by Jami Davenport

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He's the beast, and she's the beauty of his past.

After twelve years in the league, all Zach Murphy wants is a championship ring. His focus has been on hard hits–not smooth manners; about breaking quarterbacks–not making small talk at cocktail parties. After dumping a tray of drinks on the team owner's snooty daughter and accidentally feeling up the Governor's wife, his tenure with his team looks perilously short.

Kelsie Carrington-Richmond knows what it's like to fall from grace. A onetime beauty pageant star and former high-school mean girl, she's now running from an abusive ex and living out of her car. With few real job skills, she focuses on starting her new business, Image Polishing for Real Men. She's thrilled to land her first clients, the Seattle Steelheads, who have hired her to polish their roughest player.'s Zach. The same guy whose broken heart she left in her wake when she was still a mean girl. He's just the beast she remembers—but she's nothing like the former beauty queen.

Can they get beyond their pasts? Or will they both find themselves offsides?

Previously published as Down by Contact in 2013. This version has been updated, re-written, and re-edited.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161353950
Publisher: Cedrona Enterprises
Publication date: 06/27/2019
Series: Seattle Steelheads Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 42,497
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary, sports, and new adult romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle series and the Men of Tyee series. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, and a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat. She recently joined the ranks of full-time authors and is also planning a romantic suspense series.

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Offsides 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 25 days ago
I love Jami Davenport’s style of writing; her books are always interesting and she has never failed to deliver for me. This is an enemies to lovers story that drew me in and kept me riveted throughout. Zach Murphy and Kelsie Carrington-Richmond knew each other in high school; he was the poor kid and she was a “mean girl”. Fast forward 12 years and now they could not be more different. Zach is focused on winning a Super Bowl ring and just when it is within reach, he falls short. Kelsie is on the run from an abusive ex and is struggling to make ends meet. When she is hired by the Seattle Steelheads as an image consultant she leaps at the chance, that is until she realizes that the man she has to assist is Zach, the man whose heart she broke. When they meet again, it is with resentment and regret. Can they overcome their tumultuous past and focus on the job at hand, or is the past destined to destroy their present and possibly their future? This was at times an emotional roller coaster of a read, particularly as the details of Zach’s past unfolded. Can Zach and Kelsie learn to trust themselves and one another? Offsides is a second chance at love story about digging deep, facing your past and moving forward. It was well written and a story you can really dig your teeth into.
voraciousreaderKB 24 days ago
Even though Zack is a professional football player and makes millions of dollars, he isn’t comfortable in most social situations. He grew up poor, lacks social graces and usually embarrasses himself. Kelsie and Zack became enemies when they were in high school. Zack was a dumb jock and Kelsie was a mean girl, who purposely hurt Zack. Now, years later, they meet again and their situations have reversed. Even though Zack and Kelsie are surprised to run into each other again, the timing is perfect, they just don’t know it yet. They help each other as they undergo changes and grow into better people. This is a heartwarming and entertaining story.
KindleKat64 25 days ago
4 1/2 stars. Zach & Kelsie have a past that would make most people cringe at the thought of seeing each other again. But they are put on a team together that is out of their control, and if they want to help their careers they have to figure out a way to not go offsides. They need to work past their past if there is any hope for a future for them.They have sizzling hot chemistry so this of course leads to very steamy scenes! I loved the concept of this story so much and Jami delivers. Once again I was rooting for this couple to find their HEA so hard! This beast was surely tamed by this beauty! But I think more than anything, they helped each other and made an amazing team! I loved it!
mamalovestoread22 25 days ago
For the last twelve years Zach Murphy has been so wrapped up in winning a Super Bowl that he has let it cloud his better judgement, and let his manners slip. Which in turn has created a lot of uncomfortable situations... ones that are coming back to bite him now. His antics have caused management to question whether they want him on the team, so they issue an ultimatum clean up your image, or your gone. He wants that Superbowl ring, wants to keep his spot on the team, and he's desperate to prove his worth to the team owner... he will do whatever it takes to redeem himself in their eyes. Even if it means re-connecting with a woman that crushed him years ago, and putting his livelihood in her hands! Offsides is a dramatic and angst ridden enemies-to-lovers tale that'll have you smothered in feels from beginning to end. These two had history, the painful kind, the kind that had them both come out swinging the moment they were thrown back into one another's lives. With defenses high, painful memories resurfacing, it made it hard for them to focus on what was important... their futures. Zach wasn't prepared to see the woman who broke his heart, and Kelsie wasn't ready to deal with the fallout from her past actions, but what choice did they have? These two brought serious torture to the pages, their demons fought them at every turn, and their distaste for one another clouded their judgement at times, I had my doubts that they would every be able to find happiness. But they eventually did, they just had to wreck my heart before they did it! I loved every word of this one, it was engaging, heartfelt, emotional, and steamy... everything you could possibly want in a romance! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
heater_28 25 days ago
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review** Offsides is a enemies-to-lovers romance in Jami Davenport's Seattle Steelheads series and there is nothing that gives you all the feels more than a romance like this. Zach Murphy has been playing professional football for the last twelve years. During that time, he's worked to get to where he is after overcoming a not so wonderful childhood and some high school experiences he would rather forget ever happened. During this time, the one thing that Zach seemed to lose were his manners and his sense of judgement, which has put him in precarious positions many times. Now he finds himself in trouble with team management and a makeover of his image is the only thing that is going to keep him on the team. Kelsie Carrington-Richmond is trying to start over. After escaping an abusive marriage, she's moved to Seattle to try to start a new life. One of the things she's trying to get off the ground is her business where she helps rehabilitate images. She ends up connecting with Steelheads management and is given her first client, which happens to be Zach. What management doesn't know, is that these two have quite a history. When Zach and Kelsie realize they will be working together, there is no love lost on either side. Both of them harbor resentment from high school and neither is happy that their livelihoods are dependent on one another. The question is, as they spend more time together will the ice between them melt or will those walls continue to stay sky high? There was quite a bit of angst and drama in this book as these two make their way. Their history made them each defensive from the get-go. Kelsie was the person that had broken Zach's heart and she isn't ready to deal with how her actions years before affected many things in Zach's life. Overall, this is a romance that has a bit of everything and should be enjoyed by all.