Sunday, November 24, 2019

Release Blitz & Review: The Mighty Anchor - Carrie Aarons

 The Mighty Anchor (Rogue Academy #3)
by Carrie Aarons
Genre: Sports Romance, New Adult
Published: November 24, 2019

A stoic force to be reckoned with.
The steady rock on which England is destined to lean.
Everyone’s reliable mate, at the ready to defend when called upon.

To the world, Vance Morley is the next great keeper for the Rogue Football Club, biding his time at the academy. The definition of tall, dark and handsome, his quiet confidence and mysterious persona only draw the public in. He’s their mighty anchor, both on and off the pitch.

But when it comes to the one woman he claims to love, he conveniently vanishes at the exact moment I need him. The first time I saw Vance, he was a ten-year-old standing on his lawn across the street. The first time he kissed me, we were sixteen and sitting on the very shores we grew up on. We crashed into each other like waves in a storm, fated to destroy everything in our paths. Including each other.

The first time Vance saw our son, by serendipitous accident, my little boy had already lived the first year of his life. And instantly, the man who chose football over me wants to have it all. There is no way I can trust his declarations of love and fatherhood, especially when I’m set to marry another man.

We’re a new game, one to occupy him until the world stage beckons. But the more I try to tell myself he’s not the one, the more Vance’s efforts to win us back increase.

How can I guard my heart against seeing my son with his father?
Can Vance really sacrifice his dreams in the name of love and family?
Is there a way that everyone else’s safe harbor can finally become mine too?

5 Stars
Unexpectedly my favorite of the series! With an incredible opening scene, set to the song This Year's Love by David Gray, The Mighty Anchor follows keeper Vance Morley as he discovers he has a son. All his life he's been predicted to be the next Keeper for Rogue Football Club, he's just waiting for his turn, but a son, with the woman he's always loved, will change everything for him. Vance and Lara had a relationship that was under wraps, when he leaves her behind she does everything she can to pick up her life. She provides her son a good life, other than hiding his father from him. When Vance comes back into their lives she expects him to run the moment the club comes calling, but Vance is set on proving otherwise.

"We fought hard; we loved harder."

Lara and Vance are both headstrong individuals, they view their previous relationship differently and certainly have different expectations for their future, but they share immense love for their children. I so loved how Carrie Aarons tackled the hidden child story line, this felt more realistic than any I have read before. Vance is a stand up father, he wants to be there for Lara and their son, but he also recognizes why she did what she did. I love how the relationship is formed anew, with just the right amount of drama, angst, and passion. The complications of youth weigh heavy on them, but they tackle them maturely, sometimes with a lot of humor, and in a way that is believable.

"Love is swift and lethal, it has no regard for the emotions of its victims."

The Mighty Anchor is such a fantastic closure to a great sports-romance series. Vance would not have previously been my favorite, but he certainly is now. I loved him, I loved revisiting the friendships he has with Jude and Kingston, and I loved how this book follows a different path than the previous two. I was so caught up in this book, devouring it in just a few hours, and I highly recommend it and the previous novels to all sports-romance fans.

About the Author
Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and Lab/Great Dane rescue.
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