Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Trent Mr. Perfect-Has-Everyone-Fooled Carrington.
He’s the star quarterback, university scholar, and happens to be the sexiest man I’ve ever seen. He shines at any angle, and especially under the Saturday night stadium lights where I watch him from the sidelines. But I know the real him, the one who broke my heart and pretended I didn’t exist for the past two years.
I’m the third-string kicker, the only woman on the team and nothing better than a mascot. Until I’m not. Until I get my chance to earn a full scholarship and join the team as first-string. The only way I’ll make the cut is to accept help from the one man I swore never to trust again. The problem is, with each stolen glance and lingering touch, I begin to realize that trusting Trent isn’t the problem. It’s that I can’t trust myself when I’m around him.
This is a full-length, sweet, hot, safe, standalone American football romance novel.
I’m a big sports romance fan, so I was really excited to read Kicked. It’s the first story I’ve read featuring a female kicker on a male dominated college football team. I loved all the possibilities the romantic involvement between a female kicker and the male quarterback would create.
Kicked had a really complex plot with many pieces to it. All of those pieces revolved around Cordy and Trent’s romance, but they went deeper than I expected. There was so much more than love going on in this story. At times, I felt like almost too much was going on. But then I would think about it and all of the things that happened really cemented Cordy and Trent’s relationship. The things they had to deal with made their relationship feel stronger.
Cordy was a cool character. Despite being a third-string kicker for a college football team, she was confident in herself and what she could do. I loved that she was proud of her sporty body and didn’t feel the need to be anyone but herself.
Trent was a down to earth guy despite growing up privileged. He was devoted to his family, but wasn’t willing to live the life they wanted to confine him to. Trent was a nice guy who knew what he wanted and was willing to put everything on the line for it.
Cordy and Trent’s relationship was my favorite part of the story. It was a really sweet slow-burn romance. There was a sexual tension that burned between the two of them. Cordy was hesitant to give the popular quarterback a chance, but Trent wasn’t going to take no for an answer. I loved the way they worked out their issues and supported each other in more ways than one.
There were some other amazing characters in Kicked, too. I loved Trent and Cordy’s football friends. They added a lot of fun to the story. I wouldn’t mind reading more about them in other stories.
The one thing that bothered me in this story was the role Cordy’s best friend Landon played. I started out liking him and how he stood by Cordy. The more I got to know about Cordy’s previous involvement with Trent, the more I felt that Landon was overreacting and being an idiot. I actually ended up not liking the guy. I just didn’t like the direction his friendship with Cordy and the storyline surrounding it took.
Kicked is the first book I’ve read by Celia Aaron, but it definitely won’t be the last. I really enjoyed her writing style. I think sports romance readers will love Kicked.