Across the Line

Across the Line

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by Kate Willoughby
     
 

Book two of In the Zone

Calder Griffin needs to get back in shape. Sidelined last season by a knee injury, he's determined to return to the San Diego Barracudas and play the best hockey of his career. This might even be the year he gets out of his talented older brother's shadow.

For months, Becca Chen has poured her energy into Cups,

Overview

Book two of In the Zone

Calder Griffin needs to get back in shape. Sidelined last season by a knee injury, he's determined to return to the San Diego Barracudas and play the best hockey of his career. This might even be the year he gets out of his talented older brother's shadow.

For months, Becca Chen has poured her energy into Cups, the restaurant she owns, desperate to prove to her parents that she can succeed in the career of her choice, not theirs. But after she spends a five-hour plane ride flirting with charming, magic-on-the-ice Calder, she tells herself she needs a fling.

Becca and Calder can't keep their hands off each other, but they know the relationship can't last. They live on opposite coasts, and they're both too devoted to their careers. All they have to do is prevent their feelings from crossing the line from lust to love…

See how Calder's teammate Tim found love in On the Surface.

99,000 words

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/23/2014
Willoughby’s second In the Zone contemporary sports romance (after On the Surface) is a real charmer. Pro hockey player Calder Griffin is aboard a nonstop flight from San Diego to New York when he encounters Rebecca “Becca” Chen, owner of Cups, a popular cafe in his hometown of Ithaca, N.Y. He dubbed her “Braceface Becca” in elementary school, but as adults the two are immediately drawn to one another. Despite the distance, the two start a passionate relationship—and after tragedy strikes in Ithaca, Becca moves to San Diego. But will that move draw Calder closer, or push him away? Meanwhile, when Calder’s estranged brother, Hart, joins Calder’s hockey team, he drops a bombshell that will change the brothers’ relationship forever. Willoughby skillfully seeds the story with compelling secondary characters as she leads Calder and Becca toward a happy ending. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426898846
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
08/11/2014
Series:
In The Zone , #2
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
34,976
File size:
458 KB

Meet the Author

Kate Willoughby lives in California with her husband and two sons. An avid Los Angeles Kings fan, she adores Brown, Kopitar, Martinez, Carter, Doughty...well, pretty much the whole roster.

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Across the Line 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 17 days ago
This one just as good as the first book! 30oish pages of greatness. Can't wait to continue the series ! !!!
TinaMarieReviews 4 months ago
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5 This second book of the In the Zone series by Kate Willoughby had me tied in knots. Across the Line was one of those books that grabs ahold of you and sucks you in from the beginning. The characters were so developed and the story had so much depth that you couldn't help but feel the emotions that these characters were feeling. Calder Griffin was tough, sexy, sweet, thoughtful and as stubborn as all get out. As a hockey player overcoming an injury he was focused and worked his butt off to prove himself. However, when his brother got traded to his team it was not welcome news for Calder. He held such deep resentment towards Hart for always making him feel like second best. These two tried my patience as a reader, so I can't imagine what it would have been like being their mom. I wanted to yell at them to talk it out and grow up. See? This book filled me with emotions. Becca Chen was driven and pretty single minded when it came to her approach to life and business. Meeting Calder and allowing time for a relationship was nowhere near what she was prepared for at this stage of her life, but it happened. I am not a huge fan of how she handled it at all. I think she was trying as much as she knew how to. In her defense, she was raised by parents that weren't exactly hands on, but she still made me crazy. Calder had done everything short of kissing her butt to keep her happy and she just didn't feel that she should give at all. She was driven I'll give her that, but she's also a control freak that caused most of their problems. At least she admitted she was being selfish, but wow. The scene where he mentioned the money he loaned to her and she blew up I just wanted to shake her and say "he wouldn't have said it if you had included him in even one step of your business". All of that being said once Becca woke up and saw what it was that she was losing it was explosive. The couple was really good together. Becca just needed to open her eyes and see that. I think I loved this book so much because it made me angry, it frustrated me, in short it made me feel. Everything seemed so real. I definitely recommend this book.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Calder is flying back home to see his family for the holidays when he happens to run into a girl he may have bullied a bit in school. He’s grown up and matured since then and he feels sorry for his actions then, but he also sees this new beautiful woman she has become and he can’t stay away until he gets a bite. With just a tad less focus on hockey as the first book, ACROSS THE LINE has a lot of small town charm. A boyishly sweet hero with a loving family, and a woman who is used to living life on her own and getting things done by herself because that’s how she had to grow up. Their opposites definitely made a perfect blend and I for one gobbled up this story in almost one go. And it combines two things I love to read about in contemporary romance: hockey and food! Becca is a successful restaurant owner back home and she’s not used to having a man in her life. Definitely not used to depending on anyone since her family has never thought her decision of opening a restaurant was good enough. The pressure, the expectations, the lack of support and encouragement, have all made her a bit closed off to others. Including men. Calder has to slowly break through those walls to get in. Of course, let’s talk about the hero. Calder is the type of man you wish could be there for you. He’s sweet, he’s sexy, he’s playful, but he’s also that responsible rock to lean on when you need it, that strength pushing you to do better because he knows you can. And he can beat people up with his stick So yeah, he gets all the points! If you like sweet and sexy contemporary romance, then definitely look at this series. It’s got a bit of everything and it feels fresh and fun. It was really enjoyable to read and I can’t wait to explore more of the men from this team, especially the playboy Alex! spacer
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On the Surface is still my favorite but this was a great continuation of the series! The only disappointment was there was no preview of the next book. Can't wait for the third in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't really like Calder and Becca seemed like a child to me. But the hockey aspect was good and the cover is fan-freaking-tastic. 3.5 stars
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
I love romance and I love hockey so of course when you put them together....heaven. This was the second book in this series and follows Calder and Becca. From their first meeting til the end this was a really good book. I don't think there was as much romance as there was in the first book, but it was still sweet at times and hot as hell other times. They spent a lot of time apart, even starting off in a long distance relationship then once they were in the same city they still seemed to spend most of their time alone. But I guess in a way that made the story work for that happy ending in a bigger, better way. I'm looking forward to more in this series and I'm trying to figure out who is up next. Alex? Locke? Someone else? Regardless of who it will be I'll definitely be picking up a copy. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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