And an attraction neither of them expected.
Olivia Callahan is a woman on a mission. When she lands a career defining opportunity in the male-dominated world of sports journalism, she knows it’s make or break time. Olivia’s boss has given her the green light to produce her very own documentary, and she’s not going to let anything get in the way of perfection.
After a few setbacks in college, Nate Sullivan is finally on his way to the big leagues as the newest recruit for the New York Warriors. Determined to put his somewhat colorful past behind him, Nate’s all about the straight and narrow as he sets out to prove he’s worthy of the first round draft pick that’s caused so much debate from fans and media.
The last thing Nate wants is to delve into stories from his past. But when his new team directs him to set the record straight, he has no choice but to cooperate with the feisty, determined reporter who shows up on campus. Olivia is thrilled that Nate Sullivan is her man. His colorful background is just the thing to take her story from memorable to award winning.
What neither of them expected is their attraction to one another, yet try as they might, determination gives way to temptation eventually. As Nate battles to protect his privacy and Olivia fights to produce the story of her career, they must decide what they’re willing to give up in order to gain each other. This one snuck up on me. At the beginning, the age difference bothered me a bit, I thought Nate was too young for me to really connect with and I agreed with Olivia that he was a college kid.
And then I got to know him. And Olivia did as well. And just like Olivia did, I forgot his age and just found myself engaged in the story.
This book is really well written and as I was reading I remembered why I liked the first one so much; the writing. It's stellar. It's the reason the book works. It's the reason you forget that he's young. The writing is the whole reason you care about these people.
The writing is also what sets this one apart. It's not a complicated story, and in a lot of ways it's a light read. But there's also an amazing and heartfelt love story.
So, or snuck up on me. I had my doubts at the beginning. But by the end, reflecting on the story, I realized I was fully engaged with the book, and the characters and I didn't want it to end. That I wanted more. That Nate and Olivia had become people to me and I liked them.
To me, a 5 star book stays with you. It reminds you why you read and it reminds you how great a book can be... this one did it all. It took me from a doubter to a believer and I went on the same ride as Olivia. And it was worth it.
I highly recommend this book... as well as the first one in the series. While a standalone, this does take place in the same world.
I can't wait for the next one!