Keeper by Amy Daws
The youngest Harris brother’s story: Booker Harris
**Reads great as a standalone**
They were best friends until they became roommates.
Booker Harris has spent the last several years pushing himself to become the best goalkeeper in the Championship League. Tired of living in the shadows of his headline-splashing brothers, he has finally carved a path of his own.
As a child, Poppy McAdams was content in her own little make-believe world, until the boy next door with dimples and pained eyes came barreling into her makeshift fort demanding all her attention.
Best friends for most of their lives, everything changes when Poppy abruptly leaves London for University.
Now she is back, and gone is the awkward girl from Booker’s youth. She has been replaced by a stunning woman with secrets. Secrets that Booker is desperate to know.
Sharing a bedroom wall with your best friend from childhood quickly turns to anything but sweet and innocent.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first book by Amy Daws that I’ve read, but I honestly enjoyed it alot. Unlike alot of sports romances, instead of focusing on a professional athlete that falls in love, she chose to focus the story on a couple of childhood best friends, one of whom just happens to be a “footie” player. It’s refreshing for the focus to be on romance instead of on the life of the athlete with a little romance thrown in.
Booker and Poppy were childhood neighbors and best friends. At 18, Poppy moved away for college. Now she’s back and Booker invites her to stay with him until her lease is open.
This story takes place in London, over a period of a couple of months. Since they’ve not seen each other in six years, Booker is in for a surprise when he first sees Poppy. She’s not the shy 18 year old girl that she was when she left. He begins having thoughts and feelings he’s not so sure about.
Although Poppy really came into her own while away from home, she is still very unsure about herself in certain aspects, and Booker’s own insecurities and issues don’t help in that respect. She’s a strong, self assured girl for the most part, but seems to have tunnel vision when it comes to Booker. As for Booker, he has his own problems that are explained in the book, but he is loyal to those that he allows close to him.
Although I enjoyed this book immensely, it took me a few pages to get used to some of the word usage in the book. I will say however, the author did an amazing job with making sure anyone not familiar with those words would understand, (footie player, knickers, etc)
Now I just have to go back and read the other stories……