Title: Touching Down
Author: Nicole Williams
Genre: contemporary romance
The whole world might be in love with him. But all he’s ever loved is her.
Grant Turner’s name is synonymous with football. The fans and media can’t get enough of the player known as The Invincible Man, a nickname he earned while growing up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country and the nickname he’s kept by being one of the best players in professional football today. No one can take him down. He’s unstoppable.
But even a suit of armor has its weak point, and Grant’s has always been Ryan Hale. They were a couple of kids when they fell in love, and just when it looked like the happy ending neither expected was within reach, Ryan disappeared. No explanations. No good-byes.
Grant coped by throwing himself into the game for seven years, and he’s finally moved on. Or so he thinks.
When she walks back into his life, all of those feelings come crashing back, despite the warnings in his head that tell him she’ll leave him again. Grant can withstand the league’s toughest defensive line, but he’s always been weak where she’s concerned.
No man can take Grant Turner down.
But one woman certainly can.
One woman will.
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Touching Down by Nicole Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m so overloaded with all the sweetness ‘Touching Down’ had to offer! A story that made me feel all gooey and gave me warm fuzzies all over. I’m a sucker for feel-good romances and Nicole Williams made my weekend with this beautiful, thought provoking story of second chance, devotion, healing and tremendous amount of romance *sigh*.
I was hooked from Ryan and Grant’s very first encounter, and from there I was pretty much a goner. The characters, their struggle and their relationship has a strange pull that makes it VERY ADDICTING!
Ryan Hale and Grant Turner had a troubled life growing up in one of the toughest neighbourhoods in the country, but they always had each other to lean on and survive. They have been inseparable from the moment Grant saved her and he’d been her hero ever since. Their whole life revolved around each other- loving, caring and dreaming of better life, one far away from the hell hole they were raised. All that changes when Ryan disappears without a word, not even a goodbye to Grant who had been a safe haven her whole life, turning his world upside down in that process.
Over the years, Grant becomes the most celebrated name in the professional football. He has it all - luxury of life he couldn’t have, fans who adore him but all that fame could never fill the void left by the love of his life, whom he couldn’t get out of his mind.
After seven long years, they find themselves face to face under a familiar roof. Ryan swore she would never return to this place or be in close proximity as Grant but she couldn’t bury her secret much longer. A secret she harboured for so long but the harsh reality made her seek him out now.
One thing guaranteed with Nicole Williams book is that you are definitely going to find some soulful-emotional moments and heartfelt romance. One could argue that the story lacks originality and it being unrealistic but with Nicole’s books you always look forward to most passionate and enduring characters EVER and that won me over! With her flawless writing and engrossing storyline, she will make you cry, hope, giggle, swoon and fall in love with the characters for sure.
My favourite lines:
“I’d rather have one day with you than an eternity with anyone else.”What are you waiting for?
“You are half my soul … The best part of it.”
“We didn’t get to choose when we were born into this world or when we’d leave it, but we did get to choose how we’d live the time in between…”
“…live as though you were dying, dream as if you’ll have forever.”
Go get your sugar fix now *winks*
*ARC kindly provided by the author for an honest review*
Grant motioned for me to wait when I started to open my door, then he jogged around to open it himself. “This is a date. That means I drop you off in front, walk you up to the front door . . .”
He took my hand and helped me out, grinning all goofy-like when the hem of my dress slid up my legs as I crawled out.
“Give me a goodnight kiss?” I added as I let him take my hand.
He peered over at me, brow raised. “Or a good night something.”
Giving him a light shove, I tried not to pretend that a good night something sounded as appealing to me as it did to him. “I never should have told you it’s been seven years since my last time.”
“Yes, you definitely should have.”
He grinned at the ground. “Because I can use that knowledge in my favor.”
“How does knowing that work in your favor?” I angled toward him as we climbed the stairs together.
After we’d stopped in front of the door, he turned and pulled me closer. “Because I know how bad you need it now.”
The skin on the back of my neck raised, my lips parting from the acceleration of my breath. “How do you know it’s not a case of the longer you go without it, the less you need it?” “No,” he said at last, his head slowly shaking. “Not with something like that. Not with someone like you.” Grant moved closer, not stopping until his chest was pressing into mine, walking me backward until my back ran into the wall. “In fact, I bet you’ve gone so long, I could barely touch you and you’d fall apart in my arms. Am I right?” My chest was brushing against his, my legs feeling weak from what was happening. Or what was about to happen. Or what I was imagining was about to happen.
“No,” I whispered, “you’re not right.”
His eyes called me out. “There’s only one way to know who’s right.” He kissed the outside of my neck before lightly sucking on my earlobe.
The moan he drew from me seemed to sweep across the entire estate. My hand clamped over my mouth, but he pried it away.
“No. I don’t want you stifling the sounds you make for me.” Holding my wrist, he slid my hand up the wall until my arm was fully extended above me. The stone was still warm from the sun, heat seeping into my skin. “Other hand,” he ordered before sinking his teeth into my lobe.
The sensation made me jolt against him, but all he did was press his body into mine harder until I felt trapped between two walls of stone. When I lifted my other hand for him, he gathered it up in his hand with my other wrist. The task of winding around both of my wrists was no challenge for hands the size of his.
Once he had me pinned, he rocked his hips into mine, practically lifting me up the wall. Another moan escaped from my mouth, but this one was more a cry of pleasure. He was right. He’d barely have to touch me.
His other hand moved from the bend of my hip to reach something above us.
“What are you doing?” I breathed, my ribs feeling as though they’d crack from the way my heart was pounding.
“Unscrewing this light bulb,” he said, right before the wash of light disappeared and darkness moved in around us. “And now, I’m going to take care of you.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.