Sometimes love takes balls.
Newly retired championship footballer Simon Wood is taking on his next challenge. His plan for a charity to provide funding for underprivileged children to pursue football as a career has passed its first hurdle: he has backers and an executive consultant. Now it’s time to get the ball rolling.
Lucien Morel, heir to the multibillion-euro Morel Corporation, is shocked—and thrilled—to learn his father has volunteered him as consultant to a fledgling football charity. Better yet, the brains behind it all is heartthrob Simon Wood, his teenage idol and crush.
Although Simon and Lucien get off on the wrong foot, it’s not long before they’re getting along like a house on fire—sparks included. But with the charity under public scrutiny, can their romance thrive?
My Rating - 4 Stars!
The Athlete and The Aristocrat is a fun book by Louisa Masters.
Simon is intriguing and nice, dreaming of establishing a charity to help kids. His reason for wanting this charity is touching and from the heart. It's a fantastic idea and can help so many kids. This immediately had me charmed by Simon.
Lucien is the one to help him with the charity. It's dangerous to mix business and pleasure, but the attraction is certainly there.
When they do start their discreet relationship, there are so cute together, as well as perfect for each other. They start with a no strings attached relationship, but their chemistry and natural connection create a slow burn friends to lovers relationship.
Along the way, they have to deal with the fact that Simon's a closeted former athlete, the public perception if their relationship goes public, and more.
One of my favorite parts is the conversation about the nicknames and the importance of them. It just melted my heart, as it's emotional, and incredibly meaningful.
As well, their first "I love you" is awesome, as it's funny, touching and memorable. Seriously, it is not at all what one would expect, but it's perfect for these two.
I totally enjoyed The Athlete and The Aristocrat. It contains some cute "surprises" that I suspected, but still found adorable. This enchanting tale is definitely inspirational and worth a read.