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Sidelined by Suzanne Baltsar


When Connor McGuire loses out on his dream job of being the head coach of the local high school football team, he thinks life can’t get any worse. Then he discovers just who got the coveted position—it was a handout to the kid of a well-known, successful college coach. Connor’s sure this is just a publicity stunt, but the kid turns out to be not only a sharp strategist, but a driven and sexy young woman, too. Frustrated in more ways than one, Connor realizes that he might have to step up his game or risk losing altogether.

Coach Charlotte “Charlie” Gibb calls a flag on the play when she finds out that her very male, very attractive, but definitely-rooting-for-her-to-lose assistant coach resents her for taking what he considers to be his rightful position. But never one to back down from a little healthy competition, Charlie is determined to prove her worth—both on and off the field.


This wasn’t about proving anything to anyone. I didn’t care what people thought of me anyway. I’d been raised in the game. I was good at the game. I just wanted to do what I was best at.

Charlie finally has her dream job of new head coach at Douglass High School in Minneapolis, but as she expected, not everyone was happy about it. 

It was equally irritating and ironic that the players and their guardians had come to know me as the de facto coach. I’d expected—hell, everyone had expected—me to get the job.

Connor was angry they gave the head coach job to a woman and daughter of Lloyd Gibb, head coach at Georgia Tech. The job he should have received.

I chose to read my first Suzanne Baltsar book because I was interested in how a female football coach would fair in a male-dominated sport.

This enemies-to-lovers story is told from Charlie’s and Connor’s perspectives. The hostile and flirtatious banter between them made me cringe and laugh at the same time. Charlie’s potty mouth is a hoot and found it refreshing that she said what she felt. 

It was definitely a unique storyline that I couldn’t put down. The characters are relatable not only with their strengths but with their vulnerabilities as well. My Gram had a lot of similar Southern sayings as Charlie’s Gram which brought back a lot of good memories for me.

An enjoyable read with an interesting plot and badass female characters. 

Thank you to Ms. Baltsar, Gallery Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectations of a positive review given.



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Suzanne BSuzanne’s storied history in literature began when she was first published in the 5th Grade Poetry Anthology of 1997 with a poem titled Snowy Day in May. She continued her career with a much-lauded Angelfire website featuring multiple novels of *NSYNC fanfiction. School, boys, and eventually full-time jobs got in the way here and there, but she kept on writing, including a screenplay which she directed to bring to the big screen in 2013. These days she writes stories about life, love, and bringing down the patriarchy in between wrangling a few beasts, some human, some not. 

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