Carrie Aarons Red Card Romance Book Review
London is Leah Watson’s fresh start. When she secures the perfect internship during her study abroad semester, with an infamous celebrity public relations firm, she is determined to forge her own path – one that is nothing like her life back in Oklahoma. That plan is tested when British football’s bad boy, Killian Ramsey, decides that she’s the one he wants and he’s playing for keeps.
Will she put her future on hold – again – for the type of man she swore she’d stay away from?
Killian is one bloody good football player. After a tragedy shattered his entire world, the cocky and arrogant face he puts on for the media is a complete lie. When he meets Leah, his heart starts to beat for the first time in years. But when the feelings get too real, his perfectly constructed facade starts to slip.
Will he risk it all to be with her – taking whatever penalties are thrown his way – or will he play it safe?
There were things that kept this from being a five star read were mostly about things that really had nothing to do with the story or the characters. But that all really falls back to something that is solely on me.
Our heroine, Leah is fresh off a breakup with her boyfriend of five years and is finally taking the reins of her life back. Her first step, hop on a plane and take her career choice seriously. She is tossed into the fire as soon as her plane lands in London as she is paired with bad-boy star athlete, Killian.
Killian didn’t have much growing up, but that all changed when his talent for football was discovered and his life was forever changed. Five years prior his life again takes a sudden change, and leaves us with a broken man who has no problem showing the world his fuck-off attitude. But a sassy American that is equal parts brass and shyness is about to turn his world upside down. After one meeting, Killian is certain of one thing: He wants her.
I felt like I had whiplash a bit when it came to both these characters, we didn’t get to delve too deeply into either of their issues early on, as they are slowly revealed, so the back and forth that took place was a bit much at times. Neither of these two really took a second to think through and just reacted. It was trying at times, but yet I still could not put it down.
This falls just below a four star for me. I think I needed more solid characters. I was okay with Killian being as broken as he was, given his past – but I just needed to feel more about his past in order to justify his present day actions. Same sort of thing with Leah – although we do get more from her as she reasons out all her feelings throughout the book.
Overall, still really enjoyed this book. I am sucker for the damaged-broken-bad-boy types and Killian certainly had all the right cracks in all the right places.