One kiss can change everything. Fun and flirty Monica Stevens lives for chocolate, fashion, and boys … in that order. And she doesn’t take life too seriously, especially when it comes to dating. When a night of innocent banter with Seattle’s hottest NFL quarterback turns passionate, she fears that everything she once managed to protect will soon be destroyed. Seattle’s most eligible bachelor, Zachary Ryan, is a workaholic by nature, an undercover entrepreneur, and passionate about the organizations he supports. He’s also addicted to Monica, the curvy brunette with a sassy mouth—and not just because she tastes like strawberries and chocolate. She’s as challenging as she is decadent, as witty as she is charming, and she's the perfect distraction from the daily grind. While Monica comes to a crossroads in her life, Zachary becomes an unavoidable obstacle, forcing her to stop hiding under the bleachers and confront the demons of her past. But as their connection grows stronger, she knows it only brings them closer to their end. It’s time to let go. To have a future, we must first deal with our pasts. But what if the two are connected?
Under the Bleachers was my first novel by K.K. Allen and I enjoyed it. I'm a sucker for a sports romance-bonus points for a football romance-so I enjoyed that aspect. This book is a standalone BUT apparently the main characters were introduced to readers in another K.K. Allen, Up in The Treehouse, which I didn't read but plan on going back to now.
I really liked Zachary. He's sweet and sexy and is under Monica's skin no matter how much she tries to resist that. I appreciated his persistence-and it was definitely needed here. He's a good book boyfriend-he can even cook!
I wanted to hug Monica...and then shake her at times. She has a secret she's carrying-that I won't spoil here, but it definitely plays into her resistance to have a relationship with Zachary. I liked that it was the female character that had a problem with relationships, that's something that is very typically portrayed in the male character in books. I will say I cried for her a bit at times as well, and I think the author did a great job tackling what could be a really tricky subject.
The chemistry between these two was fun and sexy. I will say that when the book began I felt like I was dropped into an already established relationship of sorts, which knowing there was a previous book in this universe makes sense. I enjoyed the book without reading the first but I think I would have enjoyed it even more having read Up in The Treehouse. If you're a sucker for a sports romance, give this one a try!
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About the AuthorK.K. Allen is the author of Contemporary Fantasy and New Adult Romance stories. She loves manatees, learned to swim for the mere purpose of pretending she was a mermaid, and adores the beach so much she promises to one day live on one (in a tent if she has to) in Hawaii and serve shaved ice on the side of the road. K.K.'s upcoming Contemporary Romance, Under the Bleachers will release on February 28, 2017. Make sure to secure your preorder!
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