Getting Inside: A Seattle Grizzlies Novel

Getting Inside: A Seattle Grizzlies Novel

by Serena Bell

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ISBN-13: 9780425284278
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Series: Seattle Grizzles , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 531,856
File size: 998 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author and RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee Serena Bell writes richly emotional stories about big-hearted characters with real troubles and the people who are strong and generous enough to love them. A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen closely enough, and she adores hiding in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head. When not writing, Serena loves to spend time with her college-sweetheart husband and two hilarious kiddos—all of whom are incredibly tolerant not just of Serena’s imaginary friends but also her enormous collection of constantly changing and passionately embraced hobbies, ranging from needlepoint to paddleboarding to meditation.

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“So what’d you want to see me about?” Coach asks.

No point in beating around the bush. “Coach Brogan.”

Coach gives me a long, level look. “I wondered if it was that. I’ve got some news I think you’ll be happy to hear. We let Brogan go.”

Well, whaddya know about that? I school my face and don’t let my joy show. It took me awhile to figure this out, but in the pros, it doesn’t pay to have an opinion unless you’re asked.

“I know how difficult Mack’s death was for you, Ty.”

Yeah. Well. Not gonna get into that.

“We know no one can replace Mack or mean what he meant to you,” Coach says. “We hired Brogan because he supposedly shared Mack’s philosophy and we thought the transition would go easier, but we were wrong.”

I don’t say anything.

“Look. Ty. I’m going to level with you. Brogan’s been saying for weeks that he can’t work with you. He wanted us to release you. Said it was you or him.”

Shit. I should have seen something like this coming. We’re 1–6 and when you’re losing that badly, people get twitchy and start to point fingers.

“And there are some people—people whose opinions count—who bought his version of things.”

“That’s—” There’s an iron grip around my lungs.

Coach shakes his head, cutting me off. “Obviously, I’m not one of them. And obviously, my side won out. Brogan’s gone. But Ty—what the heck was going on with you guys?”

I gulp air around the tightness. “He was breaking them. You know? Like trying to crush their wills, like he thought they were horses or something. And I can take it, but it was ripping O to shreds. You can’t play good defense—hell, you can’t play any kind of football—like that.”

“So you’ve been fighting Brogan because you’re standing up for your teammates.”

That makes it sound nobler than it was. I’ve been getting so damned pissed on their behalf that I can’t keep it under wraps most of the time. So in answer to Coach’s question, I sort of…shrug.

Coach nods thoughtfully. “Yeah. I told them you had your reasons.” He leans forward, face growing even more serious. “Jesus, Ty, you should’ve said something.”

But we both know the squeakiest wheel gets the boot—just look at where Dave Brogan is now.

He sighs, acknowledging what neither of us have said. “Here’s the thing. I need you to show me—and them—that I’m right. That you can get along with the next coach and demonstrate the level of professionalism we know you’ve got in you.”

I hear the implied threat. Everyone in the PFL is dispensable. For every guy playing pro football, there are hundreds waiting to take his job if he can’t pull his weight, not just as an athlete but as a man.

Mack would be pissed at me right now. He always said, Attitude is everything. I take a deep breath, look Coach right in the eye. “Okay. Yeah. I won’t let you down, Coach.”

He nods. “Thanks, Ty.”

I think the conversation’s over, and I’m about to get up, when he says, “We hired a replacement.”

“Wow. That was fast.”

“I got lucky. We made the decision on Brogan a little over a week ago, and my first choice flew in to interview sixteen hours later. We’re doing a press conference Wednesday morning . . .” Coach picks his phone up from his desk and taps out a text. “We wanted to give you a heads-up so you could have some time to get used to the idea.”

“Used to—what idea?”

“She’s the very best. I wouldn’t have brought her in if I didn’t believe that. And if I didn’t believe she’d be good for your career, in particular. I worked with her in San Fran, and if it had been my choice, I would have hired her then.”

She. Her. He did just say that, didn’t he? I didn’t hallucinate.

Holy shit.

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Getting Inside: A Seattle Grizzlies Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Getting Inside is a great read- the author did an amazing job of creating a sexy, strong, & determined woman that has a soft side as well. I like how she made all the characters layered & unique. I look forward to reading more books by Serena Bell & can't wait for the next book in the Seattle Grizzlies series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
I was given a gifted copy by NetGalley. Iona is a football player who manages to be a coach in the PFL. The road to it has not been easy at all but her love for football is so great that anything can't stop her. Ty is the star in the Seattle Grizzlies Team. He is a good player and loyal to his team mates. I liked Iona’s strength and Ty honesty. The author is really great describing feelings. They are so intense that my heart hurt with their pain or fear. I liked how anticipation was getting increased with every chapter and how the author keeps it to nearly the end to make it more interesting and to have us, readers, trying to guess what is next. Another plus for me is the alternated POV chapters. I’m not very much into sports romances and I wasn’t sure about getting this book but I’m really happy I got it in the end.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Serena Bell has written a perfect sports romance that features a lot football and an awesome romance. The book tells the story of Iona and Ty. She is the first female coach in the league and he is the star linebacker for the Seattle Grizzlies. They meet and are very attracted to each other, but their professional obligations prevent them from acting on them. As the story continues, the sexual tension grows Iona and Ty realizes their relationship has outgrown labels. How will the public and their team react when they learn a coach is dating a member in of her team.... This is a great sports romance that has left eager to read the next book in the series. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Getting inside is the first sports romance written by this author, and she’s done a great job of detailing what happens on and off the football field. With an african american female coach of a professional football league team, she tackles innate prejudices against both a female and colored woman in a role normally relegated to men but still shows Iona’s softer and more feminine side. Ty is a team player in all senses of the word, concerned with his offensive teammates and how they are relating to their new coach – and is quick to realize that his own feelings about her are getting pretty complicated. I loved seeing the viewpoints of both characters and look forward to reading more of the series.
Nameher More than 1 year ago
5 *. The Seattle Grizzlies are a pro football team “PFL”…yes, American football. The author described the football environment and life successfully. Ty Williams is a linebacker with the Grizzlies and something isn’t working with the team. They are tight…as tight as brothers. Ty has a no good feelings about his own brother “Like a brother” isn’t a compliment in his book. His family is this team and the team is losing. Something isn’t right with Ty and it may, possibly, have started with the death of his coach and longtime mentor. Ty has just had it with the negativity of the replacement coach and looks for the head coach to let him know in no uncertain terms that it isn’t working when he is sees a really familiar woman. A sexy, model beautiful woman is in the office. He is met with a surprise that the linebacker coach is gone. Fired. Ty is placed on notice that he needs to do better and there is a new linebacker coach in place. His first impression upon seeing his new coach, Iona Thomas is female? Wow. Hot. Want…..Nope! Iona knows all about Ty Williams who comes across as sex on a plate in photos and on TV and who dates “rich models with expensively styled hair…legs up to their necks and …. Well you know the type. There is no way she is going to do anything about her instantaneous attraction to her ‘player’. She is the coach. Well written, this is a really, really good story with all of the elements of a contemporary romance beginning with very likeable main characters who meet early in the story. The secondary characters complement the story but don’t provide too much ‘noise’. The barrier to the relationship is their coach vs player roles for the team. There is plenty of romantic and sexual tension throughout…building to a dangerous point. The characters are well enough described that the reader can visualize them and understand their thoughts and behaviors. Both of the main characters in this story are very likeable individuals with very different backgrounds…although both have baggage. Fortunately Iona knows her stuff and she can figure out her players. Early on, she discovers that Ty needs someone to ‘play for’ and now that his mentor is gone, his drive is also missing. Ty has not learned to play for himself. Iona on the other hand has focused all of her drive, attention and sense of self to football, coaching and being accepted for her talent rather than her gender. She doesn’t see herself as any sort of competition for the ‘beautiful model type’. Both have family relationship issues that need to be faced before moving forward. Well written, this is a really, really good story with all of the elements of a contemporary romance beginning with very likeable main characters who meet early in the story. The secondary characters complement the story but don’t provide too much ‘noise’. The barrier to the relationship is their coach vs player roles for the team. There is plenty of romantic and sexual tension throughout…building to a dangerous point. The characters are well enough described that the reader can visualize them and understand their thoughts and behaviors. Thank you for the early copy, Random House via NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iona's a woman who loves football. She's played, coached and has earned a position as coach of a mens pro football team! Her success has come at a cost. Her feminine self esteem has been damaged by the men she trusts. The attraction she feels to Ty, a plkayer on the pro football team, can only lead to sex, Iona believes, because she doesn't believe any man can want her... Ty's a powerful player, both on and off the football field. But there are other, personal things, he's kept hidden. He's drawn to Iona, but backs away... Absorbing and entertaining romantic sports start to a new series! Fell in love with the characters and storyline! Hope O, Blake and Zach get their own books, as well as Derek, though he's not a football player. Will enjoy getting inside more of this series! Book free for honest review thru Netgalley and publisher.
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
I have to say this slow burn sports romance hit on many notes for me. I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. We are taken on a journey with the characters as they try to find their balance between their professional lives and their personal lives. Iona was an amazing heroine. She was set to trial by fire all through her personal journey to get to play football, coach women’s football and finally is hired to coach the linebackers of the Seattle Grizzlies, a team in PFL. This is her dream job. The story to her journey touches your heart and you feel her anguish to your soul. She has always found Ty attractive, but when they finally meet, she feels a strong pull that she has to deny. She has too much at stake to let her hormones get in the way. Ty is a cocky linebacker with a player reputation and a chip on his shoulder. His play has been suffering. He has not been playing up to his usual game, until Iona starts coaching and turns that line around. She amazes him with her knowledge of the game, her respect and knowledge of how to deal with each player. He is blindsided by his personal feelings for her. This was a slow burn romance. Ty and Iona have to take it slow, cautious, and there is a lot of push and pull. As the story unfolds, I got the story behind their professional drives and their personal anguish. When they are together the chemistry explodes and their feelings can’t be denied, but there are so many factors working against them. If their relationship gets out, they both could lose their dream jobs. I won’t tell you anymore, as you need to read this sweet, slow burn, hot sports romance. I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to read more of this new series.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars--GETTING INSIDE is the first installment in Serena Bell’s contemporary, adult SEATTLE GRIZZLIES football, romance series focusing on the member of the professional football team the Seattle Grizzlies. This is offensive lineman Ty Williams, and coach Iona Thomas’s story line. Told from dual first person points of view (Iona and Ty) GETTING INSIDE follows the building but forbidden relationship between offensive lineman for the Seattle Grizzlies Ty Williams, and the professional football league’s first African –American female coach Iona Thomas. The Seattle Grizzlies have been struggling; with a 1-6 record the owners and staff were desperate for a change-enter Iona Thomas-the first African –American female coach in the PFL, and the woman that would steal Ty Williams’s heart. What ensues is the turn around of a floundering professional football team, and the growing love between player and coach-a relationship that may not be accepted by the people in charge. The relationship between Ty and Iona is one of immediate attraction but Iona knows that it is her job on the line as both a coach and the person in charge. Our heroine has struggles through most of her life trying to prove she was as capable as a man in the field of professional football. Ty’s attraction to Iona becomes a distraction both on and off of the field when Iona begins to push away the man with whom she is falling in love. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive. We are introduced to a number of Ty’s fellow Seattle Grizzlies team mates including his best friend ‘O’ aka Michel Ohalu, as well as quarterback Zach Jones, and cornerback Calder Blake. Iona’s parents, and Ty’s brother add some personal family drama throughout the story. GETTING INSIDE is a predictable story line of forbidden romance but I struggled with the lack of conflict when all was said and done. The final resolution is more of a fizzle, and this reader was left wondering about the little details in between that were never brought to the reader’s attention. I also had a difficult time with the fact that a woman was coaching a professional football team (ala the NFL) and was readily accepted by most if not all the players, other coaches, and people in charge. I suspect there would have been many more issues than what was presented in the story. The premise is entertaining; the characters are colorful; the romance is sexy.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
They’re big. They’re hot. And they play hard. In the kickoff to Serena Bell’s sexy new football romance series, the heat between a female coach and a cocky linebacker turns the Seattle Grizzlies locker room upside down. Iona: There’s nothing like the rush of going head-to-head with the boys. Football is my life, and I got my new job with the Seattle Grizzlies because I know how to play rough. But as a woman in a man’s game, I can’t afford any distractions—like panty-melting tabloid darling Ty Williams, my star linebacker. I’ve stared down plenty of good-looking players without losing my cool . . . and yet something about Ty’s intense gaze burns straight to my core. Ty : Despite what they say in the press, I save my best moves for game day. The Grizzlies aren’t just my teammates, they’re my brothers—no way am I going to let some new coach shake up our defense. But Iona Thomas isn’t just some coach. It’s so tough to keep my head in the game when I’d rather be in bed with her. She may take charge at practice, but if I had her in my arms, I’d be choosing the plays. I just need to figure out what makes her tick—and what makes her want to break the rules. Review: Here is what I liked best about this book... I like the diversity of characters. That seems to be getting better and better. I think everyone enjoys a good interesting character (s) no matter what their ethnicity is. Loved that the lead female character is breaking that glass ceiling and is coaching in the pro football league. This creates some interesting twists on work place romance and the consequences of it. It was super hot! The Author did a great job of putting the sexy into this story. It was well-done and the romance made sense and was realistic for these two characters. I had read one other story by this Author, had read and enjoyed it so when I saw this one I thought I would try another. It is first in a new series, so there is not catching up. The characters are all likable and interesting, and as I said super sexy. It was a quick read, I read it in an afternoon during the holiday break. I am curious to see where the series will go next. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
This story proved to me that you don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy a sports related romance. While there was quite a bit of football jargon that I didn’t totally understand, the important thing was the story about Iona and Ty and you don’t have to understand all of the jargon to get emotional about their relationship or dilemma. Iona has worked hard to get where she is in the world of professional football. Working for the Seattle Grizzlies is the break she’s been waiting for and she won’t let anything stand in her way. Ty has faced a lot of loss in his life; as a result, he has kept himself pretty much emotionally unavailable but there’s something about Iona he can’t seem to resist even though he knows he should. This story grabbed me nearly from the beginning and I didn’t want to put it down once I started reading it. It’s a lot more complicated than just the relationship between Iona and Ty. They both have things from their past that are still affecting their feelings and actions. Ms. Bell’s writing just seemed to flow and even though first person stories aren’t my favorite this one worked for me. I liked that the chapters alternated between Ty and Iona telling the story. Not only did this book tug on all of my emotions it was also HOT! It wasn’t just in the bedroom scenes either. The sparks were flying on and off the field and “hearing” their internal dialogue about those encounters was fun. Getting Inside is a great start to a new series. There is a rich cast of secondary characters and a good setup for additional books. I look forward to reading more about the Grizzlies. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion of the book or my review. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions***
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This book was just okay for me. I thought it could have been better and it had all the potential to be better but something was missing. Iona is a female coach in the PFL and should know better than to have a relationship with one of her players so maybe that was it. Ty is the star linebacker for the Seattle Grizzlies and should be at the top of his game but he is on thin ice with the head coach and so he knows better than to take up with his coach. I could see if the romance waited until after the season but... I will reserve judgment on whether I will continue with the series or not. **Received an ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Timitra More than 1 year ago
Getting Inside is a solid start to what looks to be an awesome series. The heroine, Iona is the first female coach of the PFL and as with firsts in anything the pressure to succeed is always that much higher because you're in essence paving the way for others to follow. I think the author did a great job in conveying what it's like to be the only female in a male dominated sport from the stupid questions they get asked in interviews to the sexist comments to you name it. I loved the way the author tackled how female athletes bodies are viewed and the stereotypes that go with them and the way she shattered those stereotypes. I also loved watching the romance develop between Iona and Ty. All in all Getting Inside is an enjoyable read that I'd definitely recommend. ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to love this one but it turned out to only be an ok read for me. The storyline is intriguing but alas, also a bit cliche - first female pro football coach Iona Thomas who, although she knows everyone in the sports world is watching her, gives in to the strong attraction between herself and star linebacker Ty Williams. The writing is good and the characters enjoyable however the story is very predictable.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! Getting Inside by Serena Bell, is a quick-paced sports-themed romance. It is a nicely-written book with two very likeable and interesting main characters. Unfortunately, the plot fell a little flat from time to time. This is the first book from Ms. Bell's brand new series, Seattle Grizzlies, and it can be read as a standalone. Iona Thomas has worked extremely hard to make it as a linebacker coach for the Professional Football League. All her life she has lived and breathed football, loving every minute she was able to play and coach. In spite of all the naysayers, including her father, she has become quite a success in the male dominated sport. She loves coaching for the Seattle Grizzlies, and after less than one season, she has proven to the team how valuable she is. Pro football player Ty Williams, prides himself on his amazing football skills and his womanizing abilities. He and his teammates are quite close and he considers them to be his family. From the moment Iona becomes his coach, Ty starts to change. He begins to incorporate Iona's philosophies, and realizes that she is the one for him. He also reevaluates his troubled past, and begins to form a relationship with his brother. Ty is a commitment phobe, however, being involved with Iona changes how he feels about monogamy. Overall, I liked this book. Ms. Bell pours amazing passion into her writing and as a result, her characters are well-developed and full of intensity. Iona and Ty are a hot couple and their sexy times are scorching. The conflict between a player and a coach being romantically involved is replete with realism. If you are in the mood for a sports romance with a lot of originality, then pick up a copy of Getting Inside. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Peachey04 More than 1 year ago
What an amazing story and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Two strong willed, career oriented people, both fighting past demons also have to fight their attraction to one another. Loved the characters and their connections as the story moves along nicely. Great read!