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Touching Down by [Williams, Nicole]
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Read a Book. Make a Difference. For the first ten days following TOUCHING DOWN's release, ten percent of profits from U.S. Amazon sales will be donated to a charity (being voted on by readers now!).

From New York Times best selling author, Nicole Williams:

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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  • Print Length: 324 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I have been wanting to review this book for some time and it has taken a while as I wanted to do this gorgeous book justice. Nicole Williams has given us two beautifully crafted characters in Grant and Ryan and has fleshed out their story line in a manner that you don't often get in romance novels in this day of self publication.

Grant & Ryan were inseparable as youngsters when Ryan, for reasons that become known early on, leaves without a trace at age 17. When they meet up again as adults at the funeral of a dear friend it doesn't take long for their relationship to pick back up but a new twist is added to the mix and becomes the next major hurdle they must deal with on their road to happiness. At this stage Ryan is dealing with a monumental life changing issue which she has come to terms with in a very pragmatic manner but it is Grant (reassuming his role as Ryan's protector) that makes her look at it with a totally different eye and gives her the courage to tackle it head on, giving it her best shot rather than letting it rule her life.

Since reading this book, I have read a number of other Nicole Williams books and she writes with so much heart (Collared is another great read) and I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

And this is what it is! A truly touching read. My heartstrings were pulled on to the limit, I cried, laughed and fell head over heels with two absolutely gorgeous characters that had me enthralled from chapter one to the very last page. Ms Williams has told their story with such sensitivity and feeling making this standalone novel a very difficult one to put down. In fact, interruptions were frowned upon and while drying my tears or chuckling to myself, funny looks were thrown my way!

I couldn’t find fault with this read. The storyline flows constantly, it has just the right amount of witty banter and believe me, touching scenes made me want to jump into my Kindle and give them both a hug. My first one would have been for Ryan Hale. My heart went out to her. After seven years away from her hometown, she goes back to say goodbye to someone very dear to her and explain to her childhood sweetheart why she’d disappeared into thin air. She can’t find the right words though. The boy she was in love with, her hero, is now a strapping young man and has no wish to listen to the girl who broke him.

“Where did that troubled, hot-headed boy I grew up with go?”

Actually, I got a tad annoyed with Grant Turner to start off with and gave him a proverbial telling off. When the opportunity arises she plucks up the courage and ooh my, what he hears provokes such an emotional response that I couldn’t help but feel sorry for both of them.

“That was another lifetime, Ryan. Another ******* life. We’ve moved on, and that’s behind us now. Let’s leave it there, okay?”

Depending on what angle I looked at Ryan's reasoning, I think her decision not to tell Grant before must have been a difficult one.
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Wow. I'm not quite sure where to start. I stumbled onto this author and am so pleased that I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this story from the opening paragraph, and read it, in one sitting- (who needs to cook dinner anyway). I really was entranced by Grant and Ryan, their characters were well developed and I felt as though I really got to know them, and understand their motivation and decision making process. At 17, Ryan made a heartbreaking decision that tore her apart from the man she loved, in what she believed was an effort to protect him. They both went on with their lives, but could never move on. The main characters are strong and determined, how they handle the challenges and adversity life has thrown at them, is awe inspiring: Grant's "Grass" is a unique method to diminish the power that negative (no spoilers) thoughts/situations can have. (Read it and you'll understand)This is not a light, quick read-no thought required story. It will remain with you after you have finished, and is a story with substance, drawing out the readers' emotion, whether it's sorrow, pain, humour or joy. Please read this book- you won't regret your purchase!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a story about a playboy football player 3 November 2016
By Mel - Published on
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I wasn't expecting it but this was more than story about a famous, cocky, playboy football player. WOW, I really enjoy stories with this kind of meat on them. This is a story of soul mates and true love. Grant and Ryan met a very young age, Ryan was 9 and Grant was 13. Grant took the role of her protector and eventually they fell in love. When she was seventeen Ryan disappeared and broke Grant's heart. When Aunt May, the only person that truly cared for them in their young age, died they both returned. Their return was for different reasons, Grant to pay his respects to the woman who was his adopted grandmother and Ryan not only for Aunt May but for totally unsuspecting emotionally altering reasons. Hence the second chance story of love for Grand and Ryan begins.

The book is heartbreaking and although a bit unrealistic sometimes (but this is fiction and that's o.k.), it still drives home the message of eternal love and hope, Lots and lots of hope for Ryan who had given up and was resigned to her ultimate death sentence. It has it's funny moments to which I laughed through tears. Grant was going to beat Grass if it was the last thing he did. His determination and love helped Ryan through it all and helped her persevere.

If there was one thing that I thought was missing it was the side characters. There weren't many 2 that I can count, Cruz and Ravi and even then there wasn't much elaboration or interaction with either one. Over all this is a great story. Only one other sports romance book was as full of life as this story, Line of Scrimmage by Marie Force. Balled my eyes out with both but I do highly recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. 27 April 2017
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Looking through the reviews before I write my own (something I always do when I finish a book, wanting to see and “talk” about the book now that I’m done), I don’t understand why so many people didn’t like it. It has angst. Lots of angst. Two thumbs-up in my book right there. And Grant was an entirely different character from any I read from Williams before. I liked his no damns to give attitude. He was loyal and determined to a fault.
The fault being Ryan’s. HOWEVER, I will say that, if I were in Ryan’s situation, I would have made the same decisions. Is it hard and almost impossible? Yes. But if you love someone that much, it’s a really selfless thing to do. Was it the right decision? I think it was at the time. Otherwise, they could very well have been stagnant (trying to talk about this without giving any spoilers). Being young when she made the decisions she did, I think she was smart about it, but damn, did what she did suck. It really was a hopeless situation.
Grant, Grant, Grant. From the beginning of this book, I wanted to bear hug the guy. Dude had no idea which way was up, and it just got worse. Ryan had a lot of bombs to drop. By the time you got through them, your soul felt like a nuclear fallout. Every time Ryan thought, “I have to tell him soon,” I was like, “WTF, woman! What more can you torture this guy with?” Oh, man. I was totally expecting this book to end with me in tears. I was prepared. Tissues next to me.
Overall, this was a fast-paced read that had me quickly turning pages to find out how everything was going to turn out. It was scary. It was sad. It was bittersweet. And I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book you want to start again as soon as you finish 10 October 2016
By Sue Dayoub - Published on
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This book is so many things, a story of rough beginnings, a betrayal, a couple of surprises and a love that could never die but could heal all! Once I started I had to finish and I loved it beginning to the end!
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars 14 February 2017
By D. Hite - Published on
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I've been on a sports romance reading kick lately. Touching Down has been on my Kindle for a while now, so I was happy to finally get to it. I especially loved that it wasn't just a sports romance, but a second chance romance as well. Second chance romances are always full of fun surprises. This one certainly was.

This is the first novel I've read by Nicole Williams and I enjoyed her writing. She created interesting, flawed characters. I loved Ryan and Grant's special connection. Ryan's point of view was emotion packed and interesting. I would have loved Touching Down to have been in dual point of view because I think it would have been amazing to know what was going on in Grant's head the entire time. They were both such complex characters. I would have also loved more look backs at their time together as teens.

Ryan Hale knew what she was getting herself into when she returned to her hometown after disappearing from her friends' lives years ago. I didn't blame her for the choices she made when her reasoning was explained. Her decisions weren't perfect, but her strength, determination and care for Grant was. I did think she was a little selfish waiting seven years to see Grant again.

Grant Turner was the ideal man. He was successful, sweet and made choices not very many other men would. I was impressed with how he treated Ryan and his ability to let go of the past. I loved him.

I feel like my 3.5 star rating doesn't tell you how much I actually enjoyed reading Touching Down. I was deeply touched by Ryan and her predicament. (I may have been close to tears a couple of times while reading.) I adored the way she reconnected with Grant, and how he wanted to take care of her. They were a sweet couple. I just couldn't give Touching Down a higher rating because I felt like there was a big part missing from it. It ended so abruptly. I would have liked more of the current time frame before the huge jump to the epilogue.

Overall, Touching Down was a great read. There was so much emotion woven into this sports romance, and I loved that. Readers who enjoy a fast-paced second chance at love story will enjoy this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So niiice 16 October 2016
By Luisa Rivas Martinez - Published on
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Lovely story about a couple kids who are each other's salvation while living in a building called "Clink". Their home lives were horrible, Grant had a drunk father, Ryan had a druggie mother. Grant protected Ryan, and Ryan gave Grant a sense of self-worth. One day Ryan disappears, no explanation to anyone. Twelve years later she returns to the funeral of the one woman who gave the Clink kids a sense of home and family love. She comes back to face Grant, explain her reasons and ask for help. What ensues is not only a second chance, but the awakening of a lifelong devotion and protective love. As a couple they were strong, and had big ordeals to overcome. Very uplifting story about this couple who only grow in love as the story progresses.

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