What happens when a girl set on playing by the rules …
Leeann Bradley is a college graduate who has achieved many of her personal goals, all because she follows the rules she’s set for herself. It’s simple. You work hard, enjoy life, surround yourself with friends and family, avoid jumping to conclusions … and oh yeah, don’t date jocks. These rules have worked well and have taken her down the path she wants in life. So what’s a girl to do when temptation, in the form of a sexy college soccer player, is placed right in the middle of that path? Deciding when to break the rules has never been easier for Leeann. But when assumptions are made, and more than just the rules are broken … will she be able to find her way down that path again? And what happens when it’s no longer the path she’s meant to take?
Finds a guy worth breaking them for …
Until now, Jonathan Baxter had one primary focus in his life, soccer. All decisions made, have been based on how it could affect his ability to play soccer. His grades, his choice of college, any type of extracurricular activities, were all carefully assessed. All of it has made playing college soccer possible. But when an injury sidelines him for the foreseeable future, and jeopardizes his dreams, he has to work even harder than before.
Rehabilitating his injury becomes his primary objective. Until he meets Leeann, a physical therapy assistant whose touch has the ability to make him lose focus. She has him thinking there could be more in his life—in his future—than just soccer. So what’s Jonathan to do when Leeann assumes he’s just like every other jock out there? He has to prove her assumptions wrong.
Melanie Codina’s Real Love Series is one of my favorites. It’s where we meet Jonathan as a teenager. I always wanted his story as he aged. And now, we’ve got it!!
Assumptions follows an older Jonathan Baxter; he’s now 21, attends college and plays as one of the stars on the school soccer team. I’m not surprised he’s smart and accomplished. He’s also yummy!! Very yummy…taller, broader muscles, a hottie! But I knew that because his parents Gillian and Logan are knock outs.
Then he meets Leeann, a physical therapist. Jonathan recently hurt his knee on the field resulting in surgery. To which he now needs to follow up with a PT. And this is where their story starts.
And in Melanie fashion, you fall in love with Jonathan and Leeann. Coming from such a huge family, Jonathan is just so warm and kind, and loving. Everything you would want in a boyfriend. He’s truly a gentleman. And Leeann, is beautiful, smart, funny, and feisty.
The two fit together like a glove.
Through food they bond. Funny but true. And I think it’s adorable…this story was adorable. Everything about how Jonathan and Leeann interact is touching. Their banter is fun, and fresh. And Robby and Mari, who are Jonathan and Leeann’s sidekicks are MINT!! Especially Mari. That girl is classic, and I would definitely want her as my best friend. And Robby, well I can tell he’s hard on the outside but surely is a softy on the inside. I see something brewing between those two….we shall see….
What I really looked forward to were the scenes with the whole gang from the Real Love Series. And of course Melanie brought it. I love Gillian and Allie. Those two together had me laughing out loud. The thing about a Melanie Codina novel …it’s real. Nothing feels forced or unrealistic.
The last chunk of the book filled my eyes with tears, and left my heart hurting. Again, Melanie takes a situation and pulls every real emotion; and she does it with smart dialog. I honestly had a lump in the throat and a pain in my heart. There were a couple of scenes like that, but the one scene that stood out to me was a scene with Jonathan and his father Logan.
Logan…damn…that man breaks my heart and has since the first book in the Real Love series. Jonathan and his father have some serious issues to iron out, and I tell ya, I was crying…
I urge you to buy this…and join the Melanie Codina fan club with me…anything she writes is amazeballs.
Trish Mint Approved for sure!!
Melanie is an amazing mother of four, an awesome and tolerant wife to one, and nurse to many. If you don’t believe her, just ask anyone in her family, they know what to say.
She is also a devoted chauffeur, the keeper of missing socks, a genius according to a seven year old, the coolest soccer uniform coordinator according to a thirteen year old, and the best damn mac-n-cheese-with-cut-up-hot-dog maker in the whole world. Well that last title isn’t really official, but it’s still pretty cool to be called it.
When not being ordered around by any of the kids, you can find her with her nose in a book or on the sideline of a soccer game cheering on one team or another. But that’s mostly because she has a thing for the coach. When not doing all of the above, you can find her obsessed with a group of fictional characters all vying for a spot on the page of whatever she’s working on. It’s a fun and crazy life to lead, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.