[cross-posted from Sulia]

“Does it occur to you that the reason why Matt came after you was that he was tired of the façade? He wanted you, not someone he’d seen in a magazine or on a TV show. He wants someone he can be who he is with.”

“He takes over.”

“He takes care of the women he loves.”

“It’s suffocating.”

“You’re just making excuses now.” Emily let out a long sigh. “Do you want to spend the rest of your life running? He’ll spend the rest of his life chasing you.”

This is a conversation between two sisters in Julie Brannagh’s Rushing Amy.

Here’s part of the blurb for the book:

Matt – an ex-NFL star – lives by a playbook—his playbook. He never thought his toughest opponent would come in the form of a stunning florist with a stubborn streak to match his own. Since meeting Amy in the bar after her sister’s wedding, he’s known there’s something between them. After she refuses—again and again—to go out with him, Matt will do anything to win her heart … But will Amy, who has everything to lose, let the clock run out on the one-yard line?

So, Amy feels like this dude crosses line and breaks boundaries (which he definitely does, despite how clearly Amy sets them) and her sister’s response is: “But he loves you, so it’s ok. And even if you do try to get out of this relationship, he’s not gonna let you.” GROSS.

The reviews for the books at Amazon, though, praise Matt’s “alpha male” persona and the fact that Amy holds her own for a lot of the novel. I mainly just found watching Amy hold her own to be emotionally exhausting.

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