Pierce Harrison--yes, that Pierce Harrison, black sheep of the wealthy Harrison clan--has come home to his family's luxurious Long Island compound. The big question is why the dangerously sexy soccer star agreed to coach a kids' soccer team. His co-coach Abby McCord should be grateful. Instead she's fending off some seriously smoldering advances from the scandal-ridden athlete. Good thing bad boys are so not her type . . .
Abby is definitely not lacking in passion, but the sweet-faced beauty needs to learn a thing or two about taking a team to the championship--and a whole lot about how to let a man into her once-broken heart. Pierce definitely knows how to make the moves, but will Abby trust that the bachelor the world has condemned as a scoundrel can settle down with the one woman who has taken hold of his heart?
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Someone Like You
By Jennifer Gracen
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Long Island, New York — September
Abby McCord snuck a peek from behind the oak tree, leveled her weapon with stealth, aimed carefully, and fired.
"Aaaagh!" her nephew cried as her shot nailed him right on his head. "Noooo!"
She laughed victoriously and kept shooting her water pistol as she advanced. Soaking his neck, his belly, his shaggy blond hair, she yelled, "Ha HA! I gotcha, little man!"
Laughing too, Dylan squinted and turned, trying to shoot her back, but his aunt had him right where she wanted him. None of his shots even got close.
"Okay, okay, you win, Auntie Abs!" the eight-year-old shouted. He threw up his hands in surrender. "I give! I GIVE!"
"Ah, Dylan m'boy," she said with mock disappointment. "Never give up. You're a McCord. We don't give up. Fight to the death next time!" She walked across the backyard toward him with a big smile.
"You're right," Dylan said, and in a blur of motion, he raised his water pistol and shot her right in the forehead. She sputtered, raised her arms to block her face as he kept shooting, and they both laughed and shot at each other until they were thoroughly soaked and their guns were out of ammunition.
"Come on, let's go have a snack," Abby said. She dried Dylan off with an old, faded towel on the back steps before letting him into the house. Keeping her nephew occupied for an entire Saturday was no easy task. It was the second week of September, but it was as hot outside as any midsummer day. And she'd be damned if she'd let him sit in front of the TV or computer all day. So while her sister did a double shift at the hospital, she took him out. They'd been to the park early, had lunch at McDonald's, and back to the house to kick around a soccer ball in the backyard and have water gun fights. She had definitely gotten exercise that day. Being with Dylan was always fun and exhausting.
Abby pulled her bob-length blond hair into a ponytail while Dylan changed into dry clothes. Moving to the kitchen, she sliced up a Gala apple and made a quick bag of microwave popcorn. As soon as Dylan entered, he started begging to watch some television. She looked down into the dark blue eyes he'd inherited from the McCord side, the same as her own. "I'd really rather you didn't," she said.
"Aww, c'mon, Auntie Abs," Dylan begged. "Pleeeeeease?"
A glance at the clock showed it was just past four. Since they'd been out for most of the day, and she needed a bit of a break herself, she relented. Dylan ran for the living room. Five minutes later, she joined him on the couch with the big bowl of popcorn and a glass of ice water.
"How's it going?" Jesse McCord asked as he came down the stairs.
"Hey, Dad," Abby smiled. "Taking some downtime after a shootout at the OK Corral out back."
"I watched you two from upstairs for a bit," Jesse said. "Heard you yelling and laughing. Looked like a good time."
"You could've joined us," she replied.
"Nah," Jesse said dismissively. "Too hot out there for me today."
"Fiona won't be home until eight," Abby said, "but Mom should be home from work by five fifteen. So we'll have dinner with her, okay?"
"Sure. What are we having?"
"I have no idea yet," Abby shrugged.
"I'm watching Phineas and Ferb," Dylan told Jesse as he crunched into an apple slice. "You like that show, right, Grandpa? Wanna watch with me?"
"It's one of the only ones I'll watch with you," Jesse conceded. His gravelly voice often sounded like a growl, but everyone knew his only grandchild owned his heart. He sat on the sofa on Dylan's other side and stole a handful of popcorn from the bowl. "As long as it's not that SpongeBob crap. I hate that show."
"It's a good show!" Dylan disagreed as he chewed.
Seeing that they were situated comfortably, Abby decided to steal a few minutes for herself. She went upstairs and ducked into her bedroom, closing the door behind her. Having left her air conditioner on, the room was nice and cool. Breathing a sigh of relief for the quiet, she grabbed her laptop and sat on her bed.
She glanced around her room as the laptop booted up. Six months earlier, she'd made the decision to move back home. Her parents were getting a little older, Fiona worked a lot of double shifts, and Abby wanted to help them care for Dylan. Her motives hadn't been one hundred percent selfless, though — she'd wanted to move out of her apartment. Everything there reminded her of Ewan, and she wanted to leave all that behind and start fresh. Dumping that place and moving back home for a year or two to save up money to buy a condo was a good idea. Everybody gained.
So she'd repainted her old bedroom, gotten a new comforter set, and made it a room suitable for a twenty-eight-year-old. The pale teal walls were soft, and her cream-colored comforter and assorted throw pillows were both stylish and inviting. The decor was so different from the hot pink paint she'd grown up with that sometimes it almost helped her not think about the fact that she was a grown woman who'd moved back home.
She logged into Facebook to update her status, writing a quick, funny note about her water pistol fight with Dylan, then started scrolling to check on her friends from near and far.
Stretching out on her bed, Abby glanced at the clock again, knowing she still had some work to do before the weekend was through. Her lesson plans for the week were almost finished, but not quite. Watching Dylan all day had thrown a wrench into her schedule. She loved everything about being a first-grade teacher, but she hadn't been totally ready to go back this year. The summer hadn't been completely relaxing. She adored her nephew, but his being an ADHD poster child didn't lend itself to much peaceful downtime. He'd gone to day camp, but was home by four o'clock every day, and most days, she was the one home with him while Fiona and her mom worked. Her dad, though retired from the force, sometimes did shifts for a local limo company for pocket money. She would have loved to spend the last of her lazy summer days just reading at the beach or the park, instead of taking Dylan there to play and run around ... but that was why Abby had moved back home in the first place, after all: to help Fiona and their parents with Dylan.
She'd gone back to school the week before, with its usual whirlwind of activity, and signed up to coach Dylan's soccer team. Two afternoons a week and games every Saturday morning until mid-November. Handling fourteen active eight-year-old boys was sometimes like herding cats. What on earth had she been thinking? She now had very little time that was truly her own, so she stole moments whenever she found them.
She scrolled through the main feed on Facebook slowly, catching up on her friends' and relatives' lives for the day. Pictures of babies cropped up here and there, adorable in their diapers and floppy sun hats. Many of her friends from high school were married now, or engaged, and a few had already become parents. Yet here she sat, at twenty-eight, looking at other people's milestones. Abby sighed.
"Auntie Abs?" Dylan's voice sliced through the closed door, startling her. "Can we go back to the park? I wanna go in the sprinklers and get ices."
Her head fell back onto her pillow and she swallowed a groan. She was still recouping from their water gun fight. He was ready for more? She was ready for a nap. "Sure," she called back. "But how about in half an hour? I just need a little time to relax and cool off. Then I'll take you, okay?"
"Okay. Thanks, Auntie Abs."
Abby heard Dylan's footsteps retreating. Turning back to the screen, she scrolled farther down. Her mouth fell open as she gasped at what she saw. Pictures of her close friend Allison with her boyfriend Jeff on their trip in California. In a hot air balloon, over wine country in Napa. Getting engaged.
"Ohhh," Abby cooed, looking through the photos Allison had posted. It had happened only an hour before. God bless the Internet for being able to spread news in real time. Pictures of them gliding high in the sky, a close-up of her new sparkly diamond ring, the tremendous smiles on their faces, all pure joy. Now Abby's eyes stung with tears. She was deeply happy for her friend ... and yes, slightly wistful for herself.
WOW! she typed on Allison's personal page. Congratulations, you two!!! Can't wait to hear all the details. Call when you get home. Love you!
A loud crash came from beyond the door, downstairs, followed by her dad's booming voice. "Dylan!" Jesse bellowed. "Why?!? Why did you have to build a tower with Grandma's pots?"
Abby couldn't help but giggle.
* * *
Pierce Harrison remembered all too well how the hazy humidity in New York could smother a person in the summer. He'd felt sticky almost as soon as he'd exited the air-conditioned terminal at JFK Airport. He hadn't missed that, the feeling of needing a shower ten seconds after you stepped outside.
Familiar sights assailed him as he looked out the window of the town car he'd hired for the almost hourlong drive to his sister's house. Belt Parkway to Cross Island Parkway to the Long Island Expressway. The farther north and east they got, the greener the landscape beyond the parkway, even though it was early September. People drove like road warriors in New York, as bad as in London, if not worse — just on the other side of the road.
He stretched out his long legs in the backseat, and his thoughts wandered to his family, as they had for much of the overseas flight. Of how they'd react to his surprise visit home. To what he'd left behind in London. To how it had been growing up a Harrison.
Most of the time, it sucked. At least, it had for him. No one would have believed it; all others saw was the billion-dollar legacy that four generations of Harrisons had created. The empire they'd built from selling state-of-the-art medical supplies to major hospitals and medical centers around the world, the cushy lifestyle, the mansions on the North Shore of Long Island. All people saw were the extraordinary perks and prestige that money brought. But not the emptiness that could, and had, come with it. Pierce had been bucking at the tethers, trying to get away from the Harrison legacy for most of his life.
And yet, here he was in the backseat of a hired luxury car, crawling along the LIE to surprise his family with the news that he was moving back home. At least, until the scandal back in England died down and he figured out what the hell his next step would be.
He'd played professional football in the Premier League for most of the thirteen years he'd lived abroad. He'd made a damn good life for himself, completely separate from the Harrison name and its ties. And yes, he'd had a lot of fun. Wicked fun, living the good life with lots of drink and lots of women littering his past. But one of the few women he'd ever said no to had been the cause of his undoing. The cause of his newly tarnished career. All because of her vicious lie and bastard of a husband.
He scrubbed his hands over his stubbled jaw and rubbed his eyes. It had been over six weeks now; he had to somehow let it go. What's done was done, and carrying the anger was pointless. He'd made his decisions, given his limited choices. Then he'd left England altogether. All he had to do now was figure out what to do with the rest of his life. No big deal.
With a disgruntled sigh, Pierce rested his head back against the leather seat. From behind his sunglasses, he scanned the blurred scenery outside. The unforgiving sun blazed in a hazy blue sky, and tall, lush trees canopied the streets of the North Shore. He checked his watch. Almost eight P.M.? No, that was London time. He set his watch five hours backward to New York time and sipped from his water bottle before popping a piece of gum into his mouth, letting the mint wake him a bit.
Soon the car was going through Kingston Point, the secluded town where he'd grown up. One of the most affluent communities in the entire country, its gorgeous and decadent houses were set back by long driveways and surrounded with trees. Pierce glanced at them with mild distaste. He had loathed this place as a child, with its ultra-snotty residents. Of course, his family was one of the wealthiest in all of Kingston Point — hell, in all of New York State. So many times, as a surly teen, he'd used that fact to tell people to kiss his ass. But in truth, he'd never really felt he belonged there. He'd gotten away as soon as he could.
Heading toward the water, Pierce relaxed a little. The sight of the Long Island Sound had always been a comfort and a pleasure. That the Harrison estate had been built directly on the Sound was one of the only things he'd loved about being there. His bedroom window on the third floor had faced the water, and he'd spent endless hours staring out at it, daydreaming.
"Turn here, sir?" the driver asked politely, slowing in front of a driveway with the sign next to it: PRIVATE PROPERTY: NO TRESPASSING.
"Yeah, this is it," Pierce sighed. "Go ahead. The driveway's about a quarter of a mile through the trees, but then it opens up to the property."
The driver edged up the dirt road and along the seemingly endless driveway.
"You won't be able to miss the mansion," Pierce said, "but that's not where you're taking me. A little farther along is a smaller guesthouse. That's where I'm going."
"No problem, sir."
Pierce sat back again and stared out the windows. Home again. He scowled. When he'd left Long Island immediately after graduating high school, he'd gone as far as he could, and where the real soccer action was: out of the United States. He'd headed for England first, since at least he spoke the language, figuring he'd try there before going to Europe. He was lucky. After a few tryouts, he'd gotten onto a decent second-tier football team, and the rest was history.
The day he escaped Long Island, he'd sworn he'd never come back. Yet here he was, practically with his tail between his legs. Damn.
There it was, the whole lavish compound, a ridiculous amount of land for one family to call home. The mansion was set back on the ornately landscaped Harrison estate, where he had been raised with his three siblings. He'd never been close with his two older brothers. Part of it was the age gap — Charles III was eight and a half years older than him, and Dane more than six. Pierce had always known they saw their much younger brother as a nuisance to be tolerated. Tess, the only girl, his sweet sister whom he adored, was only four years older than him, and had always, always been there for him. She was the only Harrison Pierce truly felt any kinship with.
His parents? A joke. His self-absorbed, wayward mother had left to travel the world when he was six years old, after their father threw her out. And his father ... Pierce's tumultuous relationship with Charles Roger Harrison II wasn't a secret. Some of their nastier fights had been the stuff of family legend.
He swallowed hard, both amazed and infuriated at how the very thought of his clan still could reduce him to feeling like an unwanted, frustrated child. He reminded himself he was thirty-one now, not a kid, but a grown man. A strong, successful man, one with some power of his own. Power that had nothing to do with the Harrison name, legacy, or funds — just his own skills and talent with a soccer ball.
But God bless his sister. Tess always welcomed him back with open arms, no matter what he did. He was grateful for that unconditional love and acceptance, now more than ever. The car came to a stop in front of the guesthouse that no longer housed guests, but Tess herself since she broke off her engagement three years ago.
Pierce helped the driver take his duffel bag and two suitcases out of the trunk, tipped him generously, and then watched as he drove away. Tess's car was in the driveway. Taking a deep, calming breath, he rang his sister's doorbell.CHAPTER 2
"Pierce!" Tess threw herself into her younger brother's arms with a yelp of astonished joy. "Oh my God, what are you doing here? What a fabulous surprise!"
Her long mane of dark curls tickled his forearms as he returned her warm embrace and kissed the top of her head. "Hey, Tessie."
She pulled back and gave him a quick once-over. "It's so good to see you."
"Good to see you, too." In fact, he hadn't been so glad to see anyone in a long time. Affection flowed through him as sweet as honey, and he couldn't keep his smile from spreading. "You have no idea."
As if suddenly remembering, her smile turned down and her brows puckered. "Yeah ... you've had a hell of a few weeks, huh."
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First time reading this author and I will be purchasing the next one. It was pretty good
I adored the characters in the first book in this series, and found that the dialogue and the set-up of the story worked really well for me, and I had great hopes for this story. We’ve only heard about Pierce in passing comments from his brothers Dane and Charles and sister Tess. They are a family working on the transition from children to adults, and Pierce hasn’t been in this growth – he’s a Premier League Footballer, back in Long Island and signing on to coach, of all things, a children’s team. Coordinating the team is first-grade teacher Abby, living back in her parent’s house is working her new reality with coaching her nephew’s team. The Harrisons’ dynamic is in the midst of change: family expectations, personal growth, learning to deal with examples from the past and fears of the future all are being played out for each of them. The one who removed himself for his professional career was Pierce, and now this bad boy is back in the states after his career blew up in spectacular fashion back in England. He’s wanting to just duck and cover, but the opportunity to keep a toe in, and coach a kid’s team with someone who REALLY needs his help and experience. Abby is mistrustful of men, she doesn’t want to deal with Pierce at all, but the team needs someone who knows things that she doesn’t. When she discovers WHO Pierce is –and looks, her fears are reaffirmed as everything she sees is playing up his bad boy Lothario side. She’s not charmed or intrigued…but she is. Abby was a bit too wishy-washy for me – she really needed some big girl panties and start to move on. Her own family is wonderful and supportive and there are plenty of opportunities for her to SEE relationships that work, and people have moved on. Pierce had his own concerns: he doesn’t plan on staying in Long Island – he’s got family he’s starting to know again, issues of his own to work out. But, there’s something to Abby that intrigues him – she’s normal in all the best ways, but she isn’t swayed by anything that has worked before. Rather than giving up – he’s tempted to make changes FOR her….will it work? There were so many elements that worked, but I couldn’t get on Abby’s side for most of the story, even as I understood her. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Abby was playing with a water gun with her nephew Dylan that was eight. Abby’s sister Fiona and Dylan’s mom had a double shift at the hospital today. Abby had wanted to leave her apartment and everything that reminded her of Ewan who she had been with. Ewan had told her he was divorced but actually was still with his wife. Abby had fell for Ewan and hoped to marry him until she found out that he was in fact still married. Abby had moved back to her parent’s house to help her sister and parents with Dylan. Abby also volunteered to coach Dylan’s soccer team. Pierce had played professional football in the Premiere League for almost fifteen years. Pierce’s family was one of the richest families in N Y state. There had been a scandal in England involving Pierce, so then Pierce left football as well as England. Pierce had left his family as well as the country as soon as he graduated H S. Now Pierce was back . the only Harrison Pierce was really close to was Tess who was four years older than Pierce. Pierce was going to stay with Tess until he got his life together again. Tess had unconditional love for Pierce. Pierce felt Tess was the only person who truly cared about him and relaxed into a comforting hug as she greeted him hello. Abby hadn’t dated in almost a year since finding out the truth about Ewan. Pierce ends up co-coaching Dylan’s soccer team with Abby. They are both attracted to each other. I didn’t hate this story but it also didn’t WOW me. First i will say I did like the characters and Dylan did add to the story- so cute. But Abby always seemed to be shocked whenever Pierce did something nice or showed he was an intelligent man. She thought he was a really bad boy as well as a dumb jock. I think they had sex to quick but that is just my thought it was about a week after they had met. I did think this was well written but a little predictable. I didn’t care for the ending as to me it seemed like it kinda just happened.
I loved this book and was so into it, I actually wanted to hurt the hero (Pierce) for hurting the heroine (Abby), and I had to remind myself this was fiction. But the characters were so well-written, so true to life, I just suffered along with them until they finally reached their HEA ending. Bravo, Jennifer Gracen! I read this book because I'd really enjoyed the first book in this series, MORE THAN YOU KNOW. But to be honest I never thought I'd end up rooting for Pierce the way I did. I didn't want to like him because of the man he'd been and the life he'd lived in England. But Jennifer Gracen pulled it off, and made Pierce a flawed but totally believable and lovable hero. Of course, that entailed a little groveling on his part (no spoilers), but if I'd been Abby I would have given him a second chance, too. Now I'm really looking forward to the third book in the series, 'TIS THE SEASON!
am a bit conflicted by this story. I liked some of the parts of it, but the ones I didn't like, where kind of a big deal, for me, so don't know what to think. But here's my thoughts.. Abby and Pierce have a connection, it is believable, and the attraction is obvious, on both sides. I had hard time connection with Abby, though. I think she is judgemental, and very stuck with her own preconceived opinion. Some of the dialog was awkward, it was missing the flow, and it felt forced. I usually don't even talk about language on my reviews, because if there's bad language, it has to fit, and if it fits, then all is okay, it is part of the story. But this story has a lot of bad language, and every single time, it stood out, like out of place. I really have doubts a teacher would be using the kind of expressions, as often, as Abby is in the story. Just didn't fit. The family Pierce grew up in, and has to live with, is something from the nightmares. There's a heartbreaking scene in the story from a party, that brings up a conflict, and severe angst. The redemption that comes from the conflict saved a lot of the story for me. The ending brings it together, and because of it, I was able to give this tale ~ Three Spoons
I absolutely loved Someone Like You by Jenifer Gracen. The main character Pierce Harrison is every women's dream - a hot, single, young, rich athlete who has moved away from a scandal. When he volunteers as a youth soccer coach, he meets the beautiful and sweet Abby McCord who sweeps him off his feet. When the two connect over the love of soccer of as Pierce knows "football", the two cannot deny the instant chemistry and connection between them. However, Abby has been scorned before and with Pierce's bad boy reputation haunting him, the two are destined to fight off red flags. Can two people who come from two totally different worlds and have lived different lives be able to come together over all obstacles? Let Jennifer Gracen take you into a place where love rules all, where attraction leads to friendship and friendship leads to love. Gracen is able to create chemistry between characters in such a way, that you are so involved in the storyline and what happens to characters. I absolute fell in love with Someone Like You, as Jennifer Gracen is able to create characters and a story that delves into the unexpected and allows readers to fall in love all over again. For anyone who loves a good romance novel, sports romance, soccer or "football" as it is known across the pond, then Someone Like You is right up your alley. Gracen is a talented writer who creates storylines that capture her audiences attention and creates storyline and characters that are very well thought out and planned. I definitely recommend Someone Like You as the next book on your To-Be-Read list/shelf.
At a basic level, this is just your typical opposites attract story. But if you dig a little deeper you will find it is way more than just that. It is a simple story-line, but Abby and Pierce are far from simple. I will say that my favorite part of their commonalities was her being a soccer coach and him being a soccer player. That part I found quite ingenious and cute lol I also loved how Jennifer Gracen made Pierce vulnerable and strong all at the same time. Abby too was strong, but differently. I can't really find the proper words but basically it was their opposites that made them so perfect for each other. They completed each other. However, the story line itself did not unfold so fascinatingly. It was rather slow. The heat level to Abby and Pierce was also what I expected. I expected them to explode, and altho they did had chemistry, it just was there. Overall, this was an entertaining read with lots of warmth and very little angst. ARC provided for blog tour review
Someone Like You is book two of the Harrison series and tells the story of the family bad boy and European soccer star Pierce and his love interest Abby. They meet when Abby is coaching her nephew's soccer team. Pierce is looking for a purpose and is happy to volunteer to help coaching Abby's team. Will Abby be able to overcome her past and give him a chance? This is the second book I have read of Jennifer Gracen and I am becoming a big fan of her writing style. She writes about strong heroines, sexy heroes, and complex plots. This book had the right mix of sexy and sweet and I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
2.5 Stars This one fell oddly short for me. I liked the premise, I thought it had a lot of potential. The writing was solid, there were a few places where the dialog seemed a little off, but nothing that pulled me completely out of the story. Unfortunately, I just never completely believed that Abby and Pierce liked one another. Attracted, sure. They came across to me like a couple who would meet in a grocery store (or wherever) and have enough spark to go out on a date. And, halfway through appetizers on the date, they would realize there just wasn't enough between them to get them to go on another date. I am still giving this an OK rating, as I think part of the issue was that I really didn't like Abby, so I was not able to figure out what he saw in her...maybe if I were more fond of her, I would have been more fond of this one overall. ***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***
Someone Like You is the second book in The Harrisons series by Jennifer Gracen. Abby McCord has returned home after having her heart broken. She is focusing on her job, as well as helping her parents and sister raise her nephew Dylan. She is a first grade teacher and the coach of Dylan's soccer team. Pierce Harrison has returned home to Long Island after a scandal ended his pro English football career. His sister Tess welcomes him home and wants to help him.She allows him to stay with her at her house until he figures out what he wants to do next. One day Pierce meets his childhood friend at the local park and he sees the kids playing soccer. While watching the game, he notices Abby and becomes interested in her. He is asked to help Abby coach her team. Abby is wary at first, but sees how good he is with helping the kids. Pierce asks Abby to go out with him. Having been hurt very badly in the past, she has major trust issues and is reluctant to go. Pierce encourages her to take one day at a time to see where things go. The two of them find they enjoy being together and a relationship develops. Pierce has a toxic relationship with his father: When at a party for his brother Dane, they get into a heated argument. Pierce is drunk and feeling bad, so he pushes Abby away. He thinks it's better if he ends things with her instead of her leaving him, which would hurt him more. He realizes right away that he has made a big mistake and spends the next few days down and drinking. His siblings have a talk with him and make him realize a lot of things he needs to change. I really enjoyed this book! Abby is a strong woman who unfortunately has been hurt many times. She is not sure she should, but lets her guard down to try one more time with Pierce. It was a very nice part of the story where Pierce's siblings have the talk with him. He thought they weren't interested in him. They show him that they are and try to help. I am looking forward to reading more about the Harrison family. I also hope there will be a story with Tess. I really like how she is so supportive of her brothers and helps them so much.
After her relationship implodes and she is left with a broken heart Abby McCord decides a fresh start is in order, so she makes a plan to move home. She is hoping moving home will give her a comfortable place to heal and also give her the opportunity to help out her sister with her son who has ADHD. She takes a job as a teacher and in her free time she coaches a kids soccer team, which proves to be a little challenging, but she enjoys spending time with the kids. When a spectator sees that her little team is struggling and could possibly benefit from his soccer playing expertise he decides to offer his help to Abby, but her trust in men has her wanting to send him packing. While she will admit he is handsome, he has a bad boy reputation that precedes him, and she doesn't do bad boys so she should be safe around him right? Pierce Harrison found success abroad on a soccer field, but when scandal rocked his world, he was forced to give up his time on field and left with no other choice then to head home and hide out stateside for a while. Now he must decide what his next step in life will be, but until then he decides to offer his soccer expertise to a gorgeous woman coaching a kids soccer team. She is beautiful, intriguing, and so unlike the women he usually dates... and he wants to make her part of his future, but she isn't so willing to let the soccer playing bad boy in! This was my first experience with Ms. Gracen's work, and I have to say if left a pretty memorable first impression, Pierce's charming bad boy personality really lured me in, and had me swooning the whole way through. I thoroughly enjoyed Pierce and Abby's story, it instantly grabbed my attention, and had me flying right through the pages, and staying up well past my bedtime just to see them find their well deserved happy ending. I've got to say it is definitely one of the most enjoyable first reads I have had in a while!!
Pierce Harrison--yes, that Pierce Harrison, black sheep of the wealthy Harrison clan--has come home to his family's luxurious Long Island compound. The big question is why the dangerously sexy soccer star agreed to coach a kids' soccer team. His co-coach Abby McCord should be grateful. Instead she's fending off some seriously smoldering advances from the scandal-ridden athlete. Good thing bad boys are so not her type . . . Abby is definitely not lacking in passion, but the sweet-faced beauty needs to learn a thing or two about taking a team to the championship--and a whole lot about how to let a man into her once-broken heart. Pierce definitely knows how to make the moves, but will Abby trust that the bachelor the world has condemned as a scoundrel can settle down with the one woman who has taken hold of his heart? Review: Wonderfully written story about a bad-boy changing his ways and the good-girl taking a chance again. I really enjoyed these two, they were refreshing. There really was a lot of communication and honesty between these two, which you do not see a lot of in books. I loved the sexual tension between these two, but I liked that they did not immediately fall into bed together also. There was a buildup which made them more real and relate-able. Pierce at first comes off as your typical bad-boy who got caught in a scandal and runs home to his family. Though from past track records it seems he should be running from them instead, well, at least his father...he is a world class a**. Pierce has a great depth to him once you get past the bad-boy persona. Abby was okay for me, I get where is coming from because of the guy who used her, but she comes off as very cold at first. I liked that as time goes on she loosens up and lets Pierce in. I especially liked her backbone in the scene where she stands up to Pierce's father. Another part I liked and got emotional over is when Pierce's siblings have a "come to jesus" meeting with him and they all bond and grow closer than they ever had been, very well-done. This is a new-t0-me Author and I really liked her style and characters. This is book #2 in the series, with the first being Pierce's brother Dane's book. This book can totally be a stand alone if you so choose. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next Harrison Family book, according to Goodreads it is about Charles and his nanny, just what I was hoping for. 4Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
LOVED!!! Pierce is just so yummy and as the black sheep of the Harrison family he has that bad boy vibe going on. When it looks like his European soccer career has hit a scandalous wall, Pierce returns home although it's the last place he wants to be. While he loves his sister and his brothers are okay, Pierce and his father have never had a good relationship so seeing him everyday just isn't going to work. Thankfully he stumbles upon a beautiful woman posing as a soccer coach for her nephew's team. He can see she's way over her head and manages to get named as her co-coach. He's having fun with the kids but the real fun he wants is with Coach Abby. Good thing she doesn't go for bad boys. Usually!! This is a really fun story. Little angst, not much drama, just two people getting to know and enjoy each other. A great romance and a book I recommend to everyone.
Abby is from a loving family that is there for one another. Pierce is from a wealthy family that never really provided him the love and support he needed. Not only do Abby and Pierce have different families and childhoods but she is rather prim and proper while he has lived a life in the public eye as a bad boy soccer player in England. Pierce has come home and ends up on a soccer field where Abby is coaching her nephew. Pierce feels drawn to the field and the game even when he is not the one playing the game. He ends up co-coaching the team with Abby and the two are drawn to one another. Eventually Abby overcomes her trust issues enough to date Pierce but trust is an issue for Abby for much of her time with Pierce since she was burned in the past. Pierce is feeling things he has never felt before and is also dealing with his own set of issues that make their relationship a bit more difficult to cement. I liked the honesty between Abby and Pierce. I liked Abby’s family dynamics and how they were there for one another. I liked the fact that the Harrison family as adults seems to change and grow from what it must have been like they were younger – although whether or not the patriarch will ever change is up undetermined. This had an ending that felt good but did not necessarily provide a happily ever but instead more of a happy for now. I am interested in finding out whom Tess and Charles III will end up as well as hoping Fiona, Abby’s sister, will find someone to share her life with in a future book. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books – Zebra Shout for the ARC of this book to read and review.