Series: In the Zone #4
Genres: Sports Romance
Stage actress Christine Caspary couldn't care less about hockey, but when she first sees Joe Rutherford playing in a Barracudas game her mind goes to all sorts of dirty places. By happy chance, her work with Grant A Wish gives her an opportunity to meet him in the flesh.
Right winger Joe Rutherford saw Christine perform when the team went to see Chicago and was so taken with her, he secretly saw the show a second time, alone. When the gorgeous actress with spectacular legs contacts him out of the blue asking for a favor, it's a no-brainer.
Their chemistry is off the charts. Things heat up quickly and they can't keep their hands off each other. Soon they're hooking up whenever their busy schedules allow and having hot phone sex every night at midnight when they don't. But Joe's time in the hockey spotlight is fading, just as Christine's star begins to rise. When she gets her big break into a TV career, how will Joe take to being the arm candy for a change?
Under the Spotlight
Under the Spotlight is another addition to the sports romance genre. I liked the fact that the athletes (specifically the H, Joe) wasn’t a manwhore. That trope is trite! I loved that it was charity that brought Joe and Christine together. It isn’t charity they were FORCED to do either; the fact that they wanted and chose to do charity beyond what was asked of them was beautiful. Both characters are likable and relatable. I loved that Joe was mentoring a rookie player. Christine’s dad was a fun character as well. So, why not 5 stars? The plot is pretty predictable and this is a genre desperate for something fresh. I have read so many sports romance books (hockey specifically; side bar: Why are there so many hockey books?? Is hockey way more popular than I think it is??) that after a while, they all seem to blend together. So, this is a solid, enjoyable read but it isn’t the awesome, unique book I am hoping will break through this genre!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: No
- Trope: Superstar, Hockey
- Triggers: No
- Cliffhanger: No
- HEA:View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
The Boys of Summer Series by Katie Rose, The Cold Fury Series by Sawyer Bennett…then you will probably like Under the Spotlight!
Kate is in love with the sport of hockey. And the entire Los Angeles Kings team. Having lived most of her life completely uninterested in professional sports, she is surprised at the intensity of her enthusiasm and her growing collection of Kings merchandise.She has held a variety of jobs—podiatrist’s assistant, telemarketer, typist, gift wrapper, painter, illustrator’s assistant, paste-up artist, calligrapher, teacher, transcriptionist and barista—but her favorite by far is author. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, their two sons, and a Chihuahua named Mochi.She is also a member of the Romance Writers of America and Los Angeles Romance Authors and winner of the 2009 EPPIE Award for Best Fantasy/Paranormal Erotic Romance.