Running Back (New York Leopards, #2) by Allison Parr

Running Back (New York Leopards, #2)

Natalie Sullivan is on the verge of a breakthrough most archaeology grad students only dream of: discovering a lost city. Her research points to a farm in Ireland, but to excavate she needs permission from the new owner: the Michael O'Connor, popular NFL running back.On TV Mike seems so charming and good-natured that Natalie figures getting his cooperation will be a breeze. So she's not prepared to deal with the arrogant—and adamantly opposedâ€...

Details Running Back (New York Leopards, #2)

TitleRunning Back (New York Leopards, #2)
Release DateOct 21st, 2013
PublisherCarina Press
GenreRomance, New Adult, Sports and Games, Sports, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Reviews Running Back (New York Leopards, #2)

  • Louisa
    3.5 stars. One thing I like about Allison Parr's books is they typically break the cliched mold of New Adult (angsty and melodramatic and stab-your-eyes-out worthy, that is). I actually get invested in her romantic pairings and her characterisation follows a natural path. I liked this better than the previous installment of the series, but the middle of the book sags hard enough for me to feel a little distanced from the characters. I had to push...
  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    ****4 Cute Delightful Stars****ARC provided by Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Publication Date - October 21, 2013This book is Michael O'Connor's story from the series "New York Leopards".  It is a delightful quick and easy read.  This book is free of angst and low on drama while dealing with a budding romance between rivals turned to lovers.Natalie Sullivan is doing her thesis for archeology while looking for the lo...
  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    I felt like It's the Blue Heron Series all over again. God knows I love Rush Me but once again sadly Running Back was a disappointment. I couldn't connect with Michael and Natalie's story. I'm still hoping the next installment would be better.
  • ExLibris_Kate
    You know, I really love this series because the women have such interesting careers. Rachel worked in publishing and Natalie is an archeologist. This is what I consider the upper echelon of NA; good character development and sweet love scenes that are tasteful.
  • Jess
    4.5 starsThat feels too low, because I actually liked it more than the first book in this series, but I liked it in a much quieter kind of way. I don't know, I still may go back and change it, nothing quite feels right.Nope, changing it to 5 stars. It deserves them.Actual thoughts about the content of the book:- This is a much more adult novel than Rush Me was. I think Natalie and Rachael were supposed to be about the same age but Natalie felt a ...
  • Heather
    Book two in the New York Leopards series by Allison Parr.Natalie is a young woman who is finishing up her graduate work and is being mentored by one of the greatest men in her field. She is an archeologist and she is looking for a long lost city in Ireland. Natalie has had a rough go of it. Her mother and father don't understand her. They believe her schooling is a "hobby" that she will outgrow.Natalie does not believe in love. She has seen her m...
  •  Lori (Ficwishes)
    You can view this entire review and other on my blog Ficwishes The Story...Archaeologist Natalie Sullivan finally has the funding to go ahead with her her dig off the coast of Ireland. Now the only thing standing in her way is the land's new owner, NFL running back Michael O'Connor.At first glance, Mike seems like an easy-going, friendly guy, but Natalie sees a different side of him once she asks about excavating on his land. His refusal to sign ...
  • Caroline
    Well I have to say I didn't like this book as much as book one. This one had too much other stuff involved and I no that what makes a story but for me there was too much. It was all about Natalie and her life and not a lot about the two of them or what Mike life was like. Liked hearing from the other characters from book one a little. Xxx
  • Jennifer â™›Jennaâ™›
    Overall this book was good but not as great as Rush Me,the first book in the series. I think that the chemistry between Natalie and Mike wasn't as strong and I just didn't love them together the way I did Rachael and Ryan.
  • Chachic
    I read this one fairly quickly but it wasn't as good as the first book in the series. The lush Ireland setting was nice but I missed the closeness and camaraderie of the team.
  • BookHookup
    The original review for this title can be found HERE on The Book Hookup. Christina's Review: **SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.♥ Initial Thoughts and Actual Rating: A solid 4 stars for Running Back! This might have...
  • Rachmi Febrianty
    ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest reviewAs the second book of New York Leopards series, I think the main characters in this book, Michael O’Connor and Natalie Sullivan have more baggage than Rachel Hamilton and Ryan Carter in Rush Me. I liked characters with baggage because it often follows with angst, feeling and drama from the characters. Both Michael and especially Natalie have a not-so-good past....
  • Rachna R
    I LOVED THIS BOOK. I don't know if it was just right for the mood I was in, or what, but I LOVE Parr, it's too soon to say it but I do. And I liked this so much more than Rush Me, too, and I loved that book - I just enjoyed Natalie's voice so much. I enjoyed Parr's writing style. I loved the use of first-person, because that kind of POV very rarely works as well for me as this did - it suited the story a lot, and also I loved Natalie, a major plu...
  • SexyBookTimes
    Parr’s heroines are brainy nerd girl grad students. I love it. This is (was) my world. I’m a nerd girl and I really love this trend in smart romances. The nice difference about this book is that instead of geek girl references we get Ptolemy and Yeats nerd girl references. Don’t get me wrong I like Sci-Fi and comic book heroes as much as the next girl, but even I am starting to get sick of Joss Whedon getting name dropped in every other boo...
  • Lucie Paris
    The love story between Rachel and Ryan in "Rush Me" has really surprised me and it was with my eyes closed that I threw myself into Allison Parr's new romance. The problem is that I have not found the same ingredients that had me excited.If I liked Nathalie's determination to find a lost city, her loyalty to Jeremy and her desire to change her lofe for love, I was quite disappointed with Mike. He did not make me dream, or vibrated. His mood swing...
  • Cait
    I loved every single second of this book.I tried hard to not compare this to Rush Me, but it's difficult. I found this book much less problematic than I did Rush Me (this is mostly related to Natalie vs Rachel). I didn't feel like I got to know Mike as well as I did Ryan in the first book but that's not a huge thing.LET'S TALK INSTEAD ABOUT THE ARCHAEOLOGY. There was nothing that stood out as blatantly wrong, so I was so happy with that. The frus...
  • Shambhawi P.
    The story itself was not bad - but I was missing the American football element in the story. Fun, fluffy read with the heroine making dumb decisions sometimes but Mike could have been any famous guy - not necessarily a famous footballer - and the story would not have been affected even a single bit.For someone wanting more of the New York Leopards this fact was a disappointment indeed. But other than that the story was really enjoyable. 3 Stars I...
  • Sabrina (Soter) Sally
    "Se non avessi mai trovato Ivernis, il mio cuore avrebbe sofferto. E se alla fine fosse andata così, anche con il cuore pieno di dolore, sarei tornata ancora a Kilkarten, perché significava che sarei stata con Mike. Perché alla fine quella era la cosa più importante. Amavo Mike. Non potevo promettere che l'avrei amato per due, sette o vent'anni. Ma, in quel momento, lo amavo più della mia città perduta"
  • Jodi Nichols
    Loved this story!! Natalie and Michael were such great characters!! Natalie is such a go getter and would stop at nothing to be able to dig for Invernes. Michael at first I thought was going to be a huge jerk but he really was a sweet guy!! I hope there are more stories to come for the other Leopard players :-)
  • Juju
    Lackluster. DNF after 40%. Just couldn't finish. Too bored. The first one was much better. Too sad, I had high hopes for this author. Might still check out the third one before completely staying away in the future.
  • Katie
    I just didn't connect to this one like I did the first one. I liked the characters and I think Parr is really good at writing these groups of great people, but I didn't feel it enough.
  • Alix
    THIS WAS SO GOOD!An actual review to follow when I can gather my thoughts and be coherent.
  • Ad
    Yep okay this was awful. I've never rated a book 1/5 on goodreads but I guess there's a first time for everything. The standard was nothing like the first book and the chemistry between the couple was shaky and felt forced/convenient. They barely knew each other but were already hanging out as a family?The writing from the get go felt choppy and it sometimes felt like a recount. There was so much recount when they went to Paris it felt the author...
  • Becca
    4.5 Stars - Allison Parr delivers another smart, sassy and sweet addition to the New York Leopards series with Running Back. Mike and Natalie’s story is an adventure from start to finish and I found myself instantly lost to this fun, sexy couple. From the beginning, Allison Parr pulled me in with Mike and Natalie’s unconventional first meeting and the fascinating premise for this novel. I was incredibly intrigued by both the unexpected connec...
  • Jordan
    Honestly, there really isn't much to say about the book. It was okay. It didn't inspire strong feelings in me either way. The first book in the series is way better and I liked the characters in Rush Me way more. The heroine, Natalie, is a grad student that is setting up a dig in Ireland for basically the Irish version of Atlantis. Her mentor is sure that the city exists although he is considered a crackpot in the field because of it. She thinks ...
  • Rose Maniscalco
    This is my first book from this author and it was a decent read.The characters were well developed and fleshed out. There was an actual storyline, which is pretty refreshing. The only issue I had was that sometimes the scene would flip and it was a little hard to tell that one had ended and another had begun.Natalie is an archaeologist who gets funding for a dig on Kilkarten, a site in Ireland that is privately owned. She is looking for a Ivernes...
  • Christina
    Really enjoyed this! It was fun and the hero was a charming Ginger football player; it's impossible to go wrong with that, amirite?! Full review soon.Full review updated on 10/26/2013.My original review for this title can be found HERE on The Book Hookup.**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quote...
  • Crystal
    This book was a nice surprise. I especially enjoyed Natalie's speech at the end of the book. One complaint I have is the number of editing errors throughout the story. The plot is pretty good and it's a fun read with good characters.