athlete heroine

B+
Offensive Behavior

An accidental pregnancy and miscarriage cost Zarley Halveston her shot at Olympic gymnastics gold. Now she pole-dances at Lucky’s under the stage name Lux, and Reid McGrath, recently fired from the company he founded for “being an asshole,” is Lux’s most loyal fan. Every night he watches her ...

B-
Winning Ruby Heart

Winning Ruby Heart was pretty hard for me to resist. First of all, I like unusual characters, and it’s hard to top a disgraced Olympic runner - and the paraplegic sportscaster who exposed her - in the unusual department. Secondly, the heroine is a runner. I run recreationally, work with runners an ...

B+
Summer is for Lovers

If there’s such a thing as the perfect beach read, it’s Summer is for Lovers. Not too serious, but engaging, fun, and sexy, it’s a lighthearted (if slightly imperfect) way to spend a few hours. Caroline Tolbertson is a very good swimmer, which in the 1840s is not at all the thing. As a youn ...

A-
Summer's End

Blended families are tough, especially in romance. When the kids are perfect, the books are too sweet. When they are impossible, you wonder why the two primaries are bothering anyway. But what if they are adults? Is the family still blended if the "kids" being spoken of are all grown up? In the c ...

C+
Her Secret Fling

Her Secret Fling is a well-written, promising book that only just misses the mark. It starts out with an intriguing conflict and sexual chemistry to spare - and then descends into a plot and conflict that I find particularly annoying. Poppy Birmingham is an Australian gold medal swimmer forced to ...

C+
The Right Mr. Wrong

The Right Mr. Wrong is the second book Cindi Myer set in Crested Butte, Colorado (following Marriage on Her Mind). It's a quick, light read, and though the main characters have a fair amount of baggage from their past, the book is not filled with angst or deep emotions. While I enjoyed the heroine, ...

F
Fire Beneath the Ice

A bad cover and a terrible title can often conceal a wonderful romance. In the case of Fire Beneath The Ice a good title and a beautiful cover conceal a very clumsy book. The premise is intriguing and one we don't often see in a romance - the first few months after a marriage. But the writing is lea ...

B
A Man Like Mac

Fay Robinson makes a strong debut with A Man Like Mac, which features one of the best heroes to come down the romance road in a long time. John "Mac" McCandless is a teacher, a coach, a world-class athlete and a paraplegic. When paraplegics are featured in a romance, the plot often consists of the h ...

A
Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle just hurts so good. Know what I mean? The hero is very nearly a total S.O.B.; the heroine subjected to torture nearly beyond belief. The love scenes are filled with incredibly purple prose. The incendiary heat between Tory Wells and Ethan Reever begins, nearly impossibly, the momen ...