Review and Excerpt: Forward Progress (Book #1: Men of Fall Series) by S.R. Grey

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tuesday, january 8thMeet Graham Tettersaw, former star quarterback. He blew his first shot at success, but now he has a second chance at playing football . . . and at having a life.

Graham’s not about to squander this new opportunity with a rising team. No way. They’re about to make his dreams come true, even If they did just add a weird clause that he’s supposed to pretend some random chick is his girlfriend.


Teams can be weird about stuff. But Graham can play along. After all, it’s all about forward progress.

In football, getting the ball down the field and scoring is goal number one. Life isn’t all that much different. That’s why Graham is hoping to do some scoring of his own off the field. Especially when he finds out the pretend girlfriend the team has picked out for him, Eden Vetterly, is beyond hot.

But it’s not all about sex.

Graham really likes Eden.

And she likes him too—a lot.

Too bad the team just changed all the rules.

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Source: ARC from author          My Rating: 3/5 stars

Graham Tettersaw’s life hasn’t been his own in many years.  Following a career-ending injury and a bout with painkiller addiction, Graham has dedicated his life to getting clean and helping others.  With most of his charges now living their best life, it’s time for Graham to look to his own life and future.  With a new agent and a new opportunity before him, Graham is ready to roll with the change and hopefully find a bright new future. 

At the top of Graham’s bright new future list is a chance to return to professional football.  Everyone knows he can’t step right back into his old life, but he can take a chance on something new.  While it’s not the NFL, it is an up and coming league and one of the teams is looking for a quarterback who can lead them into the future.  Trouble is, Graham isn’t as young as he used to be and everyone, including the management people of his new team know Graham’s background.  If Graham is to have his second chance, he must agree to a few rules and requirements, the most dramatic of which is the presence of a woman in his life. 

As a part of Graham’s shiny new contract comes Eden Vetterly, a waitress who lives less than paycheck to paycheck, has a younger brother who just got accepted to an expensive art school, and nothing but a positive attitude to see her through.  Eden is gorgeous, kind, funny, smart, and just the right kind of girl to give Graham the positive, stable persona the team wants to cultivate for him.  According to Eden’s contract with the team, she is to be Graham’s live-in girlfriend and the person who keeps him moving forward on a straight and narrow path.  The money is good and with her brother’s future at stake, Eden signs on the dotted line.

As expected, the fake relationship between Graham and Eden very quickly evolves into something real.  Fulfilling their contracts with the team isn’t at all hard until the team decides to shake things up and take Graham’s public persona in a whole new direction.  With more than a few ups and downs, Eden and Graham have to work out how to navigate difficult situations and not violate their respective contracts.  Neither can afford to five up what they have, but they also can’t afford to give up one another.

The Bottom Line: I think Forward Progress is one of those books you just have to take for exactly what it is, a relatively light, low drama, medium heat read that isn’t at all taxing to the reader.  While that doesn’t sound like much of an endorsement, it really is one.  I found the story good, the characters likeable, and the plot to have just enough drama to keep me interested and wanting to know the outcome.  In truth, had I not started this book at 2 a.m., it would have been a single sitting read.  This is an easy read and with likeable characters it isn’t at all a burden to get through.  However, if I am to continue with this series, and I WANT to, I would like to see a bit more depth to the characters and the plot lines.  Graham has an entire team of men with stories that need to be told and digging deeper with more complex plots is just what each of these men deserves 😊  As Graham likes to say, as long as there’s forward progress . . . .

Excerpt from Forward Progress (Book #1: Men of Fall Series):

“You want me to do what?”

Irritated, I grab a water from the mini-fridge, take a swig, and slam the bottle down on the table in the middle of the living room of the hotel suite I’m in.

“You’re fucking crazy, Jock,” I sneer.

“It wasn’t my idea, Graham,” he replies, unfazed by my outburst as he sits quietly on the sofa. “I told you the added stipulation in the new contract the Comets are offering was completely new to me too.”

“It’s fucking loco is what it is,” I grumble.

It’s true. This latest development in contract negotiations is truly nuts. They want me to pretend to have a fake girlfriend.

Are they off their rockers?

“How’s this even supposed to work?” I ask.

“We’re hammering out the details.”

“Great. Do I at least get to meet this mystery woman before I sign?”

“No. There’s no time for that. You will meet her, though, before the season begins.”

“Whatever,” I huff. “I can’t believe I’m supposed to pretend to be dating a girl I’ve never even seen. To top it off, I get to meet her just once, then I’m expected to act as if we’re in a serious relationship.”

“Pretty much,” Jock confirms.

This is bad, but there’s something more I’m struggling with—I’m supposed to also fucking move in with this pretend girlfriend.

Could it get any worse?

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About the author and where to find her:

S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 30 Bestselling Author and a #1 Barnes & Noble Bestselling Author. Check out her newest bestselling Boys of Winter hockey rom-com series. Each is a complete standalone novel, but the characters are interconnected and may pop up anywhere.  Ms. Grey’s novels have appeared on multiple Amazon Bestseller Lists, including the Top 100 several times. She is also a Top 100 Bestselling Author on iTunes.  Residing in Pennsylvania, when not writing Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, and cheering for her hometown sports teams. Sometimes all at the same time!

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