Under the Lights

Under the Lights

by Shannon Stacey

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Under the Lights 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Mikki4ABookishEscape More than 1 year ago
4 page-turning, charming, lovable, heartwarming stars! Under the Lights, by Shannon Stacey, was such a sweet and romantic reading escape! This was my first time reading a book written by this author. I have heard many great things about her Kowalski Family series so I was really excited to read the first book in the Boys of Fall series. I love small town romance novels. They always bring a huge smile to my face and make me happy! In Under the Lights, we follow Kelly McDonnell and Chase Sanders. When Chase receives a call from Stewart Mills, on the worst day of his life, the last person he expects to hear from was Kelly McDonnell. When she explains the reason of her call it takes him no time to pack up his bags and leave behind the mess that is his life. Fourteen years have come and gone, but going back to Stewart Mills brings back good memories for Chase. Reuniting with Coach McDonnell and his high school friends is exactly what he needed. What he did not expect was for Kelly to steal his breath away.  Kelly McDonnell always had a secret crush on Chase Sanders. He was close with her family when he was a teenager and because her dad was the coach of the football team she kept her feelings to herself. Now that Chase is back in her life, she's ready to take a walk on the wild side. The more time they spend together, the more they can't control the intense chemistry between them. Will Chase be able to go back home and never look back or will Kelly give him a reason to come back to Stewart Mills? This was such a great reading journey! Kelly and Chase were amazing, fun and lovable characters to follow. I connected with them from the beginning of the story. They had a slow building romance, but their chemistry was instant. I had so much fun reading about their story. It was romantic, fun, sexy and even heartbreaking sometimes. I have to admit that Chase broke my heart on one occasion. I was ready to jump in the book and go slap some sense into him!! lol!!! I honestly loved both these characters and the author did a phenomenal job with both of them. I appreciated all the little details she included in the story. It was easy to relate to their story and I was cheering for them to find their HEA together. I love how the author wrote this story! Each of these individuals had one goal, which was to save the football team. Even if this is Kelly and Chase's story, I was blown away by how this little town came together to save the football team. All the supporting characters were great and they all brought their little touch of awesomeness to the story. My favorites were coach McDonnell and his wife. I absolutely loved them!!! The Boys of Fall series is off to a fantastic start! The next book in the series will be Defending Hearts, which will be Gretchen and Alex's book. I can't freakin' wait!!! I loved Gretchen and Alex to pieces in Under the Lights!! I read a little sneak peek of Defending Hearts at the end of Under the lights and I already know that I will absolutely love it! I have no doubt that Gretchen's grandmother will steal my heart in this book! Teehee!!  I give Under the Lights, by Shannon Stacey, 4 page-turning, charming, lovable, heartwarming stars!
marjoriemorris281 More than 1 year ago
Shannon Stacey has got another series which should equal or exceed her Kowalski family books. Chase Sanders was on the Stewart Mills high school football team which won the state championship 14 years ago. Now Stewart Mills has cut the football program due to the economy. Coach McDonnell's daughter, Kelly, and her two friends are raising funds to keep the sport alive. She calls Chase and asks him to come home for a fund raiser. She has harbored a secret crush on Chase all these years so she wonders what will happen when they meet up again. Does Chase have a hard time fighting his feelings for the Coach's daughter? He even leaves town without saying goodbye until he remembers the principles the Coach taught him all those years ago. Great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great start to this new series. Can't wait for for the next book
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Might have given this a 5 except for the fact I am pretty sure I have read this before... As a prolific reader the story line was just too familiar... Kelly and her two gal pals have taken on the task of saving the HS football program when the N.H. mill town lost its employers due to a town turn in the economy.. Kelly is a local policeman and the coach's daughter.. Chase is one of the former stars on the team who has come home to assist with fund raising and a romance blooms... There was enough happening to hold your interest and it was pretty well done... Book 1 of a new series but oh so similar to a book I read a while ago..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great start to a new series. Love this author
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
★★★½ Under the Lights is the first installment in Shannon Stacey's adult contemporary/sports romance series titled Boys of Fall. I LOVE Shannon Stacey! She is such a fun romance writer. I am most familiar with her Kowalski Family series which is on my favorites list. So obviously when I had the opportunity to begin her most recent series Boys of Fall, I jumped at it. This first installment didn't blow me away like I'm used to. I should note that I'm not really into football; however, I have historically enjoyed sports-themed romances as the stories seemed to be heavy on the romance while the sports setting lingers in the background. Under the Lights didn't go football crazy, which I appreciated. It reminded me a lot of a grown up version of Cora Carmack's All Lined Up: a "forbidden" romance due to the heroine being the coach's daughter and the hero being loyal to his coach and team. That's not a bad thing - I think I gave Ms. Carmack's book 3 stars so this one was better in my opinion. First, I liked that it was more adult versus new adult. (I really liked that!) I loved that it didn't go sports crazy - it was more focused on the romance and the relationship dynamics. I really liked the characters in this one, and their passion for mentoring local teens who are going through hard times. This element was a lovely addition. All in all, I liked Under the Lights and would recommend it. But if it doesn't quite do it for you, please don't give up on Shannon Stacey! She's so amazing!!! My favorite quote: "If you push people away when you're miserable, you're still going to be miserable but then you'll be alone too."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago