Tackled by the Girl Next Door

Tackled by the Girl Next Door

by Susan Scott Shelley, Veronica Forand

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Jason Black is a newly retired professional football player. Forced off the playing field due to an injury, he returns to his hometown to contemplate his future and finds solace in his relationship with his best friend, Samantha O�Brien.

Sam has spent the past five years caring for her younger brother. Home from college for Thanksgiving break, he parties hard and bullies his sister. When Jason comes to her defense, protecting her from a crowd of drunken college kids, Sam begins seeing him as more than a friend. Yet, she fears acting on their attraction could ruin the friendship she�s grown to depend upon.

Just one kiss changes everything for Jason. Sam is no longer the girl next door but the woman of his dreams. Now, he just has to convince her that his feelings are real. But when the football world comes calling again and career decisions are on the line, both sacrifice all to put the other�s needs first. They must decide whether to follow their hearts and make the catch of a lifetime.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150549654
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Series: Thanksgiving
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 377,323
File size: 130 KB

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Tackled by the Girl Next Door 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel like i am being cheated out of a story i get no background info its like you started in the middle of a story and you have no idea whats goin on honestly im kinda dissapointed this could have been an amazing book but its kinda lack luster to me it only has 51 pages im pretty sure that i paid 2.99 for this book dont quote me but i think thats what i paid i dont think it horrible but if i would habe know i wouldnt have bought it just my honest opinion
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Tackled by the Girl Next Door is a perfect little Thanksgiving romance by Susan Scott Shelley and Veronica Forand. Samantha O’Brien’s life hasn’t turned out the way she planned. Loss brings her home to Glynneath to care for her younger brother. She sacrificed everything so that her brother could succeed. Samantha lives next door to her best friend, Jason Black. Jason is forced to retire from professional football due to an injury. He’s back home in Glynneath to try to figure out what direction he wants his life to take now. Jason comes over regularly to watch football and just hang out. What Jason doesn’t know is that Sam thinks of him as a lot more than just a buddy. She has been in love with Jason for some time. If she tells him, it’s sure to ruin their friendship and she can’t risk that. Sam has always been Jason’s best friend. But all of a sudden, when he turned around and looked at her, he didn’t see his buddy, Sam anymore. He saw a crazy sexy, beautiful woman and he was thinking thoughts WAY outside of the friendship rules. Could Sam ever feel that way about him? “He’d never felt more at home, more at peace with a woman in his arms.” Sam and Jason share their first kiss and it is the kiss of all kisses. It changes everything. Jason still hasn’t figured out which way to go with his career. What he does know is that it can’t be here in Glynneath. But he also knows that he feels something special with Sam. And he wants her to be part of his future as well. This is a very short friends to lovers story revolving around Thanksgiving. I enjoyed Sam and Jason. They were adorable together and you can’t help but want them to get their happily ever after. I have to admit the beginning shocked me. There is an incident that took my breath away and I am so glad Jason was nearby. I’ve had this for some time so it was the perfect time of year to finally dig it out. I’m so glad I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute but too short
AMadisonMom More than 1 year ago
Such a fun read. I don’t think there’s anything quite as sweet as when very best friends become a couple. This was a really short book… but there so much back story given on both Jason and Sam that you couldn’t help but feel you knew them. While growing up as best buds… life had taken them in separate directions… but had dropped them both back where they started. Perfect timing… and the perfect moment… made for some magic. Then end had me teary eyed.
Sammyjk More than 1 year ago
TITLE~ Tackled by the Girl Next Door AUTHOR~ Susan Scott Shelley & Veronica Forand   GENRE~ Contemporary-Romance-Sports PUBLISHED~ Expected publication: October 15th 2014 by The Wild Rose Press PURCHASED/COST~ ARC For Review MY RATING~ 4/5 MY THOUGHTS~  I was provided with an ARC for review. I loved this short sweet read! I only wish it was longer. The story was great and unique, but I just wanted more. The writing was well done and the characters were well developed for as short as the book was.  Honestly, I think this book had/has the potential to be a full length novel. I would definitely had given it a 5 star rating had the story been "beefed-up" more. You get the gist of how the characters are feeling and what they're going through, but I would have much more appreciated getting the full feel of it all rather than just the gist of it. Great story though! Talented writers too!
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I just loved this book and am so impressed how such a big story was told in so few pages without leaving me feeling like I needed more. I was also impressed with the fact that despite having two authors, I would be hard pressed to find any instances where they didn't speak with one voice. The plot flowed nicely, the characters were multi-dimensional, and there was real life edge to the book that I really liked. Sam was such a wonderful character. She has suffered such loss in her life, but has become so strong in spite of it all. She is at odds with her younger brother, but finds strength in her neighbor – her best friend, and a man she now looks at as maybe being someone who could be more than a friend. Jason is trying to find his way now that his professional football career has come to end. What he didn't expect was to find himself looking at his best friend as someone who could be so much more – and when he sets his mind on having Sam, he’ll go to any lengths to prove to her that he’s the man she needs…and deserves. Sam and Jason together were just awesome – what started as a smoldering attraction quickly escalated into a full blown bonfire! And even though there were things that got in the way of their happy ever after, Jason couldn't have been any sweeter – standing up for Sam, being at her side through some rough times with her brother, and just being an all-around good guy. I loved the fact that Sam has come to terms with her past and is ready (and willing) to move forward with her relationship with Jason, which was refreshing and made me love Sam that much more – she really has been dealt so many tough blows that I was really routing for her to find her HEA! This is a definite must read – and I hope there will be more stories like this from the writing team of Susan Scott Shelley & Veronica Forand! I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A very short and sweet friends-to-lovers story.  If you're pressed for time and just want a quick, satisfying read, give Tackled by the Girl Next Door a try. It's a fun troupe--best-friends-to-lovers--and won't take up more than an afternoon. Jason is a yummy hero (and a former pro football player!), and it's very sweet watching him finally see Samantha, "the girl next door", as something more. And can I say, I love the title? Totally cute! Tackled takes place in a short period of time--over Thanksgiving week--and as it's a novella everything is resolved rather quickly and a bit behind the scenes. The readers have a hint of what's going to fix their "problem", but Sam is a bit blindsided. This definitely could have been expanded into a longer story, but as is it's a fun diversion. You really can't go wrong with a good friends-to-lovers story! Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After seeing Sam in her workout outfit instead of the oversized sweats or boxy suits, Jason finally sees her as more that just his best friend.  A passionate kiss changes things between them, and leaves them both wanting more than a temporary relationship.  Jason's career threatens to end their relationship before it even really starts.  But he wants Sam more than anything, and he won't go down without a fight.  Super sweet, romantic and steamy short story!