Cris Reads: SCORING OFF THE FIELD (WAGS #2) by Naima Simone


Tennyson Clark is getting a life. First step: quitting her job as assistant to Dominic Anderson, star quarterback for the Washington Warriors, her best friend...and the man she’s been secretly in love with for years. But since the gorgeous, if overprotective playboy has only ever seen her as his BFF, she’s finally ready to relinquish her tattered fantasy and move on. Enter steps two and three: new job and new man.

Football is Dominic's life, and with his contract soon up for renewal, all his focus needs to be on the game. But Tennyson—dependable, logical Tennyson—is making that next to impossible with her mysterious new job and her sudden interest in online dating. He doesn’t do relationships. But the thought of another man touching her sexier-than-hell curves has him suddenly wanting more from his best friend.

Indulging in hot, dirty, what’s-my-name sex with no strings and lots of benefits is simple, uncomplicated...until it’s not.


I think this novel really captured the struggle of loving someone who doesn’t seem capable of loving you back in the way you need. It shows the hard decisions you need to make and the process of finally learning to put yourself first. Tenny had spent so much time letting her life revolve around her best friend, employer and crush and accepting what he was willing to give her. Her deciding that she needed to take control of her own life and distance herself from the painful situation is what really disturbs the status quo and gets Dom to see her as more than just that sad little brown-eyed girl he met in the foster system.

When Dom and Tenny finally decide to take their friendship into the bedroom, the sex is passionate, dirty and addictive. They know it’s a bad idea but it’s something they just can’t resist. And despite having the whole “this is just sex…we need to make sure we’re still friends after this” conversation, we know, and I think they do on some level, that this setup is just going to result in at least one person getting their heart broken. It takes Dom a little while to realize that Tenny means more to him than his career ever could but when he finally gets there he’s all about the romantic gestures and showing her that she’s never been a liability, but rather an inspiration and guiding force in his life.

Both Tenny and Dom have their own personal scars and emotional struggles. Despite having always been there for each other, it’s interesting to see how they have to learn to find their own personal strength and overcome their burdens before they’re capable of really being together. I loved seeing Tenny make tough decisions and take charge of creating her own happiness. It was pretty empowering and inspiring. 

I really enjoyed the friendship and group dynamic in this novel. The supporting characters were great for providing perspective into the couple’s situation and I actually really enjoyed getting to know their individual personalities. Ronin sounds like my kind of guy. The author did a great job of making you interested in the supporting characters and wanting to read more of the series to find out how some of the other friends find love.

If you love a protective, athletic hero and a curvy, smart heroine who’s finally taking control of her life, check out SCORING OFF THE FIELD. 

Disclosure: I received an advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.




USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights— writing sizzling romances with a touch of humor and snark.

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

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