Rough & Ready

Rough & Ready

by Tracy Wolff

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Sparks fly between a football pro and an ex-WNBA player. But he needs to prove that he’s more than a sports hero if he wants it all in this steamy standalone from the New York Times bestselling author of Down & Dirty and Hot & Heavy.

Tanner: I may be a baller, but I’ve always tried to do the right thing. Maybe it’s because I’ve been in charge of my four younger sisters for half my life, or because I understand how important it is to be a role model—something I learned from my grandfather, a Southern Baptist preacher who marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. Either way, my pro football career makes it easier to give back, so when a local rec center needs help, I do my best to even the playing field. And not just because Elara Vance, the smoking hot ex-WNBA player who runs the place, has me looking to score off the field.

Elara: Before I got sidelined by an injury, my time on the court taught me that pro athletes are all flash and no substance. Sure, Tanner Green talks a good game and wields a big checkbook, but I’m not buying the whole good guy routine. Still, it’s hard to miss all the good he’s doing for my rec center and even harder to ignore the way one look from him makes me tremble in all the best ways. I just wish I knew if he’s for real. Something tells me a little one-on-one might be the only way to find out. . . .

Praise for Rough & Ready

“Loved it! Finally, a sports romance where the heroine is every bit the unapologetic badass athlete as the hero. Romance needs more female leads like Elara.”—Tricia Lynne, author of Moonlight & Whiskey

Rough & Ready is a spirited story line. The premise is entertaining, engrossing, and stimulating; the characters are confident and animated; the romance is impassioned and seductive.”—The Reading Cafe

Look for all of Tracy Wolff’s seductive reads:
The Ethan Frost series: RUINED | ADDICTED | EXPOSED | FLAWED
The Hotwired series: ACCELERATE
The Lightning series: DOWN & DIRTY | HOT & HEAVY | ROUGH & READY
The His Royal Hotness series: ROYAL PAIN | ROYAL TREATMENT
And her standalone novels: LOVEGAME | FULL EXPOSURE | TIE ME DOWN

This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101884904
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Series: Lightning , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 41,911
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—in second grade, around the same time she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. A one-time English professor with over fifty novels to her name, she now devotes most of her time to writing romance and dreaming up heroes. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

Read an Excerpt


My towel starts to slip before she can answer and I grab it with one hand, just to make sure this bizarre showdown doesn’t get any worse. The other hand I keep free to block an attack because, from the way she’s tensed up, it suddenly doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility that she’ll go for my eyes—or my balls—with those long, slender fingers of hers.

“Help me? Help me?” The look she gives me makes me sweat—and not in a good way. “I’m pretty sure you’ve done enough already. And I know, I should just let it go because expecting someone like you to understand why I’m upset is asking way too much. But you’re a really shitty person, you know that?”

“Me?” I ask, and this time I know I sound as shocked as I feel. But, come on. I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, but ‘shitty person’ is not one of them—at least not by anyone outside a rival team’s defensive line. In fact, I work damn hard to make sure that description can’t be applied to me, because I get how important it is for kids to have role models they can actually look up to. “I think you might have the wrong person?”

“I bet you do. But you’re Tanner Green, aren’t you.” It’s not actually a question the way she says it.

“I am,” I reply cautiously, visions of fake baby daddy accusations now buzzing in my head. I’m suddenly worried that she’s the shitty person here, and judging from the way the rest of the O line is looking anywhere but at me, I’m not the only one thinking that.

“Then I definitely have the right person.” She narrows her eyes at me until they’re little more than slits. “Look around, Green. I mean, seriously. You’ve got thousand-dollar chairs and five-thousand-dollar TVs every ten feet in here. You have more money than anybody needs, access to more fundraising dollars than practically any other nonprofit organization in the city, and that’s still not enough for you, right? You still have to go and steal other people’s funding. Why?”
The breath I didn’t even know I was holding whooshes out. Okay, so not a false paternity accusation, then. Thank God. But that just means I’m even more confused now, because I have no damn idea what she’s talking about.

“Are you sure you’ve got the right person, sweetheart? Because I haven’t stolen anybody’s funding that I’m aware of. I haven’t even gone after any funding for my foundation lately.” Largely because we’re solid, the five-million-dollar annuity I set up my third year as a pro player does its job nicely, especially with the regular donations I get from different players and fans around the country who believe in what I’m doing. Add to that all the unsolicited donations football-loving business leaders give us and we’re pretty much golden right now.

“Really? Why is it, then, that Jack Reilly just announced a fifteen-million-dollar donation to the Tanner Green Foundation? Fifteen million dollars. I’ve been standing on my head to get just a little bit of that money for months—and so have a lot of other really important organizations in this city—and you just come in and waltz away with the whole damn prize. Which would be fine, because who doesn’t like a foundation for underprivileged youth, right? Except yours isn’t the only one in town. Plus, just by dint of its existence, you leave out more than fifty percent of the population and that’s total bullshit. Especially if you’re going to take such a big percentage of the money. Underprivileged girls need help, too, you know, and it’s really crappy to take all the funding for some football charity that totally excludes them.”

She balls up her fist, and for a second I think she’s actually going to hit me. I prepare to block, not because I’m worried about the punch but because I don’t want her to hurt her hand when she slams it into me. She’s tall and obviously athletic, with muscles that look like they can do some real damage to a normal person. But I’m not normal and I never have been.

“Look, sweetheart—”

If possible, her eyes narrow even more. “Call me sweetheart one more time, you dick, and I’m going to break your nose.”

Beside me, Darnell makes a choking noise. Not that I blame him. This whole conversation is going south fast, which is terrifying considering where it started.

I mean, how am I supposed to respond to her? If a guy had said that to me, I’d tell him to bring it on and then knock him on his ass hard enough that he learns not to make bullshit threats. But what the hell am I supposed to say to this woman who looks like she’s at least half Amazon—and acts like it, too.

“Okay.” I hold the hand that isn’t clutching the towel up in a placating gesture. “Why don’t you tell me what your name is, then? Or better yet, give me five minutes to get dressed and we can go somewhere and talk about this over a cup of coffee. The last thing I ever want to do is take money from kids who need it.”

Her eyebrows hit her hairline. “You actually think I’m going to get coffee with you after what you did?”

I didn’t do anything. I met Jack Reilly at a party a few nights ago and shared a beer with the guy. How was I supposed to know that an autograph for his kid would lead to a fifteen-million-dollar donation to my charity? “You will if you want a chance to solve this—”

“What’s there to solve? You and your damn football foundation get all the money and the rest of us are left out in the cold, as usual.” She shakes her head. “I’m so sick of this. I work my ass off to get funding for my kids—boys and girls. For sports programs, sure, but also for art and drama, music and dance.

“And academic programs, because—amazingly enough—there are things in the world other than football. I did powerpoints and flow charts and a ten year plan for what the donations could do for my center plus I let that arrogant asshole flirt with me for weeks and for what? To have some player”—she says it like it’s a curse word—“just waltz in and take everything for his foundation like football is the most important thing in the whole freaking world?”

I feel my own temper start to heat up, but I do my best to hold it back. Something tells me if I lose my cool right now there’s going to be a hell of a lot of fireworks . . . and any chance of finding a solution to her problem will go right out the window. Not that I should care, but I do. It’s hard not to admire a woman willing to go toe-to-toe with a guy who looks like me and come out on top.

“Look, I’m sorry if you lost some funding,” I tell her. “I know how much that hurts. Let me get dressed and we can talk about—”

“Not some funding, you jerk.” She’s so mad she’s all but spitting the words out now. “All the funding for the new programs I’ve been working to put in place, programs that would give inner-city kids in San Diego a chance to go to college for more than just football. That would give them a chance for a life that doesn’t lead to concussions and broken, worn-out bodies by the time they’re thirty-five.”

Her eyes sweep over me as if to say mine is one of the broken, worn-out bodies she’s talking about. “I hope your foundation enjoys all the gold-plated helmets and giant TVs this will buy. In the meantime, you can take your invitation for coffee and your calm-the-crazy-lady-down tone and blow right off.”

Then she whirls around and storms out of the locker room without a backward glance, leaving a shocked and horrified Lacey in her wake.
And me staring after her, wondering why the hell I suddenly feel like I’m as big an a-hole as she apparently thinks I am.

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Rough & Ready 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
SFSharon More than 1 year ago
Wow, our heroine, Elara, did not make a good first impression with me, nor, did she make a good second impression. I understood the frustration behind her outburst toward our Hero, Tanner, but it was so over-the-top and inappropriate that I'm surprised Tanner bothered to give her the time of day. I loved how he broke through her tough exterior to find the vulnerable and feminine side of Elara because they make one heck of a power couple. On a somewhat tangent note, I don't normally think too much about the cover models on the book, but it did kind of bug me that the guy on the cover did not match the description of Tanner at all. There were a few loose ends that I had hoped would be resolved in the Epilogue, namely about her ex, but the Epilogue fell flat for me too.
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
Elara, former WNBA player, works hard trying to make the lives of at-risk teens better. After her career as a WNBA player is sidelined due to a knee injury, Elara invests her money into a rec center. Her money, combined with community donations, enables her to provide kids with a safe place to come for a meal, help with homework, and various other special interest classes. Elara is hands on, often playing a game of basketball with the kids. When funding that was promised to her rec center goes to another organization instead of her rec center, Elara is LIVID! Tanner, a pro football player, is unlike most players in the league. Tanner was raised to value the importance of giving back and helping others. When Tanner is confronted, in the locker room, by Elara with claims of "taking" the donation that was supposed to help her organization, he's astonished. He was aware he received a hefty donation, but had no idea it was meant to go elsewhere. Tanner's is also floored as he's never had someone, especially a beautiful woman, confront or challenge him. He's so intrigued, he vows to find out more about this woman.... Tanner and Elara both come from tragic backgrounds. While Tanner believes in a supportive family unit, Elara's family often voiced disapproval in her chosen career as it was not "girlie" enough. Getting past Elara's fears is Tanner's greatest challenge. After making a mistake on one of the most important nights of Elara's life, Tanner may not be able to salvage his relationship with Elara. I LOVED Tanner's sense of family and giving back to others. You don't typically get to enjoy a storyline where an athlete has a sense of what's important in life--family and helping others. I applaud the author for that. I also LOVED that the heroine was a pro athlete. Elara showed love and respect to her kids at the rec center. She reinforced that each child mattered and could make the world a better place through hard work, good decisions, and an education. Such an important message! I was a little disappointed that such a strongly portrayed woman didn't deal with her ex sooner. I felt this was inconsistent with her character. Other than that, a great story. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I'm a fan of strong, feisty heroines and make no mistake Elara is both. I really liked the premise of this story but I loved the strength of Elara more. Her struggle is real and I hoped for more closure on that part. But not everything fits in a book... This sweet, insta-connection romance is all kinds of fun. Fun on the court, fun in a gazebo, and fun in the best ways possible.
UpAllNightBB More than 1 year ago
4 Marvelous Stars Review by Nancy Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog A light steamy read, Rough & Ready by Tracy Wolff is a great sports romance. It is the third book in the Lightning series, but can be read as a standalone. Tanner is an absolute swoon worthy hero, a very successful football player with a heart of gold. Having to raise his sisters has given him a different perspective on life. Running a successful rec center is how he gives back to his community. When Elara storms into the locker room accusing him of being a bad person, he takes it upon himself to prove her wrong. Elara is rough around the edges, at one point playing basketball was everything until an injury caused her to retire from playing pro ball. Now running a rec center is her life, she dedicates every moment to that place and the kids that come through there. After she loses a donation she thinks is already in her hands, she takes it out on the man who unknowingly got it, Tanner. She knows Tanner holds himself to be a generous person, he can talk the talk but she questions whether he can really walk the walk. That is until she spends time with him, and then there is no stopping her from falling in love with the amazing man Tanner is. Although the flow of the book was great, I had a hard time connecting with Elara’s character. After reading more of the book I realized she has a troubled past that explained some of her behavior, but even then I couldn’t fully enjoy her character. Nonetheless I enjoyed reading this book, the story was light and sweet. Another great addition to the Lightning series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. The woman is so much of the story. She has tried hard to keep her afterschool program working and trying to expand it to cover even more of the communities needs. But after a charity of a football player, gets the grant shes been after she gets up in his face. He should be pissed but he is intrigued enough to go and check out what she's doing. Of course, sparks fly but she never plays the little woman she holds her own in every situation and that makes this a great read. Have some fun and of course a sexy and sensual story. I mean football players need I say more.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
Tanner Green plays for the San Diego Lightning. He has really made a name for himself as one of the nice guys....probably has to do with having to raise 4 younger sisters and being the grandson of a preacher. Tanner always tries to give back to those in need because he remembers a time in his life when things were much harder. Elara Vance is an ex-WNBA star player, having to retire because of an injury. Now she runs Rebound, a rec-center for underprivileged youth in her San Diego. Imagine her surprise when she finds out the donation she was suppose to receive ends up going to Tanner's foundation instead. Elara is pissed and wants to tell Tanner off and she does it in such a great his locker room, in front of his friends. It was great. Only problem is, is that Tanner didn't realize any of this happened and he wants to help make things right. Too bad Elara isn't biting. When Tanner shows up to Rebound that is when the fun begins. He doesn't realize that Elara is an ex-WNBA player and agrees to a little 2 on 2 pick up game each of them picking a youth. Imagine Tanner's surprise when Elara blows him away! I just FLOVE Elara! As Tanner keeps trying to play nice, Elara isn't buying it. All ballers are just a bunch of players and because of something from her past, she is not getting played again. Slowly, Tanner is starting to break Elara's walls down. Just when it looks like they are going to get their happy ending, the past comes back to haunt both of them and together they need to work very hard to get that happy ending. I loved both of these characters. Tanner really is a perfect guy. Sweet, thoughtful, loving....what more do you need???? Elara is such a strong female and loves to speak her mind. You do not want to cross her! I really enjoyed their happy ending too! Overall this was a great end to such a fun series.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars--ROUGH AND READY is the third instalment in Tracy Wolff’s contemporary, adult LIGHTNING romance series focusing on the members of the professional football team the San Diego Lightning. This is former WNBA star Elara Vance, and football player Tanner Green’s story line. ROUGH AND READY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual first person perspectives (Tanner and Elara) ROUGH AND READY follows the building relationship between This is former WNBA star Elara Vance, and football player Tanner Green. Elara’s introduction to Tanner Green is all about the fire and tenacity of a woman scorned. Hoping to be the recipient of a large donation to her children’s youth centre, Elara sees red when all of the money is allocated and given to professional football player, and San Diego Lightning team member Tanner Green’s football foundation leaving Elara’s youth centre scrambling for funds. A locker room meltdown, a quick game of pick-me-up, and an explanation about the how and why finds Elara and Tanner fast becoming friends, that quickly turns into something else. What ensues is the building love and relationship between Tanner and Elara, and the potential fall out as Elara’s past becomes the elephant in the room that continues to pick at Tanner’s over-protective heart. Elara Vance knows success but success that has come at a cost. From the loss of familiar support, to the dark secrets of her past, Elara comes across as a powerful feminist, a ball-buster that pushes at the fringes of psychotic b*tch. Elara is a prickly heroine whose confrontational attitude was irritating and made enjoyment difficult in the early chapters. Tanner Green is a successful and well respected professional player but he too, keeps secret, a past mired in heart break and loss. Meeting Elara Vance stirs something inside Tanner Green, long thought dead by our story line hero, something that has Tanner hoping for a happily ever after. The relationship between Tanner and Elara begins acrimoniously when Elara verbally berates and attacks our story line hero. Believing Tanner was responsible for the loss of her funding, Elara becomes the aggressor in an effort to release her pent up anger, aggression that comes across impulsive and wrong. Throughout the story a softer but damaged side of Elara is revealed, a side she has kept hidden for close to four years. The $ex scenes are passionate and intense, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The colorful and strong secondary and supporting characters include quarterback Hunter Browning and his wife Emerson (Down and Dirty #1), and Shawn and Sage Wilson (Hot and Heavy #2); Tanner’s sister Tina, as well as a number of boys and girls, and staff members at Rebound, the centre run by Elara Vance. ROUGH AND READY is a spirited story line. The premise is entertaining, engrossing and stimulating; the characters are confident and animated; the romance is impassioned and seductive. I did have an issue with the book cover. Throughout the book Elara mentions Tanner’s ‘dreads’ a number of times, yet the cover model is bald, with a completely shaven head. I wish the publishers would realize that readers take the covers seriously, oft times comparing the image to the story line description.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic story in the Lightning Series. Tanner was just insanely hot and oh so sweet. The genuine nice guy we all want to call our own. Tanner meets Elara after a practice when she storms the mens locker room and calls him out in a serious way. Elara is a retired WNB after an injury took her out of the game and she runs a local community center for at risk youth. Her funding is scarce and when a wealthy donor drops a cool 15 mil into Tanners charity she's ballistic. The donor had promised her a pittance compared to that, but she feels betrayed for her kids and has absolutely no time for yet another baller. Tanner pays a visit to the center to check things out, the kids that are there are so excited and dressed up for a "date" arranged by her obnoxious mother, they wind up playing a quick game of hoops which Elara kicks his can. The kids are cheering them on and then game over. Tanner doesn't know who Elara is. Only that's she a beauty at 6'2" and a challenge for him. He gets shown around the center, he's brought his check book and makes a large donation. He's duly impressed with what she's done on the meager amount of money she has to work with. The two finally grow closer and while Tanner is the parent to his 4 younger sisters he's every bit the nice guy that he seems. Elara has some issues, burned badly by a baller boyfriend, she doesn't trust men, much less players. The two spend time together and grow closer. Tanner is so smooth and sexy. The two end up in a relationship that is still evolving when things start falling into place. Until they don't. On that note, I'm going to leave you hanging and read the book. This series just gets better and better and I'm loving these men and the women they fall for. Tracy writes a fantastic story. arc from NetGalley and Publisher for an honest review
Jolie More than 1 year ago
First impressions are always the best. Every book wants a cover that blows the readers socks off when looking at it. And this cover did knock my socks off, for the most part. Look at the model. He is exactly what I thought Tanner would look like. And he is major eye candy too. But, when I look at the cover, my eyes are drawn to his armpit instead of his eyes. Which is a shame because those eyes are gorgeous. But I can’t keep my eyes off the pit…sigh. I keep thinking “Is he going to turn his head and do a BO check?” Rough & Ready are Tanner and Elara’s story. Elara is a former WNBA player whose career was ended when she suffered a knee injury. The rec center that she runs is her life. When a major backer doesn’t come through with a 15 million dollar donation and gives it to another foundation, Elara sees red. Tanner is a major league football player with a huge heart. Raising his 4 sisters after his parents’ deaths, he has become known as footballs nice guy. His foundation had received a 15 million dollar donation, which he was thrilled about. But when a tall, angry blonde walks into the locker room after a game and tells him off in front of the offensive line, Tanner wants to get to know her better. But Elara has severe trust issues after an abusive past relationship. Can she open her heart to Tanner and let him in? Or will her past not allow her to? While I love reading about strong, independent women, I though Elara was a witch with a b. I know that 15 million dollars would have gone a long way with her rec center. To use her friend who works with the team to go to a game and then use that pass to bust into the locker room to freak out on him wasn’t cool. Not letting him defend himself wasn’t cool. Everything that she said in that tirade wasn’t cool. She let her temper run her mouth. But, as I got more into the book, the more I began to understand her. Elara was a fiercely independent woman. She was a woman who never fit into any molds that people tried to force her into. Because of that, she has become used to dealing with things herself. So her reaction to Tanner’s supposed “stealing” was normal. Her relationships with her kids at the rec center were sweet and showed a softer side. She also showed a more vulnerable side when she told Tanner about the abuse she experienced. By the end of the book, I was still on the fence about her, though. Tanner was awesome. Yes, I am “Team Tanner“. He was a stand-up guy. What guy would take on raising 4 girls, all in various stages of being a teenager? His foundation brought sports to those who couldn’t afford it and it was in all 50 states. I thought that he handled Elara’s tirade perfectly. All he wanted was to put pants on and discuss things with her. He did end up discussing things with her but it led to so much more. When he lost his temper, he did it in the spectacular way possible. Also in the most public way possible too…lol. I didn’t get a romantic vibe from Tanner and Elara’s relationship. There was zero romance. There was no build-up of the relationship. It went from her being mad at him to them being in a relationship. Normally, I would be fine with the lack of build up. But in this case, I was a little disappointed. I wanted to see Tanner woo Elara. I guess he did by donating to her rec center.
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Lightning series and it can absolutely be read as a stand alone, although the first 2 were good too so I recommend those as well. This one is about Tanner Green and Elara Vance. Tanner is on the football team the Lightning (I'm horrible with sports so I couldn't tell you what his position actually does) and always tries to do the right thing. He tries to just generally be a nice guy, even when he doesn't want to. Part of that is due to his upbringing and part of it just due to him being a generally nice guy. When Elara needs help for her rec center, he steps up and tries to do the right thing for her kids. Elara is a former WNBA player who was sidelined due to an injury. Now she spends her days trying to help kids with her rec center and avoiding "ballers". When she meets Tanner she thinks he is just another athlete trying to pass out money to make himself feel better. She never expects to be proven wrong. I loved this book!! Tanner is a genuinely sweet man who just happens to play pro football. He takes care of his sisters, steps up for his friends, and just tries to be the best person he can be. I love him! He is what all people should aspire to be, even when he makes mistakes and has to learn and realize from them! Elara is one of those women that you wish you were more like. She is hard working, honest, giving to a community who definitely needs it, and not afraid to stand up for herself when necessary. And after what happened to her, that's an awesome thing. I love how these two come to be together and how they learn to work things out so they can be happy together. This book just showed me once again why I have fallen in love with this series and I think it might be my favorite out of all of them so far!
carvanz More than 1 year ago
Elara’s rec center for children is in need of money and when the money she was promised is taken away and given to Tanner’s charity, she loses it. In the football locker room, in front of his teammates, while he’s wet and wearing a towel. When he shows up a few days later, her kids go crazy and she is forced to face the fact that perhaps she was mad at the wrong person. Because, although she knows better, Tanner appears to be one of the nice guys. But can she trust that what he shows the world is the real him? Tanner notices Elara while leaving the field after practice. He makes a plan to learn who she is but is shocked when the woman comes barging in while he and the team are changing. He doesn’t have a clue what she’s talking about but dang the woman is hot even while spewing all her anger at him. Seeing her in her element at the recreation center shines a light on the strong independent woman that only pulls him to her more. Now he’s finally got a chance and all he has to do is allow her to control her life, including dealing with her past. I really enjoyed this story although I’m not a big fan of heroines who are ball busters, which Elara most certainly was. However, her character never fit into the mold that those around her tried to put her in, so I tried to understood why she was that way but I still had a hard time connecting with her. On the other hand, I love a hero who goes full throttle into protective mode over his woman, and that was exactly who Tanner was. He was also genuinely sweet and caring and he never thought of himself first but the ones he loved. Totally swoon worthy! This is a fast paced read with plenty of chemistry and heat as well as some strong support from secondary characters as well as some heart clinching moments in regards to Elara’s “kids”. I would have liked to have had a further into the future epilogue that also covered them as well as the center because I had grown to care about them as much as Elara, but what we were given was okay. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley and Random House Loveswept. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 Stars! Due to an injury Elara had to retire from the WNBA, so now she has Rebound - a place where kids can go to learn, play and be safe. When she looses her major funding, she takes it out on Tanner Green, a NFL superstar who's charity received the funds that she was promised. Tanner doesn't know what hit him ... except that he wants to get to know the blond bombshell a lot better. I fell in love with Tanner ... he is the ultimate boyfriend. I think he's a unicorn because there really are no guys that are that perfect ... lol! I also loved the fact that Elara made him work for everything because he sure wasn't used to that, as women normally just flocked to him. If you are looking for a laugh-out-loud, swoon-worthy and sexy romance then this is the book for you. In my opinion this is the best book in the series and I highly recommend it. I received an ARC courtesy of Random House - Loveswept through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
CRISSYM More than 1 year ago
4.5 STARS!!! Rough and Ready was a sweet sports romance that's light, easy and steamy, with just a tad bit of drama. I loved the characters and the storyline. Tanner and Elara made the perfect couple because they weren't perfect people, but when it came to something or someone they cared about they put 100 percent into their actions. The only thing that stopped me from rating this book 5 stars was that I felt Tanner spent too much effort worrying about Elara's past instead of just focusing on them when he found out what happened. However, even though I wished he hadn't dwelled on Elara's past so much, I absolutely enjoyed this story and I look forward to reading more from this author. Would I recommend this book to romance readers? Yes! I definitely think it's a story worth reading.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Finally we get Tanner's story and he's just as amazing as I thought he'd be! Rough & Ready is the third book in the Lightning series and while fans of the series will enjoy catching up with the prior couples it is easily read stand alone. I loved Elara and thought she fit with Tanner perfectly. Elara is a former WNBA star so she's not impressed with his NFL status. Her carrier may have been cut short due to an injury but she definitely made her mark on the league. Now she runs a community center for at risk kids and she has no time for a smooth talking baller like Tanner Green. He may seem like a good guy but she's seen his type before. Or has she? Could he be the real deal? You definitely want to grab a copy and find out. I highly recommend it.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty impressed with this book. Really this whole series has been a bit of surprise with how much I like these characters and their stories. Due to a knee injury, Elara is former WNBA player. That right there already shows she's not your typical heroine and throws this book into the unique category. What makes her an even better heroine is that she turned something bad that happened to her into something good. She opened a rec center for underprivileged kids. This center has it all and honestly, if I was a kid, I would be living at this rec center. The way Elara cares about these kids is pretty amazing, especially when she had so much personally she's had to battle. Her story is heartbreaking in a way that you don't always hear about. Tanner is currently in the NFL and one of the greatest in the game. His own story has a sad background but like Elara, he's turned that sad into something great. Tanner has four baby sisters he takes care of. That combined with what happened to his high school girlfriend is what made him into the man he is today. That man is one who truly knows how to treat a woman and made me fall in love with him. I got such a kick out of getting to know both of these characters. When the author added so much heart to their story, I couldn't do anything but fall in love with this book. I'm not sure if the author can top this one, but I sure hope she tries. ARC Provided by NetGalley.
808bookdr More than 1 year ago
Rating 4/5 I'm not that big of sports romances - the most I connect with are football romances but that's because they're more popular. So this was an easy choice for me because of that, plus a bonus was that it was my introduction to this author. I was very surprised with this! The pasts of each character are so thoughtfully crafted and deep that you can't help but empathize with them! The title definitely matches their pasts and the journey they take to overcome that and fight for their love. Great story and perfect ending to it all!