The Soccer Player and the Single Mom

The Soccer Player and the Single Mom

by Kyra Jacobs

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ISBN-13: 9781640636828
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/11/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 211,444
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor, and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. Her romance novels range from sweet contemporary to romantic suspense and paranormal/fantasy. No matter the setting, Kyra employs both comedy and chaos to help her characters find inspiration and/or redemption on their way to happily ever after.

When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.

Be sure to stop by www.kyrajacobsbooks.com to learn more about her novels and ways to connect with Kyra on social media.

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The Soccer Player and the Single Mom 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
OpheliaOA 10 days ago
3.5 stars. This is the first book that I've read from Kyra Jacobs and I can happily say that I am a fan of her work now. I found this book to be amusing and entertaining to read. Scott might be out and not playing soccer at the moment due to his injury but that does not mean he needs an assistant...well according to him. Felicity might not want to be the personal assistant to Scott but when she loses her job and her apartment catches on fire she has no other option to accept the job. Felicity and Scott might not get along at the beginning but the instant attraction that they feel towards each other is out of this world which soon leads to a lot more. I really liked this book and I can't wait to read more of Kyra Jacob's work. ***Received this ARC by NetGalley as an exchange for an honest review.
beckymmoe 11 days ago
Such a sweet romance! There's a string of pretty big coincidences that bring Scott and Felicity into the same circles, but once they are they're darn cute together. Scott's grandmother is a hoot, and Felicity's son Tyler is adorable--together with the hero and heroine they make this a fun story to read. The would-be steamier scenes are fade to black, though there are some toe-curling kisses on the page. Scott grows up nicely during the course of the story, finally realizing that there is more to life than soccer, as his grandmother's been trying to tell him, just in time for a very satisfying HEA. I'd definitely pick up another book by Ms. Jacobs in the future! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
ReadYourWrites 12 days ago
Felicity Shaw has pretty much struggled her entire adult life. Since her husband died of an overdose, it has just been her and her six-year-old son Tyler. Felicity lives for her son. With the exception of her cousin Lauren and Lauren’s family, it’s just the two of them. That's not to say Felicity doesn't have parents. She does. They're just not in the picture (their choice) and seem to not care about her or Tyler. While at her son's pediatrician's office, she discovers via a breaking news story that the factory she works at has been closed down. When one door closes, another one opens. Felicity's open door is being held for her by J.B., the agent for Scott Gillie, pride of Quail Hollow, Indiana, and right-wing for Columbus's major league soccer team. An on-field injury has Scott seeking a second opinion from his friend and former college teammate Evan Bedi. Yes. Evan Bedi of Quail Hollow Pediatrics. Scott hopes that Evan will fast-track his return to soccer before his backup takes his starting position. Unfortunately, Scott's injury is worse than previously thought and Scott is looking at an additional two weeks of recovery time. Since Scott is staying in town with his grandmother, J.B. suggests and hires Felicity to be Scott's PA. Felicity’s job is to do some admin work for J.B. But mostly, she is to schedule appearances around the area for Scott, take him to those appearances, and ferry him around wherever he needs to go. Scott isn't happy his agent hired Felicity. He doesn't think he needs an assistant and really doesn't want to do any PR work. Needless to say, shenanigans ensue when they each try to push their own agendas. Soon they become attracted to each other and decide to give into their feelings. But all too soon, they each start to wish their temporary fling could be more. I really enjoyed the push and pull between Felicity and Scott in the beginning. This went on through almost half of the book. Them trying to get back at each other was fun to watch. For me, the tone of the book changed once the laughter stopped. Once they accepted and acknowledged they were attracted to each other, their scars started to show. Since the death of his mother, Scott has used soccer as a crutch. And the promise to his mother, has fueled his tunnel vision desire to be the best and reach the top of his sport. He has cast aside everything in his life for soccer. Felicity is funny. She’s strong, resilient, and resourceful. She carries around the burden of her husband’s death. I think Kyra did a really, really good job of capturing the soul and essence of a six-year-old little boy. Edna, Scott’s grandmother, was the best kind of grandma. She knows more than she lets on. She's wise. She's funny. She's a handful. I love grand gestures. I found the grand gesture in this story to not be very grand. It was predictable and simple. Now, I’m stepping on my soapbox to complain about social issues in the book not addressed with ways to seek help. Drug overdose is a huge issue, as is domestic violence. There are no warnings that these are included in the story. There are also no messages on referral links or numbers to seek help, in case you or someone you know needs it. I’m a firm believer that if you put it in the book as a way to drive your story, you owe it to readers, yourself as an author, and publisher to deliver a public service announcement. You never know what little push someone needs to reach out for help. *Received a copy from the publisher*
EileenAW 13 days ago
Felicity and Scott’s love story in The Soccer Player and the Single Mom by Kyra Jacobs was truly a fun and enjoyable read. While at the pediatrician’s single mom Felicity Shaw steps in for a missing receptionist while seeing on the news that the company she worked shut their doors without a single notice. Soccer player Scott Gillie is visiting his friend and former teammate hoping for reprieve from his manager, his grandmother, and the okay on his injured knee to return to the sport he loved. Scott’s manager wants to hire a PA for him which Scott wants no part in, while he’s recuperating at his grandmother’s in his small hometown. Felicity’s take charge and organized personality catches the eye of the manager, hiring her on the spot and offering three times what she was making. She is not interested, especially for a stubborn injured playboy but with bills piling up, no other available jobs in the area, and mouths to feed, she really can’t say no to the job. When a fire condemns Felicity apartment, Scott’s grandmother suggests she and her son temporarily move in with them, but Scott is going nuts with the temptation she offers, especially now that she is across the hall. As Scott plots and plans to force Felicity to quits he is surprised to learn that Felicity will fight fire with fire; karma is such a payback. As Scott and Felicity get to know one another they finally become friends and then lovers. Scott has goals he believes he must reach before settling down with a wife and family; until he returns to the game and sees all he is missing. Ms. Jacobs wrote a wonderful, sexy and emotional story that is not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sexual chemistry, amusing banter, and endearing characters giving Scott and Felicity a chance at love and a future neither expected to make them happy. Side note: this reviewer once live in Indiana, the location for this story, and it brought back many memories. I highly recommend The Soccer Player and the Single Mom to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Lori-Gonzo 13 days ago
What a sweet story that played like a movie in my head as I read it! Those are always the most fun books to read. I loved the banter between Scott and Felicity. The way they would try to do something to the other was hilarious. They got each other good for sure. Then throw in Scott's treatment of Felicity's son and how in the world is she supposed to resist?!?! Scott's grandmother, Edna, was a hoot and a half. She was constantly making me smile with her quick wit and shenanigans she played on her beloved grandson, just to help keep him grounded and to realize what is important in life. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Scott Gillie is a soccer player with a mission, to get to the national squad, until an injury derails his career. Felicity Shaw is a single mom who has just lost her job when the factory where she worked went into receivership. Their lives collide in a doctor's waiting room where Scott's agent JB makes Felicity an offer she can't refuse - be Scott's PA for a few weeks while he's stuck staying with his grandmother Edna in Quail's Hollow, but Scott isn't going to make it easy ... This was inoffensive, fade-to-black romance. Unfortunately I read it shortly after one with a similar story, Nothing But Trouble which I absolutely adored and this fell short by comparison. There wasn't really any drama or tension or even any plot, just Scott and Felicity dancing around each other and playing house under the watchful eye of Edna and Felicity's son Tyler. I liked it but I didn't love it. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Bette313 14 days ago
Loved this sweet romantic read. I fell in love with these characters immediately. First there is single mom Felicity Shaw and her adorable son Tyler. Felicity has had a string of bad luck lately and needs to find a job desperately. Then there is Scott Gillie. Professional soccer player sidelined by an injury and hating it. He just wants to get back in the game not be taken care of by a pushy personal assistant. Scott's agent hires Felicity for that job with a salary that makes it impossible to turn down. Let the games begin! This is a fun, lighthearted, quick read that I think everyone will enjoy. I definitely recommend it.
Lorizen 14 days ago
Wildly entertaining! A bucket full of sass from a single Mom, a grumpy soccer player, a feisty Grandma and her dog and a young son make this book one that you just cannot put down! Scott Gillie is a pro soccer player who is nursing an injury and back home with his Grandma desperate to get back on the field, fearing if he's gone too long his back up will replace him. When a plan to circumvent the trainer backfires, he's on strict orders to stay off his knee and gets a single mom PA to boot. Felicity has just lost her job, while waiting for her new little rental house to be ready, her current run down duplex is condemned and she's just been hired by Scotts agent as his PA. His agent has a plan to keep Scott busy and his face out there. Along with that he gives her other work to do, which she handles most efficiently. Especially the angry, spiteful Scott who is determined to make her life so miserable she'll quit and he can do what he wants. She'll have none of that. Meanwhile Grandma has them moving in with them after the fire disaster and makes Scott even more uncomfortable as he really is taking a liking to Felicity and her son Tyler. Scott battles with his feelings towards her and his need to get back out there and play. He's great with Tyler and Scott has his own baggage from his early years and Fe has her share as well. Between the dialogue and watching the story unfold between them, I couldn't put this one down. It made me want more and kept me turning those pages. The ups and downs, along with his Grandmother's sarcasm was a treat! Scott and Tyler were awesome and the spark between Fe and Scott was perfection. I loved every stinking minute of this book. The epilogue was a treat! Another must read from Kyra Jacobs!
SherriBabb 14 days ago
This book was such a sweet funny romance book. I loved it from the very first page. From the moment that Scott and Felicity meant sparks were flying. Both of them denied their feelings and did whatever they could to avoid each other. Sometimes you cannot out run what you feel. This was a great read. When you add in meddling friends and family and one adorable little boy you get yourself a book that not only makes you swoon at times but makes you smile and laugh. I cannot wait to see what happens next in this small town. Hopefully we will get to catch up with Scott and Felicity. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
caroldh4 14 days ago
RATING 4.5 STARS The Soccer Player and the Single Mom is a stand alone sweet romance by Kyra Jacobs. I have read Kyra’s Paranormal series and even though she has several published contemporary romances, I haven’t read any of them yet. I don’t know why because I love her writing style. She has such a way of drawing in the reader and making us fall in love with her characters. Which is exactly what I did with this book! Scott Gillie is a twenty eight year old professional soccer player. Scott’s life revolves around soccer. That’s the way it’s always been and that’s the way he wants it. But his life is suddenly put on pause when he is forced to take time off while an injured knee heals. Scott finds himself rehabbing at his childhood home, his grandmother’s house, in Quail Hollow, Indiana. All he wants is to get back to work doing what he loves. But that can’t happen until the doctor releases him. In the mean time, his manager decides he needs a personal assistant. That is the last thing Scott wants. Someone getting on his nerves every single day, especially the beautiful single mom his manager chooses for the job. Felicity Shaw is a single mom to her six year old son, Tyler, who is adorable by the way. Felicity is doing everything she can to keep their heads above water. But lately, fate seems to be against her and is dealing her one blow after another. When Scott’s manager offers her the job as Scott’s personal assistant, she doesn’t want to take the job. She has no idea how to be a personal assistant. Plus, Scott is just a little bit too good looking for her own good! But she needs the money. Then fate deals her another blow and she finds herself moving in to Scott’s grandmother’s house, with her bedroom door right across the hall from Mr. Sexy Soccer Player. This is not good at all. But she has no choice. She needs a place to stay and she needs this job. Scott doesn’t want a PA and Felicity doesn’t want to lose the job, so let the games begin. As these two get to know each other, and Scott sees what kind of a woman Felicity is, he suddenly realizes he doesn’t want to run her off anymore. Just the opposite. He wants her to stay. But Scott’s life isn’t here in Quail Hollow anymore. As soon as he gets released by the Dr., he’s leaving. It’s what he has to do. Can he and Felicity enjoy a little fling, just enjoy the time they do have together with no attachments, until he leaves? Or is his heart already getting involved? I enjoyed this so much. I loved the relationship between Felicity and her son. And I loved watching the relationship build between Scott and little Tyler, and also between Scott and Felicity. Try as they did to keep their hearts out of things, it became impossible the longer they were together. And I have to mention Scott’s grandmother, Edna. I loved her. She was quirky and fun and just what Felicity and Tyler needed. She was also much wiser than she let on. This really was such a sweet, wonderful romance that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Kyra is such a fabulous author and I can’t wait to see what she is going to do next!
ytcruz 14 days ago
I had not read this author before and when someone suggested the book , I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did. The story of Single mom Felicity Shaw, and famous soccer player Scott Gillie was sweet, touching , at times heartbreaking but also heartwarming. Two individuals that have had their share of losses, insecurities and whose future whether separately or together, is full of uncertainties. They blossomed together but when Scott is due to return to the game after an injured had sidelined him, will he leave everyone behind or will he find a new future? The secondary characters in Edna, Scott’s grandmother, and Felicity’s son Tyler, were great addition to the story. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.