Sunday, August 23, 2015

Review - Crossing the Line by Michele Shriver

Crossing the Line
by Michele Shriver
Series: Series Name
Genre: Contemporary Romance - Sports
Release Date: August 18, 2015

The bestselling Men of the Ice series, featuring the players of the San Antonio Generals hockey team, continues with Crossing the Line.

Nikolai Brantov left his homeland of Russia at the age of nineteen to pursue his dream of playing in the NHL. As the first-ever draft pick of the San Antonio Generals, Nik wants to justify the team’s faith in him Adapting to a new country and culture and learning a new language take up most of his off-ice time, and he doesn’t needed any added complications, especially from the team owner’s beautiful daughter.

Hailing from one of the wealthiest families in Texas, Meryl Johnson should have everything she wants. But money doesn’t buy happiness or her father’s affection. Even though she’s been warned that the player’s on the team are off limits, a new community project puts Meryl in regular contact with the budding Russian superstar, and that’s exactly the way she likes it.

When sparks fly between Nik and Meryl, her father sets out to remind them who is in charge—of both the hockey team and his family. Can the young couple triumph over his manipulations, or will falling in love spell the end of Nik’s time in San Antonio?

I enjoy my sports romances and really liked this novella. There was a lot going on in a short period of time, which can be expected from a novella, and this romance had more of a new adult feel to it, but it certainly got my attention and has me looking forward to more stories in this series.

I really liked Nik. He was everything that you would want to see in an up and coming athlete, someone who you know will be a great role model for kids and treat his sport with the respect it deserves. Meryl wasn’t my favorite female character, but she did grow on me as the book progressed. For a girl who has grown up with money and privilege, as the book progresses you get to see another side of her that, for me, helped redeem her from her initial somewhat bratty, spoiled, “I get everything I want” impression that she made early in story.

Watching the relationship between Nik and Meryl develop was sweet at times and you could feel the attraction between the two. Things do move rather quickly between the two, and having to deal with the “players are off limits” policy that Meryl’s father has dictated had them trying to keep their budding relationship quiet. When things come to a head let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised with how Nik handled things.

As I said, I did enjoy this read but, for me, I had a bit of disconnect from the main characters, which I think was caused by their ages. The story itself was well written and the characters were well developed, so I’m pretty sure this was just a “me” issue – I liked the other characters and am looking forward to reading more about the San Antonio Generals.

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