Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Mighty Anchor, by Carrie Aarons



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A stoic force to be reckoned with.
The steady rock on which England is destined to lean.
Everyone’s reliable mate, at the ready to defend when called upon.

To the world, Vance Morley is the next great keeper for the Rogue Football Club, biding his time at the academy. The definition of tall, dark and handsome, his quiet confidence and mysterious persona only draw the public in. He’s their mighty anchor, both on and off the pitch.

But when it comes to the one woman he claims to love, he conveniently vanishes at the exact moment I need him. The first time I saw Vance, he was a ten-year-old standing on his lawn across the street. The first time he kissed me, we were sixteen and sitting on the very shores we grew up on. We crashed into each other like waves in a storm, fated to destroy everything in our paths. Including each other.

The first time Vance saw our son, by serendipitous accident, my little boy had already lived the first year of his life. And instantly, the man who chose football over me wants to have it all. There is no way I can trust his declarations of love and fatherhood, especially when I’m set to marry another man.

We’re a new game, one to occupy him until the world stage beckons. But the more I try to tell myself he’s not the one, the more Vance’s efforts to win us back increase.

How can I guard my heart against seeing my son with his father?
Can Vance really sacrifice his dreams in the name of love and family?
Is there a way that everyone else’s safe harbor can finally become mine too?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

They were both adrift, until he anchored them.

The Mighty Anchor is the third and last standalone in Carrie Aarons’ Rogue Academy series, and tells the story of the third horseman of football, Vance Morley. The third mate of Jude and Kingston, he was kind of an aloof loner in the previous books, so I was excited to read his backstory.

Two years after Vance broke things off with his high school sweetheart (in favor of his football career), he runs into Lara by chance on the street in her hometown — and she has a toddler who is the spitting image of Vance. Suddenly, Vance realizes that he gave up everything he wanted, and he wants it back. But Lara is now engaged to another man….. is it too late?

There is a lot of back and forth as Vance and Lara try to rebuild their relationship. They do kiss a few times before she breaks off her engagement to Louis, but then it’s a few months of her and Vance dating before things progress further. CA also does a great job of showing the uncertainty Vance is feeling, torn between wanting to be with his family and wasting the best years of his athletic life waiting for the chance to play pro. How will he reconcile the two?

I do wish that there were some flashback scenes of their previous relationship, because I would have loved to have seen how they were when they were younger. Especially what led to Vance leaving her so cooly in favor of his professional football career. Yes, Lara was wrong in keeping Mason from his father and Vance’s family, but I can understand her reasons. But overall, Carrie Aarons does a great job with this story, and I’m sad to see this series come to an end. But there’s a great epilogue that shows life in the future for all tree couples, so I will just have to hang on to that!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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  • Author Bio

Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.


When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and Lab/Great Dane rescue.

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