I received an advanced copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I am such a huge fan of Jaci Burton’s work. You would think that after 8 books in the Play by Play series I’d be tired of reading about athletes. Hot athletes. But nope, not even a little tired, I’m happy to say.
Burton just manages to bring her A-game book after book, coming at you harder and better than the last. And that is the case with Straddling The Line. I don’t think I’ve been so moved while reading a sports romance story before until now. I think that while it resonated with me on a very personal level, as the heroine in the story Haven deals with losing her dad and finding happiness again, I do too think that it will also tug on the heart strings of anyone who reads this book.
Haven Briscoe is feeling like she’s unable to fully give of herself after losing her dad a couple months ago. She’s got the job of her dreams; she gotten a break with a major network as a journalist,but she’s feeling sad and lonely and unmotivated. And most of all unhappy.
Normally when she’s in need of advice or someone to to talk to, she’d be able to pick up the phone and call her dad, but he’s not their anymore and she’s got this ache in the middle of her chest that just won’t go away. She hasn’t done well with her last couple of assignments and is pretty sure that she’s going to soon get that dreaded call from her boss saying she’s been fired.
That is until that call does come but not with the news she’s hardened herself to hear. Her boss lets her know that Trevor Shay, this hotshot athlete who plays dual sports and is a star player at both is ready to do a full interview… And he wants Haven for the job.
Trevor Shay is the best. He really is. I don’t think I found a single fault in the guy, honestly. While in college, Haven’s mom and dad were his dorm heads and he’d essentially felt like Bill Briscoe played a big part in his life during those years, so when he heard that Haven was in trouble, he needed to help. And the best way to do that was finally give an interview and an inside look into his life to the one journalist he knows would never betray his trust.
Not much time after arriving at Trevor’s place – where still will stay as she’s doing her story. She also has to follow him around to games and training and such – the two develop a physical relationship which soon turns into something more as feelings start to come to the forefront, feelings that stirred to life again for Haven since she’s had a crush on Trevor since college. And now Trevor’s taking notice that Haven isn’t just this smart woman, but a sexy woman that he is very attracted to and starts to miss when they’re apart.
The whole transition of their relationship from barely friends, to friends then lovers was such a treat to read about. Burton has a knack for writing these really amazing romance stories and her Play by Play series is probably one of the best Sports Romances out there. For me, Straddling The Line is by far my favorite. I loved the others as well, but this had such emotional twists to it that I teared up on more than one occasion. I should be more honest and say that there was some ugly crying involved because yes, there were those moments.
Burton’s writing is seemingly effortless and just flows beautifully. Her storytelling is effective and gets everything across to the reader. Straddling the Line is sexy, heartwarming and sweet.