Lisa Tobias dreams of coaching women’s basketball at a major university and possibly advancing to the pros. She’ll never get there if she stays where she is, coaching for a small-town college. She wants to move on and move up, so a relationship is the last thing on her mind.
English professor Celeste Bouchard is exactly where she wants to be teaching at Glassell University. Popular and on a first name basis with her students, Celeste loves her job. She doesn’t love the gossip and rumors that followed her disastrous romance with a fellow professor, but she’s never getting involved with a coworker again.
When Lisa’s star player has trouble in Celeste’s class, they have to work together to find a solution. The attraction is off the charts, but Lisa and Celeste are determined to block another shot at love.
|Publisher:||Bold Strokes Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
KC Richardson attended college on a basketball scholarship, and her numerous injuries in her various sports led her to a career in physical therapy. Her love for reading and writing allows her to create characters and tell their stories. Her second novel, Courageous Love, is a Golden Crown Literary Award finalist in the Traditional Contemporary Romance category. She and her wife live in Southern California where they are trying to raise respectful fur kids. When KC isn't torturing/fixing people, she loves spending time with her wonderful friends and family, reading, writing, kayaking, working out, and playing golf. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @KC Richardson7 and on Facebook.
Insecurity. Celeste is a university English professor. She has only had one relationship in her life that she had to leave because the woman ended up being abusive. Lisa is the basketball coach at the same university. She doesn't have time for relationships because she is focused on her team doing well enough to gain her some interest from Division 1 schools. A major theme in this book is the insecurities that Celeste has with her body image. She was overweight through childhood and never belonged to any group and nobody wanted to date her. Now, she has taken steps to get more exercise. In fact, she has a very interesting way of getting her exercise in. And while she generally feels good about where she is now, the self doubt makes frequent appearances. I didn't really connect with the writing in this one. It felt oddly specific about mundane things. There was a lot of long exposition sans dialogue. The book alternated between Celeste and Lisa and the author would take us back in time to experience something that had already happened from the other point of view. It felt very repetitive and made the story drag in spots. Overall, this book had an OK premise but I couldn't connect with the characters and it failed to capture my interest. I received an ARC from Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.
I really enjoyed KC Richardson's writing in this story. This story is a bit of an opposites attract story. Celeste Bouchard is an English professor who has dealt with weight issues and discouragement from it all her life. As a result, she takes up pole dancing and has lost a lot of weight. Still, the teasing and hurt of past experiences have left her cautious of others, especially those she works with. She has had one relationship in the past with a co-worker who mentally abused her, but continues to try to pursue her to get her back. Lisa Tobias is the head women's basketball coach at the university. She isn't looking for a relationship because she is striving to make it back to Division I as a coach. She throws herself into her work and doesn't have time for much more. The two character's paths cross when one of the girls on the team is struggling in English with Bouchard and Tobias goes to visit her to ask for help for her star athlete. There is a lot of miscommunication and jumping to conclusions that occur in this novel, and on the surface, they look like they may be artificially there just to advance the story. As I thought about it more, though, the reactions the characters have are very realistic for those that have been through hurtful relationship or ones where there has been a lack of trust. I found the story to be very well done and very engaging throughout. I loved the pace of the story and of the relationsihp between the couple. You know the ending before it comes, but that in no way takes away from the enjoyment of the story. Sometimes it is good to sit down with a book where you know what is going to happen, but you just enjoy the ride to get there. This is one of those books. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
I liked this book a lot. It was a very easy read and a very sweet romance, with some totally hot parts included!! A college-campus romance between a head basketball coach and an English professor. Both women in their 40s. I will definitely re-read this book. Lisa Tobias is the women's basketball coach at a small, California college. She is instantly struck by Professor Celeste Bouchard, but the two get off to a rocky start when Bouchard thinks that Tobias is trying to get a basketball player special favors. A relationship really isn't in the cards for either of them - Celeste has relationship baggage and an abusive ex and Lisa has career aspirations that make sticking around unlikely. However, as they continue to bump into each other, they can't resist the attraction between them. Don't know where this fits in the review, so just an add-on... but Celeste does pole-dancing for fitness and self-confidence, and it is awesome. ** I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. **
Celeste Bouchard, English Professor at Glassell University, a small Southern California college. Lisa Tobias, Women's Basketball Coach at Glassell This is a sensuous, sexy slow burn on a college campus. Celeste is an English professor, elegant but socially shy and almost totally inexperienced at dating. She sees Lisa at a faculty function and likes what she sees, but is hesitant because of a bad experience she had with a fellow faculty member. Celeste and Lisa find themselves thrown together to solve a problem with a mutual student. Misfires ensue. Lisa is trying to get hired at a bigger university, and works toward raising her profile, all the while falling for Celeste. Of course, there are misunderstandings and false starts, with each woman protecting herself against certain heartache, as their future together looks shaky. How will Lisa chase her lifelong dream and keep her life from going off the rails? I really, truly liked this story and I think everyone who is a KC Richardson fan will, too!