Sunday, December 15, 2013

Fourth Down by Kirsten DeMuzio--My Review 4 Stars out of 5

Title: Fourth Down
Author: Kirsten DeMuzio
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publish Date:  October 21, 2013
Cover: Kirsten DeMuzio
Reading Information: Third book in series. Can be read as Stand alone
During the biggest football game of his life, Ford Walsh makes a split second decision that will change his life. For the worse. Three years later, Ford is still stuck in that moment – when his leg was broken and his dreams along with it. Not able to move on, Ford trudges through his life, each day more depressing than the last.
Poppy Mitchell has dreams of being a doctor, and she will work night and day to get there. Sweet, focused, and hard working, Poppy forges ahead when obstacles get in her way. When circumstances bring them together, Ford and Poppy develop an unlikely friendship. As they grow closer, Ford is faced with another fourth down decision. Will he go after his old dreams when given the chance? Will Poppy sacrifice her dreams for his? Or will she let him go?
**This book is recommended for a mature audience, age 18 and older, due to language and explicit content.

My Review 4 Stars out of 5
I wasn't prepared to cry when I read this book but believe me it was worth it. Ford Walsh is very close to being drafted by the NFL when he injures himself so bad he can never play again. His focus to get drafted wasn't like any other reason I've heard of. He loved his so mom so much that he figured that if he got drafted by the NFL he could use the money to get the best medical treatment for his mom. Knowing this in the beginning of the book made me love him already. Then in one quick moment that dream is taken away and Ford has to live with the fact that he can no longer play football. He goes back home and doesn't finish school. Ford spent 3 years as a miserable angry person. He felt like a failure and since he was miserable he treated everybody around him mean. His mom put up with his attitude and so did his friends. He has some really good friends that are introduced in this book that are going to be in the following books. I loved all the characters that were his friends. Then comes Poppy into the bar he works as a bartender in and is utterly rude to her for no reason. When Poppy is introduced in the book she is such a sweet girl. Her heart was so pure and she wouldn't hurt a fly but when Ford treats her so horribly the first time they meet he brought something out in her. Don't get me wrong she didn't get all tough and bad but she was just baffled by the way he treated her when he didn't even know her. She wasn't use to people not liking her. When they meet again she is still confused by the way he treats her but this time she doesn't just take it. His mom's cancer gets worse and it was time to hire a nurse aide and this is where Poppy comes in. Poppy goes to college full-time and works two jobs. When Poppy finds out she is the aide to Ford's mom she is thrown off but she won't let him push her away. Poppy becomes very close with Ford's mom in her final days and slowly becomes part of Ford's. It didn't start off easy but before he knew what was happening he was falling in love with Poppy and needed her like nobody else. Poppy's love for Ford is so strong that she sacrifices her love for his happiness and makes a decision to let him go. When you see why she does it makes you understand her reasoning but her internal struggle was so hard to read about as well as his struggle to come to terms that he lost both the women he ever loved in his life. After he loses his mom and then Poppy he is lost again. Poppy's goal is to make him live his dream again even if it doesn't include her. He does leave and start a new life but what kind of life is it when he has nobody to share it with?? 


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