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Love In the Red Zone (Connecticut Kings) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 4, 2016
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I didn't read any excerpts, so I wasn't certain what the book was about. But all I really needed to know was there would be a love story, some football and that Love Belvin was writing it, and I was on board.
I loved me some Trent. Despite all that had happened to him, I loved that he was so kind-hearted. And Jade! She didn't play about her man! She was a lot, but with that 'mother' of his, Trent needed a woman who was down for him, no matter what. Jade had her issues, too, but I liked the growth that we saw with her. I could definitely identify with her floundering about a career choice, but I thought it was great that she wanted to put taking care of her home and family first. And Kyree was sooo adorable. Stentro and Zoey have been my favorite couple, but Trent and Jade are currently challenging them for that spot.
Speaking of which, I was too happy to see my faves Stentro and Zoey, Ezra and Lexi, and Jackson and Elle in the book. I was cheesing way too hard when any of them popped up, lol.
Love, please, please, please give us more. Trent's mama has been asking to get her trifling a** kicked for years, and Jade is just the woman for the job. Come on, Love, we need to witness that battle! I'd also like to see what kind of foolishness Ryshon causes now that he's out of lockup.
Thanks for another great story, Love Belvin! #weluhLove
"That's right! Magic Mike her lil' a**, TB!" - Alton Alston
So, on to the story! The first thing that comes to mind when I think about Trent and Jade is that we actually got the chance as a reader to get to know them separately before they even met and embarked on a relationship with each other. There were so many layers to each of the characters, that when they made a move or decision, you as the reader understood WHY they did what they did, even if you didn't agree with them.
My other love in this book is the many accurate references of Camden, NJ! The city was a character in its own right. The good, bad and the ugly. With Trent being a product of such a place and to have made it out all without all the necessary tools that an adult should have before braving this world, shows that he had so much growing to do. Sadly, his is a common situation of a "town that time forgot" as it is commonly called.
Jade and Trent's story is everything you hope for when looking for a great book. Happiness, chemistry, and a little bit of drama sprinkled throughout. They both rode for each other in ways that the other wasn't used to. Without giving too much away, I can't even say as a reader that I'd consider this a 'happily ever after'... honestly, it felt more like, 'life happening in the midst of happy moments!' And that's quite OK with me!
I really liked these two and more importantly, it was nice to have cameos by so many other of the LB characters! Teamwork makes the dream work. They really all stick together.
I'm ready for JJ and Cole's story next.