Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Kiss by the Book by Christy Hayes

I have been given another book to review - and I am so happy to do it. 

Book Description:
College senior Zach Chamberlain’s charmed life has always gone according to script:
Date the prettiest girl in high school, check.
Football scholarship to a division-one school, check.
Heisman contender, check.
Buy engagement ring, check.
On track to graduate with honors, check.
There’s just one glitch. His girlfriend is in love with his younger brother and breaks up with him in the middle of his senior season. Shocked, betrayed, and embarrassed, Zach turns to the only woman he can trust: his nerdy tutor.
Tutoring college athletes at Southeastern State University is more than a job for Jenna Peterson; it’s a way for her to pay it forward after long-ago tragedy struck too close to home. SE State’s golden boy, Zach Chamberlain, isn’t the first jock Jenna’s tutored with cover-boy good looks, and he won’t be the last. When he asks for her help with statistics, Jenna assumes he’s as egocentric as the other athletes on her roster. A wildly inappropriate and lackluster kiss at the worst possible time doesn’t do much to disprove her theory.
Zach will do anything to save face in front of his family, and he uses Jenna’s bleeding heart and unfortunate circumstances to enlist her help over the holidays. Jenna begins to realize Zach is more than a pretty face as his storybook life begins to unravel. When a sprig of mistletoe provides the perfect opportunity for Zach to affirm his skill, the searing kiss pits the playmaker against the rule maker in a kiss to the end. When secrets are revealed and the game’s on the line, will they follow the script, improvise, or throw the book out the window?

My review:  I have to say, this was a slow moving book.  It took me quite a bit to get into this story.  I started and stopped a few times.  But once it picked up, I was so happy I did not give up on it.  The relationship between Jenna and Zach changed and matured throughout the story.  I liked the many facets to their personalities and how they kept a lot hidden from each other as well as the world.  Very realistic!  I also liked all the secondary characters that were introduced - none seemed trivial or unnecessary.  The love story was enjoyable and believable.  I also liked that as a romance novel it didn't cross the line into an erotic style book.  Too many books are doing that and I believe we need to label books as they are.  In this case, it is definitely a New Adult Romance.  And a good one at that.
I gave this book a 4 star review.

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