Review: One Night With a Quarterback by Jeanette Murray

She’s daddy’s little girl…or she would have been, had he known she existed. Cassie Wainwright thought her father—head coach of the Santa Fe Bobcats—ignored her purposefully. Come to find out, he had no clue she’d ever been born.

Now Cassie is determined to meet the man who’s always been missing from her life. Her mother warns her, being the long-lost daughter of a well-known NFL coach won’t be easy, but Cassie’s determined to stick it out. And before her life turns upside down, she wants one more night of fun.

Starting quarterback for the Santa Fe Bobcats, Trey Owens is tired of being in the limelight. Lucky for him, the beautiful brunette he meets at the club isn’t a local. She has no idea who he is…and she’s down to party.

Tomorrow, Cassie will think about her father. Tomorrow, she’ll think about her future. But tonight is for herself and the hottie she found on dance floor. It’s a matchup made in heaven—if only for a night…

Years ago Cassie’s mother slept with a guy and got pregnant. Not too unusual except for the fact that Cassie’s mother never told her who her father was and never told the father she was pregnant. The information has finally been shared, now that Cassie’s more than an adult, and Cassie’s off to New Mexico to meet her father and stay for a while to get to know him and his family.

The night before Cassie is to meet her father she goes out with her friend (who was traveling with her) and meets Trey. They hit it off immediately and end up in bed together. Trey is smitten from almost word one but Cassie is a bit of a hard sell. She doesn’t want anything to get in the way of meeting her father.

When Cassie does meet her father, Ken, who is a coach for the Santa Fe Bobcats – an NFL team – things are…awkward. He invites her to stay in his pool house, which is a 2 bedroom house, but he imposes rules on her like she’s a teenager. As he’s well known and has an image to protect he tells her no men. Cassie agrees because there are no men in her life but then she runs into Trey again. He wants nothing more than to be with Cassie - spend time with her, get to know know, date. He’s a Bobcat player but doesn’t tell Cassie as he loves being and average Joe for a change and as Cassie doesn’t share who her father is they have no idea that they have so much in common.

While meeting her father is a wonderful thing for Cassie he doesn’t seem too excited. He keeps blowing off their scheduled lunches and she hardly sees him at his house. She does see his teen daughters who she really loves and his judgmental wife, Tabitha, who she doesn’t really love, at all. She’s not sure that she’s welcome but loves Trey and wants to stay. When shit hits the fan however, things might not turn out how Cassie expects.

When I read the blurb for ONWaQ it sounded like a fun, light read. While parts of it were very fun, other parts were definitely more emotional and heart-wrenching than I expected.

Starting with Trey – he was awesome. Though I didn’t like the fact that he was hiding who he was from Cassie (because after he got to know her he should have known that she wouldn’t care), I liked almost everything else about him. He was kind, generous, a great friend, loving, and an all around good guy. He did have a moment near the end when I wanted to smack him upside the head a time or two but he quickly recovered and made up for it in a great way.

Cassie was an independent woman but she was also a people pleaser. I wasn’t sure I liked that part of her. With Trey she was fun and funny while being a straightforward person. With Ken and Tabitha she didn’t stand up for herself (especially with Tabitha!) and that annoyed me as it just didn’t seem like her. She finally grew some cajones and stood her ground and I appreciated finally seeing that.

Tabitha was a bitch. I kept trying to see things from her perspective – as in, this adult daughter of her husband comes out of the woodwork and her husband didn’t know she existed so how could Tabitha? Tabitha is protective of her children, I get that, but she’s the epitome of a stuck up, high on her own status, rich snob. I hated the way she directed her girls lives as if they had no brains in their heads at all. They couldn’t do what they wanted or wear what they wanted and because of that they ended up going to extremes and breaking out of the mold in huge ways when if they had been given even a little leeway that probably wouldn’t have happened. She treated Cassie like she was a dirty piece of gum stuck on the bottom of her shoe and that irritated me to no end.

Despite the fact that I wasn’t a fan of Ken’s or Tabitha’s (Ken redeems himself), I really liked the story and the romance in this book. I loved Trey and Cassie together and that made the book that much better. Trey’s friends were wonderful as well and I’m hoping they get their own books in the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Jeanette Murray 

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