Monday, December 14, 2015

Under the Spotlight by Kate Willoughby

Title: Under the Spotlight
Author: Kate Willoughby
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: In the Zone #4
Main Characters: Christine and Joe
Release Date: December 2015
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Stage actress Christine Caspary couldn't care less about hockey, but when she first sees Joe Rutherford playing in a Barracudas game her mind goes to all sorts of dirty places. By happy chance, her work with Grant A Wish gives her an opportunity to meet him in the flesh.

Right winger Joe Rutherford saw Christine perform when the team went to see Chicago and was so taken with her, he secretly saw the show a second time, alone. When the gorgeous actress with spectacular legs contacts him out of the blue asking for a favor, it's a no-brainer.

Their chemistry is off the charts. Things heat up quickly and they can't keep their hands off each other. Soon they're hooking up whenever their busy schedules allow and having hot phone sex every night at midnight when they don't. But Joe's time in the hockey spotlight is fading, just as Christine's star begins to rise. When she gets her big break into a TV career, how will Joe take to being the arm candy for a change?
My Review:
This is one of those series that I've been lucky enough to have read from the very beginning and every book in it has been good. 

For a sports book, this one had an interesting twist. Joe isn't the superstar sports figure. Yeah, he's on an NHL team, but he's never been the star and now he's actually on the downhill slide toward retirement. 

On the other hand, Christine's star is rising and rising fast as she's just been cast on the next cable Game of Thrones- like drama. She's on the verge of becoming a household name...not something that's easy for an established relationship to weather. 

I liked this book just because it went against the norm in so many ways. Throughout the story, Joe and Christine don't even live in the same place. They are fighting incredible odds just to see one another for a few hours every few weeks. Add to that the pressures of their jobs and responsibilities and they are seriously fighting to keep even the possibility of this relationship alive. 

But what makes the book and ultimately the relationship work is simply that they are both such incredibly diverse and truly nice characters. They deserve happiness and they find that with one another. 

This book covers a lot from the sick little girl that brings them together to the rookie that Joe's taken under his wing. There are a lot of little sub-plots playing out in the background of the story that make it feel even richer and more powerful. I especially enjoyed CJ's story and how the team tried to support and handle him. 

It's no secret that I've loved this series and this book is another good one to add to it. Christine is feisty and talented. Joe is sexy and committed to making them work. Together, they worked for me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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