Running Forward: A Quick Snap Novella by Crystal Perkins

Title: Running Forward: A Quick Snap Novella
Author: Crystal Perkins
Release: September 14, 2020
Genre: Sports Romance
Cover Design: Kari March


Nothing annoys Karli Jensen more than her nerdy, condescending neighbor. He smirks at her short skirts, mocks her food delivery choices, and steals her mail. Okay, maybe the pizza coupons had part of the townhouse number cut off and got delivered to him by mistake, but they both know he never orders pizza. It’s infuriating, and so is he. Luckily, she only has to see him at home…until he shows up on the football field she calls her second home.

Alec Flynn gave up his shot at an NFL career when his family needed him, choosing to use his brain instead of his braun to succeed in life. He built a tech empire, but then he got bored and gave it all up. Going to the combine, and getting picked up by his friend’s team is a dream come true, until it’s not. Turns out the ridiculous neighbor he loves to spar with is not just a ditzy junk food-aholic. Oh no, she’s also his Assistant Coach.

Sparks fly on and off the field as these two continue to butt heads, and eventually, hearts. But, giving in to their desires could mean the end of at least one of their careers. Is the risk worth the reward, or will winning the game cause them to lose at love?




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Running Forward by Crystal Perkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read about 5 or 6 of these Quick Snap novellas for their first launch and the one thing I can say about all of them is that I was surprised at how satisfying all the stories turned out to be given their length. These are all less than or just over 100 pages. Some of them felt like I had a read a full-length novel!

Now, about Running Forward: Two thing stood out to me right away. First, our heroine being a female coach for a football team. You don’t see it / read it often enough and I love that Crystal made that choice. Second, I really enjoy reading about neighbors at war stories. They are always full of shenanigans and make me happy! So even before beginning to read the story I had a smile on my face! That smile remained on my face the entire way thru. How can one possibly not like a nerdy jock for a hero matched with a strong sassy heroine?! Impossible! This story was rather amusing and kept my attention so high props from this reader!

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“I absolutely inhaled this book in an afternoon. This little novella packs quite a punch.” – A Book Nerd, a Bookseller & a Bibliophile book blog

“WOW! I absolutely loved this book!” – Messy Bun Book Blog

“And let me just say, I could not get enough of Alec and Karli.” – Yve, Goodreads Reviewer


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Meet The Author

Crystal Perkins has always been a big reader, but she never thought she would write her own book, until she sat down in 2014 and did it. She’s now published over 40 books, and has been featured in several anthologies as well.

She lived in Las Vegas for over a decade, where you could find her running author events and winning bookseller awards. She’s currently living in North Dakota to be closer to her family, but she still considers Vegas to be her home city. When she’s not reading a few hundred books a year or chasing after her grandson, you can find her watching hockey (Go Knights Go!) and trying to find the perfect shade of lipstick.

She loves Star Wars AND Star Trek, but if pushed to choose, it will always be Leia and her crew who come out on top. Her love of all things nerdy comes through in her book characters, no matter the genre. A mac and cheese connoisseur, she travels the world looking for the perfect version, while attending book conventions and signings as a cover for her research. Poutine research is also conducted regularly on her trips.

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