Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Review: Getting Inside by Serena Bell

They’re big. They’re hot. And they play hard.

In the kickoff to Serena Bell’s sexy new football romance series, the heat between a female coach and a cocky linebacker turns the Seattle Grizzlies locker room upside down.

: There’s nothing like the rush of going head-to-head with the boys. Football is my life, and I got my new job with the Seattle Grizzlies because I know how to play rough. But as a woman in a man’s game, I can’t afford any distractions—like panty-melting tabloid darling Ty Williams, my star linebacker. I’ve stared down plenty of good-looking players without losing my cool . . . and yet something about Ty’s intense gaze burns straight to my core.

Ty : Despite what they say in the press, I save my best moves for game day. The Grizzlies aren’t just my teammates, they’re my brothers—no way am I going to let some new coach shake up our defense. But Iona Thomas isn’t just some coach. It’s so tough to keep my head in the game when I’d rather be in bed with her. She may take charge at practice, but if I had her in my arms, I’d be choosing the plays. I just need to figure out what makes her tick—and what makes her want to break the rules.

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Loveswept
Series: Seattle Grizzlies #1
Genre: Contmporary Romance/Sport Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

I read Serena Bell's entire Returning Home series and thoroughly enjoyed it so when I found out that she had a brand new series I jumped at the opportunity to get  my hands on it. Getting Inside is the first book in the new Seattle Grizzlies series.

I have read quite a few books and series about sports teams and I always have to make it clear that I am not an avid fan of any sport. The only exception to that would be rugby and probably only because my daughter plays. Having said that, I have enjoyed quite a few contemporary romances that were centred around a sporting team.

Getting Inside started a little rough for me. There was nothing wrong with the writing but there was a lot of sports lingo and references to specific plays in football. Seeing as how I can only appreciate a football game when I get free tickets to a box and can experience the entire atmosphere surrounding it, I have to say that it was a little lost on me. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about how much I would enjoy the book.

As I got deeper into the book and got to know Iona and Ty my worries began to fade. There were less of the technical football terms to confuse me and more of the stuff that good contemporary romances are made of. The forbidden attraction captured me and had me wondering how it could possibly work out.

I was in Iona's corner from the very first page. She had overcome so many obstacles to achieve the things she most wanted and possessed a lot of the strong female characteristics that I respect and aim for in myself. Even though she was strong, there was still a sensitive and insecure part of her that I think we can all relate to. Ty was also a lot more sensitive than what you would expect from a giant, rough and tough football player. The forbidden aspect (as mentioned above) made me anxious and had me highly anticipating their inevitable fall towards each other.

Bell took someone who is not a sports fan and made a fan. I feel like this might be a series that grows and gets better with each instalment. I can't wait to read more about the Seattle Grizzlies and find out who the next book will be about.

About the Author
USA Today bestselling author and RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee Serena Bell writes richly emotional stories about big-hearted characters with real troubles and the people who are strong and generous enough to love them.

A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and she adores hiding in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head.

When not writing, Serena loves to spend time with her college-sweetheart husband and two hilarious kiddos—all of whom are incredibly tolerant not just of Serena’s imaginary friends but also her enormous collection of constantly changing and passionately embraced hobbies, ranging from needlepoint to paddle boarding to meditation.

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