Roughing the Kicker (Saints and Sinners, #1)
Reese Noble chased this dream for a decade.Now it was here.The NFL.A pro career.All eyes on the league’s new kicker.Millions of people expecting her to fail.But Reese wasn’t a novelty and the spot she landed on the New Orleans Steamers was one she planned to keep.With her teammates giving her hell and the world doubting her every move, Reese will have to fight harder than anyone else to make her dream a reality. Even if that means following the lead of Quarterback Ryder Glenn —the only man who brought her to the edge of ecstasy and the depths of heartbreak. The same man who broke her heart ten years before. In this city, there is a thin line between sin and sainthood and only the strongest can walk it.The Sinners and Saints series is a spin off from the Thin Love series and in the same universe. Each book in the series is interconnected but CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE.

Roughing the Kicker (Saints and Sinners, #1) Details

TitleRoughing the Kicker (Saints and Sinners, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 31st, 2018
PublisherEden Butler
Rating
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Romance

Roughing the Kicker (Saints and Sinners, #1) Review

  • Snow
    January 1, 1970
    4 ' roughing the kicker' stars She was a woman playing in a men’s sport. And this quote shows my admiration towards the very subject.I loved that aspect of the story, it was plausible, credible and inspiring...This is also a second chance romance and yeah, with the span of a 10 years distance between the main characters kinda left no extra place for me to develop that 'feel' of their connection...I loved segments of their re-connecting, starting from an angsty frenemies with a grudge and linge 4 ' roughing the kicker' stars She was a woman playing in a men’s sport. And this quote shows my admiration towards the very subject.I loved that aspect of the story, it was plausible, credible and inspiring...This is also a second chance romance and yeah, with the span of a 10 years distance between the main characters kinda left no extra place for me to develop that 'feel' of their connection...I loved segments of their re-connecting, starting from an angsty frenemies with a grudge and lingering hurt from their unresolved past towards the final realisation that they deserve a second chance for the kind of connection and bond they had..but I guess, mostly the before mentioned 'sport' drama took over the spotlight for me and that was just the right dosage of action I needed.
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  • Tia Louise
    January 1, 1970
    Intense, emotional, SEXY, and so satisfying... Eden Butler scores a touchdown with Roughing the Kicker!The writing is flawless, taking you right inside the world of professional football and the heart of a female kicker shoved face to face with the man from her past, the quarterback, the captain of the team... shivers...Their past is one of misunderstandings, anger, and loss. It's heartbreaking and so, so good.Reese and Ryder's connection is intense. From Ryder's broody anger to Reese's sassy ch Intense, emotional, SEXY, and so satisfying... Eden Butler scores a touchdown with Roughing the Kicker!The writing is flawless, taking you right inside the world of professional football and the heart of a female kicker shoved face to face with the man from her past, the quarterback, the captain of the team... shivers...Their past is one of misunderstandings, anger, and loss. It's heartbreaking and so, so good.Reese and Ryder's connection is intense. From Ryder's broody anger to Reese's sassy charm and determination--it's impossible to put down! And of course, it's set in sultry New Orleans. Don't miss this FIVE-STAR read, PERFECT for lovers of second-chance romance and sports romance!
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  • Brenda Rothert
    January 1, 1970
    So. Damn. Sexy. This slow-burn second-chance romance hooked me from the first page. Reese is tough and tenacious and I found myself pulling for her in every possible way. Strong heroine? There are none stronger than this one. Ryder is brooding, but we find out there's more to it than that as the story unfolds. He's sexy af, too!Highly recommended to fans of football romance, and this one has a phenomenal girl-power spin I adored.
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    New to me author Eden Butler really caught my attention with the blurb to Roughing the Kicker. I thought it would interesting and fun to read about a female football player. God knows I love reading about strong, willful woman and thought this may give me what I love. What I didn't expect was to absolutely loath her leading man. Ryder Glenn needed an attitude check right from the beginning of this story and it was wonderful watching Reese give him one time and time again. But, then their past, p New to me author Eden Butler really caught my attention with the blurb to Roughing the Kicker. I thought it would interesting and fun to read about a female football player. God knows I love reading about strong, willful woman and thought this may give me what I love. What I didn't expect was to absolutely loath her leading man. Ryder Glenn needed an attitude check right from the beginning of this story and it was wonderful watching Reese give him one time and time again. But, then their past, present and future come crashing together and they both have a lot to answer to. Promises that were made in the past … tragedies that happened, made this story an interesting and enjoyable read for me.Reese was sassy, determined and the first female in the NFL. Everyone was expecting her to fail. She's been through this before but her father had her prepared and she knew how to handle the criticism and win over the players. Well, all except one. He's held on the hatred for 10 years, she knows they can never be friends but, they have to work together to win. Can she depend on him to have her back? Can she get her heart to cooperate?Ryder hated Reese with a passion. She took away the one thing that mattered most in the world to him. Everyone else may not have blamed her but he sure did and he's not going to forgive her. Watching her win over the other players on the Steamers was interesting. He's seen her do it before in college when her dad was his coach and mentor and she was his hearts desire. Too bad she kept the secret and brought everything crashing down. She is his teammate, he'll back her up, he'll be her captain but, he'll never trust her again, he'll never love her again. But, did he ever stop loving the hot, spunky little Latino woman who was his world.This story was everything that I thought it would be. I loved how Ms. Butler brought the children into the story, how she finally got Reese and Ryder to open up to each other, face their feelings and let the past go. Yes, by the end of the story, I liked Ryder. I couldn't love him since he blamed Reese for something no one could have prevented. But, all in all, I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to where she is going to bring the rest of the women and men in this series.
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  • A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Eden Butler is such an intense writer, she truly makes you emotional with the stories and characters she creates. Roughing the Kicker was a great read, Reese and Ryder's story was full of soo much angst and emotions that you could not put the book down, like I literally read this book through the night...Forget sleeping because I needed to know how it ends!Reese is the first female placekicker in the NFL, who happens to be in the same team as her EX, the quarterback and captain of the New Orlean Eden Butler is such an intense writer, she truly makes you emotional with the stories and characters she creates. Roughing the Kicker was a great read, Reese and Ryder's story was full of soo much angst and emotions that you could not put the book down, like I literally read this book through the night...Forget sleeping because I needed to know how it ends!Reese is the first female placekicker in the NFL, who happens to be in the same team as her EX, the quarterback and captain of the New Orleans Steamers. She has a lot to prove and a path to pave for all women who are trying to break barriers in a male dominated sport. I love that this was the story, something that highlights that women can do it all and are more than just your stereotypical Susie homemakers. Ryder is the golden boy, who now has to deal with the one person he has grown to hate for the last 10yrs. At one point they were soo in love and then something tragic happens that tears them apart. It turns out that you can't bury your past or forgot your one true love. This story takes you on a journey and pulls at all your emotions, learning about Reese and Ryder, reading their past, reading their banter, reading the hot heavy chemistry that they have will have you anxious and frustrated about how it will end. There were some things I could have done with out, the overuse of Pendejo, though I enjoyed reading books with Spanish in it sometimes it just didn't work with the dynamic of the emotions that were trying to be conveyed through the conversation. I liked that it connected Eden's former book Thin Love to this series, so I can not wait to read about Gia and Pukui and Cat and Wilson. Looking forward to more of the Saints and Sinner series, with the way that Eden Butler writes I know I will not be disappointed just emotional drained and needing a shot at the end.Reviewed by: Glori I.
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  • Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
    January 1, 1970
    -Kacie, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐I loved this book! It was more technical, football wise, but I loved that because of my love for football. The only thing I didn’t like was that there wasn’t very much romance. This story kept me intrigued, wondering about Reece and Ryder’s past. Why were they so good together, yet not? Reece is the first woman to be placed on a professional football team and she’s paving the way for other women. She has to deal with a lot of crap because she’s a woman. It doesn’t help that her ex-b -Kacie, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I loved this book! It was more technical, football wise, but I loved that because of my love for football. The only thing I didn’t like was that there wasn’t very much romance. This story kept me intrigued, wondering about Reece and Ryder’s past. Why were they so good together, yet not? Reece is the first woman to be placed on a professional football team and she’s paving the way for other women. She has to deal with a lot of crap because she’s a woman. It doesn’t help that her ex-boyfriend is the team captain and starting quarterback. Ryder is a jerk, plain and simple. He pushed her away and accused of her of mean things, all for being a good friend. To top it off, after what they BOTH went through, he thought she was heartless and forgot! It seemed at nearly every turn, he was hurting Reece’s heart and yet she still kept on loving him. I thought there were so many different great secondary characters in this book and it felt like it was setting the scene for what’s to come. Reece’s dad was probably my favorite because of his no nonsense way of talking to Ryder after so many years of absence. I loved the writing in this book. Despite it being a little technical, the story flowed. I am anxious to read more about the other characters.
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  • Jennifer Holt
    January 1, 1970
    I was able to get an early preview of this book and I could not put it down. Y’all....this book has everything....hot sweaty football players, kick ass strong ass women, Nola and romance. And I heard there’s going to be more stories in this series....(cheering loudly!). Even Butler aka Author Goddess has done it again. I <3 this one!!
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  • Michal Inbar
    January 1, 1970
    This was supposed to be five stars read for me I love this author writing style and this book had a lot of potential but honestly, the hero had a girlfriend he didn't love nor respect until 92% of the story. Of course she was painted as a gold digger and a bimbo and it didn't matter that the hero did nothing to end their relationship but he did kissed the heroine and spend majority of the story been grumpy angry and jealous to her regardless of this said girlfriend . Pointless to say that the fi This was supposed to be five stars read for me I love this author writing style and this book had a lot of potential but honestly, the hero had a girlfriend he didn't love nor respect until 92% of the story. Of course she was painted as a gold digger and a bimbo and it didn't matter that the hero did nothing to end their relationship but he did kissed the heroine and spend majority of the story been grumpy angry and jealous to her regardless of this said girlfriend . Pointless to say that the first sex scene between the H/h was at nearly 95% and all the passive aggressive behavior of both of them combined with the over the top slow burn sucked all the fun from the book.Waiting for the next one in this series.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    You would think that because I’ve read so many of Eden Butler’s books that I would be used to the angsty scenes and emotional upheavals that drive her storylines, but each and every time I enter one of Butler’s stories, I find myself overwhelmed by the characters’ struggles…by their inability to let go of the past and focus on the present…by the positive and negative feelings that push not only the characters but the plot as well as these two people’s lives collide in a less than ideal situation You would think that because I’ve read so many of Eden Butler’s books that I would be used to the angsty scenes and emotional upheavals that drive her storylines, but each and every time I enter one of Butler’s stories, I find myself overwhelmed by the characters’ struggles…by their inability to let go of the past and focus on the present…by the positive and negative feelings that push not only the characters but the plot as well as these two people’s lives collide in a less than ideal situation for both of them. Reese Noble may be breaking barriers in the professional sports’ world, but it doesn’t come without criticism and backlash. Every aspect of her life is under scrutiny as the only female player in the National Football League, and with so many people watching her and waiting for her to fail, there’s an extreme amount of pressure that she has to deal with, but what makes things even worse for Reese is the fact that her team’s quarterback, Ryder Glenn, despises her and makes both her professional and personal life hell due to their shared past and the fact that he hasn’t found a way to forgive her for what happened between them a decade ago. But Reese is a fighter…she’s a competitor and regardless of the uphill battle she encounters, she refuses to give up…she refuses to cower and that’s what makes Reese an extraordinary heroine because most women, given the history with the playmaker of their team and the fact that a lot of people want to see them fail would fall prey to the pressure, but that’s not something that Reese will ever do. Ryder Glenn is a grade A asshole for quite a bit of the story; he’s stubborn and vengeful, and he blames Reese for what happened to their relationship. Ryder doesn’t make things easy for Reese, but that’s partly because Ryder’s never dealt with what happened and is unwilling to gain a new perspective, holding on to what he feels occurred and where the blame should sit, which means that until he faces the past, accepts the full truth, and chooses to move forward without it as an albatross around his neck, they will never find a common ground and Ryder will miss out on a second chance with the only woman he’s ever wanted by his side. Roughing the Kicker is the perfect title for what Reese endures because it’s not just the other teams’ players she must contend with and prove herself to…it’s the entire league and all those who watch professional football, but she gets ‘roughed up’ even more by her own teammates and it’s not the physical licks she takes, it’s more the emotional mind games that are played against her that make her question her value…her skill…her position as a professional football kicker, but even more as a female athlete who has busted her ass to get where she is.The one aspect of Butler’s writing that amazes me each and every time I read her stories is the fact that she takes risks…she ventures away from the norm and listens to what her characters want and does everything in her power to tell their tale as they want it told, regardless of how difficult that may be and that speaks to the type of storyteller that Butler is and how the craft and process of writing and being true to herself and her words is of utmost importance. I’ve never finished one of Butler’s books without being emotionally drained by what her characters go through, which absolutely proves the power of her words and her ability to capture her readers’ attention and keep it until the very last page.4.5 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Roughing the Kicker is book #1 in the Saints and Sinners series, which, is a spin-off of the Thin Love series. It can absolutely be read as a stand-alone. Eden Butler has a talent of taking your heart and ripping it out of your chest for a while and then she puts it all back together. Although sometimes it may take a book or two… Roughing the Kicker has it all. Drama, angst, sports and breaking barriers. Reese Nobel is the newly signed, first ever female place kicker for the NFL. She is smart, b Roughing the Kicker is book #1 in the Saints and Sinners series, which, is a spin-off of the Thin Love series. It can absolutely be read as a stand-alone. Eden Butler has a talent of taking your heart and ripping it out of your chest for a while and then she puts it all back together. Although sometimes it may take a book or two… Roughing the Kicker has it all. Drama, angst, sports and breaking barriers. Reese Nobel is the newly signed, first ever female place kicker for the NFL. She is smart, beautiful and talented. Being drafted to the Steamers has brought her face to face with her first love, quarterback Ryder Glenn. Things didn’t end on a good note 10 years ago…“You used to be a man of honor. Solid. Real. Now…this…”“If you can’t be that man off the field, then you better dam well do it on. Earn your overpaid, inflated salary, carbron.”Reese and Ryder experience many emotions all while trying to interact day in and day out. Their past is like a heavy weight wrapped around them. The regrets, the emotions, the ‘feels’. Reese is a constant reminder of good and bad times. Realizations are made. Will the risk be worth it? “People don’t stop being important to you when they’re not around anymore. If they matter, you find ways to keep them important.”The story is well written. The only issue I had was the introduction of so many new characters. It was a lot to take in. But as this is book #1 in the series I expected as much. They also have a story to be told. I think that we will have Gia’s story next. She is the Steamer’s General Manager. If that is the case then I need to stock up on my tissues now! 4 stars#EdenButler #angst #romance #RyderandReese #SportsRomance #love #emotional
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  • Kylee
    January 1, 1970
    Roughing The Kicker is the first book in this new series by Eden Butler and will have you craving every book coming for the Saints and Sinners series. This first book is a second chance romance and one that will have your heart in your throat on more than one occasion. Reece and Ryder’s story is one of loss, heartbreak and misplaced anger. As these two are thrown back together as team mates, pasts will have to be faced, pain will need to be confronted and acceptance that sometimes when you are s Roughing The Kicker is the first book in this new series by Eden Butler and will have you craving every book coming for the Saints and Sinners series. This first book is a second chance romance and one that will have your heart in your throat on more than one occasion. Reece and Ryder’s story is one of loss, heartbreak and misplaced anger. As these two are thrown back together as team mates, pasts will have to be faced, pain will need to be confronted and acceptance that sometimes when you are scared, you run from the one thing you should have hung onto. A story that will have you captivated and on the edge of your seat. As they run the plays of life it will take combined team work to bring them to the goal of happiness. A huge five star read that will have you falling in love with not only the story but the characters.
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  • Serena
    January 1, 1970
    This second chance romance has everything! It will pull at your heart in every way. Took me back and had me remembering my first Love. Reese and Ryder loved each other something fierce, but like always something life altering happened... Now a decade later she's making history! The first female placekicker in the NFL has more to worry about that making a name for herself and helping pave the way for othwr women. She has to try to keep her past emotions buried but it's hard when you never stopped This second chance romance has everything! It will pull at your heart in every way. Took me back and had me remembering my first Love. Reese and Ryder loved each other something fierce, but like always something life altering happened... Now a decade later she's making history! The first female placekicker in the NFL has more to worry about that making a name for herself and helping pave the way for othwr women. She has to try to keep her past emotions buried but it's hard when you never stopped loving someone.Ryder is the team captain and the ex, his pain from the past has never subsided. He's not happy she is here in "his house" be cant let go of the past even though seeing her stirs up more than bad memories also pleasurable ones. He's conflicted he doesn't want her there doesn't want to see her around but cant kerp his eyes off her. Can he finally put the past behind him?This book is Hot HOT HOT! Another outstanding job done by Eden Butler! It's a must read and Have!
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book!!! The premise, in my opinion, isn't that far out of the realm of possibility in the near future! This book combined two tropes I really enjoy, sports romance and second chance love.Reese is my new heroine. She is the first female kicker in the NFL. She's worked hard to make it so far and she's not going to let anything keep her from succeeding, not even the love of her life, former boyfriend and current QB for the NO Steamboats. Ryder doesn't want her on his team, but not beca I loved this book!!! The premise, in my opinion, isn't that far out of the realm of possibility in the near future! This book combined two tropes I really enjoy, sports romance and second chance love.Reese is my new heroine. She is the first female kicker in the NFL. She's worked hard to make it so far and she's not going to let anything keep her from succeeding, not even the love of her life, former boyfriend and current QB for the NO Steamboats. Ryder doesn't want her on his team, but not because she's a woman in a man's world. His reasons are entirely personal. You'll have to read the book to find them out.I also loved the supporting characters in this book. I'm really looking forward to reading their stories in the future!
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  • Krista Ricchi
    January 1, 1970
    I love sport romances and was so excited that this amazing book focused mainly on a female kicker. You never see a book about a female lead playing football now that is genius. I love Eden's writing style she packs in the right amount of anst and romance to keep you on your toes. This book was about so much more than football. It takes you on an emotional journey of forgiveness and love. The characters were all so easy to fall in love with and I loved seeing characters from previous books make a I love sport romances and was so excited that this amazing book focused mainly on a female kicker. You never see a book about a female lead playing football now that is genius. I love Eden's writing style she packs in the right amount of anst and romance to keep you on your toes. This book was about so much more than football. It takes you on an emotional journey of forgiveness and love. The characters were all so easy to fall in love with and I loved seeing characters from previous books make a quick appearance. This is the beginning of another amazing series I can tell and I suggest you pickup a copy and enjoy.
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  • Three Chicks
    January 1, 1970
    Review by Lisa KaneI really liked this one. I love a sports romance and I adore a second chance at love-so combine them-Score!Ryder is one tough nut to crack, but has never really gotten over Reese. Reese is the NFL's first and only female kicker so she has a target on her back. Ryder is the star quarterback and captain of the team, but he is so hung up on something that happened between them ten years ago that he just can't hide his distain. Lots of angst and heartbreak and chemistry. Not too m Review by Lisa KaneI really liked this one. I love a sports romance and I adore a second chance at love-so combine them-Score!Ryder is one tough nut to crack, but has never really gotten over Reese. Reese is the NFL's first and only female kicker so she has a target on her back. Ryder is the star quarterback and captain of the team, but he is so hung up on something that happened between them ten years ago that he just can't hide his distain. Lots of angst and heartbreak and chemistry. Not too much sex, but I can live with that. Perfect book for summer reading!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Wow!! I love this second chance romance!! It's great that some of Eden's earlier Thin Love characters make an appearance, think Kona! Reese is the first woman to play on an NFL team. She is the best place kicker out there, but when she ends up on the same team as her ex, Ryder, the complications keep piling up. The chemistry is still there, but at the forefront is the simmering anger they have kept inside for the last 10 years. They need to talk about their past, but their pride gets in their wa Wow!! I love this second chance romance!! It's great that some of Eden's earlier Thin Love characters make an appearance, think Kona! Reese is the first woman to play on an NFL team. She is the best place kicker out there, but when she ends up on the same team as her ex, Ryder, the complications keep piling up. The chemistry is still there, but at the forefront is the simmering anger they have kept inside for the last 10 years. They need to talk about their past, but their pride gets in their way. This is an emotional roller coaster ride of anger, guilt, jealousy and most of all the love that never really went away. I absolutely loved this and can't wait to see what the next book in the series is all about~~~
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  • Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Reese and Ryder’s story. A story of two people who seem in every way to be meant for each other until a traumatic event tears them apart. Reese is a strong heroine, a good role model and a character that it is easy to like and root for. Ryder, it took some time for me to warm up to. I sort of wanted someone to “placekick” him and knock some sense into him! He held a grudge for a VERY long time for something that was no one’s fault at all!! Roughing The Kicker is a sports romance I really enjoyed Reese and Ryder’s story. A story of two people who seem in every way to be meant for each other until a traumatic event tears them apart. Reese is a strong heroine, a good role model and a character that it is easy to like and root for. Ryder, it took some time for me to warm up to. I sort of wanted someone to “placekick” him and knock some sense into him! He held a grudge for a VERY long time for something that was no one’s fault at all!! Roughing The Kicker is a sports romance, a second chance love story, and it is a story that really brings attention to how women in sports especially male dominated sports like football, are looked upon and treated. The story feels very much like a ‘first in series’ and I could see other storylines seeming to develop for me to look forward to. -4 Stars!-
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book! It is sweet, hot, heartwarming and a bit heartbreaking. But so it real life. Ryder and Reese are characters you will fall in love with. Eden creates characters you fall in love with and want to know more about.
  • Karen Aguilera
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book it’s not just a sports romance read but also a second chance romance read. This book will hook you in from the start. It has angst and hot scenes, great main characters and support characters who’s stories I am hoping to read about in the future. I really enjoyed not only Ryder and Resse back story but also there present one too.
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  • Timitra
    January 1, 1970
    Rated 3.5 StarsRoughing The Kicker was an enjoyable read. I loved that it tackled the issue of women in the NFL not only on the field but in management positions as well, I think the author did a pretty decent job of highlighting the ways in which women are treated and viewed in male dominated spaces. However I didn't really feel or believe the connection between the main characters, this lack of connection stemmed mainly from the fact that they weren't together for most of the book and there wa Rated 3.5 StarsRoughing The Kicker was an enjoyable read. I loved that it tackled the issue of women in the NFL not only on the field but in management positions as well, I think the author did a pretty decent job of highlighting the ways in which women are treated and viewed in male dominated spaces. However I didn't really feel or believe the connection between the main characters, this lack of connection stemmed mainly from the fact that they weren't together for most of the book and there wasn't any gradual building of their relationship. Everything about them getting together felt very rushed. That said, I did enjoy it and would recommend to lovers of sports romance.ARC won in a contest hosted by author
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  • Tongan Book Lover
    January 1, 1970
    My obsession with this author and her books have only begun. She’s still fairly new to me but I’m in love with the stories she tells. Roughing the Kicker is an amazingly angsty & controversial story. There’s so much prejudice, so much discrimination & there is also grief and love. It was over too soon for me and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
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  • Ashley Willburn
    January 1, 1970
    Reese and Ryder have a past. They haven’t seen each other in 10 years. He blames her and she blames herself for what happened such a long time ago. What broke them apart is what starts to being them back together. She is a placekicker shooting for a spot on an NFL team and what better team to take her in then Ryder’s own team. Things are rocky and hard til the dam breaks and Ryder realizes just how wrong he has been. I couldn’t put this book down for the life of me! The writing was absolutely in Reese and Ryder have a past. They haven’t seen each other in 10 years. He blames her and she blames herself for what happened such a long time ago. What broke them apart is what starts to being them back together. She is a placekicker shooting for a spot on an NFL team and what better team to take her in then Ryder’s own team. Things are rocky and hard til the dam breaks and Ryder realizes just how wrong he has been. I couldn’t put this book down for the life of me! The writing was absolutely incredible, the emotions and feelings so real and relatable. I can see myself reading this book over and over again. Thank you Eden for being amazeballs!
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  • MJ
    January 1, 1970
    I always enjoy a good second chance romance and Eden Butler delivers with Roughing the Kicker. This story is full of angst and tough decisions as Reese Noble and Ryder Glenn find themselves face to face once more as teammates for the New Orleans Steamers. Reese is the first female kicker and with Ryder as her quarterback, things get very complicated, very quickly. 10 years have passed since they had their last conversation and it was evident for everyone to see that there is still something very I always enjoy a good second chance romance and Eden Butler delivers with Roughing the Kicker. This story is full of angst and tough decisions as Reese Noble and Ryder Glenn find themselves face to face once more as teammates for the New Orleans Steamers. Reese is the first female kicker and with Ryder as her quarterback, things get very complicated, very quickly. 10 years have passed since they had their last conversation and it was evident for everyone to see that there is still something very powerful between them despite their constant denials. And that chemistry poured out of this book with every turn of the page.Even that first unexpected meeting in the locker room gave both Reese and Ryder pause, those long-buried feelings coming to the surface fighting with the deep-seeded love that was once so beautiful. I hoped they could find some semblance of decency around each other but boy are these two very stubborn individuals. I loved Reese's sassy Latin attitude and the fact that she is a kicker in the NFL only made her that much more endearing. This girl works hard and yet despite her being with men much bigger, much more powerful than she, man she held her own! There were no flies on her. On the contrary, she fought for every opportunity she had been given and no one, no chauvinistic player or former love of her life would stand in her way.That secret both of Reese and Ryder carried with them for these 10 years took a bit to be revealed. A particularly poignant scene on a quiet Sunday morning broke open this story and we along with Ryder finally understand the pain Reese has endured when Ryder thought she didn't even care. I liked the way that scene was written since it gave both characters the chance to show their mutual grief and had Ryder eating a bit of crow at his discovery of how much agony Reese has carried for so long.I'm glad he finally got his head out of his behind and realized others were also hurting but them coming together and being much more friendly both on and off the playing field almost felt a bit too easy. I guess maybe with all the vitriol and bad feelings thrown at each other for a good part of this book, being able to sweep the past 10 years under the rug that fast, seemed too easy.But overall it's a really nice story of redemption and perseverance and finding the love of your life in the most surprising of ways. The secondary characters, in particular Coach Noble, Kenya Wilson, Cat and Gia were perfect additions to this story, giving both Reese and Ryder the words they needed when it mattered most. And with a teaser of what is to come with respect to Gia and an ill-fated love affair, I was happy that a mention of a certain Hawaiian family I've grown to love may have more for us in store in the future.I enjoy Eden Butler's work and Roughing the Kicker is a great beginning to the Saints and Sinners series. A good read for by the pool or at the beach, I give Roughing the Kicker a solid 4 stars!
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  • Glorimar Irizarry
    January 1, 1970
    Was given a ARC for review. Eden Butler is such an intense writer, she truly makes you emotional with the stories and characters she creates. Roughing the Kicker was a great read, Reese and Ryder's story was full of soo much angst and emotions that you could not put the book down, like I literally read this book through the night...Forget sleeping because I needed to know how it ends!Reese is the first female placekicker in the NFL, who happens to be in the same team as her EX, the quarterback a Was given a ARC for review. Eden Butler is such an intense writer, she truly makes you emotional with the stories and characters she creates. Roughing the Kicker was a great read, Reese and Ryder's story was full of soo much angst and emotions that you could not put the book down, like I literally read this book through the night...Forget sleeping because I needed to know how it ends!Reese is the first female placekicker in the NFL, who happens to be in the same team as her EX, the quarterback and captain of the New Orleans Steamers. She has a lot to prove and a path to pave for all women who are trying to break barriers in a male dominated sport. I love that this was the story, something that highlights that women can do it all and are more than just your stereotypical Susie homemakers. Ryder is the golden boy, who now has to deal with the one person he has grown to hate for the last 10yrs. At one point they were soo in love and then something tragic happens that tears them apart. It turns out that you can't bury your past or forgot your one true love. This story takes you on a journey and pulls at all your emotions, learning about Reese and Ryder, reading their past, reading their banter, reading the hot heavy chemistry that they have will have you anxious and frustrated about how it will end. There were some things I could have done with out, the overuse of Pendejo, though I enjoyed reading books with Spanish in it sometimes it just didn't work with the dynamic of the emotions that were trying to be conveyed through the conversation. I liked that it connected Eden's former book Thin Love to this series, so I can not wait to read about Gia and Pukui and Cat and Wilson. Looking forward to more of the Saints and Sinner series, with the way that Eden Butler writes I know I will not be disappointed just emotional drained and needing a shot at the end.
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  • Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
    January 1, 1970
    ***This and other reviews can be found at www.imasweetandsassybookwhore.com ****ARC*Roughing The Kicker is a second chance romance that not only at times broke my heart, but it also warmed a piece of it as well. I love sports romances, this is a well-known fact but what I have been really wanting more of are sports romances that feature a woman in what would typically be a man’s position. Roughing The Kicker does just that. I was hooked from the very first few pages and honestly didn’t want to p ***This and other reviews can be found at www.imasweetandsassybookwhore.com ****ARC*Roughing The Kicker is a second chance romance that not only at times broke my heart, but it also warmed a piece of it as well. I love sports romances, this is a well-known fact but what I have been really wanting more of are sports romances that feature a woman in what would typically be a man’s position. Roughing The Kicker does just that. I was hooked from the very first few pages and honestly didn’t want to put it down. Reese and Ryder have a past that ended in heartbreak and loss. When Reese shows up to be the new kicker for Ryder’s football team where he is the starting quarterback. The history between them makes their first encounters both full of chemistry and heartbreak; because one isn’t ready to forgive even if they don’t see how much pain the other is in. I wanted to kick Ryder in his balls more than once because you could tell while he wanted to hate Reese he was also denying his other feelings as well. Reese wants to keep her spot as the first female kicker in professional football, but what if that means her heart hurting more and more. The chemistry between Reese and Ryder is so apparent every time they get together, that sexual tension so thick you can cut it with a knife. I wanted them to work so badly, did they though; well you have to read the book to find out.I am excited about this new series, and I am already wanting the next book asap. I really hope we get more sports romances with females taking a male’s position on the team, because growing up a tomboy I played football with the boys and was taught I could do what they did as well. If you are looking for a new sports romance make sure Roughing The Kicker is on your TBR list.
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  • Lisa Stinson
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. I love watching football and love reading football romances. The fact the a girl was in the NFL was absolutely amazing. I loved that Reese wouldn't take any crap from the guys on the team. And trust me those guys worked really hard to get under her skin, but she had thick skin so it didn't get to her. She was use to that kind of treatment from her college days. Back then her dad was the coach and Ryder was slowly becoming the love of her life. She was best friends wit I really enjoyed this book. I love watching football and love reading football romances. The fact the a girl was in the NFL was absolutely amazing. I loved that Reese wouldn't take any crap from the guys on the team. And trust me those guys worked really hard to get under her skin, but she had thick skin so it didn't get to her. She was use to that kind of treatment from her college days. Back then her dad was the coach and Ryder was slowly becoming the love of her life. She was best friends with his sister so she was always around him. Then one day he truly noticed her and they had an amazing few months together. Then tragedy struck Ryder's family. He was looking for someone to blame and a way to hide his hurt so he turned his anger on Reese. Then 10 years later she is the new place kicker for the football team he is the quarterback and captain of. There is obvious tension between them. I loved the way Reese talked to Ryder. She let him know the situation 10 years ago wasn't her fault and finally he saw her pain and devastation. Once he realized how he still truly felt, he changed his attitude toward her. While I really did enjoy this book, I didn't like how long it took for them to find their way back to one another. I totally understood Ryder having another woman in his life...it had been 10 years after all. But what I didn't care for was even after he had made some advances toward Reese, it took him too long to end his relationship with the other woman. Especially when he didn't really care too much for her to begin with.I can totally see more books based of some of the other secondary characters and I so hope that I am right. Can't wait to see what happens with some of the other people from this book.
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  • Ria - Reading Is Our Satisfaction
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved Reese and RyderEden Butler take a bow! This story centres around Reese Noble, the first female NFL placekicker, and Ryder Glenn, quarterback and captain of the New Orleans Steamers. Two people who once shared love, but who have seen or spoken to each other in ten years, due to a tragic event and even greater misunderstandings.This story is full of so many emotions animosity, grief, elation, mistrust, fear, jealousy and guilt, so prepare for one almighty roller coaster ride. I ab Absolutely loved Reese and RyderEden Butler take a bow! This story centres around Reese Noble, the first female NFL placekicker, and Ryder Glenn, quarterback and captain of the New Orleans Steamers. Two people who once shared love, but who have seen or spoken to each other in ten years, due to a tragic event and even greater misunderstandings.This story is full of so many emotions animosity, grief, elation, mistrust, fear, jealousy and guilt, so prepare for one almighty roller coaster ride. I absolutely adored Reese. Here was a woman paving the way for others in what is the last bastion of a "man's world". She showed a huge amount of grit, determination and perseverance to follow her one and only dream, ans she was not about to let all those non-believers get to her. Add into the mix Ryder, the only man she has ever loved, a man who now wants nothing to do with her.This is really a story about learning from the pain of the past and looking with hope for the future. A beautiful second chance romance that will have your heart breaking for both Reese and Ryder. It will also have you cheering for Reese and the decisions that she makes. It may be a long road to find love once again, but that road is always worth travelling. The secondary characters are just as fabulous, I can only hope that there are books for Gia, Cat and Wilson the future.Definitely a recommended read.Read and Reviewed for Reading Is Our SatisfactionFIVE KICKING STARS
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads. I discovered Eden Butler for the first time last year, after one of my bookish besties talked about how much she loved her Seeking Serenity series. I’ve been working my way through her backlist — and anticipating new reads — ever since. When I heard she was writing a book about a female NFL player, I didn’t need to know any more. Roughing the Kicker was basically Kim catnip and I couldn’t get my hands on it quickly enough. It was a fantastic book Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads. I discovered Eden Butler for the first time last year, after one of my bookish besties talked about how much she loved her Seeking Serenity series. I’ve been working my way through her backlist — and anticipating new reads — ever since. When I heard she was writing a book about a female NFL player, I didn’t need to know any more. Roughing the Kicker was basically Kim catnip and I couldn’t get my hands on it quickly enough. It was a fantastic book and kicked off the Saints and Sinners series in a great way. (Ha! See what I did there?)Heroines are so important to me when I read and I’m a total sucker for unconventional ones. A female NFL player is right up my football-lovin’, feminist alley. Reese was fantastic. She was strong and sassy, determined and relatable. I was fascinated by her story and so badly wanted to see her succeed in the NFL. Goodness knows she was putting up with enough crap to play the sport she loved — and was incredibly talented at. A huge amount of the crap she was dealing with came from her QB teammate — and former boyfriend — Ryder. If I’m being totally honest, I had a bit of a tough go with Ryder in the beginning, but it wasn’t long before I was singing his praises.Second chance romance is my jam and Reese and Ryder’s story fit the bill. It had the perfect combination of angst, chemistry and banter. There were even a few feels thrown in along the way, too. Roughing the Kicker was a solid book — one that I was unable to put down once I started it. I just had to know what happened between these two in the past and, maybe more importantly, where they would go in the future. I was totally invested in these characters, especially when it came to their romance. And I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I was also really interested in the football aspect of the story. It is my favorite sport, after all, and I’m chomping at the bit for the season to start again…I’m excited to see what’s next in the Saints and Sinners series! (Oh, and I have every intention of making time to go back and read the Thin Line series as this is a spinoff from it.)I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.FAVORITE QUOTES“What the hell happened to you? You used to be a man of honor. Solid. Real. Now… this… If you can’t be that man off the field, then you damn well better do it on it. Earn your overpaid, inflated salary, cabrón.”But Reese Noble was like lightning. Beautiful. Wild. So fucking dangerous. He had always been drawn to her. He could have never stopped himself from having that first touch, then the first kiss, then the first taste.“People don’t stop being important to you when they’re not around anymore. If they matter, you find ways to keep them important.”
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  • Anne OK
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the concept of this story -- first female NFL player. It's ten years later and the only guy she's ever loved and the one who broken her heart into a million pieces is the quarterback -- and he's got a new girl now -- and she's such a fake (literally) from head to toe. That dang quarterback made me bitter mad! He blamed Reese (yeah, that's the female kicker for the team) for something in the past that was never ever her fault. Mind you these people are not young teenagers. They're in their Loved the concept of this story -- first female NFL player. It's ten years later and the only guy she's ever loved and the one who broken her heart into a million pieces is the quarterback -- and he's got a new girl now -- and she's such a fake (literally) from head to toe. That dang quarterback made me bitter mad! He blamed Reese (yeah, that's the female kicker for the team) for something in the past that was never ever her fault. Mind you these people are not young teenagers. They're in their early thirties. Yet, he played with Reese's heart. And it lasted well over half the book, and even though he kissed Reese, he never cut the strings with the bimbo until the very end. There was no love for the blonde skank. And even then it took something really "BIG" to force him to do the right thing.Lots of potential for a solid sports-related romance with a different "kick" to it. But I just wasn't feeling the love -- and I got tired of all the angry looks, arguing, badgering and all around angst that was needless. The writing was good and a diverse cast of characters that are sure to get their stories told in forthcoming installments. Not sure I'll continue on with this series, though.
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    Hero(s) rating: 3 starsHeroine rating: 3.5 starsSexual tension rating: 3 starsSex scenes rating: 2.5 starsSex scenes frequency: 2 starsPlot rating: 3 starsDialogue rating: 3.5 starsStorytelling rating: 3.5 starsStory ending rating: 3 starsOther woman/men drama: (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]Cheating: (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)]Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)]HEA: (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]**********************************************Overall rating: 3 starsI kind Hero(s) rating: 3 starsHeroine rating: 3.5 starsSexual tension rating: 3 starsSex scenes rating: 2.5 starsSex scenes frequency: 2 starsPlot rating: 3 starsDialogue rating: 3.5 starsStorytelling rating: 3.5 starsStory ending rating: 3 starsOther woman/men drama: (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]Cheating: (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)]Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)]HEA: (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]**********************************************Overall rating: 3 starsI kind of found myself struggling to keep up with this story. Had a great premise (first woman to play in the NFL) but there was something missing that I was hoping would come to light eventually for me, but didn't.It also seemed like forever for the H and h to actually get to the point they do in the end. There was also a strong disconnect that I wanted to fuse together when it came to the MCs but it still fell short for me.I may be the minority with my take on it. Don't let that deter you from giving it a chance...it may just work for you.
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