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Posted September 20, 2013
Rating: 4.5 Stars The Striker's Chance by Rebecca Crowley: Publ
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The Striker's Chance by Rebecca Crowley: Public Relations guru Holly Taylor can't believe her luck. Discovery, North Carolina's professional soccer team has just hired her to revamp their almost non-existent image, and if she is successful, she will be promoted to her dream job in the big city. Her first order of business is to relaunch the career of former international superstar Kepler "Killer" de Klerk.
Kepler used to be one of the best soccer players in the Europe, until he was in a car accident that almost took his and his soccer buddy's life. Because he was the driver, the press went crazy and placed the blame for the accident on him, instead of the poor road conditions. More than a year later, the negative publicity surrounding the accident ceases to dissipate, even though his former colleague is completely healed and back in the league playing hard. Although Kepler was cleared of any wrongdoing, his European team did not renew his contract. Discovery got him at a bargain rate and because Kepler loves to play ball, he relocated to Charlotte.
Before the accident, Kepler played hard and partied hard. His new goal is to focus on being the best once again, without any outside influences. Because Discovery is an unseasoned team, Kepler is basically carrying each game alone and his thirty year old body is taking a beating. Luckily his teammates are learning from him and they are improving with each day.
Naturally, working so closely together causes Holly and Kepler to develop feelings for each other. Their chemistry is off the charts and after a few shared kisses, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Their night together is hot and steamy. Holly's PR strategies are working and Kepler is becoming a hero to the people of Charlotte, which is selling lots of tickets and bringing people into the stadium. Kepler has evolved into a wanted man, by some of the best soccer teams in the world and Holly. However, because Holly knows about Discovery's plans for Kepler, she does not let herself become any more involved with him.
Wow, what an impressive debut novel by Rebecca Crowley. I have always enjoyed sports inspired romances and this one is well worth the read. The characters are well-developed and extremely likeable. Kepler is a sensitive alpha male and his realism is swoon-worthy. I connected instantly with the couple and there was never a moment that I did not want them to be together. Ms. Crowley's writing style is effortless and the book flows fluidly from beginning to end. If you are looking for a fun, yet emotional sports romance, give this book a chance.
Posted September 10, 2013
Never read about soccer players. I'd never thought about the int
Never read about soccer players. I'd never thought about the international players of the game, especially those who come to America, but this was a great book and I liked the main characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 2, 2013
New author Rebecca Crowley starts off with a winner in this stor
New author Rebecca Crowley starts off with a winner in this story of a soccer star and his PR manager. Kepler “Killer” de Klerk is a famous soccer player who go a bad reputation after an accident with a teammate that left them both injured. Unfortunately Kepler’s past reputation as a partier worked against him and he ended up playing for a low ranked American team in North Carolina.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The owners of the team have hired Holly Taylor to rehab Kepler’s reputation with the promise of a bigger job opportunity if she is successful. Unfortunately, her first meeting with him does nothing to revise her low opinion of Kepler and she treats him like a recalcitrant child.
Kepler is a good looking guy who has had some hard life lessons handed to him both physically and emotionally. He is attracted to Holly and she returns the feeling but won’t act on it. When she finally gives, the secrets she has about his future with the team make it hard for her to fully get involved in the relationship.
I love sports based romances and this is one of the first soccer ones I have read. The premise is fairly similar as in most of the books with an alpha male who may or may not be a basically nice guy. The great thing is when a reader finds an author who takes the premise and makes it her own and gives us a book we can really enjoy. I liked the insights into the game of soccer and a little hint of how the professional game machine works. Both characters are good people with a facet to their professional personality that isn’t so nice. The storyline does a great job of working through the bad stuff to get to a really nice and fairly spicy romance. After reading this book, I look forward to reading future books by Ms. Crowley.
Posted February 9, 2014
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