Wednesday, November 18, 2015

{ arc } review || UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT by Kate Willoughby

Carina Press | December 14, 2015 | Sport Romance
In the Zone, book 4


Stage actress Christine Caspary couldn't care less about hockey, but when she first sees Joe Rutherford playing in a Barracudas game her mind goes to all sorts of dirty places. By happy chance, her work with Grant A Wish gives her an opportunity to meet him in the flesh.

Right winger Joe Rutherford saw Christine perform when the team went to see Chicago and was so taken with her, he secretly saw the show a second time, alone. When the gorgeous actress with spectacular legs contacts him out of the blue asking for a favor, it's a no-brainer.

Their chemistry is off the charts. Things heat up quickly and they can't keep their hands off each other. Soon they're hooking up whenever their busy schedules allow and having hot phone sex every night at midnight when they don't. But Joe's time in the hockey spotlight is fading, just as Christine's star begins to rise. When she gets her big break into a TV career, how will Joe take to being the arm candy for a change?

{ review } .

I love hockey romance books, and pair that with a hockey star who's getting 'up there in age' (early thirties is old in sports, you knwo_... I knew that I'd enjoy this one. Joe Rutherford is a great player, but he's definitely a veteran of the team. When he's paired up with a rookie, he wants to bail -- but as coach says, everyone else has babies at home and he's a damn good player, so he takes the young kid under his wing. 

My favorite part of this story was likely Joe learning to deal with a young gun who was likely going to be better than him, but also finding himself in a romance with a woman who's star was going to shine brighter than his. Joe has a lot to overcome, emotionally and mentally, in this story and Christine definitely helps him along the way, even if at times she feels she's holding him back. Joe has jealous moments, sure, but when he learns to be selfless and open, those were the best sides to this hockey playing man.

This was such a fun read; I enjoyed every moment of it.

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