EVEN THE SCORE                                                 BETH EHEMANN

Single dad Andy Shaw loves his job as a sports agent, with one exception: it doesn’t leave him much time for his kids. No parent likes being sidelined, so Andy decides to hire someone to share the workload. But when one of the hottest agents in the industry applies, Andy knows that this deal is definitely trouble.

Danicka Douglas works her butt off, but being an attractive woman in a testosterone-heavy industry isn’t exactly a cakewalk. She guards her professional reputation fiercely, which means no crushing on her gorgeous boss. But the more they ignore that sexy little spark, the more it sizzles…

Just when it looks like romance might be in the game plan, Dani is threatened by a stalker with dark intentions. To keep her safe, Andy must cross the line between professional and very personal…because this time, he’s playing for keeps.

     We are always worried about what others will think about us.  That we allow it to not only cloud our judgement of the world but of who we are.  Sometimes to the point of altering what we do, say, act, and think.  When in reality on the inside we are something totally different.  Sometimes it takes a life threatening event to help us see that it really doesn’t matter what other’s think what truly matters is what is in our hearts.  The BS you just have to let flow away.
     Danicka Douglas is working a high stress, high stakes, doggy dog, man’s world of a sports agent.  That she is good at her job has earned her all kinds of foul names to describe her since she is young, single, curvy, and outspoken.  She is a woman who stands up not only for her clients but for herself.
     Dani was raised by a young single father on a construction site if that tells you anything.  She went to college to be a sports agent because it felt natural after growing up with a dad who spent many dinner hours watching SportsCenter all the time.  She had a knack for it and she loved it really.  The current company she was working for was no longer a good fit and she was putting feelers out.  A client was making lewd remarks to her and she dropped him.
     One of the two brothers she worked for was basically telling her that she had to call the client and say she was sorry.  She told him that was never going to happen.  That what the client did was called sexual harassment and his was just harassment in the workplace.  Which made him back down but made it all the more important to leave.  After that things just became super tense as you could imagine.  Going into work for her was no fun which killed her because she loved her job.  So seeing that Shaw Management was looking for an another agent was like a dream come true now if she could just land it.  So she applied.
     Shaw Management was owned by none other than Andy Shaw.  A single father of two children Becca 6 and Logan 9.  He counted himself blessed that when he off loaded his ex-wife that his nanny/housekeeper but really one of the family, Grace stayed on.  She is his right arm.  The children love her they have both known her since birth and frankly she raised them more hands on than their own mother did even when she was in the home. 
     The thing was he and his business had grown so much thanks to his big names like, his true blue friends and buddies, Brody Murphy (NHL), Justin Sutter (Cubs), and Lawrence (Viper) Finkle (NHL).  So when he had mentioned it to Brody that he was having no time to have lunch with him to meet him at Brody and Vipers restaurant but for him to come to his office it started Brody thinking.  So Brody told him it was time for him to take on another partner.  One to help with the up and coming college guys, plus those they can bring with them, and any new star power they can generate.
     Shaw was beyond excited with the idea because that meant more time with his kids for sure and yes more time with friends too and their families a win-win.  Only by the end of the first day the applicants weren’t looking too good.  His last one of the first day and the one he was most excited about was Danicka Douglas.  Not just that he thought she was beautiful but she was a powerhouse in the industry and securing her would be great. 
     Well, the interview started off rough she got there late.  Then she was on the phone in the waiting area with a client.  Then when the meeting started all was going fine until Andy insinuated she had not really been talking to a client that she faked it to get out of being late he said no worries we’ve all done it.  She pulls out her phone dials the last number and asks the person to repeat what she had just told Shaw the problem was with her client and why.  She had been late.  She told her client to hold tight and she would call him back later to explain this call.  She hangs up then stands up.  And tells him the interview is over and that the next time he wants to call someone a liar you better have your facts straight.  And she walks out.
     Shaw sat dumbfounded.  She wanted that woman in more ways than one.  He had a week’s worth of interviews and a week to figure out how to get her to work with him.  Meanwhile, that weekend was his ex’s weekend with the kids.  Of which she was only allowed one weekend a month.  So the guys hounded him until he agreed to come down to their sports bar to have dinner with the gang.  Which was the best thing that ever happened to him because who does he run into?  You guessed it.  She needs his help finding her friend who had one too many drinks and was wandering around a very crowded bar with some questionable guys.  He does and then he asks to talk to her after they find her and sit her with his friends to get her to eat.
     They head outside where it is quieter.  He says how sorry he is and that the reason he said what he had said and in air quotes no less is because he himself has had to use that same tactic to get himself out.  Then he offered her the job.  Telling her she was by far the most qualified person to apply.  That he would be more than happy to work with her.
     But little did they know there is evil lurking around the corners and it is gunning for Dani.  The cast of characters are many and yet so few.  The who done it made me second guess myself a couple of times.  But my gut instincts were correct in the end.

     A very intriguing book.  Very funny, so funny entices you to keep reading to the point you feel like an addict not wanting to put it down.  I was hooked from the very beginning.  I loved Brody and Viper they were way too funny.  I feel like we are missing something not knowing what happened to Viper and his friend.  I totally loved it.  I give it 5++++ stars.   Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at: www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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