by Bella Andre

September 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4165-5852-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Pocket Books
Trade Paperback

Melissa McKnight has been in love with one man since she was a teenager. Dominic DiMarco, famous NFL football player for the San Francisco Outlaws, is toned, tan, and a total sweetie. But Melissa is sure he has no feelings for her other than friendship. How wrong she is! Dominic wants to get his hands on Melissa, bad, but he knows he is not good enough for her.

Melissa is ambitious and yearns to be a sports agent for McKnight Sports Agency, owned and operated by her father. Unfortunately, her father has made it clear Melissa is never going to be an agent so she decides to take matters into her own hands, and in doing so, has Dominic rescue her from potential inebriation in a bar. A night of blissful intimacy follows. But come morning Dominic throws up his defenses once again, leaving Melissa bewildered and hurt. She is still determined to prove herself to her father so she is taking on a new, hotshot sports client, which has Dominic seeing red.

Dominic and Melissa have serious feelings for each other, but their delicate relationship seems easily blown apart by misunderstandings and rather feeble “conflicts.” Also, there are so many sex scenes in this book that the story seems to have gotten lost along the way. I expect a certain amount of seduction and eroticism in a Bella Andre title, but I felt that Dominic and Melissa were rather two-dimensional due to all the time they spent between the sheets.

I liked Melissa’s ambitious attitude and determination to prove herself. Unfortunately, that ambition became lost within all the lust and inner conflict these characters faced over whether to confess their true feelings to each other.

I was happy to get to the end and while I enjoyed parts of this story, as a whole, I far preferred the first book about the Outlaws, Game for Anything. Bella Andre has a lot of talent but it was not quite as evident in this story.

Reviewed in August 2008 by Sarah.

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