ACROSS THE LINE (In the Zone #2)

ACROSS THE LINE                                       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, 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.

MY REVIEW:
     I really enjoyed this book.  Kate has a way of writing that keeps the reader engaged through her humor.  As well as her well throughout observation of human nature.
     This story is about two old elementary school classmates meeting up as seatmates in first class flying back to their hometown.  Becca Chen still lives in Ithaca, New York, where she is the proud owner and chef of, Cups.
     Calder Griffin, the other hand is a pro hockey player for the San Diego Barracudas.  On his way home to visit his parents.  He has been on the injured list after knee surgery for the past several months.  Now it’s the beginning of summer and he is chomping at the bit to get to spring training.
     This story is mainly told from Calder’s point of view.  Becca and Calder were not the best of friends back in fifth grade.  In fact, you could call him a bully to her.  Calling her “Braceface” to her face was his M.O.  Then, writing it all over everything she owned.  When she gets bumped to first class and is seated next to him she is not happy at first.
     After 5 hours of talking through the past and joking around, she is surprised that they come away actually liking each other.  He follows up with a call…  One thing I like about this book there is a clear-cut message in the end about bullying toward the end of the book that the whole team gets behind but it at first catches Calder off guard.

     I really enjoyed this book even with Calder’s pouting all the time.  Come on now. J  I give this: 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at:  www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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