September 11, 2017

Review: Love on The Highlight Reel by Christina C. Jones

Review: Love on The Highlight Reel by Christina C. JonesLove on the Highlight Reel by Christina C. Jones
Published by Warm Hues Media on July 15, 2016
Genres: African American, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Romance
Pages: 312
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

First impressions don’t have to be everything.

But second, third, fourth impressions create a reputation, and those are hard to break. In the public eye, where everybody is tuned in to your every move, and behind the scenes, where certain people are privy to the real you… or at least what they perceive you to be.

Jordan Johnson is a man under pressure – from his teammates, fans, family, and the one person who wants to see him succeed as badly as he wants it for himself. He’ll do whatever he has to in order to not let anyone down… and maybe find an unanticipated connection along the way.

Nicole Richardson is a woman with a purpose – prove herself worthy of her place in a male-dominated field. Fiercely competitive, wielder of tough love and motivation, and terrible at dealing with things outside of her control. Between making sure the players are thriving, and coping with a changing family dynamic, a relationship isn’t even on her radar.

Denying their chemistry would be a waste of words, but giving in isn’t an option.

A season on the line.

Reputations at stake.

The threat of seeing their personal lives played out on the evening highlights.

With all of that swirling around them, Jordan and Nicole have to decide if it’s worth the effort to make the play… or take a knee.

Love Belvin and Christina C. Jones collaborate on a series of football romance, staring two football greats who so happen to be in for the biggest play of their lives: for their hearts. Quarterback, Trent Bailey, and wide receiver, Jordan Johnson, give their all out on the green. But what happens when the two friends encounter true love?

Take on Connecticut Kings’ finest and journey through their discovery of developing themselves as men, and exploring love.

Ugh, I have got to stop staying up late at night reading books. I’m blurry eyed the next morning and drag my feet for the first few hours of the day. Surprisingly, I’m not cranky.

Love on The Highlight Reel is the second installment in the Connecticut King series penned by Love Belvin and Christina C. Jones. Jones takes a stab at Jordan Johnson, Kings star yet troubled receiver and Cole Richardson, Assistant Director of Player Success.

Let me just say this: I’m officially hooked! Jones and Belvin are doing the damn thing with this series.

Cole and Jordan had history, but unless you were in their inner circle for a long time, you wouldn’t know. They were college sweethearts but now have evolved into “great friends” or a version of that at least.

What I liked: Have I mentioned that I now love a second chance romance? I was a goner! I also appreciate a good sports romance. Jones expertly balanced the sports and romance elements in this novel. We were as immersed as we could be in Jordan’s world and his struggles on and off the field. We saw a little bit more than just the on field play too. By bringing Cole in as a team executive, we were privy to front office politics and procedures as well.

What I didn’t like: Jordan’s father worked my damn nerves. His and Jordan’s relationship is the perfect example of never being able to please your parent no matter how great you are and how hard you work. I felt so bad for Jordan as he struggled with this and wanted to ring his father’s damn neck. I got protective of Jordan, even when he was being an arrogant and self-centered brat.

Love on The Highlight Feel was fun, flirty, and sexy. The chemistry was amazing and I loved the opportunity at a second chance at first love. There were enough twists and turns in this book that kept you engaged. This book was 312 pages but it read so well that it seemed shorter, in a good way. This book was a perfect complement to Love Belvin’s Love in the Red Zone.

Jordan and Cole’s love was definitely on the highlight reel.

four-half-stars

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Natalya is an Account Manager by day and an editor and author's assistant to passionate creatives by night. When she is not adding to her enormous book collection or stationery supply, she is catching up on her favorite television shows.

Natalya is the author of All The Things I Never Said, a soul-stirring collection of short stories, prose and love letters for the soulful wanderers, the brokenhearted and the hopeless romantics.

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