I received this book for free from Ardent Prose in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lion Eyes by Casey Peeler
on February 6th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Ardent Prose
It's all I ever loved,All I ever wanted.Football is it for me.The lights, the turf, the feel of the ball in my hands,There's nothing that means more to me.
But then, I meet Rilla James.It's a game changer right from the start.Now, all I want is her,Everything about her.
It's a love-hate relationship.I love the excitement, the thrill of the game,But despise everything it stands for.The day the game took away someone in my life,Everything changed,For the better.And I couldn't be happier.
But then, I meet Tyke Jamison.It's a blitz right from the start.Now, I'm questioning it all.Maybe I could get used to life under the lights,With him.
You can basically get me to read anything that involves sports specifically baseball, basketball, hockey and football. Especially football. I love football. So when I heard Casey Peeler was releasing a book where the MC was a football star, I immediately added it to my TBR and to my delight I was able to be apart of the blog tour.
Lion Eyes was a quick read, I read this all in one sitting and before I knew it was over and that left me a tad bit sad. However, I was impressed with how much Casey has grown as a writer. I’ve read almost all her books for the exception of two and I’ve seen how much she’s grown as a writer while reading Lion Eyes.
Lion Eyes focused on Tyke and Rilla. Tyke has had a rough couple of years but he now has one chance to get his dream back on track, which is to make it to the draft. Rilla is the daughter of a NFL legend so she knows the game. My favorite thing about Lion Eyes was the slow burning romance. They were actually friends. They actually hung out and the romance really began as a friendship.
I classify this as New Adult because it does take place in the college world BUT it is NOT SMUTTY at all. I love my smut but I was actually okay without it in Lion Eyes. I believed the relationship and I didn’t need a ton of sex scenes to prove that to me.
I really enjoyed both characters but it was lacking in something and I don’t know what it is. It could be that I just wanted the story to go on a little longer but I do feel like something was missing to really push this into the 4 stars or even 5 star ranges for me.
However, I will say that my other favorite thing about this was the fact that there was actually football involved in the book. Do you know how many football books I read? Answer is many and those many usually never have football games in them. They say that the character is a star football player but you never get to see it. Casey delivered a couple games and I was pretty excited to read them.
Overall, as usual I’m looking forward to anything Casey may write because she can write YA to NA and I’m excited to see what else she has in store for us.