Monday, August 1, 2016

Review- Hustle: A Skin in the Game Standalone Sports Romance by Christine Bell

 Series: Skin in the Game
Available Formats: eBook Only

A man in a room full of boys…

Ty Maxwell is a twenty-three year old college freshman with a chip on his shoulder and more secrets than the CIA. In a word? Trouble. So why can’t I stop staring at those tortured eyes and wondering what those hands would feel like on my body?

No sex. No friends. Just football.

Straight off a bloody tour in Iraq, I’m battling night terrors while my peers squabble over beer pong. If it wasn’t for my NFL dreams, I wouldn’t be here at all. But when I sign up for an easy “A” Drama Class, I take my eye off the ball, totally distracted by Teacher’s Assistant, Flora Vasquez. She’s like a ray of sunshine in the darkness that is my life…a darkness sure to consume her if I get too close.

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What I thought about Hustle

In this second standalone title in Christine Bell's Skin in the Game series, the story revolves around Ty, a veteran returned to college to get the eye of a football recruiter and Flora, Teaching Assistant.
When Ty and Flora meet on the first day of class, there's an instant lustful connection between them.But Ty has lots of issues from his past and so does Flora.  I'd assumed Ty's issues were from his war time experiences, and that is just part of it.  Turns out he's got more than one demon in his past.  

Flora really cares about Ty.  I'm not sure why -- oh yeah, maybe it was that super hot kiss Ty gave her in the stair well, and Ty keeps pushing her away. Just one I thought she'd had enough, she goes back for more, she cares about him that much.

I did like this story, although it had little to do with sports and more about growing up and learning to deal with people and relationships.  It was just the right size and pace for an afternoon read.  Christine Bell has a pleasant and easy writing style so the words flowed nicely and even though the story ended a bit abruptly, I did like Ty and Flora's story.
ARC provided for review.

About the Author

Christine Bell is a USA Bestselling Author of contemporary romance novels and one half of the happiest couple in the world. She and her handsome hubby currently reside in Pennsylvania with a four-pack of teenage boys and their two dogs, Gimli and Pug. If she gets time off from her duties as maid, chef, chauffeur, or therapist, she can be found reading just about anything she can get her hands on, from Young Adult novels to books on poker theory.
 She doesn’t like root beer, clowns or bugs (except ladybugs, on account of their cute outfits), but lurrves chocolate, going to the movies, the New York Giants and playing Texas Hold ‘Em. Writing is her passion, but if she had to pick another occupation, she would be a pirate…or, like, a ninja maybe. She loves writing fun, sexy romances, but also hopes to one day publish something her dad can read without wanting to dig his eyes out with rusty spoons.

Christine loves to hear from readers, so please feel free to get in touch with her via the Contact Page, or find her on Twitter @_ChristineBell.


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