They were best friends until they became roommates.
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They were best friends until they became roommates.
Booker Harris has spent the last several years pushing himself to become the best goalkeeper in the Championship League. Tired of living in the shadows of his headline-splashing brothers, he has finally carved a path of his own.
As a child, Poppy McAdams was content in her own little make-believe world, until the boy next door with dimples and pained eyes came barreling into her makeshift fort demanding all her attention.
Best friends for most of their lives, everything changes when Poppy abruptly leaves London for University.
Now she is back, and gone is the awkward girl from Booker’s youth. She has been replaced by a stunning woman with secrets.
Secrets that Booker is desperate to know.
Sharing a bedroom wall with your best friend from childhood quickly turns to anything but sweet and innocent.
Locking secret eyes with Belle, I quickly unwrap my purple ice treat and pop it in my mouth. I lean across the counter so I’m only a foot away from Booker, who’s now watching my lips. “So, Booker”—I suck hard and then take a nibble, my tongue swiping out to catch the syrupy liquid on my lips—“Do you know anyone who might be good for me?”
“Good for you for what?” Booker asks, his face devoid of any humour as he stares at my mouth with heat in his eyes.
“For a date. I thought maybe a teammate of yours might be good because they are familiar with Tower Park. They could show me around the stadium after the wedding. Give me a tour.” I wink.
His face turns red. “You’re not taking one of my fucking teammates to my brother’s wedding.”
“Why not?” I ask innocently and then plunge the lolly back in my mouth, going deeper this time.
He frowns as he watches my lips. “Because if you want a bloody tour of Tower Park, I can give you one.”
Rolling my eyes, I reply, “Fine, he doesn’t have to give me a tour. But I’m out of touch with people since I left, and you have a gaggle of teammates, Book. Surely you know someone who wouldn’t hate to spend the evening with me.”
“Roan DeWalt would be fun for her!” Vi interjects, snapping everyone’s attention to her as she whisks something in a bowl.
Tanner pipes up next. “Over my dead body he’s coming to my wedding. I’ve finally stopped wishing dismemberment on the prat.”
“It was only a suggestion!” Vi peals, looking perplexed. “It’s just that I set him up with our cousin Alice and she loved him! Roan is a South African dreamboat.” She waggles her eyebrows at me and I can’t help but smile.
Suddenly, Booker stands, his stool screeching on the marble floor as he pushes it away. “Not Roan. Not any Bethnal players. None of them would work. You’re not their type.”
I hear Vi suck in a breath of air, and my cheeks heat with embarrassment. “Why not?” My jaw is tight with anger as my ice lolly drips, forgotten between my two fingers.
His fists clench on the counter. “Because I know you, Poppy. You’re not the kind of girl they’d go for.”
The way he’s acting gets right up my nose. I wanted to make him jealous, but that’s not what’s happening. He’s insinuating I’m not good enough for his mates, as if they’d never go for anyone like me. He doesn’t even know me as an adult. He’s pigeonholing me into the Poppy he thought he used to know. It’s complete and utter shit! “If you actually think I’m not good enough for your team—”
“They’re not good enough for you!” he shouts, interrupting me as he leans over the counter to get in my face. Booker eyes me hard, clearly not amused by my request. “No teammates, Pop. Not Roan. Not anyone. Got it?” His shoulders rise and fall as he pins me with the most aggressive face I’ve ever seen on him.
I can tell the moment he snaps out of it because his neck turns red and he looks around at his family, who are all staring at us with their mouths open. He shoves two hands through his hair as he turns on his heel and strides out the back door and into the garden.
It’s quiet in the kitchen as everyone sits there gobsmacked.
“Wrong button,” Tanner quips and Belle elbows him in the ribs. I turn my red face to look at her and she nods with reassurance.
“I hope you girls know what you’re doing,” Vi says. Then she wipes her hands off and tosses the tea towel in front of me as she scurries out after Booker.
5 of 5 Stars
Keeper is Booker and Poppy’s story. A big fan of the Harris brothers and their family, I was excited to read Booker’s story. From the other books in the Harris brothers series, Challenge and Endurance, I got the sense that Booker kept himself distant from his family, on the peripheral. Much like his older brother, Gareth. It’s like Booker and Gareth book-end the twins, Cam and Tanner, who live life in full view while they side-lined themselves.
Poppy is his childhood friend who left for 6 years to study in Germany. Why did she leave? I can’t tell you that. It’s a spoiler. I will tell you that once she returns home, Booker wastes no time corralling her into living with him to keep his best friend close. He missed her. Problem? They can’t keep to the friend zone. Hormone levels were elevated to the extreme reading the spicy bits of this story. Poppy and Booker have big chemistry.
Did it check all my author Amy Daws’ boxes? You bet! A go-to author for me, her books are so funny and engaging. And vulnerable. While I’m still Tanner-drunk and massively crushing on Hayden (London Lovers series/That One Moment), Booker got in there. He’s simply irresistible and charming. At first, I could not relate to Booker’s reasons for keeping his distance romantically from Poppy or anyone else. He was a bit of a selfish jerk. But…I felt it, his vulnerability. FELT it. And Poppy’s. Then Chapter 24 happened. Amy Daws’ magic voodoo mojo in full force. Booker broke open his awesome and Poppy (and I) could not resist it.
And the supporting cast. Help from Booker’s sister Vi, her hubby Hayden, the twins and their girlfriends, makes for big fun as they push Booker’s “safe” boundaries.
Seriously, I loved how this author tied Booker’s personality to the role he plays on the pitch. As a Keeper, he’s a defender. The same goes for his emotions. He blocks attempts to score his heart. But, to quote Booker, he learns more from his “misses” rather than his “saves.” I need to mention Chapter 24 again. He learned from his miss with Poppy.
This was a sweet best friends to lovers romance. Dual POVs deepened the story with both of their perspectives. No murder, crazy clowns or evil foes keeping them apart, the story focused on the feels. And a plot twist, eliciting more feels.
Bring on the next book, big brother Gareth Harris’ story. I’m ready for his deep, dark, alpha secrets.
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