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Ruck: New Adult Sports Romance (A Completion Novel Sports Romance Book 5) Kindle Edition
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Pompous jerk he is NOT. Yes he has his issues that he needs to work on but what man doesn't? I loved how we got to see him transform from a playboy into someone who I could see settling down and having a family. He surprised me with how much he grew in this short novella that it made me not only fall in love with his bad boy ways but also his sweeter side. I was proud to see him finally open his eyes and see what and who he really needed in his life. I think Holly did a great job with taking a character that I am sure a lot of us wanted to hate and turning him into a character that we should all have fallen in love with.
Danny is my hero. Not only is she a beautiful character she is strong and passionate and is 100% true to herself. She doesn't bend to Van's will and will forever and always remain Danny. She is who she is, take it or leave it. She is used to see the endless revolving door or women go in and out of Van's life and still she puts on this strong front that it doesn't tear her heart to shreds. I felt so much compassion for her during this read because I couldn't imagine being in love with someone and watching them for so long not really see you. The one thing that I was very happy about and made me chuckle was that she gave Van a taste of his own medicine and it was brilliant. Holly did a great job with showcasing a strong female lead that anyone would admire and cheer for. Van met his match with Danny and the push and pull, give and take was entertaining to read.
Now as always in true Holly fashion the sex was OFF THE CHARTS HOT. Ruck just like the rest of The Completion Series does NOT lack in pantie melting scenes that have you squeezing your thighs just a bit tighter. The chemistry between Danny and Van we incredible addicting that I will say the ONLY thing I didn't like about this story was that it wasn't longer. I knew going into this one that it was a novella, which I love those, however this couple I could have read another 100 pages of and not gotten bored.
Even though Ruck COULD be read as a stand alone I would suggest and encourage reading the ENTIRE COMPLETION SERIES because I LOVED EVERY SINGLE BOOK. You need to loath Van just a little before you fall in love with him. You should experience all the characters from beginning to end and have Holly consume your life from Play (Completion #1) to Strike (Completion #2), Kick (Completion #3), Slam (Completion #4) all the way to Ruck (Completion #5). All novels except Ruck which makes me a tiny bit sad are full length novels but will be devoured in record time I promise. Love Love Love this series and couldn't recommend any of them enough! So my rating is 4-4.5 stars ONLY because I wanted more more more!
Make Me Scream
Van Stelson definitely lives up to that slogan with his womanizing ways, but at the beginning of Ruck, Van’s in a bit of a funk and hasn’t been his manwhore self because he’s realized that he wants more from a woman than just a bedmate; he wants what his brother has with a girl that he could have had if he didn’t mess it up. But even if Van wants to change his ways, getting people to buy into it…to believe that he wants the “real thing” as opposed to keeping his player behavior is the biggest challenge he has to face, especially from the woman who has always been next him as his friend and nothing more and who he now sees more clearly as a beautiful and amazing woman and wants to make her his even though she’s not “his type.”
I love how Holly S. Roberts portrays Danny Brighton, the heroine; she’s the kind of girl I love to read about because she’s 100 % real and doesn’t allow anyone’s expectations to rule how she acts. I understand her hesitancy when it comes to Van’s declarations; I wouldn’t know how to take his abrupt change of heart and the fact that he never saw me as anything more than a buddy, especially if I actually had feelings for him. Because I loved Danny so much, I would have liked to have heard her perspective a bit to get the whole picture…to understand her views and actions, but I do understand why it was told through the hero's eyes because he's the one who needed to grow and change to get what he truly wanted in life.
I love friends to lovers story lines, and while I did like Ruck, I felt like everything moved a bit too quickly, and the relationship that resulted didn't feel completely genuine because of it. I guess I needed more…more building of the relationship…more explanations as to why Van’s feelings changed and it became all about Van proving to Danny that he can be the man she needs. I know that people change all the time; they grow and have revelations about how they want to lead their lives, but that growth is gradual, for the most part, and I wanted to see Van and Danny’s story play out a bit slower, so I didn’t doubt Van’s change of heart at all.
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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