Under the Lights
Book 1 in the Boys of Fall series
by Shannon Stacey
Narrated by Carly Robins
Published by: Tantor Media Jul 21, 2015
Running time 7 hrs 1 min
Also available in e-book and paperback from Penguin Random House/Jove | 295 pages | May 26, 2015
Audio files provided by Tantor Audio for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
They were the golden boys of fall: Stewart Mills High School’s legendary championship winning football team. Fourteen years later, they’re back to relive their glory, save the team—and find themselves again . . .
Chase Sanders’s life has taken a lot of crazy turns lately. But returning to his hometown to help his old coach keep his high school football team afloat might be the craziest thing to happen to him yet. That is, until he starts falling for the last person he should—Coach’s gorgeous daughter.
Kelly McDonnell learned the hard way that cocky, charming men are nothing but trouble, so she knows Chase is bad news. Still, she can’t resist his smile—or the rest of him. But when his loyalty to her father conflicts with their growing attraction, any hope for a relationship might be blocked before it can even begin. https://tantor.com/under-the-lights-shannon-stacey.html
If you like sweet and hot small town romance with really human, fallible characters then this might be a great new series to start reading.
Chase is an honorable guy who has a mucked up life at the moment. Everyone believes he mucked it up, but it really isn’t his fault. This idea of who is at fault for his situation is mentioned a lot in the book; not even Chase’s parents want to believe it is circumstance.
When he guiltily accepts Kelly’s invitation it gives him a chance to get away and re-evaluate. That he’ll be able to help someone who helped him is a benefit, and maybe he can get some wise advice too.
He hadn’t seen anyone from school since he left town and it’s been over a decade. I had a similar experience when I went back to a high school reunion. It was a much better experience than I thought it would be. Chase finds that too.
Kelly is a female officer on a small town police force. Having grown up with the people she pulls over, tickets and arrests it is doubly hard for her to be taken seriously. Can you imagine?
I like that the 50-60 year old characters are not portrayed as at death’s door, or as old biddies. We half-centarians are pretty spry this days.
At the same time, these guys have to face the fact that they are not as young as they used to be. You can visit home, but not as the person you were.
By playing a football game against the current High School team, Chase and his contemporaries have to face both who they were, and who they have become.
That the characters have issues with communication that cause relationship issues is not my favorite trope, but I can see why, in this situation, they might be a little close-mouthed about how they feel. This was a pleasant, if not earth-shattering, steamy romance with characters who respect each other in and out of bed. I enjoyed it.
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