Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Review of Kick by Holly S. Roberts

Cami Avesque is a shy, wannabe journalist, working for the largest newspaper in Ohio. She’s stuck editing classified ads until she lands her big break. That break comes when the only female sports reporter goes on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. For some reason, Cami is chosen to cover The Slam, a rugby team in Colt, Ohio. They have a chance of going all the way to the Rugby League Championship.

Unfortunately, Cami has a poor track record with jocks and going all the way is one of her problems. Because of her past, she hides her assets behind clothes that are a size too large and big glasses that camouflage the sexual sizzle that eats ripped bodies for lunch. Shy, she must remember she’s shy. If only man muscle didn't bring her wild side out to play she might survive a rugby try.

Gorgeous brothers, Van and Joel Stelson, own, manage, and play for The Slam. They see through Cami’s cover up and attack in order to make their goal. Who will be the first to get her in bed? Who will be the first to win her heart?

Remember in rugby… 80 Minutes, 15 Positions, No Protection, Lets Ruck!

Leia's Review: 

Okay, so I want to preface this review with a few facts: 

1. I have not read the other books in this series.
2. I know NOTHING about Rugby. At all. 

These little facts did not hinder my reading experience at all. The authors writing made it easy to follow along, learning more about this exciting sport as you read. 

Cami is a news reporter who is desperate for her big break. Once a current employee is out on medical leave, she is assigned to covering something other than the classified ads. However, discovering the her new assignment is a series piece on a rugby team – she has her reservations. You see, Cami has a weakness for athletes. And try as she might to hide her body and come off as a shy person, she tends to lose her mind around too much muscle. 

Enter the gorgeous Stelson brothers, Van and Joel – owners and players for The Slam. Though they are brothers, Van and Joel couldn’t be more different. Joel is quiet and reserved, almost to the point of being rude to Cami when they meet. Van, on the other hand, has his sights set on Cami. He is persistent with his flirting and his pursuit of her. It eventually pays off. Cami gives in – letting go of her preconceived notions of athletes. She decides to let go and give in to Van. 

It doesn’t take long for her to realize that Van is like every other athlete she has ever known, causing Cami to throw her walls back up faster than you could imagine. Joel steps in to help Cami. Hoping to salvage some of his brothers wrongdoings, Joel takes his time showing Cami that she wasn’t wrong….you can’t cast a stereotype on a group of people based on a few bad experiences. But what happens when Van decides he wasn’t ready to give up just yet? Can Cami realize which brother she is supposed to be with before it is too late? 

This was a fast paced, fun loving novel. I actually loved both brothers to pieces. Van was a player, but he was funny and he had his moments of sincerity that were precious. Joel is the brooding older brother with a past he can’t let go of, but he was sweet and attentive. And they were both hot, hard-hitting rugby players…..what’s not to love? Cami and I had issues, though. I definitely wanted to slap her multiple times. She tended to make unfounded excuses for her actions. It was a little annoying and it continued throughout the book. Overall, this was a cute, quick read. It wasn’t emotionally draining or heart wrenching, but instead delivered several laughs and some seriously steam-worthy moments. I would definitely recommend this book for fans of athlete-based romances. 

3.5 – 4 Stars

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author through NetGalley for my honest review

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