Illegal Contact (The Barons #1) by Santino Hassell

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.
Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…

Another new author to me and another almost missed read. Thank goodness I have fellow bloggers/readers who pass along amazing read recommendations. I’m SO glad I picked this one up. 😉

On the surface, Gavin was the epitome of a true bad boy… but nothing is exactly as it seems. Noah knew nothing about football and had no idea who Gavin even was, which made him perfect. Turns out he was perfect in more ways than one.

I loved the tension between Gavin and Noah. It wasn’t all romantic tension either. Gavin was a grumpy, overbearing tyrant that was impossible to work for, but Noah had been walked over and hung out to dry by his last boss and he wasn’t about to let that happen again. He was there to do his job and ignore his attraction to Gavin.

There was a lot more to the relationship between Gavin and Noah than the slow burn romance that simmered between the two of them. They were good for each other, but the end was inevitable. There relationship had a very strict timeline and it was destined to end once Gavin was free. Santino Hassell kept readers on the edge wondering how these two could possibly get past what they both knew was coming. The outcome paved the way for the rest of the series and I honestly can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of The Barons.


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