Review: Blocked by Jennifer Lane
College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.
Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.
When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?
She stared at the cereal for a few moments. At first she seemed to give the box a longing look, like she’d discovered a deep cache of oil on a barren stretch of land. Then her eyes tightened into the same hostile look I’d seen so many times on her father. Despite this, I noticed dark hollows beneath her eyes and felt a smidgen of concern for her. That level of exhaustion typically didn’t occur until later in the season, when Holter’s constant demands would inevitably wear down the girl’s team.
REVIEW: To play volleyball takes sheer strength and a courage that some may not understand until reading this novel. Blocked is a very interesting story that pulls the reader into a competitive, but passionate arena where two individuals are struggling to hold on to their sanity. Doing what they love, Dane and Lucia couldn’t be any more different. When there is no privacy—and everyone, including family, says that you should not fall for the enemy…where does that leave them after they are forced to live under the same roof for the remainder of the school year?
Lucia Ramirez is the daughter of Adolfo Ramirez, Governor of Texas and the nominated Republican candidate. While some of her views differ from her father, she still receives ridicule and judgement everywhere that she goes…Highbanks is no different. Lucia is forced to move to Highbanks after a scandal involving her previous coach; however, Highbanks is also where Dane is. Dane Monroe is the son of the Democratic candidate and Lucia has had a major crush on him since the first time that she laid eyes on him. Since they both play volleyball, they know that it is inevitable to totally avoid each other, but after they wind up under the same roof with their secret service guards, things start to get heated. Finding instant attraction to each other, can they get past their differences or will their parents’ debate for Presidency swallow them completely?
Lane has fantastic character development; the characters have strong emotional backgrounds and the content seems very credible. The writing is fast-paced, making the story a quick read, especially since this is the first installment in the series. This story does discuss alcoholism and eating disorders; therefore, there is a psychological aspect to the read. The grammatical and spelling content are both fine, it won’t prevent the reader from enjoyment. If you are a reader of sports and romance, you may be interested in this novel.
A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.
Jen loves to create sporty heroines and hot heroes in her college sport romances. Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez found her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in the Blocked series, it’s her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. Spiked (Blocked #3) features Lucia’s younger brother, Mateo, and launches in October of 2016.
A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen writes swimming-based romances as well: Streamline, a military mystery, and the free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.
Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic-suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior.
Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and visiting her sisters in Chicago and Hilton Head.