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REVIEW ➼ Old Fashioned by Kandi Steiner


It’s a man’s world.

When I declared sports medicine as my major and every man narrowed their eyes, that saying proved true. It was true when my ex-husband decided I’d give up my career when our daughter was born. And again when I divorced the Chief of Police in our small town, and he made it painfully clear that I could leave him, but I would never be free.

Landing the job as the new athletic trainer for Stratford’s high school team is my chance to start over. And walking into a male-dominated sport and staff, I’m ready for the challenge. 

I’m not ready for Jordan Becker.

The head coach of our championship winning team is a Herculean force of nature—as severe as he is determined. His icy blue eyes and permanent scowl drive the women in this town mad, and his quiet power and undeniable command conjure respect from every man. 

When I join his team, I expect the doubt and anticipate the fight from him. And I get them both.

don’t expect to form a friendship.

And I never expect to fall for him.

My breath catches when those cool eyes fall to my lips. My body comes alive when his is near. And as those lines begin to blur, every warning bell sounds. 

My job, my reputation are on the line. 
And my ex is around every corner, waiting to remind me of his power.

It’s a man’s world, and if I want to survive, I can never fall in love with Jordan Becker.

Even if he falls in love with me first.

In the darkest hour of my life, I’d somehow managed to find love.


Since the introduction of Jordan Becker, I have been dying for his story, dying to know more about him. He’s adopted, the oldest of the Becker brothers and the most reserve. This story does not disappoint. From the very first page I was completely hooked and the deeper the story got I was on the edge of my seat. The love Jordan has for his mom and his brothers is amazing, he would do anything for them. The love he has for the football team is inspiring. The way he was with Sydney and Paige was perfect, he was protective of them and supportive of both their dreams. Sydney, I loved her! She is trying to make a name for herself after not working for years and for diving head first as a trainer in a male dominated sport. She’s an inspiration, not only to readers, but to her daughter. She is proof that it doesn’t matter the job or if it’s a so called male dominated industry you can do it.

The unexpected scene stealer of this book? Sydney’s daughter, Paige. Seriously, this nine-year-old girl will steal your heart and have you laughing. She isn’t afraid to play with the boys. She loves football and isn’t afraid to speak her mind, especially to Jordan. I loved that she would provide him coaching tips. She is strong willed, determined and just wants to play football.

The chemistry between Jordan and Sydney was instant. They were drawn to each other. The more time they spent together the more their connection grew. Jordan is supportive and protective. Sydney was a little hesitant when it came to their relationship being fresh from a divorce, among many other things. But when she finally gives in things are explosive between the two of them.

If you’ve been following this story since the beginning you know there is a mystery that has been a common theme among all the books and things come to and end, the answers are revealed and it was not what I expected. There was a portion of this book where my jaw was literally hanging up as the dirty laundry was being aired.

Old Fashioned and the rest of the books in the Becker Brothers series are MUST READ. Yes, they can be read as standalones and in any order, but I would HIGHLY recommend reading them in order to get the full story. Not only is Old Fashioned a MUST READ, but it is also one of my TOP BOOKS of 2020.