Rushing In (The Blackhawk Boys #2) - Lexi Ryan

Acknowledgments

Even on the hardest, most exhausting days, I am filled with gratitude for the countless people who keep my head above water. I’m so grateful to my husband. He doesn’t just keep me from drowning, he reminds me I need to breathe. I married a man who believes in me and my work, who understands (or at least quietly accepts) my drive to tell all the stories, and who makes the sacrifices necessary when I need to work sixty hours a week to get a book done. Brian, you rock, and I’d very much like to keep you.

I’m surrounded by a family who supports me every day. To my kids, Jack and Mary, thank you for making me laugh and giving me a reason to work hard. I am so proud to be your mommy. To my mom, brothers, and sisters, thank you for cheering me on—each in your own way. I’m so grateful to have been born into this crazy crew of seven kids.

This book is for my sister Kim, who wears the cape of Super Mom and wears it proud. My sister Deb wears that cape too, but Kim was my inspiration for Becky, Chris’s mom. Kim, I know being a single mama isn’t easy¸ but you couldn’t have done it better.

My thanks to my nephew Kai, who doesn’t complain about my random texts with football questions, or even make fun of me when I ask him about slang terms. Thanks for not making me feel as old as I am, and for working out with me. I will never keep up, but it’s fun to try.

If my family is my rock-solid foundation, my friends are the laughter that fills the rooms. A special shout-out to Mira, my book bestie. Maybe we don’t need to spend two hours on the phone a week, but those calls energize me so much; they feel necessary to #livingthedream and enduring its really effing stressful moments. To my lifting buddy Kylie, my coach Matt, and the entire CrossFit Terre Haute crew. Thank you for teaching me to love picking up heavy things and giving me an outlet I needed more than I ever realized. I’ve been blessed with so many amazing people in my life. You encourage me, you believe in me, and you know how to make me laugh.

To everyone who provided me feedback on Chris and Grace’s story along the way—especially Annie Swanberg, Heather Carver, Janice Owen, Mira Lyn Kelly, and Samantha Leighton—you’re all awesome. Thank you for helping to make this idea in my head into something worth reading.

Thank you to the team that helped me package this book and promote it. Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations designed my beautiful cover and did a lovely job branding the series. Rhonda Stapleton and Lauren McKellar, thank you for the insightful line edits. Thanks to Arran McNicol at Editing720 for proofreading. A shout-out to all of the bloggers and reviewers who help spread the word about my books. I am humbled by the time you take out of your busy lives for my stories. You’re the best.

To my agent, Dan Mandel, for believing in me and staying by my side through tough career decisions. Thanks to you and Stefanie Diaz for getting my books into the hands of readers all over the world. Thank you for being part of my team.

To my NWBs—Sawyer Bennett, Lauren Blakely, Violet Duke, Jessie Evans, Melody Grace, Monica Murphy, and Kendall Ryan—y’all rock my world. I’m inspired by your tireless work and always encouraged by your friendship. Thank you for being a part of this journey.

To all my writer friends on Twitter, Facebook, and my various writer loops—especially to the Fast Draft Club and the All Awesome group—thank you for keeping me company during those fourteen-hour work days.

And last but certainly not least, a big thank-you to my fans. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it every chance I get—you’re the coolest, smartest, best readers in the world. I owe my career to you. You’re the reason I get to do this every day, the reason I want to, and the reason I push myself to better my craft with each book. I appreciate each and every one of you. You’re the best!

~Lexi

About Rushing In

In the football world, quarterback Christopher Montgomery is known for his cool-headedness, his determination, and his steely self-control. He’s about to meet his match.

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The favor seemed simple: Keep my new stepsister out of trouble for one summer.

I’ve never