by Candee Fick
After a tragedy involving a football player destroys her family, athletic trainer and graduate student, Cassie moves across the country looking for a fresh start. But a sudden change in her financial aid package lands Cassie in the middle of a cash-crunch nightmare. When Reed, a rookie football coach, offers to help, she thinks her problems are solved. But as injuries and losses pile up, Reed's dreams seem to be slipping away.
Now, in order to salvage the season, Reed must choose between the game he loves and the woman who just may be ... the catch of a lifetime.
Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain some content of an inspirational/religious nature. Similar romance novels in this genre may be categorized as: christian romance, inspirational romance, christian fiction, and clean, wholesome romance.
R. Miller on Amazon wrote:
I totally loved this book. I wasn't sure about it at first because I'm not a big fan of sports but the story was so well written and so gripping I was hooked almost from the inception. I loved the way the romance between Reed and Cassie developed and I especially liked how they maintained self control even though they were clearly physically attracted to each other. This book embodied a Christian romance in the way it showed characters living out their faith even in the face of life's challenges. I don't think it would be an exaggeration to say that this is the best book in this genre I've read thus far. I would definitely be reading future books by this author. Well done Candee Flick!
Holly J. Michael on Amazon wrote:
Cassie has a bad history with football players, but finds herself working as a trainer and academic coach for a college team, and also falling in love with offensive coach Reed.
Best bits: Cassie's past as an Olympic-level gymnast gives her grit and dedication, and her experiences with injuries (physical and emotional) help her relate to the athletes she works with. Similarly, Reed's experience as a college player helps him relate to his team. I like that they are both driven to succeed, careful about avoiding even the appearance of misconduct or scandal, uneasy about hiding their relationship, and wanting to draw closer to God. They feel real, as do the players they work with closely. They're not just stereotypical football players, they have depth and uniqueness. Well done. Fairly typo-free, and overall seemed well edited. Not judging by outward appearances is a repeated theme.
Issues: As a not-so-big fan of football, some of the terminology went over my head, and honestly there may have been errors there that I didn't notice, as I mainly skimmed the bits where they talked football. I did find the glimpses into what a trainer or coach does interesting, but I preferred when they were doing things other than talking through plays or films or whatever.
Having sons who play football and as one who enjoys excellent inspirational fiction, Candee Fick’s “Catch of a Lifetime” scored high and won my approval. The author beautifully wove in real life issues. The characters—main characters and secondary characters—were well developed with a ton of heart. Details of the game were presented in a way that could be appreciated by all—football lovers and non-football lovers (like Cassie who finds herself stuck as a football teams academic advisor—a job she doesn’t want to be in given past wounds.) Candee Fick delivers it all in this novel—a fun premise of an unlikely romance between first-year football coach Reed and Cassie (not a football fan). Catch of a Lifetime is detailed but fast-paced. It offers twists, page-turner moments, excitement, and real heartwarming scenes. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a really good read. Touchdown for this author's debut novel!
About the Author...
Candee Fick is a multi-published award-winning author. She is also the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy writing, editing, or coaching other authors, she can be found cheering on the home team at sporting events, exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.
In addition to writing clean faith-based romance novels and inspirational non-fiction, Candee coaches other authors with their marketing plans and offers content editing to aspiring novelists. She is a member of both American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network. Her fiction has semi-finaled, finaled, and won the ACFW Genesis Contest and Selah Awards.