Suenammi Richards is the pen name of Christina Freeman. A Dallas Texas native, she is currently a graphic designer and web developer with a finance company in Tampa, Florida. Her background includes visual art, graphic design, technical writing, musical composition, and vocal performance. She has graced stages of Baltimore and Dallas theaters as a live vocalist and composer of music for repertory dance concerts for college programs. She began writing romance as a hobby as she completed her Bachelor's of Science in Simulation and Digital Entertainment and has continued as she completes her Master's in Learning Technologies with Drexel University. Friend her author's page on Facebook and follow her running twitter feed @SuenammiRichard. Her blog Writer's Block with Suenammi Richards tells of new and upcoming releases but is mostly concerned with writing about social change.
Make Mine A Heelby Suenammi Richards
Banner couldn't believe the words coming out of her editor's mouth. How was she supposed to report on something that was fake, and everyone knew it? The station should let her stick to what she was born to report. But oh no, her editor says she needs to go talk to the man that is currently the best at 'pro rasslin'. So Banner
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"Jake, it's not a sport."
Banner couldn't believe the words coming out of her editor's mouth. How was she supposed to report on something that was fake, and everyone knew it? The station should let her stick to what she was born to report. But oh no, her editor says she needs to go talk to the man that is currently the best at 'pro rasslin'. So Banner counters with an ultimatum that will give her the opportunity of her dreams. Now all she has to do is figure out how to get Keith Daniels to play along. All of which SHOULD be easy.
Career choice aside, Keith is a smart, confident, athletically gifted male that radiates the kind of charisma that puts the sun to shame. Okay, maybe he is also hot enough to melt ice caps. I mean if a girl likes that global warming thing. No matter what happens, her life will never be the same again.
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this romance especially since it appeared to center around professional wrestling. I admit, I'm not much of a sports fan (OK I'm not a sports fan at all) and that I know absolutely nothing about professional wrestling but I began reading with an admitted bias. My bias was similar to that of the main character, Banner (Bay) Hemweigh, a sports writer. She felt, as did I, that professional wrestling was not a sport and did not deserve her time and attention when she is asked to write about this "sport." She does, however, agree to spend a week interviewing a professional wrestler. She agrees because if she does conclude that it isn't worthy of her time she'll get exclusive NFL coverage at her station. Enter Keith Daniels, a professional wrestler known as Dominique "Dangerous" Dutton or 3D in the wrestling world. He is the current champ and a man that others instinctively seem to trust and respect despite his bad-boy or "heel" stage persona. What Bay and I discover (yes I know this is fiction), is that there is a great deal of athleticism involved in professional wrestling along with the high drama and hijinks. These men are well-conditioned athletes and put their bodies through more than most people can understand for the sake of entertaining their fans. Bay is more than a sports writer and wants more from her life even though she doesn't feel that she deserves it. She is also coming to grips with her Latina heritage and getting to know her estranged Latin relatives. Keith is also much more than his stage persona and a professional wrestler. In many ways he is somewhat of a renaissance man in that he studies history (shy just a few credits from a Bachelor's degree), is educated in arts and music, and appreciative of different cultures and traditions. He is also shy and reserved as himself and doesn't feel that he deserves a loving relationship. He and Bay have a tumultous relationship even though they both know that they are right for one another. This isn't a garden variety romance novel featuring sports or wrestling. Ms. Richards has provided the reader with plenty of colorful characters that are dealing with sad, if not tragic, circumstances (racism, child abandonment, ethnic prejudice, drug abuse, etc.). Will Bay and Keith get together? Will Bay accurately portray professional wrestling in her writing assignment? Although there were instances when I didn't quite grasp the intent behind the exchanges between Bay and Keith, it is quite easy to feel their developing respect and love for who the other person is on the inside. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I hope you'll enjoy it as well if you're into the romance genre.
This is a great contemporary romance. Banner is a strong woman who has made some sacrifices of herself to operate in the male dominated area of sports broadcasting. When she meets Keith she gets the opportunity to see that she really can have it all. A must read if you like football or professional wrestling, this is also a great book for any woman who has wished the men around her were just a little stronger.
Banner, 'Bay' to her friends, is one tough, no-nonsense, cookie! And she has to be as a female sports reporter. Her specialty is football (it's a must in Texas) but her editor has just asked her to give Pro-wrestling a fair shake by tagging along after Keith Daniels aka Dominique Dangerous Dutton aka 3D. As she becomes involved backstage with her all access pass to the sport, who's heart will do the Powerbomb first? I liked this story. I'm not a big romance fan, but first this writer knows her stuff about football, Texas culture, and pro-wrestling. Second, the romance sucked me in. I wanted these two to get together because I genuinely liked them. This story is a Powerslam for any romance/sports fan!