Today, I’m reviewing Laura Trentham’s Caught Up in the Touch, the second book in the Falcon Football series, which I received a free copy of from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest review.
Jessica Montgomery has always lived by three simple rules: stay calm, stay professional, stay in control. Working tirelessly to make it into the executive ranks of her family’s business, her dream job of CFO is within reach-if she can convince one stubborn and sexy restaurateur to take her offer and manage Montgomery Industries’ flagship restaurant in Atlanta.
On the surface Logan Wilde is all good-old-boy charm and humor, but he can’t seem to outrun the hell-raising reputation of his high school years. Although he has thought about leaving his hometown in Falcon, Alabama, he has grown to love the town, his restaurant, and his part-time gig coaching the football team.
Jessica estimates it will take a week tops to get Logan Wilde’s signature on her generous offer, but their first meeting is anything but professional. Logan shreds Jessica’s control and unleashes a passion she didn’t know existed even as a deeper connection between them takes root. When her family’s manipulations threaten to tear them apart, Jessica has to decide whether her dream is really the CFO job or the man who has unselfishly offered his love.
Jessica Montgomery works for her father, and has her eye on a big promotion: her father has promised her that if she gets Logan Wilde to agree to work for him, he’ll give her the job as CFO. But Logan is quite content with his life: his past still comes back to haunt him, but he loves his restaurant and the football team he helps coach. He has no interest in leaving it all behind. He does, however, have some interest in Jessica, and despite what she tells herself, she’s interested in him as a man, not just a means to an end.
This book is set in the small town of Falcon, Alabama, and it really comes alive in this story. Not only could I see the town in my mind, but I really felt the author captured the feeling of small town life: how easy it is to get where you’re going even on foot, how everyone knows everyone, and how hard it is to outrun something you did a long time ago.
The characters were well-developed and relatable. They were richly drawn, with realistic back stories and intriguing internal conflicts that drew me in and made me want to see how they would be resolved.
I loved the issues that Jessica had with her father, and how she struggled with how to find the peace that she needed when she thought she needed his approval to get it. It was great to see her figure out how to get exactly what she needed and stand up for herself.
Logan’s past was fascinating, with lots of hidden secrets and interesting twists that I didn’t expect. His mistake in high school came back to haunt him in the present, but he used it to do what was right and what needed to be done rather than using it as an excuse or to try to play the victim.
The relationship that developed between Logan and Jessica was hot, passionate, and intense. It developed quickly, which sometimes seems a little unbelievable, but given the proximity between them in such a small town, it made sense. Near constant exposure to each other would make it easier to get to know someone. The chemistry between them was incredibly hot, and the sex scenes were well-written and blistering.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to picking up more books in this series and returning to Falcon.
From Laura’s website: I was born and raised in a small town in Northwest Tennessee. Although, I loved English and reading in high school, I was convinced an English degree equated to starvation! So, I chose the next most logical major – Chemical Engineering- and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years. Now I live in South Carolina with my husband and two children. In between school and homework and soccer practices, I love to get lost in another world, whether its Regency England or small town Alabama.