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As a sports agent, Rachel Pollard is used to getting what she wants when it comes to her clients. With the NFL draft in the near future, she keeps turning down requests to interview her draft prospect client, Kevin Loder. When sports reporter Nick Ruben tries to land an interview with Kevin, Rachel is not too pleased. She doesn't want Nick uncovering a secret from Kevin's past and she hasn't forgotten that Nick ignored her back when they were high school classmates. Due to Kevin wanting to be interviewed, the two of them have to work together and soon the sparks fly. But will their careers get in the way of a potential romance?
I really loved that the author chose to have this book take place in the sports industry because it's not something you see too often in romance books. And it was also cool to have Rachel be one of the best sports agents in the country in what is definitely a male-dominated field. I liked the chemistry between Rachel and Nick and even though their story wrapped up at the end of the book it is obvious that the author could continue the series with Rachel's friends at the agency.
The only thing that I didn't really care for was Kevin's storyline.
I just didn't find it realistic in this day and age where you have players beating their wives and kids or being accused of rape, that Kevin having a panic attack while talking about what happened when he was a kid would be the thing to have teams deciding to turn their backs on him. He was able to play 4 years of college football without a problem and I think most people can see that talking about a traumatic event would be difficult. I just thought this was the weak spot of the book.
I received a free ebook from the publisher but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinions.
As the agent for numerous individuals who play professional sports, Rachel Pollard has a reputation for making certain the best interest of her clients is met as long as they follow her rules. When a reporter for a local NYC television station calls, she wonders about his reason. She remembers Nick Ruben from high school, and though she secretly liked him then, he will get no special treatment from her now because protecting her athletes is a priority.
When Rachel hears that Nick wants an interview with Kevin Loder, she firmly refuses. The NFL hopeful is a young man whose attention needs to stay on getting picked in the upcoming draft, and she is not letting anyone break his concentration. But Nick needs to do this interview, as it is imperative to his career. Yet he also soon wants Rachel to realize they could be good together if she will just give them a chance.
Since Rachel and Nick express their feelings during any challenging dilemma with such heartfelt sentiments, I quickly became caught up in their complicated relationship. Both are very confident when it comes to fulfilling their professional responsibilities, but they feel doubts when exploring the gradual change in how each think about the other. Though they did go to school together, their current awareness is that of an adult so their perception is much different. I liked how their feelings still need a big push because their way of thinking is usually poles apart, so it often takes some newly revealed insight to change their minds. Julia Blake knows when to make things easy for Rachel and Nick, but she also can throw in a struggle when least unexpected to increase the tension.
CHANGING THE PLAY is a fascinating entanglement of romance and sports. Much research must have been done by Julia Blake, as I felt as though any of the circumstances related to sports came across as very conceivable. Whether it had to do with being an agent or a reporter, her characters seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Conflicts between these two professions could be numerous, and I thought each one imagined by the author was shrewdly written.
I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all thoughts are my honest opinion