Guarding Sophie: A Love and Football Novella

Guarding Sophie: A Love and Football Novella

by Julie Brannagh

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Hearts beat and sparks fly when two people find shelter in each other

Seattle Sharks wide receiver Kyle Carlson needs to escape and Noel, Washington, is the perfect place for him to do it and figure out his next step. He likes the seclusion and predictability of the small town…until the biggest surprise of his life turns up in the local grocery store.

Sophie Hayes has her own reasons for disappearing without a trace and moving to Noel. This mountain town makes her feel safe for the first time in a long time. But her quiet routine is threatened when Kyle walks back into her life. Growing up in the same Florida town, she always had a little thing for the sexy football player. This tie to her old life, though, could mean she has to run again, even if her heart wants to stay.

When the reason she fled shows up in Noel, Kyle and Sophie, with a little extra help from his teammates, must decide to stay and fight for the life, and love, they’ve found together.

An Avon Romance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062443311
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Series: Love and Football Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 170,386
File size: 563 KB

About the Author

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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Guarding Sophie: A Love and Football Novella 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of the other books was well wriiten except for this one. I think she rushed to get this book published. There is no way this book is finished. I am really disappointed. There was a lot of unsolved issues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot that could have been developed into a full length book...lots of options to explore. However, from the opening line to the last word was only 78 pages which left me feeling like the story was rushed and there were issues that were not addressed...parental greed, Sophie's career, and home residency questions. In addition, Kyle's football career was very much on the back burner throughout the "novella". I would love to have had "Guarding Sophie" as a full length book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth money. It was 85 pages. Story could have been good but was rushed
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Kyle Larson is looking forward to his off season and having the opportunity to escape the limelight and his money hungry relatives for a while. While he appreciates the extravagances that come with his career as a athlete, he is more than ready to give it all up for a bit and just enjoy the peace and tranquility of his new secluded cabin. He has come to a point in his career where he needs to make a plan for his future, and put down roots some where, and he is hoping Noel will be the place he can do that. When he decides to take in the sights of Noel and do a little site seeing and shopping he gets the surprise of his life... the woman who stole his heart years ago has recently also taken residence in the town of Noel. He's not sure if it's fate or just good fortune, all he knows for certain is that he's not ready to let her getaway a second time. Sophie Hayes moved to Noel in hopes of finding a safe place to fall for a while, and possibly find some semblance of a normal life. Leaving her family behind, and going on the run was the hardest thing she has ever had to do, but she figured it was the only way she could protect herself from her dangerous ex. For the first time in quite a while she is able to carry on with her day without having to constantly look over her shoulder, and she is actually starting to enjoy her new life in Noel, especially when a certain handsome football walks back into her life... I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent reading this short, but oh so sweet, story. Ms. Brannagh never ceases to amaze me with her brilliant and heartfelt story lines. I truly enjoyed watching Sophie and Kyle's story unfold, it was sweet,captivating,thrilling and packed with lots of steamy passion. If you have not read the Love and Football series yet, I must first tell you that not only are you missing out on some exceptional reading, but also the opportunity to meet some really amazing men that are sure to cement a place in your heart!! ARC requested through Edelweiss, and kindly provided by Avon Impulse Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well I'm glad this was cheap since it was so short. I've read the rest of the series and the author and the author does tend to jump to happily ever after pretty fast but this one was ridiculously short. Only 80 something pages out of 125 are the actual story.
girlfromwvaKY More than 1 year ago
This is Love and Football #5.5. It is a Novella. It is the story of Kyle Carson and Sophie Hayes. Kyle is a wide receiver for the Seattle Sharks team. He wants to escape from his busy life and goes to Noel, Washington. It is the perfect place for him to go. He is trying to relax and figure out what he wants to do. He gets a big surprise, though, when he goes to the local grocery store. Sophie is working at a small town grocery store in Noel, Washington. She has fled her native Florida because of problems with an ex. She feels safe with her quiet routine in the mountain town. When Kyle walks back into her life, she remembers how she always had a thing for him growing up. She knows he is a tie to her old life in Florida. If Sophie wants to try to see where things go with Kyle, she will have to decide if she can stay and fight for him, or leave once again. Maybe with the help of some of his teammates, they can get the life and love they have both found with each other. Really cute story. I love how they find shelter in each other. I love how they work out a plan to get the better of Sophie's ex, who just won't go away, even with a protective order. Lots of sparks, a girl next door, and a love that is meant to be.
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BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
A sweet story about high school friends meeting again after ten years, and finding a new kind connection in between them. The characters are delightful and charming. They are really easy to like and relate to, and even the biggest football players are so down to earth, not to mention care for each other. Truly a family. The author paints a clear picture of the events, elements, and surroundings. It is easy to set yourself into the story, and let it flow on. Kyle and Sophie had a crush on each other in high school, but life happened, and for ten years, they hadn't seen each other. Now, when they both are in hiding for different reasons, they find the refuge and comfort within each other. The attraction they had for each other grows into something much more, something solid and lasting. The elements of danger from Sophie's ex, Peter, gives another dimension to the story. The domestic abuse is handled with respect to the victim. Even though the story is short in length, you can see the characters grow and develop, Kyle with his ungrateful family, and Sophie comes to a place where she can face her attacker. I enjoyed the story, it is easy to submerge into the world of the tale, and forget the rest of the world with its worries, so if you are looking for a little sweet escape, this would be a perfect story for that ~ Four Spoons
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
This short novella is a lovely addition to Julie's A Love and Football series! Sophia Hayes moved to Noel in search of a new life. Running from an abusive ex, Sophia Hayes has found herself in Noel. Starting over is always hard but after a couple of months she is finding herself fitting in nicely to her new surroundings. When Kyle Larson, an old high school crush, shows up Sophia finds herself opening up about her past to him. Kyle Larson has retreated to Noel is hopes of escaping the limelight and enjoying some peace and calm during the off-season. Kyle is trying to find a place he can call home after his career as an athlete is over and Noel seems like a good place to look. Kyle couldn't believe his luck when he runs into his old high school crush Sophia, who also just happened to move to Noel recently. I loved the chemistry between these two as they reconnect. Although the story is short, I feel the author did an excellent job of squeezing in the right amount of content and storyline into this novella. This book is part of a series but can definitely be read as a standalone as well. I received an eARC of the book from the publisher for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
Format: Galley Copy Sophie has been running for her life away from her ex. She lands in a little town, Noel, Washington. What are the odds she runs into a high school friend, Kyle. Kyle has wanted to date Sophie since high school and she's the one who got away. After finding out Sophie's ex has found her he's determined to protect her. Kyle is super sweet and an alpha when he needs to be. If you're looking for a great romance with a touch of suspense I would recommend Guarding Sophie.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Kyle Carlson and Sophie Hayes went to high school together in Cocoa Beach, Florida. They both had a little crush on each other in school, but nothing ever came of it. They haven't seen each other for years when they run into each other at Sophie's job in Noel, Washington. Kyle is a wide receiver for the Seattle Sharks and needs some quiet space for awhile, so he came to Noel for some time away. Sophie ran away from her old life and has been living in Noel for a few months now. She's acting afraid and Kyle wants to get to the bottom of it and see how he can help her. As their time together has them growing closer, will Sophie be able to relax and enjoy her life again? And when her past comes back to haunt her, will Kyle be able to keep her safe and secure them having a future?