Celebrate with us today as the second book in our Gone South series is released. If there is nothing like that first one, the second one provides some relief that you can do it again!
It is probably possible to write a contemporary series set in the south without mentioning football, but it would have to be set in an alternate universe.
Still, Scrimmage Gone South is no more a football story than Gone With The Wind is about cotton farming.
Yet, Nathan Scott had to be a football coach. What else was he to do? His life had been mapped out—high school star, college All-American, and a certain future in the NFL. A reporter had christened him “The Angel” because no one without wings should have been able to leap so high with such precision to snatch a ball out of the air—that and his flawless face.
He had even met the girl of his dreams—classy, smart, and funny. She would have been way out of his league if not for the talent that had made him famous and was going to make him rich.
But two games away from his the end of his senior season and seven months away from the NFL draft, it all ended in a matter of seconds. He zigged when he should have zagged and ended up at the bottom of a pile with a destroyed knee.
And it was all her fault. Just hours before going on the field for what would be the last time, he found out she had been lying to him all along.
At sixteen, Tolly Lee had always been such a good girl. It was time she did something bad—and really how bad was it to crash a fraternity party and tell everyone she was a junior at a neighboring college? And how she could have predicted that a dance and a kiss with Nathan Scott would lead to more lies and his ruined future? She paid with her heart and she’s been paying ever since.
Tolly would have never moved to Nathan’s home town to practice law with her cousin if she had dreamed he would ever return. After all, it had been thirteen years. She has made a good life for herself here, but if the people of Merritt find out that she ruined their hometown hero’s career, she might as well pack her bags.
But when the Merritt High Bobcats need a head coach, the town calls home their favorite son. When he accepted the job, no one told him Tolly Lee, sneaky lying debutante lawyer, had set up practice on Main Street. But why would they? No one knows about their past and he is just as anxious as she is to keep it that way.
They might have gone on like that forever if the Merritt Bobcat starting quarterback had not suddenly become orphaned with no good place to go. In a moment of uncharacteristic spontaneity, Tolly offers to take the boy in and, suddenly staying away from Nathan is a thing of the past.
Are you a football fan? If you are not, would you read a story with football elements?