The Backup Plan (Back in The Game #1) by Jen McLaughlin
Published: March 19th 2018
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Embrace)
I’m beyond help...
I threw a football before I could walk. Everything in my life revolved around football–and I loved every second. I was a star. Until, suddenly...I wasn’t. Now everyone thinks I’m the monster who killed his best friend. I’m an outcast on campus, silent and alone. Then Taylor Selmer walks back into my life. When will she learn–I’m beyond saving.
I need to save him...
Chase and I used to be friends. But after the accident, nothing was the same. We used to have something special–until we didn’t. But he doesn’t smile anymore. Doesn’t talk. Doesn’t play. It hurts me to see him this way, and I will do everything I can to get him back in the game. Whether he likes it or not.
Chase had the whole college dream on his hands: football star, funny, hot. But when his best friend dies, he blames himself and starts only half living.
Taylor was a childhood friend, and she’s determined to bring the old Chase back.
I love me some broken hero and Chase the perfect example. He isolates himself after the accident and Taylor is just what he needs with her determination and witty comebacks is easy to like her.
Jen does a great job of balancing the angsty/broody moments with a cute romance and college drama.
I really enjoyed the relationship between both characters and how they help each other to overcome their past and insecurities. I liked that Chase helps Taylor in a way too and that is not just about saving him.
The Backup plan is a fast read. The romance is is slow and builds up to climax. The sex scenes are well written. My only problem is the ending felt a bit rushed but maybe I just wanted more of this. (Usually that’s the problem)
I’m really looking forward to read the rest of this series, and what the college background can give.