Review Post: The Red Zone by Amie Knight

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They say the red zone is the hardest place to score.

But for me, those last twenty yards were my sweet spot.

They didn’t call me Lukas “Last Minute Lucy” Callihan for nothing.

I was at the top of my game…until life sacked me harder than any linebacker ever could.

Losing my mom was devastating and left me as the sole person responsible for my little sister.

Taking care of Ella and juggling my career was like playing the hardest game of my life.

My only saving grace was Scarlett Knox, Ella’s sexy, red-headed, no-nonsense teacher.

She loved Ella. She hated me.

She thought I sucked at this parenting thing, and she wasn’t wrong.

But whenever she was around I got the same earth-shattering, heart-stopping feeling I did when I was only twenty yards from the goal line.

She made me feel like I was back in the red zone, a place I’d never fumbled.

Until now.


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*****5 Utterly Amazing Stars*****

The Red Zone by Amie Knight is one of the most special stories I have EVER read.

Honestly as I sit here writing this review, all I can think about is how much I LOVED every single word of this book, and how my words about this amazing book will in no way do it the justice it deserves. This book was everything. It was emotional, meaningful through and through, and one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. This book owned every part of my heart and soul through every page, and I truly do not have enough words to describe how truly magnificent this book is.

The Red Zone is so many glorious things.

It is a second chance romance that shows what happens when the heart is given a second chance to have it all. It is a story of family, and the struggle to balance the many parts of your life and heart.
It is a story of fight and heart and steadfast determination, and how each of those things can define your life in the best and most meaningful way. It is a story about a brother who would do anything to make sure his little sister is taken care of and okay. It’s about a woman with a heart of gold who would do the same for that girl, and for all of the incredible humans she teaches. This book is also a story of friendship, family, and letting people into your world and your heart and your life when it really matters.

It’s a story about what happens when the one person you never expected to see again comes back into your life and your heart in a way that cannot and should not be ignored.

It is a story about the lengths you’re willing to go to for the one who means everything and the one who will change everything.

The Red Zone is a story of second chances at it all, of football and friends and the family you make for yourself, of unbridled connection and fire, of heart and feels and the most meaningful dibs, and in the end, it is a story of what happens when the right things come together at the exact right time you need them to….and how that can give you everything if you’re willing to fight like hell for it.

What can I say? I loved this book fiercely. With my entire heart.

I loved the different kinds of love it allowed me to experience with its characters. I loved how deeply connected I felt to this world and to Lukas and Scarlett. I loved that this story was just as much about Lukas doing what was right for his family and his life, as it was about him getting Scarlett to see that they were meant to be. I loved that all of these characters were doing their damn best to fight for the life and the love that they wanted and that they so deserved. I LOVED Ella and her spunk and sass and how truly incredible she is.

I loved every part of The Red Zone.

This might just be my favorite book by Amie Knight yet. And let me tell you, her writing in this book and the exceptional story that she so thoughtfully weaves together is out of this world phenomenal. She truly delivers it all in this book. She creates one hell of a romance that will have your heart in every word of this book. She brings the feels and the emotions full force into every second of The Red Zone, and that will have your heart in every breath of this book…and you will love it. You will love the moments that make you cry, that squeeze your heart something fierce, and the moments that show you again and again why these characters and their journey is so beyond worth it.

Her words bring the world of this book to life in the most real and vivid way that will have you loving every second you get with Lukas and Scarlett along the way.

You will love getting those moments in the past with them that show you how things came to be and that give you the best kind of foundation with them. You will love the moments in the present with Lukas and Scarlett that show the intense and fiery connection they share that has the most glorious level of build to it. You will love getting to see and experience the most vivid and enjoyable game of cat and mouse as Lukas sets his eyes on Scarlett once more, and as she tries to fight what her heart knows is true. You will love getting to be with all of these characters every step of the way as they figure out what its important, what they need, and how much heart and fight it will take them to get all of that and more.

Amie Knight’s storytelling talent shines through every word of The Red Zone.

This book has distinctive characters that will steal your heart with all that they have. It is bursting with the most authentic and meaningful feels and emotions. It has so many memorable moments that will take ahold of your heart with all that they have, while having you live and love every second of this story with these characters. It has the humor and laughs and the side characters that will have you beyond ready to see more of this world and that amazing characters that make it what it is.

Suffice to say, The Red Zone by Amie Knight has it all. And then some.

It is a book you NEED in your life as soon as humanly possible. Trust me. It is a book that will have your heart in every word as you root for these characters, as you live every second of it with them, and as you experience the beautiful different kinds of love and heart it so memorably gives you.

This book is so special to me, and I truly do not have enough words to accurately articulate how literally amazing it is.

What I loved about this book is it just felt so good to read. It was so honest and real through every single word. It had the perfect balance of everything. It was a sports romance that brought all of those fabulous dynamics that come with it to life. It was a second chance romance that had the best balance of past and present that simultaneously seared my heart permanently to these characters. It had such a sense of family to it that completely stole my heart and gave me it all. It had the most incredible feel to it that I could not get enough of.

Amie Knight truly brings the best of everything to The Red Zone, and that is just part of what makes it one of my top reads of the year and one of the best books I have ever read.

I have to say though one my absolute favorite parts of this book was getting to see Lukas’s relationship with his sister Ella. That man melted my heart again and again for a lot of reasons while reading The Red Zone, but those moments with his sister did me in. They were so heartfelt and real. They were emotional at times and brought tears to my eyes for a lot of reason. This story is so much about his relationship with his sister, being what she needs, and finding a way to be exactly what she needs and what he himself needs. Those two have such a special bond that exemplified so much about what this story is about.

I loved every second I got with Lukas and Ella. (And Scarlett because she’s kind of the best too.)

I loved that even though those two had lost so much in their life, they were exactly what they needed for each other. I loved that Lukas celebrated and loved every bit of Ella, and that he was damn proud of his little sister and her amazing self. I loved that it was evident in every word of this book that Lukas would do anything for his sister and his family, no matter what it entailed for him. I loved that this book was just as much about Lukas finding the balance to it all, as it was about him realizing that he and Ella could create the exact family they needed. I loved getting to see how Scarlett fit into the special dynamic that Ella and Lukas shared, and every moment with those three made me love them all even more.

Every second I got with Lukas, Scarlett, Ella, and the other memorable and incredible characters of this world was one that I cherished. I LOVED this book with all that I had. I loved every word I spent with these characters in this book, and I loved getting to be a part of their second chance at it all. This book made me cry, it melted my heart something fierce, and it made me believe once again in the power, meaning, and beautiful and heartfelt level of emotion that comes along with second chances. My heart was in every bit of this story, embracing the meaning and heart of it all, and I truly can’t say enough about how magnificent this story was.

This book moved me, it enveloped me within its literal incredibleness, and it gave me a story that touched every part of my heart, and I honestly will be forever grateful that I had the chance to read and experience it.

What Amie Knight creates in The Red Zone is pure literary magic.

It is the best kind of romance with everything you need. It is full of connection, fire, and the best amount of sass and humor to keep it fun. It has two characters with a push and pull that will have you living for build and intensity they’ve got going. It has one hell of a love story that will invest you wholly in what Lukas and Scarlett are sharing during their fight at a second chance at it all, and it is a story with the best level of heartfelt and real emotions that will give you EVERYTHING with these characters.

Trust me when I say this is a story you need in your life as soon as humanly possible.

I loved every word of this story. I loved Lukas and Scarlett and Ella fiercely. I loved every moment I got to experience with these characters. I loved the sports, the feels, and the heart of it all.

And in the end, I loved how Amie Knight once again delivered an exceptional story that I will never forget.

The Red Zone lets her writing and storytelling talent shine, and I am telling you, if you read this book, you will love it. You will love it with your whole heart, you will be blown away by how truly special this story is, and you will love that you had the chance to experience the literary magic it gives you with Lukas, Scarlett, and Ella. And when you reach the end of this book, you will not only be so in love with everything that you’ve just read and experienced within this book, you’ll just want to have it all over again.

And that my friends is just part of what makes The Red Zone one of the most exceptional books I have ever read.


“I’m going to kiss you.”

My body locked tight. Oh, no, he couldn’t do that. If he kissed me I’d think about it at least the next ten years and that would be awful. I still obsessed over the day he’d kissed me when he’d told me goodbye. I couldn’t let him do that to me again.

“That’s a terrible idea,” I whispered, his lips a breath from mine.

Slowly his eyes opened and they were suddenly boring into mine. “Why, Scarlett?”

I couldn’t tell him the truth. That his kiss had ruined my teenage heart. That I’d never moved on. That no other kiss had ever compared. That I still thought about that kiss and what I had meant to him. I couldn’t tell him any of that because it sounded pathetic and desperate even to my own ears.

So I lied. I lied my face off. “It’s just not appropriate. I’m Ella’s teacher and you’re her guardian.”

His smile said it all, but it didn’t have to because his mouth wasn’t far behind. “That’s bullshit. None of that has anything to do with me putting my lips on yours.” He studied my face like he did when we were in school together. Like he was trying to figure me out. I prayed he wouldn’t.

And while his eyes pillaged my very soul, his knee slowly wedged itself between my thighs, causing my skirt to rise. I turned my head to the classroom door, terrified someone would walk through even though I knew it was after hours and we were alone.

His hands left my jaw and traveled down my neck, past my shoulders and the outer swell of my breasts to settle on my hips where he squeezed.

“What are you so afraid of, baby?”

He called me baby and he was doing it again. That thing where he made me dizzy and stupid. He was making me forget why this was a bad idea. Why I shouldn’t want this. Because he felt so, so good against me.

His warm palms left my hips and slid down over my ass and to the bottom of my skirt where he clutched the hem in his fists, slowly sliding it up more.

I should have said stop. Anything, but the farther he pushed up my skirt, the more his knee moved in and up until it sat right there against me. Right where I needed it.

A small squeak escaped my lips and one corner of his mouth lifted in a slow smile. “God, you’re gorgeous.” His nose brushed the side of mine and the harsh stubble on his jaw scraped my skin exquisitely. His massive hands moved under my skirt and right to the globes of my bottom, squeezing, before one moved up and snapped the top of my panties. “And you have a thong on. You’re trying to kill me, Red.”

He lowered his head more, zeroed in on my lips, and even though I was a mess of hormones and turned on more than I’d ever been in my life, I couldn’t give it to him. I couldn’t give him my kiss again.

I turned my head in the nick of time and his mouth landed on my jaw.

“You’re not going to give me your mouth, huh?” he mumbled against my cheek before pressing open mouth kisses down my face to my neck.

“No,” I whispered into the quiet room, my voice breathy.

“Mmm,” he moaned right into the spot where my shoulder met my neck before giving me a bite there that simultaneously stung and lit my body on fire. “Then I’ll just have to take what you give me. Now won’t I?” he growled.

About the Amie

Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma’s books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn’t reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to ’90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the South.


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