Thursday, May 9, 2013

[Book Review] Red Zone

Title: Red Zone
Author: Sherri Hayes
Date Published: February 7, 2013
Source: ARC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mystery
Rating: ★★★ 

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About the Book:
After a case ended badly for Rebecca Carson, she’s losing her mind sitting around her apartment waiting on her superiors to allow her to return to work. Since she was a teenager, the only thing she’d ever wanted was to join the FBI. Now that dream was in danger. 
Gage Daniels has made a pretty good life for himself. A nice house. A career he loves. As a professional football player, he’s used to getting almost everything he’d ever want with just the snap of his fingers. This includes women. A well-timed smile is usually all it takes to attract the opposite sex, especially in Nashville.  
When a stalker threatens Gage, the team owner calls an old friend, Rebecca’s ex-partner Travis Hansen, to help protect his star quarterback and find the person responsible. Hansen offers Rebecca the job, and she jumps at the chance. It’s work, and it will get her out of her apartment. How bad can it be? 
Posing as Gage’s girlfriend, however, isn’t as easy as it seems. The man is relentless. Rebecca must work to protect Gage while staving off his advances. She’s there to do a job, nothing more. The last thing she wants is to be another notch on a hotshot athlete’s belt. 
As the stalker continues to up the ante, Rebecca finds it harder and harder to keep her distance from Nashville’s star quarterback. He isn’t what she expected in one of the city’s most notorious playboys. Now all she has to do is keep him safe until they can find his stalker, and hope she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.

A suspenseful and equally romantic touch-down for author Sherri Hayes!

In this romance novel, the two main characters are just about as different as night and day. Gage Daniel is a professional football player and a major philanderer to boot. Vanessa Carson, on the other hand, is a serious and uptight FBI agent. Who would have ever thought that they'd end up playing as a couple?

First off, this is a story where the guy has the burden of proof to tip the scale in his favor and make the heroine fall in love with him. Gage Daniel's history with women certainly doesn't make that easy, and the fact that a crazy stalker of his has been keeping tabs on just about every woman he takes in his arms is downright creepy. Good thing Vanessa Carson is an FBI agent. The stalker, she could handle. The falling in love part? Doubtful. Sure, she might be attracted to him, too, but that doesn't guarantee that she'll fall for his charm without putting up a fight.

I like Vanessa despite the fact that she's too uptight and serious. Truth is, I appreciate her dedication to her job as an FBI agent. As an older sister myself, I also appreciate how she stands as a pillar of support to her younger sister. She's certainly a character who has gone through so much, so you can't blame her for being the way she is. Vanessa has so many things hidden underneath the surface that only the most annoying man could probably annoy her to show a little bit of herself. Hn. Good thing Gage Daniels is very annoying.

Gage Daniels on the other hand, is an entirely different business. On the surface, everybody only sees the hot-shot player both inside and outside the field. Very few people get the chance to see just what kind of man he's made of. And even fewer women get the chance to stay long enough to get to know who he really is. I like how Gage is a man of so many contradicting traits. It gives him depth as a character.

Story-wise, the whole plot is nothing elaborate really, but the story-telling is engrossing. The attraction between the two characters was almost tangible. Also, I liked it every time Gage pestered Vanessa out of pure amusement. The banter between them is certainly entertaining.

All in all, this one is a no-fuss, quick-reads romance story that's sure to get the reader get by on uneventful days. It has just enough suspense to keep you guessing and more than enough romance to keep you reading.

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