Before Drayton and Dallas, there was Ellie and Leroy . . .

With the prequel to her smash hit The QB Bad Boy and Me, rising star Tay Marley returns to tell the story of Drayton’s parents and the summer that changed everything . . .

Sometimes home isn’t a place, it’s a person. From the moment their eyes met, Ellie knew he would be her destiny. Handsome and ripped, there’s just something about Leroy Lehay, Baylor University’s soon-to-be star quarterback, that makes him impossible to resist.

Consumed by a passion neither one of them can quite understand, Leroy and Ellie spend the summer together. Left senseless and overwhelmed by his touch, Ellie experiences a world of desire she could never have imagined.

Safe in Leroy’s arms, Ellie begins to see a life beyond high school: going to college, starting her own business, having a family. But when life-altering news shakes them to their cores, Leroy and Ellie must discover if their passion is enough to help them get through what might possibly be the greatest challenge of their lives.

the summer of '98

by tay marley

The Summer of '98 by Tay Marley is a sweet young adult romance that managed to capture my attention from beginning to end. This story is the prequel to The QB Bad Boy and Me that focuses on Drayton Lehay's parents, Ellie and Leroy, during the summer that their romance first began. This was an interesting story that brings readers back to the late 90's during simpler times and gives you those warm and fuzzy feelings of nostalgia.

Ellie and Leroy's attraction towards one another was instant and their romance started out with a BANG...quite literally I must admit. Their chemistry was super sweet and it gave me something to smile about the entire time I was reading. I absolutely adored getting to know these characters even though I felt that their story moved a little too fast at times. In the end it was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to fans of young adult romances with a coming of age feel.

While this book was technically published after the first book in the QB Bad Boy series, I didn't realize until I finished, so I can say without a doubt that it can certainly be read as a standalone BEFORE or AFTER reading, The QB Bad Boy and Me, which I plan to read soon since I am excited to read their son Drayton's story!

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series: QB Bad Boy #0
genres: young adult, romance
release date: july 21, 2020