Kick Off: The District Line #1 (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Kick Off: The District Line #1
Author: C F White
Publisher: C F White
Release Date: March 13th, 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Sports
Page Count: 290
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


What happens when opposite sides of the track collide?

East Londoner Jay Ruttman has only ever wanted one thing? to be a professional footballer. But after a disastrous brawl on the pitch gets him released from his pro-Academy, he has to follow plan B and enrolls as university Sports Scholar. Head down, train hard and get scouted is his motto. Until he crashes into the man who might just shoot his dreams out of the park.

Kensington elite Sebastian (Seb) Saunders has only ever wanted one thing?to be a rock star. But his father has other plans for him, including taking the helm of his multimillion-pound new business venture across the pond. Live it up, chase the dream and rock out for as long as he can is his mantra. Until he crashes into the man who might just rock his world off its scale.

Jay and Seb live at opposite ends of London’s District Line, separated by wealth, status, family traditions and their own life-long dreams. This startling and gritty contemporary romance series sees them both having to overcome barriers, face fears and beat rejection to fight for the love they need to achieve it all.

NOTE: This is a revised edition of the previously self-published The District Line by C F White in 2016. This version has gone through major edits, including character name changes and new chapters, yet the overall story remains the same.

This ended on a cliffhanger and I’m dying with anticipation.

Sebastian comes from a well-to-do father of old money who is the owner of his business. He’s got plans for Seb, who’s become a rebellious rockstar trying to get signed. If he doesn’t make it big, he’s gotta go to NY to open an office with his ex Stephen.

Jay is from the rougher side of the District Line and his life is football. He’s played forever and it on track to make it to the A’s. After an altercation last year, he was taken down a peg and is trying to get a foothold again, so coming out isn’t high on his list of priorities. But Seb is different. And he’s leaving…

The first part of this book had me questioning myself. I wasn’t too invested in either Jay or Seb. But I hung in there and they grew on me to the point where I didn’t want to let them go. Seb was kind of amazing, to be honest. He wore his heart on his sleeve and was emotional when he needed to be, yet tough as nails. I loved his history and how he was honest and owned it.

Jay was so afraid at first of being seen with another guy, let alone any type of PDA, but Seb took his time and Jay really put himself out there.

I’m so thrilled that I got to read this now when I know there are two more books in this series waiting for me because the cliffhanger was BRUTAL!

Hang in there and read this series with me. I’m super excited to see where book 2 takes us. We’re off to a brilliant start.

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Galley copy of Kick Off: The District Line #1 provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday

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