Haven Briscoe has finally landed a dream job as a sportscaster for a major network. But she hasn't been able to move past the recent death of her beloved father, and it's affecting her career. A plum assignment following the daily life of sports superstar Trevor Shay might be just the inspiration she needs. Trevor will do anything to spark life back into Haven, including letting her into every aspect of his world. The chemistry between them flames higher than one of Trevor's home runs and faster than his dashes to the end zone. But as they grow closer, Haven stumbles onto Trevor's closely guarded secret, one he's hidden his entire life. And despite his protests, now it's Haven's turn to put everything on hold to help Trevor. Will he let her in and trust her with a secret that could blow his professional and personal world apart? Contains mature themes.
©2014 Jaci Burton (P)2014 Tantor Media
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I thought that Trevor (professional athlete) was the most likable male character in this series since Mick; strong, caring and non-violent (not hitting or domination). Haven was a sympathetic character, a twenty something woman trying to move on with her life after the death of her father.
Straddling the Line could have been an excellent book if there had been an actual plot and more character development. There were fun moments as Haven & Trevor got to know each other and too many explicit sex scenes to count. Trevor's big secret was easy to guess and fix; a person with that much money could have conquered the issue easily.
Unfortunately, too many of the male characters in this series were carbon copies: gorgeous, sexy, promiscuous men who make millions, care about their parents, siblings and/or friends yet see women as conquests & bimbos. Hardly good husband material...
When couples from previous books made appearances, the women are concerned about balancing children & careers and supporting their men. In contrast, the men seem to make their own careers a priority. Conspicuously, none of the men were willing to give up "playing sports" to be a full-time father, expecting others to help raise their children.
I believe Jaci Burton is talented, with the ability to create more complex and balanced characters. I would enjoy a series with older, more mature male characters who view women as equals.
I really wanted to like this book. These have always been a must buy for me but this one should have just been a series catchup novella. It seems every couple of chapters old characters showed up. At least one from every book. If I had listened to them all in a row I might have liked it better but I didn't and it was very distracting trying to remember the other stories. No real chemistry this time. This one is going back. I'm not sure if I'll buy the next one.
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