04 November 2014

Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | Blocked by Jennifer Lane

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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. Hijole. 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?

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There’s a thin line between love and hate – but when you sprinkled in political beliefs, culture and a whole lot of differences, well, that thickens the line a bit.

I could already see the sparks between Lucia Ramirez and Dane Monroe. He hated her, and she? Oh well, she had a huge crush on him. The both of them can play a great game of volleyball – she’s a blocker, and he’s a setter – both of them have volleyball scholarships, but their similarities didn’t end there. They both have secret service guards following after them, and one of their parent is running for the presidency. The paparazzi are hounding them, trying to find something a story to feed the primetime news.

When the secret service throws them together in one roof, Dane can no longer deny his attraction to Lucia. She was sweet, a little bit naïve, and innocent in the ways of the world. I love her faith in people, and the firmness of her belief. Unlike Dane’s belief, she has her own mind and doesn’t really follow everything her father believes in. It didn’t take long before Dane notices it too, and day by day, he found himself liking the child of his mother’s opponent.

I love how the author tackled the issue on body image. Some of us might be in denial, but the disorder is rampant, especially with young girls. It is important that early detection is done, and couple it with psychological support as well. Dane was an amazing support system, he didn’t judge, he knows exactly what she needs and gives it to her without asking for anything in return. Discussions with regards to their political beliefs were set aside, an unlikely friendship was formed, that led into something else.

With the political race coming to an end, and college athletics: can the both of them stand the pressure? Can they set aside their differences, defy the odds and be together?

Indeed, love disregards every bit of differences. I fell in love with this couple. They are endearing to read, even when they were bickering, especially when Lucia speaks back. It was a great read, I was thoroughly entertained until the ending. The ending got my heart palpitating – I almost ran out of breath, and despite the fact that it ended that way (not what I expected), I think it was perfect. For every sports-romance fans out there, you give this one a shot!


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Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline—a military mystery about swimmers. And readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.

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, hanging out with her plus-size, “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned” Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.

1 comment:

  1. I adored this review, Churcha! Many thanks for taking the time to read and review Blocked. I like what you said about their similarities and how Dane supported Lucia. I wasn't sure how I would end it but the ending I chose just felt right, and I'm glad you thought it was perfect. :-)