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Title: Block & Tackle
Author(s): Elise Faber, Kristin Vayden, and Stephanie Fournet
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
Publication Date: March 13, 2017
Offsides by Elise Faber
Executive Assistant for CEO of Prestige Media Group
(1) Deal with a massive amount of emails.
(2) Schedule conference calls and meetings with top athletes and other hugely important people.
(3) Pick up dry cleaning and food, consult on tie selection, make dinner reservations, and book flights . . . basically act as a wife-on-steroids.
(4) THE IMPORTANT ONE: Do not, under any circumstances, fall in love with Devon Scott—demanding boss, former NHL player, and all-around gorgeous specimen of the male persuasion.
Absolutely failing at number four.
Off Guard by Stephanie Fournet
Life couldn’t be better for Charlie Woodruff.
After a year of holding out, she’s finally landed the job she’s always wanted in the city of her dreams. An apartment she can afford and new friends at work make the transition easy.
When she meets a gorgeous stranger who makes her laugh and steals her breath, it seems like the icing on the cake…
Until Charlie discovers he’s a client.
Hutch Barlow — newly drafted wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders — looks like an avenging angel, hangs on her every word, and is completely off-limits. The trouble is he also refuses to take “no” for an answer.
And if she’s being honest, Charlie doesn’t want him to.
But seeing him means she could lose everything — including her heart.
Off Limits by Kristin Vayden
Everything about Ava screams off limits.
To want her is to invite disaster.
To pursue her is to risk my job.
To kiss her might cost me my best friend.
But all those risks seem small in light of the first problem.
She hates me.
To her I’m a sell out, choosing to advance my career rather than protect my biggest client.
And my best friend.
She hasn’t spoken to me in over a year, but that ends now.
Because I’m done with holding back.
To hell with the consequences.
Wish me luck . . .
Becca and Devon’s relationship seemed very rushed to me. The story starts six months after their initial meeting and so we don’t get to see the build up to their relationship. It all felt very forced to me and not fluid enough to warrant it enough appeal for me. I did enjoy the story, but I wish their was more depth and background to the characters. Each scene also unfolded very quickly, giving me little time to enjoy what was happening before something else happened.
I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed Charlie and Hutch! Their story was adorable yet intense at the same time. There was this constant threat of them being caught which made it enjoyable and I love that Hutch didn’t know when to quit. I like that there was a lot of depth to Charlie’s character because it made her vulnerable and more relatable for me. Hutch was a huge hunk, but he also had the biggest heart and I loved that about him! Their story was probably my favourite out of this anthology if I had to pick one.
Ava and Markus beat the odds in their story to find happily ever after! I always love a story with forbidden romance because it makes it that much more steamy. The fact that it’s Markus’ best friends sister hit the spot for me, but I wish their was more resistance from her brother. He seemed to cave too quickly when it came to his best friend having the hots for his sister. This took away from the suspense of them having a secret fling. Ava also seemed to lose her fire very quickly and I wish she held out longer before giving in to Markus. I would have loved to see a drawn out, slow burn romance because this story was very fast paced. I would have loved some more backstory to flesh out the characters more and get a better sense of how their friendship developed into more.
I don’t usually read anthologies, so I wish that these were all full stories on their own. It felt to me like there was a lot more to be said and everything happened so quickly for each story because it was so short.