I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Under the Lights by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boys of Fall (Stacey) #1
Narrator: Carly Robins
Published by Tantor Audio on July 25, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hours, 1 minute
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7 hours, 1 minute
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Kowalski Family novels, a sweet, sexy new series about taking hits, making second chances, and finding love…
They were the golden boys of fall: Stewart Mills High School’s legendary championship winning football team. Fourteen years later, they’re back to relive their glory, save the team—and find themselves again…
Chase Sanders’s life has taken a lot of crazy turns lately. But returning to his hometown to help his old coach keep his high school football team afloat might be the craziest thing to happen to him yet. That is, until he starts falling for the last person he should—Coach’s gorgeous daughter…
Kelly McDonnell learned the hard way that cocky, charming men are nothing but trouble, so she knows Chase is bad news. Still, she can’t resist his smile—or the rest of him. But when his loyalty to her father conflicts with their growing attraction, any hope for a relationship might be blocked before it can even begin…
Chase Sanders life seems to be unraveling after his business partner and girlfriend take flight. When he gets a phone call from Kelly McDonnell to return to his hometown to help her father, his high school coach, raise money to save the football program, he had nothing to lose. Kelly had a high school crush on Chase, unrequited and unknown to him, so she has mixed feelings about his return. But, reuniting the old championship team for an exhibition game will help raise a lot of money.
Mixing small town dynamics with a sports theme provided lots of comic relief moments to balance the seriousness of the impact of the economic downturn on Stewarts Mill. Chase and his old teammates had great rapport and some of their antics were hilarious. I also appreciated that he’s grappling with some realistic issues that many of us can certainly identify with and empathize.
The narrator, Carly Robins, was very good, though sometimes it was tough to distinguish between Chase and some of his buddies. Her pacing was excellent.
About the romance
Kelly and Chase had some steamy moments but I couldn’t connect with their romance. I liked having both of their points of view and that was also part of the problem. Chase never seemed to be all that interested beyond a lustful perspective. It also didn’t make sense that this woman had a serious crush on this guy for so long and when opportunity knocked, she shied away. I liked both of them but found them uninteresting as a couple.
The bottom line
While the romance didn’t captivate me, the overall story and the town of Stewarts Mill and its residents did. The secondary characters are set up really well for their stories and I’m looking forward to what’s next in the series. I’m also hoping we haven’t seen the last of Chase and Kelly as he has some serious outstanding issues. This was a solid start for the Boys of Fall.
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