Under the Spotlight

Under the Spotlight

by Kate Willoughby

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ISBN-13: 9781459290600
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 12/14/2015
Series: In the Zone , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 161,347
File size: 483 KB

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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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Under the Spotlight 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are not developed in any way. Comes up short compared to the other books in the series. The dialog is that of teenagers even though the characters are 32 and 26. Could not finish it, read the end and deleted it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive loved the series, but this book was least favorite. Not terrible, but not a great plot. Took awhile to stay interested. I wish the epilogue rounded out all players.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
These characters really worked their way into my heart. Each one was a nice person in their own right, and I loved the connection between them from the first moment. Great read! Stage actress Christine Caspary seeks out Joe Rutherford via their agents to see if he will do her a favor for a sick kid she worked with via Grant A Wish previously. The minute Joe heard her name from his agent, he knew who she was. His hockey team had seen her in Chicago on Broadway, and he was so enchanted by her that he went back to see it a second time by himself. He was happy to help her put together a surprise for a sick friend. While discussing the charity work, they really enjoyed each others company and decided to continue to grab some time together when they could. With his busy hockey schedule and her busy theater life plus her potential TV show coming up, they didn't manage to squeeze in much time. Will they be able to make a relationship work or is it just wishful thinking on both their parts? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Christine was an actress hoping to break into the big time. Joe Rutherford played hockey for the San Diego Barracudas. Christine wanted to ask Joe a favor even though she thought they had never met. It seemed to be so realistic, I could understand the different scenarios and emotions going through the characters and the ins and outs of this story. The characters were great as was the plot and overall story. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog This series was one of my surprisingly exciting discoveries this year. I love the playfully sexy and sometimes sweet feel that this hockey romance series has and I’ve gobbled them up quite quickly for me. :) In this new installment we have another very original storyline. Joe isn’t the star of the team, in fact he’s considering it may be time for him to hang the skates and retire. He can’t skate as fast as the young up and coming newbies and he’s just been having a little bit of a rougher year. In the midst of that two things happen. He’s assigned as the mentor to one of those newbies and has him move in with him for the season, and he gets a call from a theater actress about a charity thing. An actress he just happened to have seen on stage and thought she was extremely hot. As much as Joe and Christine are almost polar opposites on many aspects, there’s still plenty that they connect through. It was fun to see Joe in this starring role because he’s not like the previous heroes in the series. Definitely more serious, straight forward and laid back. A little bit less daring and adventurous. He’s just a regular guy and that was a nice change of pace. Not the hero that you wonder who could handle. Christine on the other hand filled that role. She gets a very big part to be in a TV series and Joe has to deal with some of that fame. Some in good ways, some in bad. Nonetheless, I found these two didn’t quite sizzle like the prior couples in the series. Although I liked them and liked their story, there wasn’t anything that kept me invested in them as characters. I am very interested in the side story character on this one. They have some sweet moments and some emotional struggles both together and apart. CJ, the newbie Joe is mentoring, has plenty to learn about life and his career. I can’t wait for him to get a book, hopefully soon. The feeling of friendship that the team has keeps me coming back for more every time. It’s so much fun to see these big bad athletes care about the well being of their fellow players, more as if they are family than co-workers or friends. I absolutely love their dynamics! The ending of this book was brilliant. Didn’t quite wrap up with the gloom that I was expecting. It definitely put a smile on my face.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Christine is a stage actress, on the cusp of making the big break onto a cable tv series (the kind with lots of sex and violence). She's involved in a children's charity, Grant A Wish, and one of the young girls she meets happens to have a serious crush on Joe, a hockey player for the local Barracudas team. When she contacts him through their agents to see if Joe would be interested in helping out with the organization, Joe is quite happy to oblige - especially because Christine is an actress he's seen and admired on stage, and the chance to meet her in person leaves him a little bit awestruck. He's a celebrity in his own right of course, but one who's starting to lose his appeal as his hockey career is on the waning edge. As Christine and Joe connect, their changing fortunes impact their burgeoning relationship. Will their shared experiences keep them together or will the wave of the future break them apart? What an enjoyable story! I found it to be a very steady paced and interesting read, with lots of well researched parts about both Joe and Christine's careers. As a stage actress, Christine knows the move to TV is one that can make or break her future, and also one that will change per public persona (for better or worse). But she's willing to take the risks with the paparazzi for the commercial success that she's been gunning for, for several years. I liked all of the scenes describing her experiences behind the stage, and with the auditioning process and so on for the tv show. Christine came across as a smart, confident and sexy woman. Joe too is no stranger to the public eye. As an accomplished hockey player, he's been on a winning and losing team and seen the fallouts from both. He's a determined, strong man - but he's also smart enough to know that his career is winding down, and he doesn't have the stamina that he used to. There are several scenes describing on ice action (the hockey kind! I know what you were thinking!) and Joe is also a mentor for an up and coming player, so we see some scenes detailing the kind of struggles new players to the game have as well. Lots of bromance too, with Joe's hockey teammates having an important role in the story. Joe and Christine connect from the start, and share several very steamy scenes, as Christine isn't shy detailing what she wants and Joe is more than happy to deliver. But the sex isn't enough to keep things going, as they encounter the long distance reality of him playing for a successful hockey team and Christine having to travel to where the work is for her acting career. On top of that, Joe struggles with the reality of the sex scenes that are in Christine's scripts, and how his past relationship (that included a cheating ex who bared all to the public) affects his current one is part of their problems to overcome. Of course they eventually get past all the conflicts that bar their way, and we get a wonderful happy ending for the couple. I'm looking forward to catching up on the series and hearing more about the Barracudas team! 4 stars.
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! Joe is a pro hockey player who is getting up in age and fears his career is fizzling to an end. Christine is an actress whose star is quickly rising. These two were genuinely nice, down to earth people so it was easy to cheer them on as a couple. I also loved the humor in the book between the main couple and Joe's teammates. While this is part of the "In The Zone" series it can be read as a stand alone title without confusion. I'd still recommend reading the previous titles because they're great books!
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the fourth book in the In The Zone series by Kate Willoughby. Christine Caspary is a stage actress and has never interested in hockey that is until she sees one of the Barracudas sexy player Joe Rutherford. When her work with the Grant A Wish programs offers her a chance to meet him she jumps at the chance. Joe has liked Christine since the first time he saw her perform on stage. They were not expecting the chemistry so hot it is off the charts. If you are looking for a hot romance then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Under the Spotlight (In the Zone #4) by Kate Willoughby Actress, Christine Caspary, recruits San Diego Barracudas right winger, Joe Rutherford to meet a little girl whom she met through the Grant A Wish Foundation. The two have chemistry, but their schedules and point of their careers make a relationship challenging. I enjoyed Joe’s character. He has lived and breathed hockey his whole life. Now nearing the end of his career, he has to decide what his life will entail after he retires. It does not help to be surrounded by people that are at the start of their careers. Joe is a great guy. He cares about others. I love that Joe had a crush on Christine before she contacts him. I like that Joe mentored rookie, CJ Noonan. Having rookies live with a host family or a veteran player is a big thing in hockey. I enjoyed reading about that situation. Noony’s character transformed a lot through this story and added interest to the book. He went through some relevant growing pains that were very realistic in his situation. Having a son who plays hockey, I enjoyed some of Joe’s tips like keeping a journal about how he played in his games and things that happened so he could refresh his memory before he played that team again. Both of my parents were born in Hungary. So I love that Christine is Hungarian. I could relate to her family’s traditions, especially the food and holidays. It made me crave my family's cooking. Kate Willoughby did a great job capturing the Hungarian culture. I appreciated the similarities between Joe and Christine’s professions, for example; they are both very superstitious; they are away from home a lot; and they are in the eye of the public. They were things that made it easy for the couple to relate. The plot was believable and thoroughly constructed. The hockey scenes are well described. A lot of things happen that keep the reader engaged. This is the first book I have read by Kate Willoughby. I really enjoyed her writing style. I definitely want to back-track and read the preceding books in the In the Zone Series. I have a feeling I would have even enjoyed Under the Spotlight more having known the history of the characters from the previous books. I highly recommend this book to lovers of sports romances. Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.