Under the Bleachers by K.K. Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**** 4.5 Cranky Stars ****
The jaded girl who hates love trope seems to be very popular lately but K.K. Allen executes it wonderfully. She makes you not despise the leading lady but feel for her and not want to quit the story and walk away. She kept me interested and wanting more and that's a sign of a win.
Monica is the jaded girl in question. She seeks out the easy no strings kind of relationships. We first see Monica in the previous book and we fall in love with her brash and bold personality. She's a friend to everyone ready to lend a hand, booze or snacks to anyone in need yet deep down she's a damaged girl. Monica had an ideal upbringing until an accident happened in her family and things took a turn for the worse. She leaves behind college for a new town and ends up working at BelleCurve. While she loves her job she feels unsatisfied in her current position. She's always carried on a flirtatious relationship with NFL superstar Zachary Ryan but it was always that just flirtatious till one day it's not.
Zachary Ryan is a man all woman want and all coaches want on their team. He's a great guy with a tragic past that donates to charities and runs several campaigns to speak out against bullying. Having grown up as well with a childhood he mostly remembers fondly he suffers a tragic loss and it has shaped him. After a bully attempts to ruin him he meets a man who will later become a mentor and set him on his NFL path. His life is good he has all the friends he needs until he sets his eyes on the beautiful Monica and suddenly he has an agenda.
Two people. One who's open to love and one who's always against it. Their lives intersected yet their are secrets buried so deep it's hard to figure out who is telling the truth and who is lying.
I want to say this book started rocky for me. I was afraid we were going down a typical path with these two. I have nothing but high hopes for K.K. Allen after Up In The Tree House and she didn't disappoint me. This book has drama and tragic pasts and Meredith. Sweet heaven Meredith was a piece of work. I wanted to reach through the book and wring her scrawny neck. We also get to see Gavin and Chloe again. This book has it all. Drama, angst, love and the sweet sweet build up to sexy times. She certainly did the slow build to that. So in closing this cranky girl would totally suggest this book to everyone.
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