My Rating: 4 out of 5
Trevor Shay has it all—a successful football and baseball career, and any woman he wants. But when he finds out his college mentor’s daughter is in trouble, he drops everything to come to her aid.
Haven Briscoe has finally landed a dream job as a sportscaster for a major network. But she hasn’t been able to move past the recent death of her beloved father, and it’s affecting her career. A plum assignment following the daily life of sports superstar Trevor Shay might be just the inspiration she needs…
Trevor will do anything to spark life back into Haven, including letting her into every aspect of his world. The chemistry between them flames higher than one of Trevor’s home runs and faster than his dashes to the end zone. But as they grow closer, Haven stumbles onto Trevor’s closely guarded secret, one he’s hidden his entire life. And despite his protests, now it’s Haven’s turn to put everything on hold to help Trevor. Will he let her in and trust her with a secret that could blow his professional and personal world apart?
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5
I really enjoyed Straddling the Line. I don't know how Jaci Burton does it. This is the 8th book of the Play by Play series, yet every book feels fresh and has new storylines. It just doesn't feel like the same story with a different sport and character names like many do when you get this far into a series.
I loved Trevor as a character. He was a bit cocky, but never in an annoying "I am entitled way". It was more like "eh, since I'm so bad*ss at everything I do it's expected of me". But, it was more with the flippant off-handed not trying very hard cocky comments. He made me laugh. It's not often that a character offers so many sides in a book, but I really felt like we got that with Trevor. He was an amazing athlete that excelled at not one, but two sports. He was a genuinely nice guy that would stop at nothing to repay old debts and help out a friend. He was a loving and proud brother. And he was hiding a secret that if came out would be the worse thing in the world to him.
Haven broke my heart. Losing her father was so hard for her and she just couldn't seem to bounce back from it. Worse yet she beat herself up because of it and began to question pretty much every choice she made. When Trevor requested her to be the one to tell his professional story she had hoped it would rekindle the drive she once had, but also worried about working with the guy that held her heart so many years before. The one positive she held onto was that Trevor had no idea that she had a mad crush on him back then.
Trevor and Haven together was explosive. I truly enjoyed their romance in and out of the bedroom. Trevor was all hot, sexy and sweet. Haven had no problems holding her own with Trevor and his teammates. And when Trevor's secret made itself known it broke my heart for him. I think this kind of thing is hard for anyone to admit to, but when you are used to be the best of the best it has to be even harder. This was a great subject for Ms. Burton to illustrate and for that I thank her.
For me this was a 4 star read
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