1) Never underestimate your opponent
2) Avoid personal fouls
3) Score early and often
4) Play or get played
Coach Marcus Leon has always played by the rules…until he meets Addaline Grace, the seventeen-year-old senior transfer on his Oak Crest High water polo team. Addie changes all the rules, mostly because she doesn’t play any games. But as off limits as she is, the more Marcus discovers about Addie, the more he finds himself…and the more he questions whether Addie might just be worth risking everything for.
For Addie, water polo is anger management. She’s driven and focused because it keeps her mind off other things…like the fact she destroyed her family. Her game plan is to keep her head down and graduate so she can leave her father and the crappy town he dragged her to in her wake. But when what starts as friendly completion with Marcus turns into more than a game, Addie has to decide if she’s willing to face down her demons…and possibly ruin the man she may or may not be falling in love with in the process.
What happens when the only thing you need is the one thing you can’t have?
** This is a standalone
**4 Hot Coach stars**
Marcus is still struggling to accept his sister's new husband. They had met when his sister was still underage and he was older than her, plus one of her professor's assistants and he can't swallow that pill.
Meanwhile, he's back to his hometown, coach of the swimming team and he's also working as a personal trainer at a gym. But it's not what he really wanted. He expected to get hired as PE teacher, but another colleague of his got the position. Marcus had always been fan of the 'no strings attached' policy and he's never been interested in relationships, until he meets Addie.
"You don't get to choose who you fall in love with. That's why it's called falling. It's out of anyone's control."
Addie happens to be a new resident in Oak Crest, after an incident that changed her life. She struggles with her own demons, therefore she just wants to be invisible and that's why she keeps her distance and avoids making friendships, becoming the quiet one. But what happens when she meets Marcus and he doesn't remember that she's part of the swimming team he coaches?
Will Marcus keeps his distance, since he is opposed to be in any kind of relationship with a student? And if he doesn't is he going to have the same problems his brother-in-law had dealt with?
"I have to rein this back. Whatever I'm feeling can't happen. It's wrong on so many levels."
I really enjoyed this book. If I have to be honest, I liked it even more than Getting Dirty. Maybe because I liked the heroine more. Her background, her struggle and pain made her more real to me. Also, Marcus tried to hold himself away from her, trying not to repeat history, like Blaire with Caiden.
"I don't know what the hell I'm doing anymore. All I know for sure is I was crazy to think that any of this is in my control."
I really loved their journey and the secondary characters, like Addie's father really made the book a biggest pleasure. Love it when I can watch some character development and I wish we could have seen more from Addie, but I'm not going to complain because everything rolled rightfully, even when I stressed that this was indeed a repeat of the first book. (view spoiler). I wish we had seen more of what happened to Nate.I wouldn't mind watching Marcus & Caiden 'working' together against him. You get what I mean ;) However, I'm still pleased with the turn of events & I would recommend this book.
Arc kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
A poem by Blaire Leon
If sex is dirty, why would I do it with someone I love?
If sex is dirty, then didn’t we all come from the dirt?
What if I like the dirt?
What if I want to get dirty?
What if I want to roll in the mud until I’m so fucking filthy that I’ll never be clean again?
When twenty-five-year-old graduate assistant Caiden Brenner asked Blaire Leon how old she was, she said she was a senior. He chose to believe she meant in college. They connect over Lord Byron’s Don Juan and, as their conversations become increasingly thicker with sexual innuendo, Caiden finds himself obsessing over a totally off-limits undergrad who’s bold, beautiful, brilliant, and one of the most passionate poets he’s ever met.
But it turns out Blaire hasn't been totally honest. She's the seventeen-year-old valedictorian of her high school class, taking courses at Sierra State while awaiting her acceptance to Stanford.
Will Caiden get too deeply into Blaire to back away before he finds out the truth? Or will their connection be enough to seduce him into risking his entire future on Jail Bait?
About the Author:
Mia Storm is a hopeless romantic who is always searching for her happy ending. Sometimes she’s forced to make one up. When that happens, she’s thrilled to be able to share those stories with her readers. She lives in California and spends much of her time in the sun with a book in one hand and a mug of black coffee in the other, or hiking the trails in Yosemite. Connect with her online at MiaStormAuthor.blogspot.com , on Twitter at @MiaStormAuthor, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MiaStormAuthor.
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