Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns.
Don’t let the fact that I’m the leading pick in the Most Valuable Playboy charity auction fool you. These days, I’m only a player on the field. I’ve kept my pants zipped all season long — and it has been long — because nothing’s more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the team owner’s recently-widowed and handsy-as-hell sister who’s dead set on winning more than a date with me.
Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary.
She’s my best friend’s sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don’t even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she’s my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me we’ve got to keep up the act while he’s negotiating my contract.
Violet takes one for the team and pretends to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport, and I want it to go into overtime. The problem is — I’ve been riding the bench for years.
How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she’s most valuable to his heart?
4 out of 5 stars
I am a big fan of Lauren Blakely’s books. Most of them are written in the first person from the guy’s perspective. MVP is no exception to that format.
Cooper Anderson is the quarterback for the San Francisco football team. He has been the backup for years, and now he’s in the starting role. Due to this new role, he’s been keeping it in his pants, and that is a rule he is not looking to break.
Each year, his team participates in a charity auction for the SF Children’s hospital, and the quarterback is always the main attraction. Cooper has a problem though – the team owner’s sister, Maxine, is very interested in the quarterback, and she has been very vocal about it. And it’s making Coop uncomfortable.
Enter Coop’s friend Violet. Actually Vi is his best friend’s sister, someone Coop has known for years. Vi is a hair stylist in the Bay Area, and is doing hair for the event. Coop tells Vi that if Maxine is bidding on Coop, he wants Vi to outbid her and he will pay for it. Vi ends up winning Coop, and Coop explains to the crowd that Vi is his girlfriend, and plants a big kiss on her in front of the crowd.
Violet shop has seen a huge pick up in business since the Bay discovered she’s dating the QB. Cooper is in a contract year, and his agent tells him to keep up the façade up having Violet as his girlfriend. It benefits them both.
As you can imagine, they realize they have feelings for each other. This story is just so cute. I loved Cooper. He is a good guy, who loves his mom and takes good care of her. Violet is sweet and funny, and was a great character.
I have not read a Lauren Blakely book yet that I didn’t like, and this was no exception. Solid read; I would recommend.