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Nacho Figueras Presents: High Season (Polo Season) Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2016
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About the Author
Argentine polo player Ignacio 'Nacho' Figueras has become one of the most recognizable and talented polo players in the world. He is currently the captain and co-owner of the Black Watch polo team.
In addition to playing polo, Nacho has been featured as a face of Ralph Lauren and its Black Watch clothing and watch collection since 2000. In June 2009, he was voted the second most handsome man in the world by the readers of Vanity Fair and has appeared on numerous television shows, such as Oprah and Chelsea Handler. Nacho currently splits his time between Miami and Argentina with his wife, Delfina and their four children, Hilario, Aurora, Artemio and Alba.
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Georgia is a vet in upper state New York. Her best friend Billy invites her to spend a week with him going to polo games and parties. When Alejandro and Georgia see each other at a party there is an immediate attraction.
The romance story was disappointing. It was obvious that the author made an outline, put in reasons for the couple to be apart, and then filled in the words. The things the characters said and did were predictable - nothing was unusual or special. It felt like TV writing. Most of the book used inaccurate assumptions to keep the couple apart. Most of the story is about A’s and G’s angst and grief about being apart from each other. The reasons were not interesting - described in Spoilers below.
The biggest thing missing was dialogue. Right after reading “High Season” (HS) I read “Level UP” (LU) by Cathy Yardley. Boy what a difference. It was like night and day. If you read LU right after reading HS, you’ll see the difference - how dialogue makes characters come alive.
In HS there was too much telling, not enough showing.
There were about seven sex scenes. There was very little detail and not enough dialogue - mostly about body parts touching. I did not feel anything.
CAUTION SPOILERS - Keeping the couple apart:
A and G kiss. They like each other. Then A’s daughter comes up and says something to A. G immediately assumes A is dating the daughter. So G leaves and has all this mental anguish and turmoil because she is attracted to a man who is dating another woman (wrong). Of course A doesn’t tell G “This is my daughter.”
A and G accidentally run into each other at night and have sex. Immediately after, A says that should never have happened. G assumes it is because he has a relationship with the other woman (the daughter). The author gives no reason for A to stay away, but spends a bunch of time with A telling himself he needs to stay away from Georgia - for no reason that I could see.
Then A hires G for six weeks to replace a vet on the team. Now A uses that as his reason for staying away from G. Of course he can’t resist her. They have sex again and he has all this torment saying he is her boss he should not do that. Of course G loves him and has angst because he won’t be with her.
Then G’s ex boyfriend arrives to talk to G. She tells him she does not love him. He cries so she comforts him. A sees this and has more angst thinking G has another man in her life. So A is colder to G than before and avoids her, causing G more confusion and angst.
CAUTION SPOILER - The Ending:
The end was empty and abrupt. There was the big separation. They grieve for each other. Then all of a sudden he comes to her, apologizes, kisses her, and it’s over. The author does not show how or why A changed his mind. The author “tells” that they found each other again. That’s it. It’s over. The next book in the series opens by saying that A and G are married. The proposal and getting married were not told or shown in the first book.
THE COVER & AUTHOR:
A picture of Nacho Figueras is on the cover. He is the polo player model and spokesman for Ralph Lauren. He is not the author. Jessica Whitman is the pseudonym for an anonymous writing team. There were two instances of Ralph Lauren product placement in the story. The hero puts on “Polo Red” a fragrance. At an event Georgia notices that almost everyone was wearing Ralph Lauren polo logos (on their clothes).
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: about 368 pages. Swearing language: strong including religious words but not often used. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: about 7. Setting: current day New York, Florida, and Argentina. Copyright: 2016. Genre: contemporary romance, sports romance, polo.
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