Author: Nicole Michaels
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
WINNING ISN’T EVERYTHING
Callie Daniels is a singular sensation. She owns and operates her own bakery, contributes to a popular lifestyle blog, and is the dance team coach at a local high school. She lives by her own design and is much too busy to consider dating. Mr. Right will have to fit into her life when the time is right…
UNLESS YOU’RE PLAYING FOR KEEPS
Football coach Bennett Clark always plays by the rules. He knows that his new colleague Callie is off limits but she’s so beautiful-and irritating!-that Bennett can’t get her off his mind. She wants him to participate in a charity dance contest, and won’t take no for an answer. Soon, what begins as a festive athletic endeavor turns into a heated flirtation on and off the dance floor. Could it be that the free-spirited Callie has finally found a way through Coach Clark’s line of defense?
Another charming coach..What a gal to do?
Though this book is also shelved as a sports romance, considering also the hero is a football coach at a high school, I couldn’t put it in that category. And I know I have my pet peeves when it comes to the genre and my expectations, but this was not the case here. I simply thought that the story was more about Coaches Bennett and Callie, rather than any sports they were teaching.
This was an easy book to read. The meeting of Bennett and Callie, their first impressions of each other, and the slowly building romance was quite nice to read. There was that sexy factor, yes, but I think it took a backseat with Bennett and Callie’s considerate romance and easy banter. This was more about the passionate and silly yet endearing start of a romance, with teenage like make out sessions, phone calls made at night just to hear the other one’s voice, and jealousy. Crazy, sweet jealousy.
Bennett and Callie made a nice couple with the way their pasts and presents collided with one another. While Bennett seemed like a shy, introverted football coach, Callie was the outgoing, social butterfly. But then they could easily switch places and that was all fun to read.
There were only a few scenes where I might’ve scolded the two when they were interrupted by their young charges’ problems and they were a tiny bit bitter about them, but still. They continued to be considerate and helpful afterwards so I let that slide. Heh.
As the second book in the series, I was no stranger. In fact, I was curious about the first book, which I’ve already added to my to-read pile.
I’m adding three spoonfuls of this sweet story into my hodgepodge, and perhaps check out any dance competitions on tv? Damn, but some people have talent!
Nicole wrote her first full length book (6 pages) about the birth of her baby sister, when she was eight years old. She only finished it because her mother bribed her with a Rick Astley cassette tape. Sad, but true. Now her characters are what keep her writing and her subject matter has gotten a little bit deeper and a lot more romantic. She resides in a small town outside of Kansas City with her husband and three sons. When she isn’t writing, she’s a wedding and portrait photographer, loves to cook, and watch historical dramas or documentaries.
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