Harper Duquaine is back for another season of fantasy football! This time she’s a year wiser and prepared to dominate the league. But while she finally seems to have her fantasy life in order, reality proves more challenging.
Her plans to peacefully play house with her boyfriend come to a halt when the high school suddenly names Brook its head football coach. The promotion comes with more responsibility on the field and less time at home. It also unexpectedly means more work for Harper, who already has her hands full helping a friend pull off the perfect proposal (while dodging questions about when she and Brook are going to get hitched already). Plus, a new development at work could leave her—and half of the fantasy league—jobless.
With the complications of her career and being “Mrs. Coach” adding up, Harper wonders if she’s committed to the life she’s already building or if there is something else out there.
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!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Since we last left off in ‘First and Goal,’ the two main characters, Harper Duquaine and Brook MacLaughlin, have moved in together. They are loved up and their lives seemed perfect. This all starts to change when Brook’s boss, the football coach at the school, is diagnosed with cancer. Brook temporarily takes on the Coach’s role, whilst the coach undergoes treatment. Shaken up by the devastating news, Brook puts his all into his new role, meaning he is spending less time at home – and less time with Harper. Harper and Brook’s relationship is put under an increasing amount of strain when what seems like all of Brook’s time is taken up with coaching football. He’s often home late. He’s always tired. They soon begin to bicker. Their love life goes out the window and they have to fight for it if they want a future together. It doesn’t help matters when Harper finds everyone around her is getting engaged. Whilst her own relationship is beginning to hit the rocks. She wonders if she and Brook will ever get things back on track and get married themselves one day. At work Harper is sworn to secrecy when a problem arises. She decides not to tell Brook, as he has enough on mind, so keeps it to herself and doesn’t tell her friends at the dealership either. When everyone does eventually find out the secret, we see one character grow up. JJ wasn’t the nicest of characters in ‘First and Goal’, but when he finds out his job is at risk, he changes. I was waiting for JJ to show his jealous streak, and perhaps try and sabotage Harper’s already deteriorating relationship with Brook, but JJ’s character stopped being childish and totally proved me wrong. He was no longer a jerk, instead becoming quite sincere and ultimately proving that his friendships with both Brook and Harper meant something to him. He even gives Harper some good honest advice when she’s feeling low and doubting her future with Brook. He could have easily tried to turn Harper against Brook when she was feeling this way but instead his sincerity came out and he was shown to be more of a man than I was expecting. Although the fantasy football element was in the book, it wasn’t a major theme, unlike in the first book. We see more of what’s going on in Harper’s life, like the new craft business venture she sets up with Brook’s sister, Amelia, and how much of a success it becomes. Harper is still passionate about winning the fantasy football league this season, and her triumphs were again shown in the format of weekly league progress reports. There were more league members this time with Harper’s brothers Scott and Christopher joining up. Harper becomes very confident about winning the league, but with more league members to contend with and a very busy work life, the question is, can she pull it off? I’d recommend this sequel whether you’ve read ‘First and Goal’ or not. It’s funny, heartwarming, and you find yourself rooting for Harper and Brook when things get tough for them. The characters are fantastic and I was really pleased JJ turned himself around. Go buy this book! Reviewed by Jodie at Whispering Stories Book Blog
In Going For Two, the second book in the Queen of the League Series, author Laura Chapman weaves an entertaining chick lit tale that continues the trials and tribulations of Harper Duquaine as she tries to balance home, romance, and work issues, while delving into the second year of the competitive world of fantasy football leagues. Author Laura Chapman takes her personal passion for fantasy football leagues and creates a hilarious chick lit series with a football theme. She weaves a sassy tale full of humor and drama that easily draws the reader into the continuation of Harper's story as she tries to try juggle the challenges in her life with the fierce competitiveness of fantasy football leagues. In Going For Two, the focus is on how Harper deals with the challenges of everyday life issues, especially in her relationship with boyfriend Brook, while the fantasy football league takes a back seat. I really enjoyed the switch in the storyline as the drama of everyday life issues that Harper struggled with are realistic and easy to relate to. But I couldn't help but snicker as Harper did her homework for the new season of fantasy football, as I too prepare to take down the opposition every season in my various sports fantasy leagues. Going For Two 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 series 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 drama and sweet romance, it's simply delightful! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Harper is back for another season of Fantasy Football and she is ready to go all the way! She is researching each player, and is determined to get the team of her football dreams! She has picked the team of the season (in her mind) but her relationship with Brook isn't quite what dreams are made of these days! When an unexpected health issue plagues the head coach, Brooks steps up and takes on the responsibility. Harper doesn't know what it entails to be a coaches girlfriend, all the practices, the late night video reviews, the weekends full of meetings and the fundraising and networking involved as well! Harper is doing great with her second business, and she is even finding time to help with Brook's sisters proposal (which almost gets her in trouble when it looks like she and the future groom are cheating with each other! Oy!). And if life wasn't crazy enough, Brook signs her up to run the craft fair this year, chaperone trips and bake dozens of cookies for the boosters spaghetti dinner...Oh the life of a coach's girlfriend! But with all this free time alone, Harper is starting to wonder if she will ever be #1 in Brook's life or has she taken a backseat to football? Grab a bottle of wine and watch the craziness unfold and see if Harper and Brook have what it takes to make it past football season let alone stand the test of time!