Under the Bleachers
Author: K.K. Allen
Release Date: February 28, 2017
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?
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
Last year, I read my first K.K. Allen novel. It was Up in the Treehouse and I was very impressed with the writing and the attention to detail in the setting. It was set south of Seattle, about 15 minutes from my house. I loved Up in the Treehouse, so I was excited to read the next book revolving around characters I met in that first book.
K.K. Allen’s writing was just as good as I remembered it to be. Under the Bleachers did just as much justice to the Seattle area and Up in the Treehouse did. There may have been a few name changes, but everything felt real to me. I loved the characters in this story. The dialog between them all was so much fun.
Monica was that upbeat, fun-loving. sexy without trying to be chick. She hid a lot behind her personality, and I loved the way Zach tried to break through her tough shell. Zach was everything you hope a famous football player would he. He was kind, down to earth and so sexy. He was pretty dang perfect. I loved every up and down of their love story. It felt normal and natural. Plus, their chemistry was super hot!
The one thing that threw me off about this story was the way hint were given to the reader. There bits of information given about Monica’s past throughout the story ended up confusing me. They really should have helped me figure out where the story was going. I’m not sure if that was me or the way things were delivered. Toward the end I was surprised. I honestly didn’t see the big climax coming. Looking back and putting the pieces together, I should have.
Overall, I truly enjoyed every minute of Under the Bleachers. I was enthralled by the storyline and characters. I had a hard time putting the book down to accomplish my responsibilities. All of the back and forth between the characters was just so much fun to read. Now that I’ve finished it, I am really hoping K.K. Allen continues this series. I would love a Desmond book!
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