I stumbled on this book after following the series from the start. It seems the author went Indie. I don’t have any details, but this was self-published vs. through a publisher and I missed it until I saw a promotion for it on FB. I love this series, but lately the books haven’t been up to the power they used to be when it started.
This story is about the center (the guy who hikes the ball to the Quarterback) who is kind of a good guy who mentors the rookie members of the team. When he gets a phone call from his agent asking him to mentor a female tennis player, he gets a bad feeling he is in way over his head. Michael Lambert is going to make the best of it thinking he is getting a young woman who just needs to be steered in the right direction. Not once does he Google her, so really he doesn’t know what he is getting into.
Katrina Kelly is hitting an all time low when a sex video goes viral and her ex is blaming her for releasing it. So when everyone starts blaming her, she starts to live up to the name. Some of the issues are innocent mistakes and others are downright wrong. Trying to make a come back between injuries, her agent and coach decide she needs a break away to stay out of the limelight. A place away from a coach, endurance coach and anyone she would associate with. And now she is stuck with a football player she tries to ditch and an image she can’t seem to shake.
While I loved the characters, the romance felt off for me. I loved Michael being the mentor to the young guys and not the parent. He really loves helping and getting them on the right track. When he takes on Katrina, she throws him for so many loops. He can’t keep track of her, finds himself attracted to her, but also he makes snap judgements about her. When she gets a job at an extreme bar, he disapproves, but he doesn’t offer up much in a way for her to make a living since tennis hasn’t been very lucrative. So yeah, I kind of at times felt he wasn’t the guy for her.
Then you have Katrina who toed the line, worked hard, had some success, but in the end she will be known for the sex tape. She loses sponsors and really she doesn’t make a lot off tennis so she has to work. What it came down too is she had the wrong agent. She’s the one who does all the work to get her game back on course, finds a coach that figures out her problem and so much more. I liked her even if at times she needed to take a common sense idea that working in a ladies bar may not improve her image. But at times a job is a job.
The romance just felt forced. Michael has a job to mentor her, but he’s doing her. Katrina needs to figure out what she wants and needs, but is falling in love. The two didn’t fell like couple material. The story also ends fast and I felt like I needed more. A lot more.
So while I love this series, I am not sure how I have liked the direction these latest stories have gone. They need something and I can’t really put my finger on what. It’s still a good story, just not hitting all the notes I wished it would. I will say I loved some of the new secondary characters that ended up in Katrina’s corner. They made me laugh so hard at times. Previous characters from the series also show up and they will continue to be characters I love.
I got a little football, a little tennis, some sexy bar time and a goodie two shoes in Michael. Wondering who will be the next victim to fall in love…guess we have to wait and see.
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