I have one regret in life: fooling Michael Becket, the most promising quarterback in the NFL.
He was supposed to be a simple job, a chance to put the past behind me. It turned into a media scandal which left him famous for all the wrong reasons.
They say keep your enemies close. Becket and I got too close, and something lurking in the shadows proved why we could never be together.
There were secrets.
Whose were the darkest, only time will tell.
Britney works for a gossip magazine and her new assignment is NFL player Beckett. It’s become well known that Beckett’s relationship with his current girlfriend is on rocky ground and Britney is tasked to follow him and get whatever scoop. If there is no story she is to create one. Britney doesn’t like working for the magazine but she has no choice as she needs the money to pay off the debts that her mother has racked up. During a turbulent flight from New York Britney and Beckett find they are seat buddies. During the flight Beckett discloses some of his deepest and unknown secrets to Britney. But more happens after the flight and once his secrets become public Beckett quickly becomes headline news for all the wrong reasons. 18 months later Britney and Beckett are reunited when a newspaper want to feature an article about Beckett and he specifically requests that Britney is the writer because he wants revenge. As Beckett starts to play his game and mess with Britney, he doesn’t realise that Britney will happily play him at his own game. However, neither of them are aware that there is a third player in this game but who are they?
There is a prequel called Fool Me Once which I haven’t read but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book because at the start the reader is given a recap as to what happened in Fool Me Once and the first interaction between Beckett and Britney. I’ve been wanting to read a book by this author for some time so I jumped at the chance to read and review this book. What can I say about this book apart from I absolutely loved it and I think I’ve found a new favourite author. I loved the storyline. It was captivating, engaging and fast paced. So much so that I read it within 24 hours and was sad when I finished the book resulting in a book hangover. The chemistry between Britney and Beckett was evident from their first encounter and resurfaced when they met 18 months later. Beckett at first glance is a handsome flawed hero who has had bad experiences in his past but ultimately he’s trying to redeem himself and has a good heart. In contrast Britney’s upbringing was also less than ideal but not as perfect as Beckett thinks. Their scenes together honestly stole my heart. I did love how Britney stood her ground despite Beckett trying to get a reaction from her.
This isn’t just a story about revenge and romance, as both Britney and Beckett have pasts that they are running from and secrets that only they know. Their story is a clear example of how looks can be deceiving. In Beckett’s case he is keeping a big secret about his identity and past that only a few people know. Britney too has secrets no one knows. But as she becomes closer to Beckett he is the first person that she confides in. Both characters are trying to achieve something better, not letting the past define them but also helping each other to heal. But as they slowly learn the past never remains buried. Although I didn’t agree with what Britney did to Beckett in some ways she kind of didn’t have a choice. What Beckett didn’t realise was it was her colleague who was the driving force behind what happened to him and it was clear that she really didn’t want to be involved.
If you like tropes such as enemies to lovers, sports romance, dark romance, forced proximity and chemistry between the lead characters which is off the scale you need to read this book because you won’t be disappointed.
Author Lizzie Morton is an author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in the U.K with her partner and three children.
Previously she has worked as a Personal Trainer and Back Pain Specialist and trained as a Chef at Leeds City College.
Her first novel was originally just a note in her phone but became a full manuscript, ready for release in August 2020.
When she isn’t reading or writing, her favourite things include running, snaffling and changing nappies.