Review: On The Line by Liz Lincoln
Is this man: A) a super-hot NFL player, B) the guy you’re sexting, or C) your new boss? If you’re Carrie Herron, the answer is: D) all of the above. First, Carrie starts exchanging steamy text messages with the sexy single dad she meets in line at the grocery store. Then she lands a job as the live-in nanny for the daughter of the Milwaukee Dragons’ newest star. With any luck, she’ll be back on her financial feet before the next cosplay convention rolls around. But when Carrie shows up for work and realizes that her new boss is the guilty pleasure in her phone, she has no choice but to try to keep things professional. Oh, how would Poison Ivy handle a temptation like Seth Chamberlain? After getting traded from Houston to Milwaukee, Seth’s having a tough time keeping his head in the game, let alone making sure that his daughter is fitting in. So if the only nanny that Madison will tolerate is a grown woman who likes comic books even more than she does . . . well, so be it. Too bad the nanny is also the gorgeous redhead Seth’s been flirting with all this time. But with Carrie’s knowing glances and kissable lips driving him wild, Seth must decide whether he’s ready to put everything on the line.
I loved sports romances. One of my favorite romance series is a little football romance series called Game On and it is SO GOOD.
I won't leave you in suspense. On The Line is NOT so good. I had some high hopes for this book and how it might turn the genre on its head, but they were all pretty much shattered. We had a nerdy cos-playing teacher/nanny, a cool kid, a hot dad (and brother's best friend). But nope. It was just a book of disappointment.
With that said, there's not really anything terribly offensive about this book. There are some good bones to the story, and it certainly had the room to be something much more than it was. Seth is a good dad trying to make the hard but necessary decisions and stay close to his young daughter. Carrie is struggling to find her own footing in the world after being let go from her teaching gig. But I wasn't a fan of the POV (close third, alternating characters), the pacing (scenes/chapters end as if they'll be picked up in the next chapter, but then the next chapter is weeks in the future), or the chemistry. There was something pretty cheesy about it, and not much that was sexy. We're also told a lot that Carrie is a good nanny and good to the kids but...we never see it? There's also a lot of needless explanation of the most basic of football rules and terminology.
Should you read it? I recommend that you skip this one.
1 1/2 Stars
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Published April 12, 2018 by Loveswept (Random House)