Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Review of In The Red Zone by Crista McHugh

The bit on the back…

All-Star linebacker Frank Kelly is as well-known for his off-the-field hits as he is for his on-field ones. When a dance club brawl ends with him in handcuffs again, he’s rescued by a well-connected woman who can get the charges dropped in exchange for a small favor. If he’ll agree to play the part of a doting boyfriend for two months, she’ll keep him out of the slammer and help restore his reputation.

Kiana Dyer may be the daughter of a Hall of Fame football player, but the charity organization she set up in his honor isn’t getting the media attention she’d hoped for. A staged romance with Frank Kelly is just the ticket she needs to get in the spotlight. As the lines between fake and real start to blur, she begins to wonder if bailing him out was the best call she’s ever made. Just when everything seems to be falling perfectly in place, scandal surrounds her charity, and she’s the one left scrambling to clear her name.

Firstly thanks to Crista for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. This is the 6th book in her Kelly Brothers series and I’ve read and enjoyed the first five!

This is about brother Frank Kelly, a sports superstar and known player. Frank can’t resist a good looking woman but when it comes to game changer Kiana, Frank doesn’t quite know how to handle himself.

So throughout the first five stories you get to know a bit about Frank via his brothers and most of the time it’s a phone call to extricate Frank from a sticky situation. Usually eldest brother Adam is the one on the case. Although this is the 6th in the series it is possible to read any of these as a standalone as Crista introduces the other characters in the series to you in each story but the individual stories themselves don’t rely on anything, as such, that might have happened in a previous story.

The story is dual POV and due to the fact that this is a quick read I felt it added to the story as you were able to get a more complete picture of the story over all. Kiana has quite a lot of baggage and Frank only gets a little snippet of that each time he unravels her a little more. Knowing more than Frank throughout the book was good because it kept me guessing as to what his reaction was going to be.

The story is fast paced and easy to read. I could feel something coming but I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what I thought was going to happen. What did transpire though was something completely out there that I didn’t see coming at all so although overall the story is predictable the sequence of events isn’t.

If you enjoy quick, romance reads then this series is for you.

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