Monday, September 14, 2015

Devon Drake: Cornerback by Jean C. Joachim #ContemporaryRomance #Giveaway #Excerpt #5StarReview #series


TITLE – Devon Drake - Cornerback
SERIES – First & Ten Series
AUTHOR – Jean Joachim
GENRE – Sports Romance, Contemporary Romance


Devon Drake, star cornerback, has it all: hot super model girlfriend and pro football career, or does he? A childhood friend wanders back into his life, upsetting his ideal existence. Is it finally time to tell her the truth about what happened fifteen years ago?

Stormy Gregory is on the run from an abusive man. Her best friend offers her a safe place at the shelter for abused women and children. Grateful to be out of harm’s way, Stormy helps with a charitable event, not expecting to run into Devon Drake, her friend’s brother. Will she run again rather than face rejection?

Cracks in his perfect world threaten the cornerback’s starting lineup status. An unwelcome surprise short-circuits Stormy’s attempt to build a new life. Can they pull together or will the secret that separates the former friends keep them on a downward spiral?


Devon plopped down on the couch and rubbed his neck, attempting to ease the tension in the muscles. The Kings had fought like wild men to reach this point in their quest to capture the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. Coach Bass, usually relaxed around the team, had been increasingly moody and tense as the day of the big game drew near.

The footballer chuckled to himself. Coach was getting married after the season ended. Maybe that’s making him nervous. Jo Parker, Coach Bass’s fiancée, was one beautiful woman. He got goofy around her sometimes, making the team snicker and tease. The cornerback’s thoughts turned to his girlfriend. Why don’t I behave like that around Jackie?


Devon Drake - Devon Drake spent his childhood running, playing and hanging with his little sister, Samantha, and her friend, Stormy. When he hit junior high, football became his passion and he moved on from his young, adoring female friends.

With hard work and determination, Devon became a star. Always the fastest runner on any team, he chose to become a cornerback. His huge high school success led to an offer, after college, from the pro team, the St. Louis Sidewinders.

In St. Louis, he earned the reputation as a “shut down cornerback” – the guy who could out run, out-perform any wide receiver.

He opted to join The Connecticut Kings. At a charity event, he met Jackie Lawrence, a super model. They dated, much to Devon’s surprise. A humble young man, he never quite saw what she saw in him. But super models don’t achieve success hanging on the arm of attractive football players. So Devon had to content himself with a long distance relationship

Fifteen years after his last encounter with Stormy Gregory, they meet again. Devon knows his behavior to her at their last meeting had been atrocious. Maybe now he could make amends.

His former childhood friend had turned into a beautiful young woman who was fleeing an abusive man. Devon’s heart was touched. Could he make it up to her for the bad way he had behaved? Devon Drake discovers that old feelings don’t die. Can he convince Stormy he’s sincere? And what about Jackie? Read Devon Drake, Cornerback, book 4 in the First & Ten series and find out. 


Good looks.  Ooodles of football talent.  Adoring female fans everywhere.  That was Devon Drake from High School on. Now, his Mama had raised him right.  He had no idea what they all saw in him but he was still a red-blooded American male.  Why pass up all that sugar?  But then he ran into his childhood friend, whom he hadn't seen in 15 years.  My, what time had done for her!  Gorgeous didn't begin to cover it but that didn't mean her life was perfect.  Far from it.  Running from an abusive relationship, Devon wanted to help her but after acting like an ass the last time they were together, he had some major ground to cover before she would believe him.  And much to his surprise, old feelings hadn't died with time.

While this is my first First & Ten story, this is not my first time reading Ms. Jean's writing.  I have read several of her books and loved every one!  I learned something I didn't know about her though by reading this...she knows her stuff when it comes to Football!  WOW!  I was so impressed and riveted to the ball movement, line calls, you name it, she had it.  My hubby was even impressed so well done Jean!  As for the story itself between Devon and Stormy and their development as individuals, I felt I got to know who they are as well as Devon's sister Sam.  Perhaps Sam is going to have an important role in an upcoming book. ;)  Another thing I noticed was she bought out several pre-existing couples, something I usually love for an author to do so I can catch up on my favorites and see what's going on with them.  I'd imagine this was well-loved by ardent readers.  As far as the interaction between Stormy and Devon, I was not 100% sold.  It was almost like they were being too nice to each other.  Is that possible?  Not truthful enough to cut through the crap and breakthrough all of the barriers they needed to so they could start fresh.  It just seemed off a bit to me.  I would take off a half star for that but it rounds up so I'm going to leave it be because the rest was so well done.

Overall, I would totally recommend this book to any Contemporary Romance reader and encourage them to try the complete series just as I am going to.  Jean is that good of an author that I feel comfortable doing so without having read the rest of the series yet myself.  First & 10 scores again!

Rating:  5 Stars!!

I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  No further compensation was received.



Jean Joachim is a best-selling romance fiction author, with books hitting the Amazon Top 100 list since 2012. The Renovated Heart won Best Novel of the Year from Love Romances Café. Lovers & Liars was a RomCon finalist in 2013. And The Marriage List tied for third place as Best Contemporary Romance from the Gulf Coast RWA. She was chosen Author of the Year in 2012 by the New York City chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Married and the mother of two sons, Jean lives in New York City. Early in the morning, you’ll find her at her computer, writing, with a cup of tea, her rescued put, Homer, by her side and a secret stash of black licorice.



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  1. Thank you for the wonderful review and for participating in the Tour. Victoria at My Family's Heart

    1. Aww thanks Vicky. I really do appreciate you dropping by. Comments are awesome!

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    1. Okay, my day has officially been made. *grin* Thank you for coming by. Your buddy here has written some fun and well done books!!

  3. Thank you so much for the wonderful review! and having me on your blog! You made my day! <3

    1. Aww Jean it is the other way around. Thanks so much for taking the time to come by and visit my blog. I was honored to get to review your book. Rarely do I get to review on a tour for someone I kinda know so this was a special treat. Loved the book and I meant what I said...cannot wait to read the rest! Hugs!