Catch by Kris Bryant is a heartwarming story of first love given a second chance with the added distinction of being woven into a sports romance. This really appealed to me.
I haven’t followed NFL football in the last several years, but I used to be enough of a fan that I kept up with which teams were winning and losing. I can usually figure out what is happening on the field, so I knew I would enjoy this part of the novel. I found I also really liked the characters and their love story, as complicated as it turned out to be.
We see the story through the eyes of the main character, Sutton McCoy who is the just-hired offensive coordinator for The Connecticut Cheetahs, a new expansion team in the NFL. She is one of the first women to be hired in a coaching position for a national team.
Sutton was also one of the first female high school quarterbacks in the world. In high school she and her team made it to the state championship, so Sutton is used to being in the spotlight. She is in even deeper peril now since she finds herself coaching Grayson Moats, her old rival high school’s quarterback, the one who took her first and only true love away from her in high school…the man who married her former sweetheart, Parker O’Neal. Talk about awkward!
This is quite a complex tale with lots of unexpected twists and turns in the plot. I know my eyebrows were raised often as I read this book. The book is told in both the present and the past, with flashbacks happening in alternate chapters. Both the football/coaching aspect of the narrative as well as the love story will keep you entertained and reading. The characters, especially Sutton will grab your heart, and I know you will be rooting for her happy ending.
This is an excellent reunion, sports romance. If you love either of those tropes, you are going to enjoy this book.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.