For five years, Cecilia Morgan’s entire existence has revolved around playing personal assistant to self-centered former NFL quarterback Wade Carter. But just when she finally gives her notice, his father’s health fails, and Wade whisks her back to his hometown. CC will stay for his dadfor noweven if that means ignoring how sexy her boss is starting to look in his Wranglers.
To say CC’s notice is a bombshell is an insult to bombs. Wade can’t imagine his life without his “left tackle.” She’s the only person who can tell him “no” and strangely, it’s his favorite quality. He’ll do anything to keep her from leaving, even if it means playing dirty and dragging her back to Credence, Colorado, with him.
But now they’re living under the same roof, getting involved in small-town politics, and bickering like an old married couple. Suddenly, five years of fighting is starting to feel a whole lot like foreplay. What’s a quarterback to do when he realizes he might be falling for his “left tackle”? Throw a Hail Mary she’ll never see coming, of course.
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Laura Jennings is a professional narrator and voiceover artist with an MFA in creative writing. Her intrinsic appreciation of the techniques that comprise storytelling allow her to analyze the underlying moods and currents of a book and bring them into her interpretation of it. An avid reader, she enjoys a quiet lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest with her loving husband and aged beagle, Dottie.
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There were some days Cecilia Morgan would gladly shove her boss off the top of Mile High Stadium in downtown Denver. This was one of them. Wade "The Catapult" Carter may have been QB royalty, but he was lousy at relationships. Allergic to them, actually. And today, like so many days, that was a giant pain in her ass.
"But I thought he really liked me," came the forlorn voice of another jilted Wade Carter conquest.
"Of course he did."
CC straightened her pen and her drink coaster as she sipped on her Red Bull. Comforting slightly hysterical women was all part of her job description, and she'd become a pro. This one's name was Annabel. CC knew that because Annabel had called her frequently the last few weeks, chasing Wade. God forbid he should ever give out his cell number.
Plus, she'd supplied it to the florist this morning. The florist who had a standing order for a letting-her-down-gently floral arrangement. And a drawer full of cards that all said the same thing.
I've enjoyed our time together. Unfortunately, I can't commit to further dates. Thanks for your company. — WC
For crying out loud — the man didn't even personalize it with his full damn name!
"He took me to that flashy new restaurant three nights ago. You don't take just anyone there, CC. There's a waiting list."
CC stifled a sigh. Waiting lists didn't matter when you were more famous than God and John Denver in Broncos country. Celebrity opened doors. Wade didn't use his obnoxiously, but he didn't have to.
People knew who he was.
Restaurants ushered him to tables, fancy watch companies sent him exclusive timepieces, car salesmen handed over keys.
And women opened their legs.
"Oh God." There was a long groan on the other end of the line. "He was just using me for sex, wasn't he?"
CC blinked at Annabel's candor. She drew in a deep breath and thought about a warm SoCal beach. The Pacific Ocean. Blond surfer dudes with tans and abs.
Six months. Just six more months left on her employment contract.
No more twenty-four seven availability. No more midnight runs to the nearest gas station for Wonka Nerds. No more phone calls from emotional women she barely knew.
Technically, after the call from her broker this morning, she could walk her ass out of Wade's apartment right now. One of her investments had paid off, and while it hadn't made her rich, she now had the money she needed — she didn't need any more of his. But she'd signed a contract, and Wade's lawyers did not screw around. She'd seen them in action too often.
"Wade doesn't discuss his dates with me."
CC stuck to the company line instead of saying what she wanted to say, which was, Ya think? And also, Weren't you using him, too? Bagging a famous jock for some social capital?
Bragging rights with the gal pals?
Because she knew Wade would have given Annabel the usual spiel up front. He didn't go out with any woman unless he had.
He wasn't interested in anything more than a few dates.
He wasn't interested in anything long-term.
He wasn't interested in a wife.
How many times had she heard Wade say that, either over the phone or face-to-face? "Don't fall for me, darlin'. I don't do past next week."
And as much as CC really hated this part of her job and thought Wade needed to stop treating the women of the world like he was in a candy shop and they were the buffet, he was always up-front with them.
But ... as usual, there were some who thought they'd be different.
They'd be the one.
"Don't get me wrong — it was really freaking awesome sex. I mean ... holy cow, CC, that man knows things about a woman's body. Like, knows things."
Oh God! Palm trees. Seagulls. The sound of the surf.
"He does this thing with his tongue —"
"Oookay!" CC was quick to interrupt.
Too. Much. Information. CC might have pretty much run Wade Carter's life, but there were some things she just didn't want to know about the man. Some things you just couldn't unhear.
"I'm telling you, that man has stamina."
Well, yes. He'd been the star quarterback of the Broncos for thirteen years. There were three Super Bowl rings in his safe to prove it. He had stamina.
Throw the man a parade.
"Okay, well, thank you for calling."
"No. Wait! CC?"
CC sighed. She'd never perfected the art of the polite hang-up. Wade was excellent at it, but these women broke her heart.
"You know the man. What did I do wrong? What could I have done differently?"
A humorless laugh rose in CC's throat, and she quashed it ruthlessly. What could she have done differently?
How about not putting out?
It was that simple. Her boss was a man — one with stamina and apparently crazy-good skills with his tongue she did not want to know about. One who used sex for recreation with absolutely no intention of follow-through.
In other words, he was a total, unashamed, card-carrying horn dog.
What did a woman do differently with such a man? How did she get that guy's attention? She said the one thing Mr. Hotshot Quarterback wasn't used to hearing. The one word women just didn't say to His Royal Sexiness.
Sure. He might walk away without doing that thing he did. But it might just make him work a little harder, too.
Seriously, what was wrong with these women?
She'd known treat-them-mean, keep-them-keen since she was six years old. But maybe that was just a result of having five older, very protective brothers.
Not that she'd had a chance to treat anyone mean since she'd taken up this job. Being Wade Carter's PA-cum servant for the last five and a half years had pretty much decimated her social life and killed her sex life dead.
Not only did Wade always know where she was, thanks to that annoying app he insisted she install on her phone, he was also uncannily attuned to when she was about to get lucky in her rare moments of free time. It was like he'd shoved an estrogen monitor under her skin one day when she'd been too exhausted to protest and called her when it hit the red zone.
CC dragged her attention back to the woman waiting on the other end of the phone. She should have pulled out her usual line about not discussing Wade with anybody. But she didn't. There was something in the pitch of Annabel's voice that tugged at CC's heartstrings.
She sighed as she fingered the neat stack of Post-its sitting at an exact right angle to her pen. She was tired of clucking and soothing Wade's women, of being fucking Switzerland. It felt like a betrayal of all women. "Annabel, you're perfect just the way you are. Don't change for any man, okay?"
And she hung up the phone, thunking her forehead against the desk. That was it. She was done. She couldn't do it anymore. Deal with Wade's women. She wouldn't. And, thanks to her windfall, she didn't have to. Yesterday, she hadn't had quite enough money to leave. Today — she did.
It was as simple as that.
It was time. Time to go. Not in six months, not at the end of her contract. Now.
CC pulled her head off the desk, cheered by the thought. She was ... free. She smiled and then she grinned. She could just ... walk away. A laugh pressed itself against her vocal chords, and she gave it voice.
Of course, Wade could be an asshole about it, and the thought of his lawyers sobered her laughter. She had to be smart about this, really smart. Not walk in there and tell him to shove his job and his women up his ass — no matter how tempting. Confrontation was not the way to approach the situation.
She had to pick her moment. She had to be composed and reasonable. State her intentions with clarity and sincerity and calmly hand in her notice. Appeal to him for understanding. Assure him she'd find him a top-notch replacement.
Hold his damn man-baby hand a little bit longer ... But it had to be today because her mind was made up and frankly, one more weepy phone call was going to see her spiking her Red Bull with vodka. And CC had no intentions of making a side trip to rehab on her way to California.
* * *
Wade glared at the blinking cursor on the blank screen. It'd been doing that for the last three hours. Sitting there. Blinking. Defying him.
Not too many things defied Wade Carter. Mostly, they just saw him coming and got out of his way. Everything from a three-hundred-pound linebacker to a three-hundred-pound hog.
Well ...everything except his mother. His PA. And this fucking annoying cursor.
When he'd been approached by a publishing house immediately after his retirement three years ago to write a book about his life, he'd dismissed it out of hand. But so many people had asked for his memoir since — fans and sports commentators and NFL execs — that he'd started to think about it seriously. The publishing house, who had coughed up a million-dollar advance, had offered to get a ghost writer, but Wade had refused.
He might not have graduated summa cum laude, but he was capable of writing his own story. He'd read all the great American classics and could get his head around algebra. He'd actually been a reasonable student — he just hadn't seen the point of wasting time inside the classroom when he could be out on the field, where his true vocation lay.
And now, here he was. Just him and the cursor.
Wade had no idea why it was taking him so long to write the first word. He and CC had prepared copious, detailed notes about his life and career to be included in the book.
But he didn't know where to start.
Where was he supposed to start? At the beginning? Back on the hog farm in Credence? Or when he started playing college ball for the CU Buffs? Or when he was drafted by the Denver Broncos? He'd had a long and illustrious career in the NFL before his knee had blown out for the last time a few years back.
And yet he couldn't figure out where to start.
He glanced up from his screen, seeking inspiration through the floor-to-ceiling windows throwing summer light into his office. From his penthouse vantage point, he could see the gleaming curves of the horseshoe-shaped bowl belonging to Mile High — or whatever the hell it was called these days — and, even now, he could still hear the roar of the crowd inside his head.
Behind the stadium, in the distance, stood the jagged outline of the Rocky Mountains. They rose majestically — strong and indomitable. As strong and indomitable as the spirit within Mile High on game night.
It was a view that always awed him. The juxtaposition of the modern and the ancient, the man-made and the natural. These two great megaliths had shaped him, and the sight of them both humbled and strengthened him.
It was inspirational stuff. Except today. Today, he had nothin'.
He groaned as he plonked his head on the desk, disturbing one of the many piles of neatly stacked papers CC had meticulously printed out and compiled, each marked with Post-its and labeled clearly in her legible, no-nonsense handwriting.
That handwriting irritated him more than usual right now.
"You should have gotten a ghost writer."
Wade lifted his head off the desk and shot an annoyed look at his PA lounging in his open doorway. She was in her regulation blue jeans. She always wore jeans, whether it was cold enough for them or not. It'd been one of the few things she'd insisted on when she'd agreed to be his PA almost six years ago — no more ridiculous corporate wear.
Today, she'd teamed it with a red stripy T-shirt. She thought it made her look Parisian. He thought it made her look like a tiny female version of Where's Waldo.
"There is nobody more equipped than me to write about me."
Wade tried and failed to keep the exasperation out of his voice. It was the same argument he'd had with the publisher. And won. And he was in no mood to have it with CC — again.
"Yes. But." A slice of her mahogany bangs fell across one eye, and she brushed it away. She wore them longer than the rest of her hair, which was super short and choppy all over. "Writing is a different skill than throwing a ball."
Leave it to CC to point out the fucking obvious. But still, Wade hated how this was already kicking his ass. He succeeded at everything he did. Nothing defeated The Catapult.
Not even the blinking cursor of doom.
"So I should spend weeks talking to someone else so they can tell my story?"
"Sure, why not?" She shrugged. "You do like talking about yourself."
Wade grunted as he returned his attention to the screen. "Why do I pay you so much money, again?" "Because I'm the only PA on the face of the planet who doesn't quit after you wake me at three in the morning to go and buy you Nerds and condoms."
He grinned at the memory. Yeah, she'd been really pissed about that. But it'd been the deal they'd made. Six years of twenty-four seven. He paid her a shitload of money — because he could afford it and a good PA was worth their weight in gold — and her time was his. All of it.
"That was an emergency."
She folded her arms. "Your apartment burning down is an emergency."
Wade laughed. He loved how CC didn't try to flatter him or pussyfoot around. And he appreciated it. She was like a cranky, bossy older sister — except at thirty-two, she was six years younger than him. His mother always said men needed someone to call them on their horseshit.
Well, his mother never said "horseshit" because not even forty-plus years in rural Colorado could coax the Texan Southern belle out of her. But when she said balooey, they all knew what she meant.
CC wandered into his office. "I also don't complain when I have to provide regular phone counseling to distraught women."
Wade flicked his gaze up from the damn blinking cursor. "It sounds like you're about to, though."
"Seriously, Wade." She sighed as she pulled to a stop on the opposite side of his desk, crossing her arms under her breasts.
She totally wasn't his type. He was the full jock cliché — into tall, busty blondes. And CC was his PA, and he'd promised her all those years ago, when he'd seen her knee her then-boss in the balls for making a pass, that he would never, ever go there with her.
But you couldn't beat biology. He was a man; he was genetically wired to notice boobs.
"Just give them your damn cell number already."
CC seemed testier than usual, but she was hardly a ray of sunshine at the best of times. He shook his head. Hell no. Being able to abdicate all the unpleasant things was one of the perks of being seriously fucking rich. "Annabel?" "Yes. Annabel. And before that, it was Chrissie. And before that, Shondra."
Yeah. He'd been picking some doozies lately. It didn't seem to matter how many times he told the women he took to his bed that he wasn't looking for a wife — they were getting more determined. It had taken a lot of fun out of dating. And frankly, he was wondering if dating was more trouble than it was worth.
For him and CC.
Between women and this book, he was going a little stir-crazy. Maybe he was losing his mojo?
"Can't you be a little more ... discerning?"
He propped his feet up on his desk and raised his arms to tuck his hands behind his head, the back of his chair reclining slightly. "What can I say? Women like me." Then he smiled that smile he knew would make her roll her eyes.
She didn't disappoint. He half expected her to mimic a gag reflex, but she opened her mouth to speak, instead, her face suddenly intent and serious as she took a step closer to his desk. "Do you have a moment to discuss something, Wade?"
Wade's scalp prickled at the grave note in her voice — he didn't like the sound of that. The last time she'd been this serious, there'd been a major Nerd shortage two Christmases ago. Thankfully his phone rang, cutting her off, and he grabbed it quickly, holding up his hand, indicating for her to hold her thought. He couldn't cope with a Nerd shortage and the blink, blink, blink of the taunting cursor.
Noticing the word Mom displayed on the screen, he pushed back in his chair again. Few people had this number. His parents, his brother, some old NFL buddies, and CC.
He put her on speaker. "Hey, Mom."
"Wade." The soft lilt of her Southern accent was as soothing as it'd always been. "How's my baby?"
CC rolled her eyes again, and Wade stifled a laugh. He was thirty-eight years old, filthy rich, and about as close to sporting royalty as it was possible for an ex-quarterback to be, but he'd always be her baby.
"Same old, same old."
"Staying outta trouble?"
"Always," he said and ignored CC's not-so-quiet snort.
"You're going to church?"
Excerpted from "Nothing But Trouble"
Copyright © 2019 Amy Andrews.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 Stars Amy Andrews is a new author to me but after reading Nothing But Trouble I will certainly be checking out her previous books. CC Morgan has focused on her job and the man she works for former NFL quarterback Wade Carter for the last 5 and a bit years but it’s coming to the end of her six year contract and she can’t wait, she is looking forward to new beginnings and she certainly won’t miss the sending of flowers and explaining to woman why it’s Wade and not them ....... her boss is not looking to settle down and up till now he has left it all to CC to explain once he has loved them and left them. Wade needs to head home to Credence and he insists CC needs to go as well and that’s when the fun and games really begin, this is when Wade realises he can’t be without CC and where CC falls in love with an untrainable puppy and a piglet..... This book has it all. I laughed or should I say snorted out loud (Sorry piglet), I swooned and I loved the residents of the small town of Credence. The characters have depth, the banter flows and I can’t wait to read Wade’s family members and the other residents stories because I’m sure they all have a tale to tell. I really enjoyed this funny read and I recommend it to all lovers of small town romance as well as romantic comedy lovers.
Amy Andrews is a new author to me and I have to ask myself why that is. Cecilia Morgan’s life has been totally focused on the man she works for, former NFL quarterback Wade Carter. However one can only work for someone for so long and when CC finally hands in her notice he is shocked,; he cannot imagine his life without CC. However all that will have to wait as Wade is heading back to Credence due to his father’ sill health and he is determined that CC accompany him. I love cowboys and small town romance and Nothing But Trouble certainly made for entertaining reading. It was amusing to watch Wade and CC dance around the feelings that were developing between them. The secondary characters were great, particularly Wade’s family, and I am looking forward to reading their stories. Thrust into life in a small town, Wade and CC soon find themselves involved in small town gossip. There was humour and fun, little piglets and a whole lot of feel good moments in Nothing But Trouble. I really liked CC although Wade annoyed me at first, he grew on me as the story progressed. I look forward to reading more in the series.
Sweet lovely read. Former NLF player Wade and his PA CC are heading in his home town because of his father bad health. The three month that they plan to spend writing his memoir and helping his family will be last because CC contract will expire and she is can't wait to move to California. Everything changes, lines are crossed. Will Wade figure it out and make it all right between them? This is a multi-layer story because it doesn't write just about CC and Wade, but also about community, how tight they are in Heaven and how they want to wake it up and bring new resident especially women for their hot men. The story has also a love story from Wades older brother Wyatt. I loved the story it was sweet funny and hot. Both characters are well developed and interesting and easy to fall in love. Great read. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
This was a great romance. It is a bit different which is a good thing. I polished it off in two days. Loved the characters, the plot and the locale. Great fun read with enough drama to fill that need up nicely. I can heartily recommend this one. Well written and an easy read.
I absolutely loved this book! This is my first time reading an Amy Andrews book and I can say without a doubt that I’ll be binging on her other books. I loved the banter and humor. I loved the side story with Wade’s brother. I freaking loved the romance! But most important, I loved the writing style. Such a feel good book. A must read!
I Simply Adored this Book. The author has given us a funny, romantic, lighthearted storyline that will take you back to simpler times with characters you can truly relate to. Her writing style is witty, charming and simply put dreamy. Kudos Ms. Andrews for a wonderful book that kept my heart happy and my face grinning throughout. Wade Carter is a former Pro Football QB that for all practical purposes has the world by the tail. He’s got money, women and a PA that runs every little detail of his life (yes even down to buying condoms for him). But her contract is about to run out and Wade is desperate to find a way to make her stay on. As for Cecilia “CC” Morgan she is ready to leave now. She finally has enough money to leave Denver and buy her dream home on the beach in California. No more taking care of Wade 24/7. But when CC walks into Wade’s office to give her notice, 6 months early, Wade gets a call from his mother that his dad is in the hospital. Wade needs her and she just can’t say no. But to her dismay, Wade convinces CC to give him 3 months while he helps his family at the farm and his dad recuperates. From here the story takes off. The small town of Credence is dying. There are no single women to be found. Wade’s mother and the town council come up with a plan to bus in women for a weekend to see what the town has to offer. A plan Wade is totally against (because he can just see the paparazzi invasion). But somehow CC gets sucked in by Wade’s Mom and agrees to help. Between this crazy plan, Wade working on the farm getting all sweaty and wear jeans instead of suits, CC, a total city girl, is in purgatory. I can’t recommend this charming, heartfelt, delightful story enough and this reader can’t wait to see what happens next in the small town of Credence, Colorado. 2 Thumbs Up and 5 Stars for a very enjoyable read.
Celia is a PA for Wade, who is a 3 time Superbowl winning player, who is now retired. Wade is a high maintenance boss and Celia is the only one has been able to tolerate him enough to stay with Wade. She has a 6 year contract that is almost up. Wade is a serial dater who doesn't see himself ever getting married. Cecilia has plans of moving to California, after her contract, and living out the dream she has had in her head. One day, Wade gets a call that his dad has had some heart trouble and has to have a ICD implanted. Dad is a pig farmer and Wade's brother works on the farm with him. Wade decides to take a trip to the farm to help out. He is going to spend three months in the small town he grew up in. He insists that Cecilia go with him. The two of them learn a lot about themselves and each other. They discover that sometimes what you see, right in front of your face, is often not as it appears. I really enjoyed this book and I am going to read others by this author.
Amy Andrews pens another exciting romance with her latest book, Nothing But Trouble. The story takes in the small town of Credence, Colorado, where the male population greatly outnumbers the female population. The folks that call Credence home are down to earth, and consider their neighbors as family. This is the first novel from the author's brand new series Credence, Colorado, and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Cecilia Morgan, or CC to her friends and family, has been Wade Carter's personal assistant for over five years. Wade is a former pro football quarterback, and he is just as popular now as he was back in his heyday. He is gook-looking, rich and prefers to play the field. Wade counts on CC for absolutely everything, and as a result, CC's life has never been her own for half a decade. Now that her contract is almost up, she plans on buying a home overlooking the Pacific Ocean in California. However, before CC can begin her new life, she agrees to travel with Wade to his hometown, so that he can complete his memoir, while helping out on his family's farm. CC's immediately welcomed into the warmth of Credence by Wade's family and the townsfolk. In addition, a cute little piglet and a floppy Collie can't get enough of her attention. While ensuring that Wade stays on task with his writing and various other commitments, she gets involved with the town's latest project....getting single women into the town in hopes that they will stay and help revive the community. CC has grown to love Credence, as well as her boss in the process. A hot kiss later evolves into much more. Wade checks his ego at the door when he ends up taking care of CC during a difficult time, and after a while realizes that he has loved her forever. This is both a sexy and enjoyable romance. The characters are well-developed and I could not get enough of the genuineness that the people of Credence exude. CC and Wade are a terrific couple and their road to happiness is a wonderful romantic escapade. The southern charm and antebellum references are incorporated beautifully. Also, the subplot regarding Wade's older brother Wyatt is both entertaining and heartfelt. I loved the ending and I can't wait to read more about the happenings in Credence. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
A new author for me, I found this book to have wonderful characters and a captivating plot that made it a delightful read. This light hearted, humorously written book is about retired NFL football player, Wade "the Catapult" Carter and his PA Ceclia Morgan, "CC". CC's 6 year contract is coming to an end. She has had no social life, because she is being paid obscenely well to be available 24/7. However, she has invested her earnings well and has enough to make her dream come true, move to Southern California and buy a home on the beach. Her father had walked out on his family to make another one, and she vowed never to be dependent on a man, because they leave. The only men she trusts are her 5 older brothers. Meanwhile, Wade is contracted to write his memoirs and does not want to lose CC. He had been burnt by love as a young man and vowed never to get close to a woman again, so he does not do relationships. After his father has a heart attack, he convinces her to come with him to his hometown, where he can help out on the farm and write and she can assist him. But once they get settled in and she is welcomed by his family and town, their relationship starts to shift. Meanwhile, the town has been suffering from population drain, with very few single woman (the opposite of Susan Mallory's Fools Gold), so the town council decides to invite single woman to town, and Wade's mother enlists CC' s help. Will Wade's shy brother Wyatt find a woman of his own? Will Wade and CC realize they are perfect for each other or go their separate ways when her contract is done? I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.com. This is my unbiased and voluntary review.
4.5 Stars I really enjoyed this book. I will be honest I was a little skeptical about Wade in the beginning, but once he goes back to his hometown to help on the farm all bets are off. I loved seeing him in that environment and so did CC. I loved the town of Credence and it's residents. This book had a light fun vibe that I truly enjoyed. I also enjoyed the secondary story of Wade's brother Wyatt. That story really warmed my heart and was a joy to read. CC and Wade have a working relationship, but when they're in Credence those lines are going to getting blurred. I'm a fan of Amy Andrews books especially her ruby guys, but she does justice to small town romance. I really can't wait to read more from this series because there are a list of guys I would like to see their stories told. This is a must read book!
Exciting slow burn, workplace romance. CC has been Wade's PA for over 5 years and has always kept their relationship professional. When Wade needs to return to his hometown, CC obviously comes with him but seeing him on the farm and with his family, well, her opinion of his starts to shift. Wade avoids commitment after having been burned years ago. He enjoys his celebrity status and all the women that land at his feet. But his life doesn't function without CC. As life in Credence brings them closer, he finds it difficult to keep his feeling strictly professional. These two are an amazing duo in the work world but what happens when they let feelings creep in? It was great to find out since each of them work hard to stay closed off, it made this an intense journey. I loved that we also got to know Wyatt, Wade's brother and he gets a sub-story along the way. And their mother, Ronnie, well, don't get in that woman's way. What a great project to help revive a strong community.
Nothing But Trouble is the perfect title for this book. Mixing business with friendship and pleasure leads to all sorts of trouble. And that is what Wade and CC did. She kept him in check most of the time. I loved how their story transitioned to them really getting to know each other and realizing how they could be happiest. The townsfolk of Credence were downright hilarious and were great supporting characters. I laughed several times with their conversations and hard doses of reality that they gave. When push came to shove, the hero came through with flying colors and a swooning moment. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Wade Carter was a star quarterback in the NFL until his retirement a few years ago. Now, he's still sought after by fans in Denver, by companies for endorsements, and by the ladies for his well-known prowess. Throughout it all, the last 5 years, he's had his "left tackle" by his side, his personal assistant, CC. She keeps his schedule, supplies his Nerds candy habit, and sends his apology bouquets to his many, many disappointed dates, after he's moved on to the next. She's the best, and his life wouldn't run nearly so smoothly without her. Which is why, he's moving her with him from Denver, back to his small hometown of Credence, Colorado for the summer, so he can write his memoir. And hopefully while there, he can convince her to stay on as his PA, even though her contract is up. Cecilia Morgan hasn't had her own life in 5 long years. She agreed to it, but it doesn't make her like it any more. Being Wade Carter's PA is an exercise in frustration, exasperation, and chastity. She hasn't had time for friends, much less dates, or anything resembling a relationship. She is at his beck and call, day and night, and boy has he taken advantage of that over the years. Finally, one of his devastated girls calls CC, AGAIN, and it's the final straw. She decides to quit 6 months before the end of her contract, but he isn't having it. He makes her a deal to come with him to Credence for the next 3 months, to finish his book, and then he'll let her go. She jumps at the chance to be able to get out early without any lawyers or hard feelings involved. So off they go... Wade and CC had such a comfortable relationship. She thought she had seen him in every aspect of his life, and she accepted him as he was. But she'd never seen him truly at home, in his hometown. Wade also realized, while in Credence, that he didn't know as much about CC as he thought, and them being under the same roof brought them closer, and helped envision each other in a new light. The interesting thing about Wade and CC's relationship was that they never truly SAW each other until they were in Credence. This is not one of those cases of the heroine sadly pining away for the hero while he screws around with everyone else under the sun and ignores the pull towards her. They simply don't think about each other that way at all. He is her boss, and she is his employee. He pays her well to be on-call for him 24/7, and that's their only connection. CC wouldn't even really say they were friends. I liked that about the story. In Credence, being around Wade's family, and the townspeople he grew up around, really made CC see him in a new way, and then when she has a tragedy in her life, he begins to see her in a new way too. Meanwhile, there's a lot going on in their little town, after his mom and the town council decide to try to lure single women to town. Their town is dying, and they need to infuse new blood into it. So, as women descend on the town, there's a little side story about Wade's older brother Wyatt falling in love with a new girl in town, Jenny. I'd love to see more about them in the future! So sweet! This was a really fun side plot, and set up quite a few stories for the future books. Wade and CC had quite the rocky road to happiness, but I was fully involved the entire time. I loved their slow fall into each other, and watching them screw it up time after time was painful, and funny, and sad, and beautiful. I recommend this story, and I look forward to more from Credence!
So much fun and flirty and sexy good times! This is a friends to lovers or maybe we should call it boss to employee romance between Cecilia and Wade. First she works for him as his personal assistant and wants to quit and just as she is going to Wade ends up moving them back to his home town to take care of his ailing father. So much fun and witty banter and flirting fun to keep this story going. This had a slow burn to the romance but it was a hot one when it got going. Definitely recommend this one! **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Cecilia Morgan "CC" has been Wade Carter's personal assistant for 5 1/2 years and she's ready to hang it up and move to California. She's had enough of letting down his girlfriends and running out for candy at 3am. Wade is a retired quarterback who's supposed to be working on his biography but it's not going well. When his father has a heart problem Wade decides to move back to his hometown for the summer to help out and work on his book. There's only one problem, CC doesn't want to go and turns in her resignation. Wade persuades her to give him the summer before leaving. Sparks start to fly when they're living under the same roof. Will they end up together? This is a great native son returns to his small town story and romance.
Credence, Colorado may not be on your vacation list but it's definitely going to be a hot spot in the future. Love and piglets are in the air. I know you're probably thinking that's a typo but it's not. Nothing But Trouble is a whirlwind getaway and small town living experience. She expected trouble but she never expected him. Or at least her reaction to "farmer porn"and "cowboy porn"... Why she didn't expect a hot former jock raised in Colorado not to be able to rock a Stetson, some jeans that would melt butter, and good old fashioned farm work swear still confused me but hey, she can try and deny all she wants. (She isn't very good at it, btw.) Fun in Credence may not be what you are used to but with the influx of new blood, I think you will love it just as much as the new transplants!
Highly enjoyed this crazy emotional roller-coaster ride of a romantic journey.... it took almost losing her to realize what was there all along ... Love it!! This is a beautifully real romance filled with small town goodness, honest reflection and sweet simmering passion that will no longer be ignored. Loved this adventure from beginning to end and could not put it down. Love Credence and hope to visit again soon.
Rarely do you find a romance with so many amazing characters, right after I finished Nothing But Trouble my mind started contemplating whose story I'd want to hear next... Amy Andrews emotionally invested me, the reader. She masterfully pulled me through the gambit emotions following the CC's and Wade's rocking relationship while keeping us completely loving their surrounding cast! She even managed taking an very unlikable, self centered, star and turned him into the perfect guy for CC. Straight up, Nothing But Trouble is a feel good, family centered, hometown romance with a golden cast that I just can't get enough of. I received this ARC copy of Nothing But Trouble from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Amara. This is my honest and voluntary review.
Light, entertaining, fast moving, heart-melting small town romance. Wade is an ex- quarterback who has built a life after. CC is his overworked PA. She is tired of 24/7 everything especially ending his latest hottie. He's trying to write his memoir. She wants to retire to California. Wade decides to go home to Credence, CO, population 2000+, very few young, single women, and where he is treated like just an ordinary citizen. He's going to work on the farm in the mornings and write in the afternoon. CC is must and talks her into going with him. His mother and the town decide they need to advertise for young women to move to Credence. CC gets involved. The town advertises and busloads of women come for a weekend in Credence. Amy Andrews writes a fascinating read of small town feeling, family love, family heartbreak and much more. Nothing But Trouble is well worth your time. You will get caught up in the story quickly and want to put it down. Find out if Wade and CC work out that that they are more than just employer-employee and does the town of Credence get new blood.
I've loved every one of AA's rugby series so when I read the blurb for this one, I was all over it. Football and small-town? YES PLEASE!! CC is an amazing character and from the very beginning of this story, I was drawn in and wanted to race to the end to see how everything played out for her. Wade is a great character but some of his faults were big for me and I, at times, didn't think he deserved someone as awesome as his PA. Credence is a fantastic town that I would love to visit. I can't wait to see where this series goes and who gets their HEA next!!
This was a fun book! I liked the characters and quickly became invested in their story. I very much enjoyed the humor and the tone of their bantering back and forth. Although the premise is one I've read before, this was fresh and engaging. I didn't want to put the book down and stayed up way too late to finish it! I think this is a great foundation for Amy Andrews' new series and I look forward to reading the next books. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
CC and Wade’s unexpected love story in Nothing But Trouble by Amy Andrews, book one in her Creedence Colorado series, was a fun, charming, amazing, and amusing story that I could not put down; yes, I did read it, non-stop, in one day, getting totally lost in the story. CC has decided she has had enough as former football star Wade’s PA. Instead of accepting her resignation Wade decides they should spend the next three months in his hometown of Creedence while he finishes writing his memoir, expecting few interruptions. Imagine his displeasure when the town plans to bring more women to the area. Wade does not want this plan to succeed and works to keep it from happening. However, the townspeople are quite happy to see the new blood infused into the town with new businesses popping up and even the occasional love relationship working out; including Wade’s own brother. Wade becomes angry when his own mother convinces CC into working on this plan and helping the town!! This scheme had so much humor and funny scenes that one could not help but laugh and smile while reading. I liked CC and Wade from the beginning, despite feeling badly for CC with all she had to deal with from Wade; things that were definitely not in her job description. CC was quite dedicated, willing to help Wade get through his writer’s block. It made me wonder how Wade would survive after CC left. I was not even sure there would be anyone who could replace CC; able to complete every demand from Wade with ease and almost a smile. I loved how well she fit into the town and was readily accepted by the townspeople, who were usually wary of strangers. The relationship between CC and Wade actually felt more intimate than many couples might have; a yin to his yang. They were perfect for each other if only they could forget their baggage, learn to trust each other, and realize it before it’s too late. Once Wade realizes how he actually feels about CC, he recognizes this loss of his PA or his “left tackle” as he often called her, will need a “Hail Mary” pass that she will never see coming, in order to keep her by his side. Ms. Andrews wrote a wonderful, funny and charming story that is not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sexual chemistry, amusing banter, and endearing characters giving CC and Wade a chance at love, happiness, and a future neither expected. I highly recommend Nothing But Trouble to other readers and look forward to reading the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I'm completely in love with Credence, Co and everyone who lives in this small town. Nothing But Trouble is filled with everything I adore about small town romances. *Great secondary characters, whom I'm looking forward to reading their own stories in the near future. *A slow-to-build chemistry between Wade and CC which builds to an all consuming inferno. *Quick witted banter not only between the main characters, but all of the secondary characters. *A hero that should have been filled with a giant ego, but in his hometown, he was just a regular guy. That is small town living at its best. *A heroine so full of love and genuineness that the small town accepted her as one their own from the get go. I could continue this list of things I love not only about small towns, but also what I love about this book, but I think you should really read about them for yourself in Nothing But Trouble. Wade Carter is "The Catapult" of the NFL Broncos, the town's "number one son" of Credence, Co with three SuperBowl rings in his possession. If anyone asked him, Wade has a pretty sweet life, but when he gets the news that his father's health is failing, he's hit in the solar plexus. Wade decides to take a vacation from everything, pack up and move back home for the summer, taking his PA, Cecelia "CC" Morgan with him, much to her argument. CC has dedicated the last five and half years of her life to Wade Carter as his personal assistant. She's been at his beck and call twenty-four/seven. Available to pick up Nerds for his candy obsession or condoms for his other off the field obsession. CC is looking forward to her six year contract coming to an end so she isn't exactly thrilled to spend the next several months in the small town of Credence. Packing her bag CC finds herself living in a Gone With the Wind replica style home, nursing piglets, while scheduling busloads of women to arrive in the declining town as a promo campaign to boost the population. Her days working for Wade are never boring. With Wade trying to finish his memoir while also helping out at his family farm, he hates the idea of strangers arriving in his hometown disturbing his quiet, peaceful place of rest. He seems to be the only one not on board with reviving the town. Not only does it take CC away from him, the town seems to have taken a shining to his PA, but something about being away from all other distractions has shifted something in him about everything in his life. Could he always have been living with blinders on? Nothing But Trouble is fun, sweet, full of farm animals, and one hunky NFL player whom can't help but be a bit naive in the love department even after lots of practice on the field. This is one small town romance you need to read this year!
3.5 STARS! Adding another new to me author for 2019 and definitely one I’d love to read more from! Nothing But Trouble is the first book in Amy’s series, Credence, Colorado. I found this one to be a charming and an enjoyable read! I truly enjoyed CC and Wade’s story, it took them a lot longer for the romance park to kick things up and made the book a bit lengthier than I would have wanted. The hysterical banter with all characters involved were probably some of my favorite moments in the books. I liked that there was a little side story going on with Wade’s older brother as he navigates some personal things at an older age. To be honest, I’m surprised that CC stuck it out as Wade’s personal assistant for so long especially with his revolving door of women. I loved that it wasn’t an insta-love between them and things just kind of happened. I definitely understood her hang-ups about him and why pursuing something wasn’t the best idea, but love always wins. All their moments together were just downright sweet and I couldn’t stop adoring the crap out of them. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more in this series, I’m definitely in love with the small town that is Credence!
This is a super cute story about bringing women back to a small dying town full of single men and of the romance that ensues between the woman promoting the events and a man set against them. CC is stuck in Credence because her bossy boss brought her there. She gets involved in a scheme to enliven the dead town with women and is striving to find and to promote ways to tempt single women to try out Credence. Wade, her bossy boss, is only back in Credence because his father has been ill and needs help on the ranch. He is dead set against the promotion. There is so much tension between CC and Wade that they fail to see the chemistry there. But it is and on a grand scale. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.