Touching Down

Touching Down

by Nicole Williams

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From New York Times best selling author Nicole Williams:

The whole world might be in love with him. But all he's ever loved is her.

Grant Turner's name is synonymous with football. The fans and media can't get enough of the player known as The Invincible Man, a nickname he earned while growing up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country and the nickname he's kept by being one of the best players in professional football today. No one can take him down. He's unstoppable.

But even a suit of armor has its weak point, and Grant's has always been Ryan Hale.
They were a couple of kids when they fell in love, and just when it looked like the happy ending neither expected was within reach, Ryan disappeared. No explanations. No good-byes.

Grant coped by throwing himself into the game for seven years, and he's finally moved on. Or so he thinks.

When she walks back into his life, all of those feelings come crashing back, despite the warnings in his head that tell him she'll leave him again. Grant can withstand the league's toughest defensive line, but he's always been weak where she's concerned.

No man can take Grant Turner down.

But one woman certainly can.

One woman will.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156728183
Publisher: Nicole Williams
Publication date: 10/09/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 159,296
File size: 593 KB

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Touching Down 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the typical sports romance. This book brings so much more. Second chance romance from 2 kids living a hard life to one running off and then coming back. Absolutely love this book and recommend it.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
Touching Down by Nicole Williams is a second-chance-at-love romance. While predictable, it is an engaging story that you can’t help but like. Ms. Williams’ tale is well-paced and well-written. The author’s plot twists add some interesting texture to the tried-and-true second-chance-at-love story. The main characters are individually likable. They are both good hearted and well-intentioned. Grant Turner and Ryan Hale meet in their rough childhood neighborhood. Both have neglectful parents, and they find their real family with each other and a neighborhood matriarch, Aunt May. There are not too many words devoted to the main characters’ back story. Ms. Williams’ provides just enough to create empathy for Grant and Ryan. Touching Down focuses more on their present reconnection. Grant Turner is a good man. He has not let his success as a professional football play turn his head or change his moral fiber. He enjoys the benefits of fame and wealth, but he doesn’t get sucked into the vices that often tempt professional athletes. Grant maintains his ties to his childhood neighborhood and the woman who raised him. The only thing missing is the love of his life. Aunt May’s intervention saved Ryan Hale. Grant’s friendship and love bolstered her; it also presented her with a momentous challenge. Challenges can make or break you, and Ryan was not going to be broken. She did what was needed to survive (no spoilers here, so you’ll have to read the book to get the details). While I found both Grant and Ryan likable, I did not feel a strong passion between them. Their love was based on friendship and familiarity. The relationship felt like that of a long-married couple—stable and secure without angsty rollercoaster emotions and games. I appreciated the slow-burn of their relationship as opposed to the ever-popular “instant love”. Ryan’s altruistic choices and Grant’s quick forgiveness come from the strong foundation of their love for one another. Touching Down is a story of survival. It is a story of shared hardships, and it is a story of shared triumphs. There is an uplifting message about never giving up in this straight-forward love story that will warm your heart. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4
Stephanie12 More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a great story! Nicole Williams knows how to tug at your heart. Her writing is diverse. I fell in love with Jude in the “Crash” series and had my heart obliterated when I read “Collard”. And now there is a new man in town…Grant Turner! Grant Turner and Ryan Hale were thrown together by life’s circumstances. They survived growing up in one of the poorest and harshest cities around called the Clink. Ryan’s mom, a drug addict. Grant’s dad, an alcoholic. They had each other and the wonderful Aunt May, an elderly woman who provided a warm meal or a safe haven when there was no other safe place for the kids in the Clink. Grant & Ryan’s bond was built on their struggle to survive. Despite Grant and Ryan’s four year age difference they fell in love. Everything was great until one day Ryan disappears without explanation or even saying good bye to Aunt May. Grant is a college freshman and is heartbroken. Flash forward seven years. Aunt May has passed away and Ryan returns to pay her respects and to see Grant. Grant is now an NFL superstar. He is angry and hurt by Ryan’s sudden disappearance seven years ago and is less than happy to see her. 'I knew leaving the way I did must have hurt him. I knew it had to have confused and angered and betrayed him….' “How do you go and fall in love with someone new when you left your heart with someone else?” Along with Ryan’s return comes answers. Answers to why and how. Que the tissues please….. Nicole Williams takes us on a journey full of tears, happiness, angst, regret and heartbreak. I really loved this book! Grant is supportive and invincible just like his NFL nickname. Ryan is resilient, loving and dedicated. 5 emotional, angsty, loving, happy stars!
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
“One moment you’re soaring. The next one, you’re touching down, scraping rock bottom.” “These were the moments a person lived for. The moments a person died remembering. That place between life and death, that was where we were really alive. That was what I’d come to realize. That space between was where all the good stuff happened.” Touching Down was a quick and easy read for me. From the moment I picked this book up, I was curious to know more about Grant and Ryan. They both intrigued me. Their story was complex and you could tell that there was a lot of hurt involved. Ryan made a lot of mistakes when she was younger and wanted a chance to make things right with Grant. For her, Grant was the love of her life. The one that got away. The one she could never forget about. And Grant, he was madly in love with Ryan. Hurt doesn’t even describe the pain he felt when Ryan left without so much as a word or explanation why. You could tell by just being around these two that their connection was just as strong as ever and that the love they once shared was strong enough to withstand even the biggest hurt. As much as I liked and was intrigued by this story, I did have some issues with it. I felt like once Ryan’s big secrets were revealed that the story picked up and went at warp speed. With all the time that had passed between Ryan and Grant’s separation, I would have liked there have been a little more anger about the situation and groveling on Ryan’s part. It felt like Grant got over his issues way too easily and for me, made the story feel unbelievable….Especially once you find out what Ryan has been keeping secret. I also really would have liked to see Ryan and Grant work more on rebuilding their relationship and trust. So, overall, I think this is just going to be one of those books that’s going to be a hit for some and a miss for others. For me, I’m right in the middle because while I did have some issues with the story, I do feel that it was overall well written, it just left me wanting and needing more.