|When Derek's coach suggests sex as an excellent tension reliever the night before a game, Rachel takes one for the team. The next day, Derek has the best performance of his not-so illustrious pro football career.
As Derek and Rachel rack up nights in bed and other places, the team racks up wins on the field. Rachel is torn between her loyalty to her father and her growing affection for Derek. Now it's fourth and goal, one second left on the clock. Their hearts are on the line. Do they trust each other enough to go for the long bomb or do they get dropped for a loss?
A note from Jamie...
If I have a book of my heart, this book is it. I started writing this book close to a dozen years ago. When I became serious about getting published, everyone told me "sports romances don't sell" so I abandoned this book. Yet, I always knew I'd return to it some day.
If you know me personally, you know I love football.
Over the past few years I became frustrated with the football hero romances currently being published. In the vast majority of them, the heroine did not like or understand football, the hero often gave up the game for the heroine, and/or football was merely an afterthought. You could have changed the hero's career and nothing in the story would change.
So I asked myself: What if? What if the heroine is not only a fan, but she wants a career in football? What if she's more knowledgeable about the game than most men? What if the hero isn't a big star but a struggling third stringer attempting to resurrect his career? What if I write this book for women who truly love and understand football?
So I dusted off my old football hero romance, rewrote the entire book, and here it is years and years later. I think the wait was well worth it, and I hope you do, too.
Reviews for Fourth and Goal
"I got sucked into this book. I mean, hook line and sinker sucked in. I was deeply invested in these characters. Hooked folks, I'm positively hooked." -- Recommended Read from Wendy, the Super Librarian
"The ending was heartrending and I loved reading my way through the football season with a player who had lost his mojo." -- Jane Litte via Goodreads
"I am thoroughly impressed with Ms. Davenport's ability to instill escapism in her story. For the duration, I was consumed with her tale of two friends to lovers intertwined with football." -- Top Pick, Night Owl Reviews
"With sultry and inventive sex scenes, heart-breaking sorrow, nail-biting football plays and a cast that is captivating and engaging, Fourth and Goal is a winner!" -- Whipped Cream Reviews
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About Jami Davenport
Jami Davenport has been writing since she was old enough to know the alphabet. An advocate of happy endings, Jami writes sexy romantic comedy, sports hero romances, and equestrian fiction. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her husband, a former Green Beret turned plumber, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.
She works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher. In her spare time, Jami rides and shows her dressage horse and grows roses. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, the setting for her first two books. In her opinion, it is the most beautiful place on earth.
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An Interview with Jami Davenport
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Jami, thank you for talking with us at TRS BLUE! Your featured book is Fourth and Goal. Please tell us about this sizzling tale.
JD: Fourth and Goal is the book release I personally anticipated the most. I won't say "book of my heart" because I believe an author should be so vested in her characters for each book she's working on that they should all be books of the heart. I'm a football fan, and I love football/sports heroes. I've never understood why they don't sell well, but then again, not everyone is a sports fan. I started Fourth and Goal over 15 years ago. When I was told sports hero romances don't sell over and over again, I tabled the book but always knew I'd come back to it later. It was originally a young adult romance. Then I changed it to an adult romance with different kind of hero and heroine. I love stories where one of the characters is struggling to redeem himself and doesn't have the world in the palm of his hand, which is Derek, my quiet closet alpha. My heroine is also different in that she wants a career as a football talent scout. They're former best friends and one-night-stand lovers thrust together in a situation neither of them had foreseen.
HH: I love the extra information you gave us on this book. As a football fan myself, I appreciate it. <g> Now, what's your secret for appealing to a crowd of readers where many aren't football fans?
JD: I actually never tried to appeal to non-football fans with this book, yet I've gotten several reader and professional reviews in which I've been told I managed to do just that. Originally, my goal was to write a book for women who loved football as much as I did and had a knowledge of the game. But as an armchair psychologist, I also love to dig into what motivates people to do what they do. I like to think my characters have depth, and readers want to root for them. I hope that's what draws non-football fans to this book as well.
HH: What do you like best about Rachel and why will readers relate to her?
JD: I love Rachel because truthfully there's a lot of me in her. She's clumsy, she's ambitious, and she truly loves the game. She's also loyal and somewhat naÔve. She's a good friend and a great sister. Sometimes, she's pushed around by her older brothers, but she's still got backbone and a hidden fire.
HH: What do you like best about Derek and why will readers love him?
JD: Derek is an anomaly when it comes to professional athletes and how they're portrayed in most romances. He's not a womanizer, He's not a big partier. He's a genuinely nice guy who just wants everyone to like him. He has a hard time saying no to charity requests and appearances. He starts out a little insecure and lacking confidence. With Rachel's help, he regains his confidence.
HH: What else do you have in the works?
JD: I have two books. One is book two of my Seattle Lumberjacks series starring Tyler, the obnoxious quarterback in Fourth and Goal. The other is untitled and is the beginning of a small town series I'm doing based on my home town.
HH: How do you view the future of ebooks?
JD: Ebooks are where it's at. I've worked in computers for 20 plus years in my day job, and I'm still somewhat shocked at the shortsightedness of so many people in the publishing industry. Many authors and aspiring authors still don't seem to understand how much the traditional publishing route is becoming obsolete except for NYT Bestselling authors. There are people in my own RWA chapters who still think that epublishing is substandard and something you do only if you aren't good enough for a big publisher. That is so not the case anymore (if it ever was). Ebook publishers are more than willing to take chances and build niches, whereas NY publishers are afraid to publish out of their box.
HH: How much of your day is devoted to your writing career?
JD: Unfortunately, not enough. I work full time in IT, and writing is my part-time career. So I only have an hour or two a night to write. The good news is that I'm a fast writer when I really apply myself.
HH: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?
JD: I love to get emails, tweets, or posts on my Facebook. I'm pretty much thrilled with any reader interaction that I get. I attended Lori Foster's conference a few years ago and was delighted to meet readers who'd read my books. I'm hoping to go to RomCon in Denver next year.
HH: What is your favorite Halloween type/themed story? Why?
JD: Hmmm... I'm not sure. I loved the old Friday the 13th movies, cheesy as they were.
HH: What do you most enjoy about Autumn?
JD: Being from the Pacific Northwest, I'll admit Autumn is a bit of a bummer because it ushers in the next 8 to 10 months of endless rain, but I do enjoy a sunny autumn day. I love the colors of the leaves and that little nip in the air. Since it does signal the beginning of our rainy season(s), it also means I have more time inside and more time to write so thatís a good thing.
HH: Thank you!
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