- File Size: 1039 KB
- Print Length: 204 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Shine (March 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 21, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HL12LC0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a translator for pro athletes, Eva Torres is used to dealing with self-interested super stars. But Rio seems different, and she’s blindsided when he locks eyes with her across a church pew. By now, after weeks of close contact with the endearing athlete with whom she shares a language, her thoughts are far from holy. She must remind herself flirtation is probably just his default style. Plus, she’s the only one he can really talk to. But when his ambition threatens to derail his career—and their deepening connection—they’ll both have to lay their hearts on the center line.
Two things that made this story interesting and intriguing for me were; one the story is centered around professional soccer and two that the main characters are Latin American.
That Rio is new to America and cannot speak the language gave a lot of realism to his character. Then add the unique and intimate relationship between Rio and his translator, Eva and you can totally imagine these characters being real.
Rio and Eva's love story was a slow build which made sense for them and the story. There is instant lust, but they work together and Eva is leery after being around professional athletes for so long. Once they give in to their feelings, it is sexy and sweet. Of course they have some obstacles to overcome but reading about them made me root for them even more.
After reading this first in this new series I cannot wait for more!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Eva has dreamed of being a sports interpreter her entire life, and she has finally living the dream. She has been working for the Skyline for a few years now, and although she has appreciated the looks of the players she has interpreted for, she has always kept her distance personally. She does not want to jeopardize the job she loves. Rio makes her question her resolve, though, especially after they run into each other at church one day. It's hard to say no to Rio, though, especially as she gets to know the man behind the media personality.
I thought it was an interesting slant to have the chapters with Rio's point of view, especially the parts that showed the struggles of not being able to understand what is being said around him. I would give this book 3.5 stars. I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
As a professional Spanish language translator for pro athletes, Eva is used to being around good-looking men but sometimes her heart leads her astray. Her last relationship was with a soccer player who moved on to a new life without her, a man she foolishly thought felt the same way about her as she did about him. Once burned, twice shy, she’s got her guard up where men are concerned, especially one as appealing to her as Rio. Eva has plans for her future that don’t include being just a ‘plus one’ for another famous athlete. A sex only fling would let them burn off some of the excess attraction between them and Eva’s resistance to Rio is short lived in the face of his flirtatious pursuit. But when they develop feelings for each other beyond simple attraction, will it lead to something more permanent?
Okay, I’ll admit it. The cover of this book is what drew me in (hello, hot soccer player!) and combined with the synopsis, I was excited to read this story. The first thing that sticks out is that unlike the majority of romance heroes, Rio is short at just over five-and-a-half feet tall. It’s a disadvantage for most sports, and as a soccer player it means he has to be quick and maneuverable on his feet. His height disadvantage means he always feels like he has a lot to prove on the field, especially now with his new team. He’s not short of confidence though – he knows he’s fit and attractive, and his elite sports status means he doesn’t lack for female companionship. But he isn’t an arrogant man. He’s friendly and hardworking and dedicated. He’s used his wealth to better the lives of those living in the poor area he comes from in Chile, and supports his family. It’s not hard to see why a woman would be flattered to have his attention.
Eva, a smart, passionate and caring woman, is drawn to Rio despite her best intentions to keep things professional. There’s a bit of conflict involved due to her position as team translator, and this makes her hesitant to reveal that she’s attracted to him. Eva wants to be an immigration lawyer, and when she isn’t working for the soccer team she volunteers at her local Catholic church (that Rio is happy to attend with her as a fellow Catholic) where she assists undocumented immigrants. Eva herself is the daughter of a Mexican illegal immigrant who was deported when Eva was twelve. She was fortunate enough to be taken in by a neighbor, but naturally it still affects her. It’s a timely political storyline dealt with in an empathetic way.
The story is told from dual points of view which I always appreciate. Rio and Eva’s attraction results in some steamy love scenes and emotional moments as they connect on all levels, both of them eventually sharing the truth of their difficult pasts with each other. As for the soccer aspects, the business of running a sports team is dealt with well and there are several on field scenes that are exciting to read, and show the author has a good grasp of the sport. We see Rio’s successes and challenges; he’s trying to make a name for himself on the team, keep up his physical game by extensive training, build a working relationship with his teammates and learn how to speak English. All this, and he successfully romances Eva too! The happy ending after a few ups and downs is wholly satisfying. If you enjoy sports romances, Crossing Hearts delivers an exciting and passionate read. Rebecca Crowley has made herself a new fan.
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