Pages: 300 pgs
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Release Date: October 21st 2014
Review Source: Tour
College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.
Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.
When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?
I have enjoyed reading Jennifer Lane's work since With Good Behavior, the first book of her CONduct series, came out. When the chance came to read and review her latest novel, I jumped at the opportunity, and I'm so glad that I did.
Jen delves into the topics, that most would rather avoid, with sensitivity and depth. You feel for her characters and their struggles, just hoping that they'll find a way to move past whatever it is. And she did an excellent job of that in this book with her main duo Lucia and Dane, both dealing with things I think we can all relate to. And in that, their struggles didn't push them further away from each other, after all this a romance.
Blocked not only had sports and romance, but it also had plenty of politics. Jen handled it I think pretty fairly, showing both sides of the coin with each character and how they affected them on a daily basis. Politics is a pretty touchy subject for so many and again Jen didn't shy away from showing that.
She left things pretty open to continue with these characters and series, which I think would be fun. But, whether she continues with them or not, I definitely can't wait to read more from Jen. I know that it will be interesting and fun!
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About the Author
Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.
A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline—a military mystery about swimmers. And readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.
College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.
Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry.
In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned” Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.