By Jennifer Lane
New Adult Contemporary/Sports Romance
Released October 21, 2014
College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. Hijole. Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.
Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.
When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?
About the Author
Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.
A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline—a military mystery about swimmers. And readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.
College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.
Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry.
In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned” Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.
What can I say about this book, except that I loved it. I've read from this author before (another sports themed novel about swimming and domestic violence - Streamline - which was brilliant) so I was really excited to read this. Volleyball isn't a sport that I have much knowledge in, and apart from uncoordinated attempts in high school, fifteen years ago, I've never played either. But I should have known better than to worry I wouldn't understand. Jennifer does a great job of weaving the sports theme into the story without it feeling like a text book.
Can I just talk for a minute about how well written the characters are in this book? Dane is a rich and swoon-worthy character who stayed on my mind after I'd finished the book, and I loved that he was real and not perfect all the time. His chemistry with Lucia was sizzling and kept me turning pages to see their next interaction.
Not being an American, the political stuff could have had the potential to be dry and uninteresting for me, but it wasn't. I don't know a lot about the American political parties, but loved the idea of two opposing party's leaders having their children fall in love - it gave the story a real Romeo-Juliet feel.
I don't want to give any spoilers, so all I'm going to say is that this book is excellent, you'll love the characters and get totally caught up in the story. This one is worth a read!