Book 9, A Play-by-Play Novel
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In the latest Play-by-Play novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Straddling the Line, a sexy quarterback is finally playing for keeps...
Grant Cassidy knows how to be a football star—flash that dazzling smile, throw the winning pass, get the girl. But while the hot quarterback loves the game and the lifestyle, no woman has come close to catching his heart. Then he matches wits with a smart, gorgeous model, and Grant finds himself wanting more than a fling.
Supermodel Katrina Koslova might live in a world of glitz and camera flashes, but she works hard to provide for the family that relies on her. She doesn’t have time for fun—much less a boyfriend—but Grant seems determined to be the exception to Katrina’s rule.
Their explosive chemistry is undeniable, but Katrina’s afraid to let go and rely on anyone but herself. Grant intends to ease her fears and prove he’s a man of style and substance—a man she can count on.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
A bit disappointed!
Not her best work....hard to feel sorry for the 27 year old "super model" virgin, as if!
Leo and Anya were the best parts of the book.
> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Half-dressed male, leaning against a wall, holding a football. Not the strongest of title fonts, but the author font is strong and clear.
There's a hopeful air to the synopsis that pulls the reader in.
> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third-person
For the past ten years, Katrina has had a successful modeling careering while taking on guardianship of her young brother and sister, Leo and Anya. After her dad abandoned them all and her mom passed away when she was weeks from turning 18, she did not have the time nor desire to date or fall in love. Grant is contacted to do swimwear edition photo shoot with some other athletes for a high profile magazine and gets pair up with Kat. He's awe-struck at first sight.
Grant could be pushy and bossy, trying to charm people into giving him his way. It was not as cute as I think it was intended to be. Often, I found myself irritated by his passive-aggressive controlling nature. On the flipside of the coin, as smart and worldly as Kat was and as much responsibility as she's managed to shoulder over the past ten years, her ostrich technique of denying her relationship, denying her feeling and claiming to be oblivious to everything was naive and annoying. Secondary characters mainly consisted of the Cassidy family with a small Riley cameo. Leo and Anya were important pieces in the plot and made things quite enjoyable.
The story was well written, flowed smoothly, had strong dialogue and believable cast interaction. Conflicts could have been avoided if they'd opened their eyes, hearts, and minds, had better communication skills, and didn't fight things (or deny / fight them!) as much as they did. In the end, things seemed to have been resolved. Predictability was mild. The conclusion was presented as a HFN work-in-progress, maybe an implied HEA.
Overall, it was not terrible, I just was not over-excited over the character traits of these two.
Rating:  ~ Score: 4.15 ~ Stars: 4
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- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Feb 03, 2015
- Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
- Seller: PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
- Print Length: 336 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 9, A Play-by-Play Novel