He had it all…
The day Ian “Tag” Taggart’s world comes crashing down around him, he’s sitting in a fast food drive-thru, waiting for an order of fries. Golden boy of the MLB and shortstop for the Washington Rampage, Tag quickly finds himself losing grip on his superstar life with the use of two awful words: sexual assault.
The only problem? He’s innocent.
Tag’s willing to do anything to prove to the world he’d never commit the crime he’s been accused of. So when his agent suggests taking a break from the spotlight, he listens. The quiet town on Maple Lake is everything Seattle isn’t. And Lexi Barnes is everything he wasn’t expecting to find.
Running from a past she can never escape, Lexi wants nothing to do with her new neighbor. But fixing up an old house takes more work than anticipated, and the new guy in town happens to have quite the set of carpentry skills. She won’t let herself fall for him though. She has no room in her life for love.
If only someone would tell her heart that.
He’s funny and charming. She’s closed off and rude.
Together, they’re like fire and ice.
Prepare to get burned this Off-Season.
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The book begins with Ian dealing with the aftermath of being falsely accused of a sexual assault and Lexi who is running from something from her past. I really enjoyed the story, we get a good look at the kind of crap that Ian has been through during the 6 months of being accused.
I really loved Ian’s character that he was so stubborn that he wouldn’t let Lexi hide behind her walls she had built up and that he was so persistent even at times when she was ignoring him. I loved his personality, also the fact that everyone he met seemed to have loved him. I liked how he was willing to help Lexi out even if she refused. I loved him. I loved the lengths he was going to try to prove that he wasn’t going anywhere for Lexi.
From the beginning of this book, I was trying to figure out what Lexi was hiding and what made her feel so terrible, that she felt like she couldn’t live. Man, when I found out, I was a mess, I’m not going to say because it’ll spoil it. But it all kind of made sense and her being so closed off made sense. I loved her personality and that she tried to do the right thing when it came to Ian. She believed she didn’t deserve to be happy and it was sometimes so hard to read those chapters because it’s like everyone deserves to be happy. Honestly, Lexi was such a heartbreaking character but when she began to open up she was such a nice and funny person.
I loved how their relationship built, the actual getting together was so slow paced but it worked considering how closed off she was. I loved it, once they got together it was full throttle ahead. I loved their relationship, how he basically brought her into the light. It was wonderful.
This book made me sob, by the end of this book I was full on crying the ending broke my heart and then fixed it. But I cried, I was so heartbroken as Lexi broke up with Ian and they were both feeling the effects it was so horrible and I felt every ounce of pain. Even more so when Lexi’s past comes to forgive her, I was bawling like a little baby. I didn’t expect to be so emotional reading this but I was and it was a nice surprise. The writing was absolutely amazing to be able to make me cry is a big achievement and it was just so beautiful. The way how both Ian and Lexi healed each other with their pasts it was beautiful.
I loved this book. I loved the author’s writing. It was fabulous. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️