Book Review: Across the Line by Kate Willoughby

by Jac on August 8, 2014

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Across the Line by Kate WilloughbyAcross the Line by Kate Willoughby
Series: In The Zone #2
Published by Carina Press on 2014-08-11
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Book two of In the ZoneCalder Griffin needs to get back in shape. Sidelined last season by a knee injury, he's determined to return to the San Diego Barracudas and play the best hockey of his career. This might even be the year he gets out of his talented older brother's shadow.For months, Becca Chen has poured her energy into Cups, the restaurant she owns, desperate to prove to her parents that she can succeed in the career of her choice, not theirs. But after she spends a five-hour plane ride flirting with charming, magic-on-the-ice Calder, she tells herself she needs a fling.Becca and Calder can't keep their hands off each other, but they know the relationship can't last. They live on opposite coasts, and they're both too devoted to their careers. All they have to do is prevent their feelings from crossing the line from lust to love…See how Calder's teammate Tim found love in On the Surface.99,000 words

A few months ago I red and reviewed On The Surface – Book one in Kate Willoughby’s new hockey trilogy about the San Diego Barracuda’s and I found that story fresh and real, I was hooked. So when I saw book two, Across the Line, on Netgalley? I quickly requested and anxiously waited! I was sure this book would be just as good, and I was definitely right!

Becca and Calder meet on the plane, but soon realize they’d known each other in grade school. From there, their relationship is real in it’s progression. It’s insta-lust, but definitely not insta-love, and they both know it can never work! I love realistic expectations  in romance. But more than that? I love Calder. Becca was great, don’t get me wrong, she’s a fantastic leading lady. But Calder? He has my heart. He’s the “2nd best” sibling, trying hard to fill his brothers shoes. And I just adore him.

It’s no secret that I love secondary characters, and this book works well for that! Calder’s brother, Hart, plays an excellent role in this one! As does Alex, his friend and teammate. My only complaint? Our check in with Erin and Tim was minor, I felt like that was an afterthought, like they were just thrown in because they ‘had’ to be.  Erin befriends Becca, but we never really see her – we just hear that she was involved. I’d love a few good conversations between these two!

Kate Willoughby’s writing is fantastic, her story is fast paced, fun and throws in a few laughs. I find myself not wanting the story to end, and then anxiously awaiting the next in this fantastic series! If you’re a fan of Toni Aleo, Catheriny Gayle or Jami Davenport? Then I’m sure you’ll love Kate Willoughby’s fun hockey romance!


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