Jami Davenport

It's showtime.

After twelve years in the league, all Zach Murphy wants is a Super Bowl ring. He’s been about hard hits not smooth manners, about breaking quarterbacks not making small talk at cocktail parties. But now he’s shattered something else. After dumping a tray of drinks on the team owner’s snooty daughter and accidentally feeling up the Governor’s wife, his tenure with his team looks perilously short. And things are getting worse.

Life is looking up for Kelsie Carrington-Richmond. A onetime beauty pageant star and mean girl, she only recently stopped living out of her car. But both those times have passed. Her Finishing School for Real Men has a real shot, and the Seattle Lumberjacks have hired her to polish up their roughest player. Except... it’s Zach. Long ago she broke his heart. He’s just the beast she remembers -- gruff, protective -- but she’s nothing like the beauty from his past.

Yet, getting knocked down happens, and getting back up makes a contender. And they both have the hearts of champions.

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Reviews for Down by Contact

Having read more than a few sports romances, I can honestly say DOWN BY CONTACT is by far the best. Grittier, earthier and possessing a heart-wrenching emotional depth many others lack, Zach and Kelsie's story was one I didn't want to put down.--Manic Readers

This story had my emotions going for a rollercoaster ride. I have read a couple of football romance stories and I have to say this has surpassed them all. Ms. Davenport, thank you for sharing these characters with me and other readers. The characters were well developed and the emotions that the characters portrayed were felt deeply by the reader.--The Romance Reviews (Top Pick)

"Down by Contact is a great romantic story. You'll love Jami Davenport's adorable Lumberjacks with their macho personalities and ego-centric attitudes. Inasmuch as they exude the quintessential Alpha vibe, they turn into warm, fuzzy teddies around their mates. They're every sports fan's fantasy as Jami Davenport dishes out the smex and romance in large doses."--Talk Supe

"I would recommend this to anyone who loves contemporary romance novels where the frog turns into a prince with a headstrong female lead."--Turning the Pages

"Down by Contact is definitely one to check out. Especially if you’re looking for a rough around the edges hero with a heroine who is determined to shine."--Lori's Book Blog

"This story is about NFL football, but that is just the backdrop for this beautiful story. The story itself is so much more."--The Sub Club

"I reread the gala scenes several times - is the most emotional bit of crazy I’ve read in a while. This author has earned a new fan... !"--Books Books More Books

"I loved the interactions between Zach and Kelsie and all the little nuances that made this book extremely hard to put down."--A Little Fiction of Every Flavor

"If this is what I can come to expect from Jami Davenport, count me in... cause it’s good stuff."--Book Bitches Blog

"I give you an A+ on building true, believable characters in your “Lumberjack Series”. Down by Contact is in my top 10 of awesome sport romances, Ms. Davenport ranks right up there along with Jaci Burton, Rachel Gibson and Jill Shalvis."--HEA Romances (Recommended Read)

"If you enjoy sports romances and aren't reading this series? You really need to start."--Wendy, the Super Librarian

"Jami Davenport’s books just keep getting better and better."--Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick)

"I enjoyed this book so much, that I plan to go back and read the rest of this series now."--We Love Kink

"I enjoy a good football romance just like everyone else and reading Down by Contact is as good as it gets."--Harlie's Books (Recommended Read)

"This book was fantastic. Not only was it a super sexy athlete romance, it dealt with real matters of the heart."--Hesperia Loves Books (Recommended Read)

"Loved Loved Loved this book!"--Delighted Reader


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About Jami Davenport

An advocate of happy endings, Jami writes sexy romantic comedy, sports hero romances, and equestrian fiction. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.

Jami works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher and dressage rider. In her spare time, she maintains her small farm and socializes whenever the opportunity presents itself. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion, it is the most beautiful place on earth.


Also by Jami Davenport

Fourth and Goal (Seattle Lumberjacks 1)

Forward Passes (Seattle Lumberjacks 2)

Down by Contact (Seattle Lumberjacks 3)

Love at First Snow (Short Christmas Story)


Playlist for Zach and Kelsie from Down by Contact



An Interview with Jami Davenport
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Jami, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured story is Down by Contact. Where did you get the idea for this sexy story?

JD: To be honest, from my husband. His mother insisted he go to “etiquette” school shortly after he married his first wife because he’d been an Army Ranger and had no manners whatsoever. Even today he can set a mean table.

HH: What do you like about Kelsie and why will readers identify with her?

JD: I was never a mean girl in high school, but I guess what I liked was that she recognized that in herself and sought to change it. All of us have experiences with mean girls, and we’d like to see karma pay them back. Kelsie had her payback, accepted responsibility for her mistakes, and is a much better person.

HH: What do you like about Zach and why will readers love him?

JD: Zach is a big, sweet, bumbling guy who doesn’t get social graces and doesn’t want to understand them. He has a heart of gold, along with a heart on his sleeve for Kelsie even though he desperately tries to conceal it.

HH: How did you bring the setting so vividly to life in this story and are you a football fan?

JD: I’m a HUGE football fan. My husband played college football, too, so I have a great resource in him. I did a lot research and watched a lot of the NFL and ESPN channels also videos taken in the locker room, etc. There’s one locker room scene that my husband read and was shocked. He told me that was just how guys would behave in a locker room. He couldn’t believe I nailed it so well considering I’d never been in a football team’s locker room.

HH: What do you think readers will enjoy most about this romance?

JD: I hope they’ll enjoy the growth of Zach and Kelsie, not only personally but via their relationship.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

JD: I’m currently working on edits for Bruiser the running back’s story called Backfield in Motion. After that, I’ll be writing the backup quarterback’s story, Time of Possession. I’m hoping to release a novella in which the reader’s revisit the characters from Forward Passes.

HH: What would you most like to accomplish in your writing career this year?

JD: I’d like to release at least two more novel-length books and a novella, but because of demands at my day job, I’m way behind, but I’m still hoping for a miracle.

HH: What hobbies or interests do you have outside of your writing?

JD: I used to ride and show my horse in dressage, but she’s retired, and I’ve put riding on hold to advance my writing career. I hope to buy another horse down the road. For now with my busy day job and almost full-time writing career, I don’t have much time for anything else. Still, I do garden, and I love to socialize with friends and family.

HH: What's your favorite quote ever?

JD: If you polish a book too much, it'll be flat and shiny and smooth--and not too interesting. It's the little pits and bumps and whatnot that show voice and make a book unique from all the other super shiny flat surfaces. -- Lori Foster

HH: What's your favorite social media and how to use it to let readers know about your books?

JD: I use both Facebook and Twitter, though my time is limited to the evenings during the week. I try to get the word out about my books via several different methods. I also have a Seattle Lumberjacks page on Facebook, though I haven’t had time to do much with it. My Pinterest page has pictures of my characters (as I see them) and the settings for the books.

HH: Thank you!


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