Monday, March 15, 2021

Review - - Just For Kicks

Just For Kicks
by Tracy Solheim
Milwaukee Growlers Football - Book 1
Publisher: Sun Home Productions
Release Date: March 15, 2021
Reviewed by PJ


Andi Larsen learned early on there is no such thing as fairy godmothers. A childhood spent in foster care will do that to a girl. She’s working her way through night school and is on the cusp of establishing her own business without help from anyone, thank you very much. But when her deadbeat ex steals her identity, amassing a staggering debt in her name, her fairy godmother appears in the guise of a spunky, Fireball whisky-wielding septuagenarian. The older woman’s solution for Andi? Tie the knot with a kilt-wearing, moody jock whose legs look sexier in a skirt than hers do.

Declan Fletcher never intended to be a place-kicker for a professional football team. But fate had other plans. Exiled from his beloved Scotland a decade ago, Dex is now a superstar athlete known throughout the league as the “Man with the Million Dollar Leg.” But when a mix-up in his immigration paperwork threatens to send him home before the season begins, he’ll do anything to avoid deportation and facing his greatest mistake. Even if it means marrying a pink-haired waif of a lass with eyes that seem to see everything he’s determined to keep hidden.

PJ's Thoughts:

Anyone who has known me for half a minute knows how much I love football. Combine my favorite sport with a marriage-of-convenience romance between the most unlikely of couples, written by one of my go-to authors, and I'm going to be all over that puppy.

I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in Solheim's new Milwaukee Growlers Football, contemporary romance series. It's filled with snappy banter, deep emotion, realistic conflict, well-placed humor, and a sigh-worthy happy ending. 

Andi and Dex are both fully-developed characters who easily gained my affection and support. I loved Andi's determination and spirit, her refusal to give up even when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. I was drawn to her as strongly as many of the secondary characters in the book are and more than ready to ride to her defense during those times when people tried to take her down. Dex is a complex character who most certainly does not fit the stereotypical "dumb jock" stereotype. This kilt-wearing Scot, with the sexy brogue, broody demeanor, and golden leg, is actually a highly intelligent man carrying a heavy burden who needs someone to shake him up and help him find his way home. 

The secondary cast, both two and four-legged, add richness to the story, helping move the plot forward, and a certain little girl steals more than a few hearts, including mine. I'm already intrigued by several characters and looking forward to discovering what Solheim has planned for them. 

Whether you're a sports fan or simply someone who enjoys a well-paced contemporary romance with humor, heart, emotional depth, and happy endings, I recommend you give Just For Kicks a try. 


  1. This sounds interesting. I think stereotypes do a disservice to everyone. The flakey, pink haired young woman and dumb jock certainly do not apply here. I enjoy football and as with many sports, the team spirit can be binding force for both players and the people in their orbit. I think this is one I would enjoy.

  2. Great review PJ! I love football so I will have to give this a read.

  3. Great review PJ!! I too loved this story as it was two of my favorite tropes too!!

  4. Sounds great, PJ! I grew up despising football, but I found Susan Elizabeth Phillips and my son turned into a crazy football fan right about the same time some ten years ago, so I think this would be right up my alley now!

  5. I like sports related stories. I find this especially interesting because the team is set in Milwaukee. Grew up in Wisconsin, lived in Milwaukee area for 6 years and still spend my summers in Wisconsin.

  6. Love sports related books. There was a series out a few years ago about different sports but I cannot remember the author. Hitting my head. A female sports agent was part of them.