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Risky Game (An Out of Bounds Novel) Mass Market Paperback – May 6, 2014
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Shannon Everett is a hardworking PhD candidate with an internship with the Baltimore Blaze football team. When she is anonymously contacted by an infamous gossip blogger offering a pretty penny for information on football star Brody Janik, she can’t refuse the money; it would solve her family’s financial problems. But when Shannon finds herself snooping in the Blaze locker room, her conscience prevents her from going through with it—but not before overhearing Brody discussing a serious health issue with his trainer. When Brody discovers that Shannon has been spying, he is furious and thinks that she is the gossip blogger. Shannon denies it and offers to help Brody with his condition. With his career at stake, Brody can’t refuse. The two can’t deny their attraction for one another, but there is one thing holding them both back: trust. Risky Game, the third installment in Solheim’s (A Numbers Game, 2014) Out of Bounds series, is a fun novel with a well-developed plot and likable characters. Readers will root for Brody and Shannon through numerous highs and lows and plenty of steamy scenes. --Patricia Smith
"Tracy Solheim is in the running for romance novelist rookie of the year." -RHAPSODY BOOK CLUB
Praise for the OUT OF BOUNDS Novels
“A winning romantic thriller…Empathetic characters and heartbreakingly plausible scenarios that move at a fast clip,with a heart-pounding finale.”—Publishers Weekly
”Solid storytelling, sharp dialogue, and genuine, sympathetic characters…An…enjoyable and very entertaining read.”—RT Book Reviews
“A wonderful debut novel.”—Bookpushers Reviews
“Purchase this book ASAP!”—Dark Faerie Tales
“Tracy Solheim will have you laughing and cheering and crying as her football hero butts up against the one woman who doesn’t find the Devil of the NFL to be irresistible hot stuff. If you’re missing Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s Chicago Stars, then it’s time to meet Shane Devlin.”—Rendezvous Books
“Refreshing contemporary… A surprisingly deep romance.”—Bookaholics
“Game On is a novel that has a lot going for it.”—Book Binge
Top customer reviews
Definitely the best book of the series! I loved this story and the emotions between Shay and Brody. I love how unlikely of a couple they are and my heart just hurt for Shay as that was repeatedly pointed out during the book.
Shay and Brody are brought together by an anonymous evil blogger who likes to stir things up by sharing the latest in rumors and gossip among the NFL members. Shay interns with the Blaze as she's earning her PhD in nutrition. It's an intern job so it doesn't pay, but she's working about 4 other jobs just to get by. This is a girl who never sleeps and never has enough money to get by. So when she receives an anonymous note from the blogger offering money for dirt, Shay is tempted. But that's all she is...tempted. She decides she can't do it, but that is only after she finds out about Brody's secret health issues.
Brody is the sexy tight end who everyone wants. He's gorgeous, charming, and sexy as all get out...and has been burned by pretty much everyone who eventually uses his fame for their gain. He's learned not to trust anyone, so when Shay says he can trust her, he scoffs and begins his own blackmail scheme against her. She cooperates with him or he will make sure that her mother's business is shut down.
Shay has so many self-esteem issues stemming from being a twin. Her twin sister just happens to be a former beauty queen and a current Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. Her sister was always the beautiful one; Shay was always the smart one. For the most part, she's learned to accept that over the years but with the blogger making constant digs at her and how she doesn't fit with the beautiful Brody, those old insecurities keep rising. Oh, how my heart hurt for her. I do love Brody though in that regardless of what was going on, he was always right up front reassuring her in how much he did truly want her. He screwed up in every other aspect, but not there. I loved how much he wanted and needed her to feel better about that issue.
Then there's Brody...the guy who never had to grow up. Brody's naturally talented, naturally beautiful and surrounded by sisters who take care of every little thing for him. He's never really had to work at too much and no one tells him no. But he's aware of that too and is really hard on himself about not having to work for things. That's affected his self-esteem negatively, too. Combined with his trust issues, he doesn't think that he will ever be able to maintain a real relationship.
This book is hard emotionally because neither of these characters truly feel like they ever have or will have anything more. That's a natural story line in a lot of romances, but in most of those there comes a point where they begin to have hope in a future. In this book, with these characters' mental blocks, neither of them ever truly even consider the possibility. That made the ending for me that much sweeter because I did love the two of them together.
There was a lot of emotion in this book and because of that this was definitely the best in the series for me. There was one story line left hanging though...the blogger was never caught or revealed although her source was. Will we eventually find out who's behind the blog? I hope so.
It doesn't seem the NFL star Brody Janik and PHD candidate Shay Everett would have much in common. He's a golden boy from a privileged background leading what seems to be a charmed life. Shay is from a much more difficult background filled with financial worries, a father with a traumatic brain injury, and a grandmother who didn't waste one chance to put her down.
But Shay is very bright. At age twenty-four, she is going for her doctorate in nutrition and interning with Brody's football team. She overhears a conversation between Brody and his trainer that tells her that Brody is having blood sugar problems and that he is keeping them from the team. An accidental comment from Shay lets Brody know that she overheard the conversation prompting Brody to blackmail her to make her keep his secret.
Since there is a blogger exposing all sorts of secrets of NFL players, Brody is certain that Shay will pass the information on despite Shay's assurances that she will not. The lack of trust between them doesn't bode well for a romance. However, they get to know each other better as Brody has Shay preparing his meals to help keep his blood sugar in balance. Shay is okay with this because she can use the data for her PHD thesis. They are mutually using each other and pretending to have a relationship.
Watching the relationship go from pretend to love made for a very engaging story. Fans of sports romances won't want to miss this one.
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