Title: Going All The Way
He’s looking for redemption.
After destroying his reputation, Jason Friar is desperate to make a comeback in Major League Baseball. The only team who will have him is the perennial cellar dwellers, the Georgia Knights, who are looking for a leader for their struggling team. With the contract comes a leash, held by a sexy image consultant with whom he had a hot fling...
She’s looking for respect.
After being blamed for the collapse of a political candidate’s campaign, Stacia Kendall needs a new opportunity to prove herself to her father, a prominent and powerful Senator. Her one chance is to redeem the image of Jason Friar and not succumb to the heat simmering between them, a heat she knows so well...
Can Stacia help Jason find the redemption he needs, while protecting her heart?
Author: Megan Ryder
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Love From Left Field
Series: Knights of Passion #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Love From Left Field
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Theme
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Going all the way, really? That is not how it felt while reading this book. It is true that both characters went all in when it comes to sex, but what about their emotions? Let me take you on Stacia and Jason journey. Jason was an all-star baseball player that had everything going on for him until he hurt his shoulder. At that moment, everything went south for him. Stacia is an image consultant in the Political Arena and had made a professional misstep that left her job in jeopardy. Her friend Sophie took her out to drink some Southern Comfort and it ends up with Stacia and Jason sharing a one-night stand together, or so she thinks. The following day she receives a call to be an image consultant for a baseball player in The Knights. To her astonishment, the player is none other than Jason.
Physical attraction is at the heart of the story. At one point, there were two bed scenes back to back and too much is like not enough. I just got tired of these physical encounters without deeper feelings. Furthermore, there is very little build-up leading up to their passionate exchange. Sure there was heat, but it would have been way more engaging if it would have been fought against it instead of instant gratification.
Jason got a temper, I get it. He is a jerk, I get it as well. I felt that the author went too stereotypical with him. A little over the top and it is preventing me to totally connect with him. He redeemed herself toward the end, but he was so intense in the beginning that I feel like there is a big gap concerning this character development. That hurt the story in the long run.
Stacia is a good girl that just wants to break free from her father. She has an affair with Jason (that is totally out of character for her) and just wanted to go with the flow. It just didn’t do it for me. I had a hard time connecting with her and to know what she really wanted. It was unclear for me what path she really wanted to follow and who she really is deep down inside.
Jason’s mother, Celia, is the character I loved the most. She is real, funny and in a league of her own when it is time to tell it like it is. On the other hand, Stacia’s father is a total jerk, with no empathy at all. Then again, I feel like this character was a little over the top. She did a great job making me despise him, but I would have like seeing more weaknesses here and there.
The story line and plot were good, that is the main reason why I gave 3 stars. I love the scenes that were set in the baseball club environment and see their careers take an unexpected turn. What bring down this book are the characters, nonetheless, the author has talent. With a story with characters that have more depth… it would have been a homerun.
Overall, it is not a bad book, just missing some key elements to make the characters truly believable.
Ever since Megan Ryder discovered Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught while sneaking around the “forbidden” romance section of the library one day after school, she has been voraciously devouring romance novels of all types. Now a romance author in her own right, Megan pens sexy contemporary novels all about family and hot lovin’ with the boy next door. She lives in Connecticut, spending her days as a technical writer and her spare time divided between her addiction to knitting and reading.
She speared her fingers into his hair and tugged him closer, moaning her pleasure into his mouth. He slid his hands down to cup her ass, settling her firmly against his erection. Stacia wrapped a leg around his waist, tilting her pelvis to seat him more comfortably. She moaned at the thought that someone like him could desire her. She ruthlessly pushed the doubts away and focused on feeling, on sensations, on drowning in the moment.
Before she could fully absorb the thrill of knowing he wanted her, he lightly stroked his hands up her sides and cupped her breasts, fire licking her nerve endings. Her shirt slipped off her shoulders. A cool breeze hit her heated skin and she shivered with the immediate chill. He flicked his thumbs across her nipples, sending desire shooting right to her core. She dragged her mouth from his with a gasp and glanced down at her gaping blouse and the front closure bra open and framing her breasts.
Damn, he really was smooth. Sensations swamped her, centered at her nipples, which had never been so sensitive.
Fire licked her nerve endings, centered where his thumbs plucked and stroked, the sensation answered by a liquid heat deep in her belly. He grinned, a twist of his mouth reminding her of a rogue from the historical romances she used to sneak in the house when she was younger. He bent forward and took a nipple in his mouth, the suction and nips causing her knees to buckle.
She clutched his hair, overwhelmed by the delicious sensations he inspired and holding him in place so he wouldn’t stop. He chuckled and slipped his hands down her back to cup her ass as he feasted. She tugged his mouth up to hers for another drugging kiss.
They broke the kiss with a mutual groan. He was breathing heavily, obviously as affected as she was. The room spun but this time it wasn’t just the effect of the alcohol. It was a drug of a completely different kind–Jason.
She looked deeper into the room, at the king-sized bed reminding her why they were there.
As if sensing her hesitation, he touched her cheek so she faced him. “Are you sure? No doubts?”
Her eyes met his with cool confidence. “Absolutely.” She was ready, as if she had been waiting a lifetime for this one night. After tonight, she’d go back to being that other woman, the good girl who never could do anything right. But for now, she could be this wanton, asking for what she wanted, living in the sensation.