Under the Lights by Shannon Stacey #Review

Posted May 26, 2015 by Shari in Reviews / 12 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Under the Lights by Shannon Stacey #Review
Under the Lights

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Series: Boys of Fall #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Jove
Released on May 26, 2015
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Football! But don’t get to excited because it is high school football with 30 something guys coming back to raise money for the team. Small town! Well, it was almost too small for my tastes. Why can’t a woman have an affair and not be reported to the FBI for it? Slightly stuck up people that had me wanting to piss them off rather than make them happy.

A new series by Shannon Stacey and throw in some football? Well I had to try it out. Unfortunately, it didn’t grab me as much as her other series has and I was left feeling like I missed something.

Having a really bad day, Chase Sanders doesn’t need a blast from the past in the form of his former coach’s daughter calling him up asking for help to save the local high school football program. Losing his construction company to his crooked partner, having a cheating girlfriend, what else could he do, but go back to his hometown to support the coach who was more a father to him than his own. Never mind he had a thing for the coach’s daughter.

Kelly McDonnell will do anything to save the local football team from becoming history. So she starts a plan to make the money needed to support the team and that means bringing back the championship team members. Working in a small town, everyone knows you business, and her business is trying to do her job and stop thinking about the crush she had on Chase growing up.

So the flames start up again right away between these two, but Chase isn’t about to “disgrace” the Coach’s daughter. On the flip side Kelly is tired and in love with being the Coach’s daughter. For a while she wants nothing to do with sleeping with anyone, because it is common knowledge to everyone. They are grown adults doing what grown adults who are attracted do when alone.

There wasn’t anything overtly complicated about the story. Chase is down on his luck and lives in New Jersey, but he comes home to help and starts to fall for Kelly. Kelly has had one bad divorce under her belt and came home to be with her family. The two know this is temporary and try not to mess up what they both have going. It was a sweet book with a few sexy times, but I felt more blah at the end of it than excited. Over and over I kept thinking this was a fling and no way would they get a happy ending.

Simplistic and easy to read, it just didn’t rev my engines or having me laughing like I usually do with Shannon Stacey books. I am hoping for more in the next book from the series.

About Shannon Stacey

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.

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Sophia Rose
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Sorry this one didn’t grab you. I like the small town thing and having all the old players come back. One of these days I need to pick up one of her books.

Shari Delighted Read
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I plan to try book 2. You never know what might happen next.

Red Iza
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Bummer it didn’t work out for you, but if her other series are such fun, I’ll have to look them up 🙂

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Shari Delighted Read

Kowalski’s!!! That series was awesome!

Red Iza
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Duly noted, thanks 😉

Keionda Hearts Books
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Dang Shari, it’s a shame that this one didn’t grab you. When I’m in love with an author’s work I tend to keep reading their series in hopes that the next one gets better. Hopefully the next one will be better.

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Shari Delighted Read

I will come back for book 2, just not excited about this one. I stick with my favorite authors. Sometimes you just don’t get one, but another one will grab you.

Lola
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I saw this one on Anna her blog last week, so it was interesting to hear your point of view as well. It sounds nice that the plot wasn’t complicated, but I can also understand why it didn’t rev your engines because of that. Sound like a bit more drama or complications would’ve helped this book. I might have to check out one of this author her other series then. Great review1

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Shari Delighted Read

It wasn’t horrible, just too sedate. I love how the author usually adds snark to her stories and I missed it here. Still a series I want to stick with. I love her Kowalski’s series. Love it!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Stinks it didn’t work for you. Pretty good rating despite that. I enjoyed them. I liked that it wasn’t overly crazy and was just an easy read 😀

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Shari Delighted Read

I have hope I will like the next one. This was just too calm for me.

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Shari Delighted Read

I have hope I will like the next one. This was just too calm for me.