From Simon Pulse:
The first novel in a brand-new series—from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines—about a small Southern town filled with cute boys in pickup trucks, Friday night football games, and crazy parties that stir up some major drama.
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.
Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.
As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.
West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…
Until Friday Night was my first Abbi Glines novel. I love sport's romances, so it seemed like a perfect fit, and it was, but UFN was definitely not the book I was expecting. I expected a football novel, what I got was a heart-wrenchingly beautiful tale of loss, healing and first love.
West broke my heart. I actually cried. Me. I don't cry. He's like the little brother I want to hug and make feel better. And he loves Maggie like crazy. It's pretty common knowledge that I love the bromances and UFN gave me more to love. I love West and his teammates. I love their dedication to one another and how they come together, not just for West, but for Maggie too.
I've definitely added more Abbi Glines to my tbr and I really hope she takes us back to Lawton, I think there's a lot to see there. :-)