Jackson's Trust (Fourth Down #1) by @VioletDukeBooks

Jackson's Trust (Fourth Down, #1)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 3*

Trope: Sports

Chemistry: Low Boil

One-Sentence Summary: Starts off as a Lauren Layne-esque romance and ends up being messy

Review: This book was not what I was expecting.

The story starts off with a large dose of insta-love “ohmygod he/she is so pretty I think I’m in love” but then thankfully develops into a heavy dose of chemistry and UST before they act on their attraction.

So far so good. Then comes the reveal of Leila’s secret. That’s dealt with okay and everything is still realistic and in trope.

Then comes Jackson’s secret which adds an interesting twist but again it is handled well and introduces us to characters who will star in their own book later on in the series.

Aaaaand then comes the jump-the-shark moment. Bang, out of nowhere Leila is *SPOILER* shot. Yes, that’s right, with no lead-up or hints she is shot and it turns out she was given her sports reporting job courtesy of Jackson’s half-brother on the basis that when he comes calling she will owe him a favour. Erm, what?!?! Jackson, though still in love with her and apparently believing her innocence, leaves her hospital bed and tasks his friends with watching out for her whilst he goes off and broods. Then there’s some stuff about getting jobs for each other and buying a football team before they get their HEA but honestly by that point I felt like I was reading a completely different story.

I mean the whole Jackson’s villainous brother arc? It would kind of have more impact if we had actually met the guy and Jackson or Leila had some on-page run-ins with him rather than that whole thing coming out of nowhere. *SPOILER*

So overall there were too many time-jumps, spanners thrown in the works and starry-eyed leaps of faith for me to be fully onboard Jackson/Leila’s lovetrain but I’m still willing to give the next book in the series a try.

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