By Pamela Aares
Tavonesi Series, book 2
Category: Contemporary Romance
Overall Rating: 3.3
- Captivation: 3.25
- Sizzle: 3
- Romance: 3
- Enjoyment: 3
- Literacy: 4
Book Description: Ace pitcher Scotty Donovan has been traded from his longtime team—and hates it. But to his surprise, he now finds himself in the sweetest game of his life: winning the heart of smart, sexy physics professor Chloe McNalley.
Chloe loves teaching, but she’s never fit into academia. When she falls for Scotty, she discovers his arms and heart are where she belongs. They share a passion for the game, a fascination for the mysteries of the universe and an increasing love for one another.
Then Chloe inherits Scotty’s new team. As player and team owner, they shouldn’t be dating. They try to hide their passion, until a blackmailer threatens them personally and professionally. Exposure could be the end of everything–Scotty’s career, Chloe’s team ownership, and their new love—unless they find a way to transcend the taboo standing between them.
Captivation: I was somewhat captivated by this book, but mostly because of the enjoyment from the first book of the series, and the introduction of the main male character, Scotty, in that book. This book itself was not as captivating.
Sizzle: There was a pleasant level of sexual tension in this book, however, it was overwhelmed by the drama of the relationship issues. The intimate scene was well written, however the relationship issues overall just overshadow so much in this book.
Romance: The relationship in this book was a bit too much of a soap-opera type drama for me. So much on-again-off-again, forbidden relationships just strike me as unnecessary. Drama is a needed factor in a good romance, however, there needs to be development in the positive and it doesn’t feel like a lot of that happening in this book. It is genuinely mostly about inter-conflict rather than the positive relationship.
Enjoyment: I can’t say that I really enjoyed this book, though some parts of it were good. I found the book predictable, lengthy (given the repeat of the on-again, off-again conflict), and at times boring. I didn’t like the characters very much, though I had liked Scotty more in the first book of the series, I found him and Chloe both rather annoying in this one. I can say, though, that I enjoyed the first and last 2 chapters.
Literacy: Found a few pretty standard errors, nothing major.
Overall, I found this book felt like a soap-opera, with the middle of the book being so much drama and fill-in. It was difficult to like either main character for a good part of the book, and the character and relationship developments throughout the book seemed forced, stretched, and awkwardly predictable. The book wasn’t bad, but it was not the kind of romance I prefer.