Review: Links by Lisa Becker

Review: Links by Lisa BeckerLinks by Lisa Becker

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Desert Breeze on August 1, 2017
Pages: 197
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Charlotte Windham, a nerdy high school prodigy who tutored classmates to earn money for college, escapes her geeky past to become a celebrated novelist. During a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant 15 years after high school, she reconnects with her secret crush, Garrett Stephens, the popular star athlete and teen heart breaker. Garrett, still leaving broken hearts in his wake, is now a successful professional golfer who recently suffered a possible career-ending shoulder injury. As he and Charlotte spend time together, developing a friendship based on mutual respect and comfortable companionship, can Charlotte forgive the past and can Garrett reform his lothario ways for a chance at love?

The Delight

Golf pro hero, a book-loving heroine, and an Ugly-Duckling to Swan Friends to Lovers Romance in this standalone slow-burn contemporary gave me several delightful hours of reading.

Review

Charlotte crushed hard on Garrett during high school only to be incidentally noticed by the lowering nickname of ‘Glasses’.  Now, they are adults and Charlotte is no longer that girl.  That is, she isn’t that girl to Garrett, but she is in her own mind and what’s more she sees Garrett as still that oblivious self-absorbed teen boy.  In first person point of view and in altering chapters this pair narrates their way at a gentle pace to friendship, smoldering attraction, and maybe more.

Ordinarily such a thing as an insecure heroine and a playboy hero would not be my thing particularly as Charlotte’s tapping the brake and holding the hand brake so much would be too much for my patience.  But the author wrote this pair so that I adored them and was cheering for them to get past the hang-ups to something special.  Refreshingly, Links allows this pair plenty of time together in platonic activities and really illustrates their deepening friendship balanced with their equally depending interest and attraction.  It was worth it to get to that point in the bedroom when its two people who know each other well and it means something.

Incidentally, yes, Garrett is a golf pro, but for those who are not into golf or know little about it, this will not be an issue as the story is mostly about the characters and their romance.  Truthfully, there is more focus on Charlotte’s career and interests than Garrett’s- and trust me booklovers can relate.

All in all, this was a slightly spicy gently paced romance that I can happily recommend to Contemporary Romance fans.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Romance Roundabout #151 CR
New Release #109
Bad Boys #19
COYER #34
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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Oh man. I can’t say I’ve ever read a book involving a golfer. I love sports romances but golf would be a new one!

    I like the playboy/sweet innocent girl trope! I don’t even know why because I don’t care for the playboy types in real life. I’m glad you were able to enjoy this book, Sophia!

    Have a great day. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • It’s funny how we enjoy certain book tropes, but probably wouldn’t in real life. I have a few of those, too. And yeah, golf, LOL

      You have a good one, too, Alyssa!

  • That sounds like a really nice story.

    • It was a good one and I was glad to get their story. 🙂

  • This sounds great! I love a good slow burn romance. I will keep this one in mind.

    • For sure, Carole. The gently paced romances are more my thing, too.

  • Karen

    I love Becker’s books and writing but this one just didn’t work for me 🙁 I’m glad you enjoyed it though!

    For What It’s Worth

    • Oh no!!! Yes, sometimes a book just does not jive.

  • Laura

    This sounds like a very interesting premise – something I would enjoy. Thanks for the great review!