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“The strongest woman I knew needed something from me. Not football, not my family, not my friends, nothing had made me feel like more of a man.”

Do your hearts a favour and pick up a copy of this book because it is totally swoon worthy, A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E and sweet with a good dose of steam! Until Now left us grinning from ear to ear as we fell completely in love with this utterly charming, tender, witty and heart-warming story!

Until Now delivered so much that we love in a romance, and Laura Ward gave us a fave book boyfriend in the sexy, romantic, very cocky and swoooony Quarterback, Dean Goldsmith who met his match in the lovely, sensitive and resilient Grace Yeates, a young single Mum to Finn, the most delightful, funny and loveable little munchkin you could ever meet. Finn completely stole our hearts…well, all the characters in Until Now did to be honest.

“Do you love her? Or are you trying to save her?

Is this story for you? Well, if you crave a beautifully crafted story and love your romance with a football theme. If you savour observing a strong, focused man fall to pieces over a beautiful girl who makes him work for her affections. If your heart skips a beat while witnessing and falling in love with the banter and adoration between an entertaining little 4 year old and a sexy hero…then grab this book. If you love banter between a guy and his mates and if you love the perfect balance of sport, romance and those awwww moments then we’re telling you now, you will be in romance heaven with Dean and Grace’s story in their words!

“Let me get to know you. Let me in.”

We were enamoured with every character in this story, with the secondary characters playing a huge role in Grace and Deans (and little Finn’s) love story. Dean’s family were fab! The Goldsmith D’s were so loving and fun. We want to gatecrash their Christmas this year! Dean’s mates, including the luscious Landon who we met in Not Yet all added to the overall feel and enjoyment of this story.

For Dean Goldsmith football is his priority. Whilst he likes to dabble in the ladies, it is football where his focus is centred. He’s about to complete college and it’s highly probably he’ll be drafted in the NFL. This guy is going places and he doesn’t need distractions, especially of the relationship variety. It’s football…football…football for this Dean!

Grace Yeates is a determined young lady who has had her share of pain and heartbreak in her past and is set on completing a degree in order to make a better life for her and the love of her life, her dear little boy, Finn. She too, needs no distractions, making sacrifices and dedicating everything she has to Finn, his well-being and his future.

We really felt the connection between Dean and Grace as nothing felt forced – the heat and chemistry between them sizzled and the bond between them all had our hearts drowning in happiness but it wasn’t all plain sailing for Dean and Grace, however the conflict, when it came was resolved in a manner that flowed perfectly and didn’t drag on for the sake of prolonging drama.

‘Grace was the most special person I had ever known. I felt like a beast had been unleashed inside my body. Like King Fucking Kong, I would trample anyone ever tried to hurt her again.’

Laura Ward writes from the heart and we can’t help but feel the love she has for her characters: it leaps off the pages and into our hearts as we give ourselves over to the warmth of her words. She left our hearts happy, acquainting us to characters who have left an indelible mark on us both. Another winner from this author and now…. we just need Jon and Daisy’s story…because we’re greedy like that! A definite recommend from us!

Synopsis

Focus.
Dean Goldsmith is Indiana University’s star quarterback, and his dreams are about to come true. His undefeated season means he has a legitimate shot at the NFL. If he stays focused. Football comes first. 

College senior and single mother, Grace Yeates, is determined to defy the odds. She is months away from graduating with a business degree, something no one thought she would be able to pull off while raising a four-year-old. All she has to do is focus on her number one priority—her son. Family comes first.

Distraction.
Dean has no time for distractions, but when a gorgeous, snarky, redheaded waitress refuses to tell him her name, he can’t seem to focus on anything else.

Grace knows she can’t let herself get caught up in a guy, particularly a man-whore like Dean, no matter how charming or sexy. She has two hearts to look out for now and no room for a Dean-sized distraction.

Complications.
Everyone in Dean’s life agrees that Grace is the kind of complication his career doesn’t need. Grace knows that Dean is the kind of risk her heart shouldn’t want.

But what if the last person you think you need, the one you shouldn’t want, becomes the one you can’t live without? Can their biggest distraction actually be the focus they were missing all along?

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