Monday, November 6, 2017

Book Review: Back in the Game by Erin Kern

Back in the Game (Champion Valley #2)
by Erin Kern
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Source: Publisher

Stella Davenport wasn't made for small-town life. Sure, teaching ballet in Blanco Valley, Colorado, is great, but she longs for the chance to perform in a big city. Stella swore she'd never let anything get in the way of her dream-until sexy, broad-shouldered Brandon West walks back into her life. Stella is determined to resist him, even if arguing with Brandon is sexier than any foreplay.

For Brandon, it's always been just him and his son, Matt. Knowing that love only leads to heartbreak, he isn't looking to expand his family any time soon. Stella, with her long, gorgeous legs and infectious laugh, is a breath of fresh air he didn't even know he'd been missing. But when she's offered her dream job in Chicago, will he be willing to put his heart on the line?

I am a sucker for a good contemporary romance and this one looked too adorable to pass up. I was so excited to read a single dad romance with a dance teacher in their small town. 

Stella Davenport had grand dreams of being a professional ballerina in Chicago. She was living the dream, until an accident left her unable to dance professionally. Stella powered through, though, and dreamed of choreographing back in the big city instead. She let her chance go for a guy once and promised herself never to let a man stand between her and her dreams again. Living in her small town, though, she can't help the way she feels every time she runs into single dad Brandon West. Brandon knows heartbreak and he never wants to experience that again, but Stella brings a light into his life that he hadn't even known he was missing. 

From the beginning, Stella and Brandon already had a past that we didn't get to see. They had gone on a date about a year ago and nothing became of it. I think this history left something missing for me because we didn't get that base of their relationship firsthand. I'm still not sure what kept them apart for a whole year and what made the difference now. Also, both Stella and Brandon entered the love territory REALLLLYYY quickly before they even really spent that much time together. I did not get that growth of feelings for each other whatsoever and felt that they progressed with each other way too quickly. 

I did enjoy the small town feel of this romance and how everyone knew everyone's business. I especially loved the football games and the old women who liked to appreciate Brandon's physical assets. Other than that, though, I didn't find myself in love with this story. I wasn't in love with the romance and just felt meh about everything else. While this one had the potential of being a super cute, heart wrenching small town romance, this one missed the mark for me.

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