The Hardest Route by AS Teague

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The Hardest Route, an all-new emotional and romantic standalone from A.S. Teague is available now!

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My friends used to tell me ‘What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.’ Clearly, they lied because a few months later, I found out my one-night stand was pregnant.

I couldn’t handle a baby. I was Griffin Rockwell, the best wide receiver the league had ever seen. But what choice did I have? My baby girl was coming whether I was ready for her or not.

Brooke turned out to be an amazing woman and mother. For seven years, we were the MVP’s of co-parenting—and even better friends.

That all changed when tragedy struck our makeshift family and I was faced with the terrifying possibility of losing the one woman I was quickly realizing I couldn’t live without.

I was at the height of my career and on the path to becoming the greatest of all time.

But keeping my family together, with Brooke by my side, might prove to be the hardest route of all.

My review:

What an intense book.

Brooke and Griffin meet in Vegas, where Brooke’s best friend Mel has dragged her to celebrate Mel’s 30th birthday. Trying to get Brooke to loosen up and have a good time, she literally pushes her into Griffin. They have a one-night stand, neither expecting to see each other again. Griffin is eight years younger and freshly drafted into the NFL. Brooke is shocked to find herself pregnant, but they eventually work something out, coparenting for several years.

This book didn’t follow the path I expected, and I’m always happy to be surprised like that. Instead of getting together because of the pregnancy and suddenly being in love and perfect, both Brooke and Griff realize they are in different places in their lives and would not work as a couple at that point. But they become close friends, parenting Allie together over the years. Eventually they start to realize the feelings they have for each other, but then they get devastating news.

What I loved: Allie Bean is the best. She is such a great kid! Mel is the best best friend ever – she is a true (platonic) life partner to Brooke. I also liked Brooke and Griff’s relationship. There will always be bumps in parenting, no matter what, but they have things mostly figured out. And when he decided to go for a real relationship with Brooke, he doesn’t hold back.

I really enjoyed this book. I also hope that Mel gets her own book, too. I feel like there is a story between her and Aiden that needs to be told.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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About A.S. Teague

A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.

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