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Hearts beat and sparks fly when two people find shelter in each other Seattle Sharks wide receiver Kyle Carlson needs to escape and Noel, Washington, is the perfect place for him to do it and figure out his next step. He likes the seclusion and predictability of the small town…until the biggest surprise of his life turns up in the local grocery store. Sophie Hayes has her ow Hearts beat and sparks fly when two people find shelter in each other Seattle Sharks wide receiver Kyle Carlson needs to escape and Noel, Washington, is the perfect place for him to do it and figure out his next step. He likes the seclusion and predictability of the small town…until the biggest surprise of his life turns up in the local grocery store. Sophie Hayes has her own reasons for disappearing without a trace and moving to Noel. This mountain town makes her feel safe for the first time in a long time. But her quiet routine is threatened when Kyle walks back into her life. Growing up in the same Florida town, she always had a little thing for the sexy football player. This tie to her old life, though, could mean she has to run again, even if her heart wants to stay. When the reason she fled shows up in Noel, Kyle and Sophie, with a little extra help from his teammates, must decide to stay and fight for the life, and love, they’ve found together.


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Hearts beat and sparks fly when two people find shelter in each other Seattle Sharks wide receiver Kyle Carlson needs to escape and Noel, Washington, is the perfect place for him to do it and figure out his next step. He likes the seclusion and predictability of the small town…until the biggest surprise of his life turns up in the local grocery store. Sophie Hayes has her ow Hearts beat and sparks fly when two people find shelter in each other Seattle Sharks wide receiver Kyle Carlson needs to escape and Noel, Washington, is the perfect place for him to do it and figure out his next step. He likes the seclusion and predictability of the small town…until the biggest surprise of his life turns up in the local grocery store. Sophie Hayes has her own reasons for disappearing without a trace and moving to Noel. This mountain town makes her feel safe for the first time in a long time. But her quiet routine is threatened when Kyle walks back into her life. Growing up in the same Florida town, she always had a little thing for the sexy football player. This tie to her old life, though, could mean she has to run again, even if her heart wants to stay. When the reason she fled shows up in Noel, Kyle and Sophie, with a little extra help from his teammates, must decide to stay and fight for the life, and love, they’ve found together.

30 review for Guarding Sophie

  1. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Review also found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2... **I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Avon via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is November 10th, 2015** Although part of a series this can be read as a stand alone. I have not read any of the others and it in no way impacted this story other than mentioning some character which I am assuming were introduced in previous stories. This is a short novella which I believe was Review also found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2... **I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Avon via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is November 10th, 2015** Although part of a series this can be read as a stand alone. I have not read any of the others and it in no way impacted this story other than mentioning some character which I am assuming were introduced in previous stories. This is a short novella which I believe was to add some additional storylines for some of these characters. If you enjoy stories that deal with couple that always wondered what could have been and then have the opportunity to find out then this is the story for you. It shows how time does not necessarily change feelings. I really enjoyed how the couple proceeded with caution once they were able to connect again. This story moves very fast and sometimes seemed a little over the top (Sophie's ex) however still gave that taste of romance one is seeking. Also, the story is relatively clean for those who prefer the storyline a little less steamy. It does have sexual content however Brannagh leaves it for the imagination mostly without going in to graphic detail. This was a little bit refreshing. Due to the short length I can't disclose anymore however I can say I really wish I knew this football team. It seems like a great group of guys to spend some Saturday afternoons reading about. Overall a good read

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christina Montminy

    Another good story by Julie Brannagh. While taking a break form his over needy family Kyle heads to Noel & his new cabin, where he runs into his high school crush Sophie. Sophie is in hiding from her violent ex-boyfriend. She's had to leave her family behind for her won safety & running into Kyle at her job scares her but it also makes her smile to have an old friend in her new home. They spend time together & get reacquainted only to find that their friendship is even better now than when they Another good story by Julie Brannagh. While taking a break form his over needy family Kyle heads to Noel & his new cabin, where he runs into his high school crush Sophie. Sophie is in hiding from her violent ex-boyfriend. She's had to leave her family behind for her won safety & running into Kyle at her job scares her but it also makes her smile to have an old friend in her new home. They spend time together & get reacquainted only to find that their friendship is even better now than when they were in high school. Only problem is her ex finds her. Can they get him before he gets her? Can Kyle have his second chance with Sophie? Looking forward to the next book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    Another hit for Julie Brannagh! I really love this series, she writes a very enjoyable story and you can't help by like her characters. For my full review: http://romancingthereaders.blogspot.c... ARC given for a honest review Another hit for Julie Brannagh! I really love this series, she writes a very enjoyable story and you can't help by like her characters. For my full review: http://romancingthereaders.blogspot.c... ARC given for a honest review

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nova

    This is Love and Football #5.5. It is a Novella. It is the story of Kyle Carson and Sophie Hayes. Kyle is a wide receiver for the Seattle Sharks team. He wants to escape from his busy life and goes to Noel, Washington. It is the perfect place for him to go. He is trying to relax and figure out what he wants to do. He gets a big surprise, though, when he goes to the local grocery store. Sophie is working at a small town grocery store in Noel, Washington. She has fled her native Florida because of This is Love and Football #5.5. It is a Novella. It is the story of Kyle Carson and Sophie Hayes. Kyle is a wide receiver for the Seattle Sharks team. He wants to escape from his busy life and goes to Noel, Washington. It is the perfect place for him to go. He is trying to relax and figure out what he wants to do. He gets a big surprise, though, when he goes to the local grocery store. Sophie is working at a small town grocery store in Noel, Washington. She has fled her native Florida because of problems with an ex. She feels safe with her quiet routine in the mountain town. When Kyle walks back into her life, she remembers how she always had a thing for him growing up. She knows he is a tie to her old life in Florida. If Sophie wants to try to see where things go with Kyle, she will have to decide if she can stay and fight for him, or leave once again. Maybe with the help of some of his teammates, they can get the life and love they have both found with each other. Really cute story. I love how they find shelter in each other. I love how they work out a plan to get the better of Sophie's ex, who just won't go away, even with a protective order. Lots of sparks, a girl next door, and a love that is meant to be.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Resounding love Kyle and Sophie's love story was sweet and endearing. Who doesn't love a happy ending with sunshine after the rain. The story deals with a serious matter of domestic violence, but it also shows the resilience one must have even after a period of brokenness. Resounding love Kyle and Sophie's love story was sweet and endearing. Who doesn't love a happy ending with sunshine after the rain. The story deals with a serious matter of domestic violence, but it also shows the resilience one must have even after a period of brokenness.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Arlene

    Another winner! I love the men of the Seattle Sharks, and Kyle is no exception. A quick, entertaining read—just wish it were longer.

  7. 5 out of 5

    HatGirl8

    11/10/2015 Reread 1/21/19

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kate Anders

    To read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com I don't know why, but I really thought this was a full length book, but it was a novella, and surprisingly I enjoyed it. I am normally not a fan of novellas, but the character development in this book was pretty good and the fact that our hero and heroine knew each other going in made the whole thing just work all the better. This book is in the middle of the series, but I didn't feel like I was missing out on anyt To read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com I don't know why, but I really thought this was a full length book, but it was a novella, and surprisingly I enjoyed it. I am normally not a fan of novellas, but the character development in this book was pretty good and the fact that our hero and heroine knew each other going in made the whole thing just work all the better. This book is in the middle of the series, but I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything by not knowing some of the secondary characters as well as I would have if I had read the other books. So when the book starts we meet both Sophie and Kyle who are both going through some hard times in their lives. Sophie has left all her family behind and started over from scratch after leaving behind an abusive and slightly crazy ex-boyfriend. She goes from being a school teacher with strong connections to her family, to living in someones mother in law suite in a tiny town across the country from her family and is now working at a grocery store. What I liked the best about Sophie is she doesn't spend a lot of time feeling sorry for herself, which frankly anyone would understand if she had. She's a strong girl, she stood up for herself, she made a new life for herself, and she didn't let herself become a shell of who she used to be. Sophie is someone I would love to be friends with. Kyle is a guy Sophie knew from high school, and he has definitely made good on his life, becoming a professional athlete. But Kyle just wants to get away, which is how he ends up with a cabin in a small town. I felt for Kyle, who basically just wanted to be a good guy, good friend, good teammate, good son. But his family, and his so called friends, were basically bleeding him dry. I mean to the point where when he tries to get away from them they hire a kind of skeezy private investigator to track him down so their money trail doesn't dry off. Kyle is such a good guy, and when he sees Sophie after all these years, well the chance to get the girl who got away is one he can't pass up; and he is going to protect Sophie no matter what. There were parts of this novella that were suspenseful, but over all this whole book was just super sweet. I wanted Kyle and Sophie to work out right from the start, they are just two really nice people who have great chemistry together. If you are looking for a feel good novella then this is definitely a good choice.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mel (Reviews In A Pinch)

    Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. My Thoughts: As many of you are aware, I have been on one heck of a contemporary romance kick lately. I saw the synopsis for Guarding Sophie and wanted to give it a try. I liked the idea that the two main characters already knew each other years before. I thought it might be a slight change of pace. After I requested it, I realized I actually had a copy of 2 other books in this series. Don’t worry, you Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. My Thoughts: As many of you are aware, I have been on one heck of a contemporary romance kick lately. I saw the synopsis for Guarding Sophie and wanted to give it a try. I liked the idea that the two main characters already knew each other years before. I thought it might be a slight change of pace. After I requested it, I realized I actually had a copy of 2 other books in this series. Don’t worry, you don’t really have to read this series in order. I think there’s a slight advantage because characters from the other books are mentioned, but it’s not necessary. The chemistry between Sophie and Kyle was almost non-existent for me. It was like you were supposed to take the author’s word for it that there was chemistry because the characters had a history. I definitely felt like I was being told there was chemistry rather than shown, which is not enjoyable in a book. Neither character was particularly engaging or exciting to read about. They weren’t fleshed out; you just had to take a lot at face value. Part of the blame for that has to fall on it being a short story. There was too much that could’ve been added, but would’ve ultimately made Guarding Sophie a novel. To that end, Guarding Sophie had an awfully in-depth story line for a short story. Unfortunately because of that it felt rushed and not at all realistic. This would’ve made an interesting full length novel. So far, I feel like I’ve mostly been negative which gives you a lopsided review. I did actually like Guarding Sophie. Sophie and Kyle each had good qualities, they were just overshadowed by everything else that was going on. The references to other players and couples from previous books would’ve been more enjoyable for me had I actually read those books. Overall, I wasn’t impressed. It doesn’t dim my interest in the rest of the series, but I’m almost positive I would’ve enjoyed Guarding Sophie a little more if I’d read the other books first. In a sense, I’m thinking it’s my own fault here, not the author’s. I would recommend Guarding Sophie, if you’ve already read something in the Love and Football series. For more reviews, check out Reviews In A Pinch today!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)

    Kyle Larson is looking forward to his off season and having the opportunity to escape the limelight and his money hungry relatives for a while. While he appreciates the extravagances that come with his career as a athlete, he is more than ready to give it all up for a bit and just enjoy the peace and tranquility of his new secluded cabin. He has come to a point in his career where he needs to make a plan for his future, and put down roots some where, and he is hoping Noel will be the place he ca Kyle Larson is looking forward to his off season and having the opportunity to escape the limelight and his money hungry relatives for a while. While he appreciates the extravagances that come with his career as a athlete, he is more than ready to give it all up for a bit and just enjoy the peace and tranquility of his new secluded cabin. He has come to a point in his career where he needs to make a plan for his future, and put down roots some where, and he is hoping Noel will be the place he can do that. When he decides to take in the sights of Noel and do a little site seeing and shopping he gets the surprise of his life... the woman who stole his heart years ago has recently also taken residence in the town of Noel. He's not sure if it's fate or just good fortune, all he knows for certain is that he's not ready to let her getaway a second time. Sophie Hayes moved to Noel in hopes of finding a safe place to fall for a while, and possibly find some semblance of a normal life. Leaving her family behind, and going on the run was the hardest thing she has ever had to do, but she figured it was the only way she could protect herself from her dangerous ex. For the first time in quite a while she is able to carry on with her day without having to constantly look over her shoulder, and she is actually starting to enjoy her new life in Noel, especially when a certain handsome football walks back into her life... I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent reading this short, but oh so sweet, story. Ms. Brannagh never ceases to amaze me with her brilliant and heartfelt story lines. I truly enjoyed watching Sophie and Kyle's story unfold, it was sweet,captivating,thrilling and packed with lots of steamy passion. If you have not read the Love and Football series yet, I must first tell you that not only are you missing out on some exceptional reading, but also the opportunity to meet some really amazing men that are sure to cement a place in your heart!! ARC requested through Edelweiss, and kindly provided by Avon Impulse Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I really do love this series and the characters. It took me a while to catch up on all the books but I am so glad I did. The story of Kyle and Sophie is a novella but I have to say I wish it would have been a full length novel. Sophie was in an abusive relationship and had to disappear. She ended up in Noel, Washington 3 months ago and it's starting to feel like home. While working in the grocery store she runs into Kyle who she hasn't seen in 10 years but she is scared to catch up with him in f I really do love this series and the characters. It took me a while to catch up on all the books but I am so glad I did. The story of Kyle and Sophie is a novella but I have to say I wish it would have been a full length novel. Sophie was in an abusive relationship and had to disappear. She ended up in Noel, Washington 3 months ago and it's starting to feel like home. While working in the grocery store she runs into Kyle who she hasn't seen in 10 years but she is scared to catch up with him in fear that her ex will find her. Kyle is a successful player on the field and has the money to show for it. He's heard about other players getting taken advantage of by family and friends but he never expected it to happen to him. Now he has bought a new place in Noel and is working on cutting people loose. I really liked that Sophie and Kyle had the connection of them going to high school together and they weren't just thrown together in a story. Kyle had a crush on her in High school which was cute. These two both opened up to one another about the issues they were having and they wanted to work through them together. Kyle was patient and very understanding, by him taking things slow with her won me over. One of my favorite parts is when his team and their significant other get together. They are just one big happy family and the way they wanted to help Sophie was extra special. I did think that there could have been more to this book and I truly would have wanted more. At about 75% the book was over and left the remaining with samples of the previous books in the series. I just wish there was more to this story and it didn't feel so rushed. I am excited to see who the next book will be about and what new adventure the this author will take me on.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    There is nothing like a sweet novella to add to your READ shelf. Guarding Sophie was a quick story that is full of heart and a second chance. I love sports romances and this book has a hint of the football limelight and one of my favorite themes, a second chance to make it right. Julie Brannagh does a great job of giving us a story that is heartfelt and feels like there is more depth than you would anticipate. With a novella, there is always a chance that it will have gaping holes and be a small There is nothing like a sweet novella to add to your READ shelf. Guarding Sophie was a quick story that is full of heart and a second chance. I love sports romances and this book has a hint of the football limelight and one of my favorite themes, a second chance to make it right. Julie Brannagh does a great job of giving us a story that is heartfelt and feels like there is more depth than you would anticipate. With a novella, there is always a chance that it will have gaping holes and be a small taste and not satisfying. With Guarding Sophie, the history that these two characters have and the situations that they encounter allow for the story to be bigger than it's novella status. There is history between Sophie and Kyle, which allows them to jump into the romance without feeling too rushed (despite the inevitable insta-love theme). Sophie's situation is something that is unfortunately very common in life, so that theme does not require tons of development. The reader is able to build an entire backstory from the glimpses given. It is what it is and after a bit of history, you have the depth you need. I have not read anything from the Love and Football series before. This novella gives you a taste of the series without bombarding you with too many people and plotlines. You meet Kyle's teamates in this story, and the rest of the series is obviously about their HEAs, yet you never really feel lacking. It feels like you are thrown into a reunion of friends where you only know one person but they draw you in and make you feel welcome. This story is sweet, romantic, with a bit of danger and intriguing thrown in. This series from Julie Brannagh has been added to the TBR list and I am excited to see more of the stories we have glimpses of in this novella.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Books and Spoons

    A sweet story about high school friends meeting again after ten years, and finding a new kind connection in between them. The characters are delightful and charming. They are really easy to like and relate to, and even the biggest football players are so down to earth, not to mention care for each other. Truly a family. The author paints a clear picture of the events, elements, and surroundings. It is easy to set yourself into the story, and let it flow on. Kyle and Sophie had a crush on each othe A sweet story about high school friends meeting again after ten years, and finding a new kind connection in between them. The characters are delightful and charming. They are really easy to like and relate to, and even the biggest football players are so down to earth, not to mention care for each other. Truly a family. The author paints a clear picture of the events, elements, and surroundings. It is easy to set yourself into the story, and let it flow on. Kyle and Sophie had a crush on each other in high school, but life happened, and for ten years, they hadn't seen each other. Now, when they both are in hiding for different reasons, they find the refuge and comfort within each other. The attraction they had for each other grows into something much more, something solid and lasting. The elements of danger from Sophie's ex, Peter, gives another dimension to the story. The domestic abuse is handled with respect to the victim. Even though the story is short in length, you can see the characters grow and develop, Kyle with his ungrateful family, and Sophie comes to a place where she can face her attacker. I enjoyed the story, it is easy to submerge into the world of the tale, and forget the rest of the world with its worries, so if you are looking for a little sweet escape, this would be a perfect story for that ~ Four Spoons

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melody May (What I'm Reading)

    Posted on What I'm Reading All right, Guarding Sophie is a sweet story. We have two people that are hiding out. Kyle who is hiding out from his money grubbing family. He's just tired of them begging money, because he's a famous football player. Yep, that can get old after awhile. So, in a way he went underground. Not really, but you get the gist. We also have Sophie who had to runaway of her old life cause of psycho ex-boyfriend. Aren't they the fun ones, not. Kyle and Sophie knew each other back Posted on What I'm Reading All right, Guarding Sophie is a sweet story. We have two people that are hiding out. Kyle who is hiding out from his money grubbing family. He's just tired of them begging money, because he's a famous football player. Yep, that can get old after awhile. So, in a way he went underground. Not really, but you get the gist. We also have Sophie who had to runaway of her old life cause of psycho ex-boyfriend. Aren't they the fun ones, not. Kyle and Sophie knew each other back in high school, and they get a chance to reconnect during Guarding Sophie. Anyway, this story was a quick little read that could have been a lot longer, but it's a novella. It's fine as a novella, because both of these characters were able to find resolutions for their problems while finding love. YAY! It shows that the Sharks will stick together no matter what on or off the field. So, if you are looking for a quick read with a football player who gets a second chance to go out with a high school crush while being a hero, you have met your match in Guarding Sophie. Novella, don't want to give too much away. Happy reading.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This short novella is a lovely addition to Julie's A Love and Football series! Sophia Hayes moved to Noel in search of a new life. Running from an abusive ex, Sophia Hayes has found herself in Noel. Starting over is always hard but after a couple of months she is finding herself fitting in nicely to her new surroundings. When Kyle Larson, an old high school crush, shows up Sophia finds herself opening up about her past to him. Kyle Larson has retreated to Noel is hopes of escaping the limelight an This short novella is a lovely addition to Julie's A Love and Football series! Sophia Hayes moved to Noel in search of a new life. Running from an abusive ex, Sophia Hayes has found herself in Noel. Starting over is always hard but after a couple of months she is finding herself fitting in nicely to her new surroundings. When Kyle Larson, an old high school crush, shows up Sophia finds herself opening up about her past to him. Kyle Larson has retreated to Noel is hopes of escaping the limelight and enjoying some peace and calm during the off-season. Kyle is trying to find a place he can call home after his career as an athlete is over and Noel seems like a good place to look. Kyle couldn't believe his luck when he runs into his old high school crush Sophia, who also just happened to move to Noel recently. I loved the chemistry between these two as they reconnect. Although the story is short, I feel the author did an excellent job of squeezing in the right amount of content and storyline into this novella. This book is part of a series but can definitely be read as a standalone as well. I received an eARC of the book from the publisher for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie_la_geek

    Guarding Sophie by Julie Brannagh is book 5.5 in the Love and Football series and the first book I've read from the author. I was expecting to like this book, it sounded like something I would enjoy. I've read plenty of books like it before and most have been entertaining. I did try to get into this one, but there was something stopping me from enjoying this. Unfortunately I found it bland and a little bit boring. Julie Brannagh has not written a bad book, there is stuff to like here. I thought h Guarding Sophie by Julie Brannagh is book 5.5 in the Love and Football series and the first book I've read from the author. I was expecting to like this book, it sounded like something I would enjoy. I've read plenty of books like it before and most have been entertaining. I did try to get into this one, but there was something stopping me from enjoying this. Unfortunately I found it bland and a little bit boring. Julie Brannagh has not written a bad book, there is stuff to like here. I thought her writing was strong and descriptive, her story line well thought out and detailed. It wasn't that Guarding Sophie was a bad book, it just wasn't a very interesting one. The length of the book didn't help, this novella felt a little rushed in parts and I wanted it to slow down a bit especially where the romance was concerned. The characters were not the strongest aspect of this book. I didn't really care about Kyle or Sophie and I felt like I didn't know them at all. The romance was the same, it lacked chemistry or any real emotion. I never once felt a connection with the characters or their relationship. Guarding Sophie didn't quite work for me but I will check out another book from this series to see if I prefer a full length novel from this author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Kyle and Sophie are two lost soles looking for nothing more than a peaceful, quiet life. They both have left the turmoil of their lives and wind up in Noel, Washington. It’s a small town, which is why they are surprised when they run into each other. They knew each other a long time ago, but things didn’t work out for them and they went their separate ways. Now circumstances have thrown them together. Maybe they can have a second chance. This is a light, sweet romance. It moves at a fast pace. Be Kyle and Sophie are two lost soles looking for nothing more than a peaceful, quiet life. They both have left the turmoil of their lives and wind up in Noel, Washington. It’s a small town, which is why they are surprised when they run into each other. They knew each other a long time ago, but things didn’t work out for them and they went their separate ways. Now circumstances have thrown them together. Maybe they can have a second chance. This is a light, sweet romance. It moves at a fast pace. Be warned, it’s part of a series but it’s a standalone book. Although it’s #5.5 (it’s a novella between books), I didn’t read any of the previous books and it didn’t matter. Previous characters were mentioned in passing with no interference in the plot of this book. It made me want to read their stories, too. I loved the camaraderie between the Kyle and his teammates. They are a tight group and this appears to be a nice, romantic series. I’m definitely going to be going back in for more. FTC Disclosure: Edelweiss provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kimmie

    This was a great little read. It may be a fast read but is was worth it. This one deals with a stalker Ex who hurt Sophie really bad. And there is a key piece of info in the book that should be shared about stalkers in our tech age world. All Cell phones in this day and age have location software on them to locate where you post from. And can be used to track you down. Which is not good when trying to hide from someone. it can be turned off and you should. now back to this love lost and found st This was a great little read. It may be a fast read but is was worth it. This one deals with a stalker Ex who hurt Sophie really bad. And there is a key piece of info in the book that should be shared about stalkers in our tech age world. All Cell phones in this day and age have location software on them to locate where you post from. And can be used to track you down. Which is not good when trying to hide from someone. it can be turned off and you should. now back to this love lost and found story. I love that even though it has been ten years Kyle still loves Sophie and would do anything for her. But the way his family treats him in this book is deplorable. I can not say much more as I would ruin this for you, so I will leave off here. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. If you do like this book, please consider leaving a review. The Authors really like it when you do, they value your opinions too.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gerda

    This novella is part of a serious about the football team “The Seattle Sharks”, but the novella features just the characters, football is irrelevant. Sophie and Kyle know eachother from highschool, had a crush, but were too shy to come clear. Now ten years later they meet in Noel, Sophia is running from an abusive ex, Kyle is running from getting taken advantage of by family and friends. Kyle solves his problems via telephone, Sophia’s are solved after a showdown at the grocery store. His teammat This novella is part of a serious about the football team “The Seattle Sharks”, but the novella features just the characters, football is irrelevant. Sophie and Kyle know eachother from highschool, had a crush, but were too shy to come clear. Now ten years later they meet in Noel, Sophia is running from an abusive ex, Kyle is running from getting taken advantage of by family and friends. Kyle solves his problems via telephone, Sophia’s are solved after a showdown at the grocery store. His teammates are also involved, they come along with their wives/girlfriends for the promball the team supports since the Holding Holly book. Guarding Sophie had an in-depth story line too serious for a short story, it would have made an interesting full length novel. I would have wanted more. The book was over at about 73% and the remaining pages were filled with samples of the previous books of this series and of books by other authors.

  20. 5 out of 5

    The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

    Guarding Sophie is a super short novella. You can read it without having read the other books in the series (but all of them have been on my TBR so I am excited to dive into a few!). Sophie is a domestic abuse survivor on the run and Kyle is a pro football player. They knew each other in HS and randomly meet in a tiny town 4000 miles away from where they grew up. Sophie is in hiding, and in a way, so is Kyle. The 'girl on the run' trope is pretty predictable but this wasn't a bad book. Its well Guarding Sophie is a super short novella. You can read it without having read the other books in the series (but all of them have been on my TBR so I am excited to dive into a few!). Sophie is a domestic abuse survivor on the run and Kyle is a pro football player. They knew each other in HS and randomly meet in a tiny town 4000 miles away from where they grew up. Sophie is in hiding, and in a way, so is Kyle. The 'girl on the run' trope is pretty predictable but this wasn't a bad book. Its well written (even if predictable) but it ends sort of abruptly! I was really confused because it was just sort of over. I know its a novella but it just ended oddly for me. POV: 3rd (I have had a string of 3rd person books lately and I really don't care for 3rd person!) Trope: girl on the run, famous athlete Tears: no Cliffhanger: no Heat: 1

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Nice little novella. It deals with some pretty heavy topics that could really have taken a full-length novel to cope with, but given the length, they were handled well. Didn't leave much room for the romance though. The heroine is running away from a stalker. The hero is running away from his family. They were fine while he was growing up, but now that he's making some serious money in pro football, they have a hand out--or even digging into his pockets--all the time. And they've both run to the Nice little novella. It deals with some pretty heavy topics that could really have taken a full-length novel to cope with, but given the length, they were handled well. Didn't leave much room for the romance though. The heroine is running away from a stalker. The hero is running away from his family. They were fine while he was growing up, but now that he's making some serious money in pro football, they have a hand out--or even digging into his pockets--all the time. And they've both run to the same town. They meet at the grocery where she works, when she critiques his purchases, and somehow winds up at his house showing him how to cook the prime rib he just bought. (I'm not sure I'd know how... Or even recognize it in the store.) They hit it off, spend a lot of time together, and wind up helping each other with their respective problems. Good read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Brooks

    Kyle Carlson and Sophie Hayes went to high school together in Cocoa Beach, Florida. They both had a little crush on each other in school, but nothing ever came of it. They haven't seen each other for years when they run into each other at Sophie's job in Noel, Washington. Kyle is a wide receiver for the Seattle Sharks and needs some quiet space for awhile, so he came to Noel for some time away. Sophie ran away from her old life and has been living in Noel for a few months now. She's acting afraid Kyle Carlson and Sophie Hayes went to high school together in Cocoa Beach, Florida. They both had a little crush on each other in school, but nothing ever came of it. They haven't seen each other for years when they run into each other at Sophie's job in Noel, Washington. Kyle is a wide receiver for the Seattle Sharks and needs some quiet space for awhile, so he came to Noel for some time away. Sophie ran away from her old life and has been living in Noel for a few months now. She's acting afraid and Kyle wants to get to the bottom of it and see how he can help her. As their time together has them growing closer, will Sophie be able to relax and enjoy her life again? And when her past comes back to haunt her, will Kyle be able to keep her safe and secure them having a future?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Geri

    Hot football player with a good heart hiding out from so called friends and family who use him as an ATM bumps into his high school crush, Sophie, who is also hiding out. This is a short and very sweet novella that proves when love is meant to be it will find you. I loved the description of the little town of Noel and would love to visit it if it were real. The idea that this big football player cares and isn't all stuck on himself really makes this story enjoyable. I have not read any of the ot Hot football player with a good heart hiding out from so called friends and family who use him as an ATM bumps into his high school crush, Sophie, who is also hiding out. This is a short and very sweet novella that proves when love is meant to be it will find you. I loved the description of the little town of Noel and would love to visit it if it were real. The idea that this big football player cares and isn't all stuck on himself really makes this story enjoyable. I have not read any of the other books in this series and that is ok because this can be read as a standalone, but it has made me want to read more about these men!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Guarding Sophie is a novella in Julie Brannagh's Love and Football series. Kyle and Sophie's story can be read as a standalone but why do that when you can read about the hot football players that come before their story. I love a good second chance, old crush type of romance. I enjoyed this quick, sweet read. Kyle and Sophie knew each other in high school and run into each other after ten years. They both have reasons that have them hiding out in the same small town. I'm looking forward to the n Guarding Sophie is a novella in Julie Brannagh's Love and Football series. Kyle and Sophie's story can be read as a standalone but why do that when you can read about the hot football players that come before their story. I love a good second chance, old crush type of romance. I enjoyed this quick, sweet read. Kyle and Sophie knew each other in high school and run into each other after ten years. They both have reasons that have them hiding out in the same small town. I'm looking forward to the next Love and Football story. I can't wait to see who we get next.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I enjoyed this quick novella and that it was again set in the town of Noel. Sophie and Kyle knew each other in high school and meet by chance in the small town of Noel. Kyle is running away from a family that is bleeding him of money and Sophie is running from an abusive relationship. I enjoyed this second chance romance and the reconnection that they made. It was nice to have some of the characters from the previous books make and appearance as well. I would have liked for this to be a bit long I enjoyed this quick novella and that it was again set in the town of Noel. Sophie and Kyle knew each other in high school and meet by chance in the small town of Noel. Kyle is running away from a family that is bleeding him of money and Sophie is running from an abusive relationship. I enjoyed this second chance romance and the reconnection that they made. It was nice to have some of the characters from the previous books make and appearance as well. I would have liked for this to be a bit longer but it was enjoyable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    JOCA

    First read - 26 to 27 April, 2017 2.5 stars This needed to be longer. I didn't entirely buy into Kyle and Sophie's HEA because it felt rushed, especially given that they hadn't seen each other in 10 years. I actually felt like both of their external conflicts could have been fleshed out more and would have benefit from a full-length novel. Second read - 22 July, 2020 DNF This didn't hold up on a second read for me. I think it really needed to be a full-length novel, especially given the subject matte First read - 26 to 27 April, 2017 2.5 stars This needed to be longer. I didn't entirely buy into Kyle and Sophie's HEA because it felt rushed, especially given that they hadn't seen each other in 10 years. I actually felt like both of their external conflicts could have been fleshed out more and would have benefit from a full-length novel. Second read - 22 July, 2020 DNF This didn't hold up on a second read for me. I think it really needed to be a full-length novel, especially given the subject matter. DNF and unhauled.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tobi Forget the Housework, I'm Reading...

    Format: Galley Copy Sophie has been running for her life away from her ex. She lands in a little town, Noel, Washington. What are the odds she runs into a high school friend, Kyle. Kyle has wanted to date Sophie since high school and she's the one who got away. After finding out Sophie's ex has found her he's determined to protect her. Kyle is super sweet and an alpha when he needs to be. If you're looking for a great romance with a touch of suspense I would recommend Guarding Sophie. Format: Galley Copy Sophie has been running for her life away from her ex. She lands in a little town, Noel, Washington. What are the odds she runs into a high school friend, Kyle. Kyle has wanted to date Sophie since high school and she's the one who got away. After finding out Sophie's ex has found her he's determined to protect her. Kyle is super sweet and an alpha when he needs to be. If you're looking for a great romance with a touch of suspense I would recommend Guarding Sophie.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tpagirl Loves Romance

    I really liked both main characters. Julie wrote a very sweet story yet described a very real conflict of abuse in today's society. As a novella, it was short and to the point, as expected. It's a great book for those looking for a G rated romantic story line. I enjoyed it as a quick light read but would have preferred a longer in depth version with a more developed story for such great characters. I really liked both main characters. Julie wrote a very sweet story yet described a very real conflict of abuse in today's society. As a novella, it was short and to the point, as expected. It's a great book for those looking for a G rated romantic story line. I enjoyed it as a quick light read but would have preferred a longer in depth version with a more developed story for such great characters.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    Both Kyle Carlson and Sophie Hayes are hiding in Noel, Washington. Sophie from an abusive ex and Kyle from the hangers-on that come with being a professional football player. They had gone to high school together and Kyle is delighted that his crush is now in the same town. They have to deal with her stalker (and it happens way too fast as this is a novella) and I'm not sure that his family ever got totally dealt with but this was an okay addition to the Love and Football series. Both Kyle Carlson and Sophie Hayes are hiding in Noel, Washington. Sophie from an abusive ex and Kyle from the hangers-on that come with being a professional football player. They had gone to high school together and Kyle is delighted that his crush is now in the same town. They have to deal with her stalker (and it happens way too fast as this is a novella) and I'm not sure that his family ever got totally dealt with but this was an okay addition to the Love and Football series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Anderson

    Loving it! Like the rest of Julie Brannagh's books in this series, I turn the last page with a smile. Love this quick and sweet romances. Of course, hot football players don't hurt any. :-) Loving it! Like the rest of Julie Brannagh's books in this series, I turn the last page with a smile. Love this quick and sweet romances. Of course, hot football players don't hurt any. :-)

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