Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review: Touching Down - Nicole Williams

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The whole world might be in love with him. But all he’s ever loved is her.

Grant Turner’s name is synonymous with football. The fans and media can’t get enough of the player known as The Invincible Man, a nickname he earned while growing up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country and the nickname he’s kept by being one of the best players in professional football today. No one can take him down. He’s unstoppable.

But even a suit of armor has its weak point, and Grant’s has always been Ryan Hale.
They were a couple of kids when they fell in love, and just when it looked like the happy ending neither expected was within reach, Ryan disappeared. No explanations. No good-byes.

Grant coped by throwing himself into the game for seven years, and he’s finally moved on. Or so he thinks.

When she walks back into his life, all of those feelings come crashing back, despite the warnings in his head that tell him she’ll leave him again. Grant can withstand the league’s toughest defensive line, but he’s always been weak where she’s concerned.

No man can take Grant Turner down.

But one woman certainly can.

One woman will.

4.5 Stars

Ryan Hale is back home, to The Clink, after 7 years. Her reasons for leaving were secret then and her reason for returning is secret now, but she's ready to share those secrets now. She knew Grant Turner, former love turned famous football player, would be angry with her, but nothing prepared her for his detachment. Grant Turner loved her then, he loves her now, but he's channeled all his energy into football, he doesn't have time to unearth past pains. When the secrets come to light they may tear the two farther apart or bring them closer than they could have ever expect.

When a person falls, they don’t just get up, dust themselves off, and keep going. If they fell right, if they fell good and hard the first time, there’s no getting up from that fall because they landed right where they were supposed to.

I don't know if my allergies were acting up or if Nicole Williams just wrote another touching sports romance, because I was in tears more than I wasn't. Told from dual POV, Touching Down is a second chance story packed with emotions, from angst to love. Ryan is a tough girl, young in age but wise beyond her years. She's been through a lot, hardened to the world, but she's still the little girl she left behind years ago and it made my heart ache for her. I couldn't always understand her motives, but I could feel for her and wanted to just see her happy. Grant is book boyfriend perfection, with his handsome rugged looks, his heart of gold, his possessive passion, and most of all his outlook on life as a boy rather than as a famous guy. Neither has ever forgotten the past, never let it go, and I love how Nicole Williams made their past such a huge part of their story. I love second chance romances that really allow you to see the past, experience the present, and envision the future. It made my heart break, especially as the secrets spilled from Nicole, but it made my heart soar too as I watched the couple handle it. 

The scars of our past were carved all over our bodies. But I knew the future we'd create together would heal them all, even the ones that ran deep.

If you're looking for a realistic second chance romance about acceptance, Nicole William's Touching Down is the book to pick up. I felt like I experienced every emotion alongside the characters and it happens to feature what might be one of my favorite epilogues ever. It's not your typical sports romance, but it is a beautiful one that won't leave your mind easily.

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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.

Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.


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