance by Julie Brannagh! I'd love to get caught up on the rest of the Love and Football series! My Rating: Very Good
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
I love Seth and Jillian! Both together and as individuals. Jillian has overcome a tough foster care childhood. She is kind, caring, graceful spirit, always willing to help others, and she is overweight, but determined to do something about it. She doesn't have many people in her corner, but she is a true survivor. Seth is ready for a change, he has a yearning for something more in his life, than just the success on the football field. He is thoughtful, protective, giving, and kind. They are both so easy to like, admire, and relate to. As Seth and Jillian set out to be friends, the true thoughtfulness of Seth comes forward. They have the best time together, doing fun things, and seeing the town. They are getting to know each other, support each other, and are there for each other, giving the reader so many swoon worthy scenes! But as their feelings for each other grow, and their relationship takes a more physical aspect, Jillian's insecurities come to play, and she pulls away from Seth. I liked that Seth was so vulnerable with Jillian, he really felt for her, and was willing to do anything to make their relationship work. The timeline was a bit jerky, markedly so. And I wish some of the important events and conversations in Seth and Jillian's relationship were paid more attention to, or given more details into them. But despite those issues, I truly enjoyed the story, Seth and Jillian are adorable, full of life, love, passion, and kindness ~ Four Spoons
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prior to reading this book , I loved this series . This book left me hanging and sometimes confused like how did we get here . Very dissapointed , loved the other books in this series just not this one . The plot left many things to be desired , if there is going to be another adddition I hope it will be better .
gaele More than 1 year ago
I wanted low-angst, light reading – I’ve had a chunk of heavier angsty reads of late, and Chasing Jillian looked to be just what I needed. Jillian works in the front office of the Seattle Sharks: a bit shy and quiet, she wants to lose some weight, and uses the training facilities when no one will be around to tell her no, or to notice her. Determined to move forward from the issues she developed in foster care, she was easy to relate to and understand. Seth is a player on the team, and one of the many that never make headlines for off-field behavior. An all-around nice guy, he walks in on Jillian using the machines, and offers to help her achieve her goals. There’s little not to like about Seth: he’s friendly, honest and caring and while he is attracted to her, he won’t risk their growing friendship or her position with the team since relationships with players is forbidden. Tentative friendship begins as Seth takes the time to get to know Jillian, and she blossoms under this relationship. Both are attracted to one another, but it takes time for Jillian to understand that Seth sees beneath the walls and shell that she has put up. No real stress or angst here – just a solid construction of a relationship that grows as Jillian does, and couldn’t have been more perfect for the two involved. A wonderful introduction to this series – it stands perfectly well alone, but entices readers to want to know more. I know I do. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Chasing Jillian is a wonderful story of empowerment, acceptance and self image. Julie Brannagh story is an inspiration tale. You can change how you look on the outside but not who you are on the inside. That is a lesson brought to the forefront with this story. Jillian is struggling with her body image, so decides it is time to make a change in that area. Yet despite how she sees herself Seth is drawn to the complete person. Not the way she looks. Relate-able characters, a wonderful message and beautiful story make Chasing Jillian a real catch.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
No one does football romance stories quite like Ms. Brannagh! With each new addition to the "Love and Football" series she continues to surprise me and also reaffirms my belief that she is a master at her craft! Just when I think I've found my favorite character in the series she introduces me to a new player in the game that sweeps in and changes my mind. Seth Taylor not only captured Jillian's heart, but cemented a special place in mine too. I truly enjoyed reading Seth and Jillian's story, it was truly the perfect romance story! It made me laugh, shed a tear or two, left me with a permanent smile on my face, and had me blushing a few times too, & for me it doesn't get much better than that! Jillian is the first female character in the series to really resonate with me, she was feisty, witty, honest, realistic and quite inspiring too! As for Seth... I'll just say he was QUITE inspiring too! If you like good heart-ed alpha males who happen to play football, this is DEFINITELY the series for you! It's guaranteed to leave a smile on your face, and a new book boyfriend in your heart! Hands down best football romance series out there!
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Chasing Jillian (Love and Football, #5) by Julie Brannagh Seattle Sharks employee, Jillian Miller, gets caught by star linebacker, Seth Taylor, using the players’ workout facility. He volunteers to help her with her training. Julie Brannagh creates another invigorating football romance! It’s hard not to like Jillian. She grew up in foster care. She volunteers at Treehouse to help others in similar situation. She is hard working and kind. She rightfully has some insecurities, but she does her best to overcome them. I love that Seth helps Jillian. He could have been a jerk when he caught her, but instead he befriends her. He is a good guy who is persistent. Once again, Julie Brannagh, does a commendable job creating a heartwarming and believable novel. Chasing Jillian is an endearing story that I truly enjoyed. The characters are convincing, and the plot is realistic. Each of her books keeps me coming back for more. Complimentary copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.