First & Goal (Queen of the League, #1)

First & Goal (Queen of the League, #1)

by Laura Chapman

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BN ID: 2940153538952
Publisher: Laura Chapman
Publication date: 09/30/2016
Series: Queen of the League , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,004,928
File size: 424 KB

About the Author

Laura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, Going for Two, Three & Out, The Marrying Type, Making Christmas, and What Happens at Midnight. A native Nebraskan, she loves Huskers and Packers football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Laura is currently in pursuit of a fantasy football championship while penning her next novel. Be sure to connect with her online!

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First & Goal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 5 days ago
Reviewed by Katherine Williams for Readers' Favorite First & Goal is a chick-lit novel by Laura Chapman. This book is the first in the Queen of the League series. Harper Duquaine is a young woman, working at a car dealership, who wishes to move on from her old life and her old cheating coworker/boyfriend. She requests a change in position. From there, she moves away to the town of Lincoln in Nebraska to start her new job. At first she has a hard time fitting in with the men at her new job, but as soon as she hears they need another fantasy football league member, she starts to fit in. She doesn’t know much about football, but with some help from her brothers, what could go wrong, right? Not only does she start to fit in with her coworkers, but she starts to find out more about the guys at her job, and even learns more about herself along the way. Harper didn’t expect that this job would help her find love, a new best friend, and a completely different life than what she had thought possible for herself. But the journey she takes to find herself is hilarious, heartwarming and rewarding. First & Goal is the definition of a well-rounded chick-lit novel. All the characters are charming and well written; you will quickly fall in love with the protagonist Harper and her undeniable wit and humor. The electricity between Harper and Brook is clear and their relationship is one to cherish. It is easy to quickly become addicted to the other characters and their relationships as well. Any sports fans will be delighted to know that football is a central part of the novel’s plot. The concrete details about the sport are fun to read and learn, and the little facts here and there actually helped me learn more about football in general. Laura Chapman’s writing is unmatched; she does a beautiful job of creating an original plot with rich dialogue and concise imagery. The narrative flows very well and the pacing is quick in a good way. I suggest this book to anyone who is interested in football, or to anyone who is looking for a light-hearted and funny love story. This book teaches you that even though you may have a plan, things won’t always turn out the way you want them to.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Harper Duquaine requests a transfer in her job at a car dealership and moves to Lincoln from Dallas after six months of working with her cheating ex-boyfriend Dirk, and making a few mistakes in the man department. Living with her two brothers, Scott and Christopher, Harper gets back on her feet and grabs life again. She makes a go of her job and within a month reduces the spending of the company by twenty percent. Her boss Anderson is impressed but he encourages Harper to make more of an effort with her new colleagues, and in an attempt to be more sociable, Harper ends up joining the fantasy football league with Gio, Wade, J.J, and their friends. Harper is a very likeable character. She’s not perfect. She makes mistakes – like most of us do, and that enables us to relate to her. She’s not a girly girl, but although she’s one of the guys, she isn’t a ladette either. Harper tries her hardest to win the league and I loved her competitive streak. She wanted to win and prove to everyone, including herself, that she can do it. Harper begins to fall for Brook MacLaughlin, one of the guys in the fantasy football league, and one of her biggest competitors. You can see why she finds him so appealing. He’s strong, kind, and a true gentleman who has family at his heart. He is the father that his nieces never had and he’s a rock to his sister, Amelia. Brook loves his family and friends dearly and could be seen as too good to be true, but like Harper, he is a very likeable character. He stands up for what he believes in and will do anything to protect those he holds dear. All the characters are unique, with their own strengths and weaknesses, which make them more realistic and believable. There was one character in particular with whom I had a sense of foreboding throughout the entire book (I won’t say who) and my instincts were right. That person was vindictive and jealous and their true colours were revealed at the end. The author either knows her football, or has done her research extremely well. The passion for the game is evident in her writing and she draws you in. I usually join the fantasy football (soccer to those in the USA) league at work and we’re planning on a family league next season too, so I can relate to Harper’s character – she supports a team, watches the games, but doesn’t know every player in the league or every rule of gameplay and occasionally has to ask for a little help. I am clueless about American football but the book was so well written and the games were superbly described that it didn’t matter that I didn’t know what a hook was or what a wide receiver does. This story was such a refreshing change to a lot of the chick-lit that has been published mainly due to the football aspect. I’m not sure if I could even class this as chick-lit. I also liked the way the chapters were set out. From chapter six onwards, once the games were underway, the fantasy football weekly recaps were written up for Harper. They were funny and gave a brief recap of how her team were getting on each week. It was an unusual but clever addition to the book. I absolutely loved this book and could barely put it down. I would highly recommend reading it regardless of whether or not you’re a football fan. I can’t wait to read the sequel ‘Going For Two.’ Reviewed by Jodie at Whispering Stories Book Blog
Bethany05 More than 1 year ago
First of all, what did it take me so long to read this? That was a total fumble on my part! Second, I am IN LOVE with this cover! It's simple yet gorgeous! Where do I begin - this story has a little bit of everything - Fantasy Football (which I have called Fairy Football in the past haha), love, family, and DRAMA for days! Perfect Touchdown if you ask me! Harper has become one of my favorite character's in 2016, she is smart, funny, not afraid of a challenge, goal oriented, and knows a little about football! When she arrives at the dealership she is all business, she has been sent there to turn it around and she is set on doing just that. That is until her boss calls her into the office - did he really tell her she is TOO productive? She needs to relax on the changes that she is making? So basically he wants her to be a slacker and make friends? That is insane...and yet entertaining all at the same time! And what better way to fit in with the good ole boys network, join their Fantasy Football League! Boy does she have her work cut out for her, she knows her Packer's, but will that really help? Football aside, she learns which co-workers are trying to get in her pants, which she can trust to save her, and maybe which to fall in love with? You will not be disappointed with this sexy, witty, and dare I say football oriented romantic comedy (do those words really all fit together?)! Sit back, grab a beer, watch a little football and watch the sparks fly!
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Finally! Author Laura Chapman takes her personal passion for fantasy football leagues and creates a hilarious chick lit story with a football theme to kickoff the 2015 NFL season! Yesssssssssss! First & Goal is an entertaining chick lit tale that follows the trials and tribulations of Harper Duquaine as she delves into the competitive world of fantasy football leagues. Author Laura Chapman weaves a sassy tale full of humor and drama that easily draws the reader into Harper's story as she tries to fit in with her new co-workers by joining their fantasy football league. As a newbie, it doesn't take long for Harper to set aside nicety and realize the competitive edge to the league ... and when you add in two sexy men who vie for her attention but who are also her challengers, what are her chances at winning the game and finding love? As a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan who also plays the various fantasy sports leagues, I can so relate to the author's passion, and to Harper's competitive side as she learns the ins-and-outs of fantasy football leagues, and the drama that comes with it. I couldn't help but snicker as I read the story, it is just plain fun. I absolutely loved the intertwining of romance with a football theme, football fans get the best of both worlds in this nifty little story! First & Goal is an exciting and fast paced story that flows smoothly and easily keeps the reader turning the pages. Author Laura Chapman sure knows how to weave an enjoyable tale that keeps her readers in stitches. You can't help but get caught up in Harper's roller coaster ride of a life full of crazy co-workers and fantasy football drama, and a sweet chance at romance, it's simply delightful! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.