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“Who just stole my thunder across the Hafton airwaves, you ask?
right now, right this very second, listeners, I have Hafton’s one-and-only, the main man with the ball in hand, Blane Steele is in the studio. Mark my words—he’ll not only steal the ball, but your lady’s heart too. Watch out, gentlemen, the Stealer is in the house!”
— Sonny Be Knocking Boots, Hafton Radio 96.9
Angst-ridden twists in fate.
Caterina is an intern. Sonny is her shock-jock boss. And Blane is a good-hearted baller…except when he steps on the court. Between on-air dares, an evil feminist professor, a straight-shooter of a coach, and rumors from the league surrounding Steele, these three are destined to screw it all up.
Rather than a love triangle, this is a friends-to-lovers story where the disc jockey acts as the catalyst, and a basketball player finds his life transformed when center court intersects with love.
I started walking toward the exit when I stopped and shouted, “What’s your name, my fair maiden?”
She turned, bracing the door with her shoulder. Planting her hands on her hips, she cocked one to the side.
“Do I look like a fair maiden at the top of the tower?”
Stunned, I shook my head. I’d never been challenged like that—ever.
“It’s Caterina.” She turned on her heel and started to enter the closet.
“It’s Blane. Nice to meet you, Caterina,” I hollered over my shoulder.
“Actually, everyone calls me Catie,” she yelled back.
Without looking back, I shook my head. Semi-sweet, foul-mouthed Catie and Mr. Sonny Fucking Boots.
What an odd pair.
I didn’t have time to get involved in whatever situation they had going. I had a basketball season to get ready for, and apparently, a libido to keep in check.
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Meet The Author
Rachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog,BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation.
Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, anti-heroes, and mighty fine epilogues.
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Rachel is giving away this coffee mug (perfect for sports romance lovers) filled with swag, along with signed copies of Vérité and Dolce!
Review: Dolce (Love At Center Court #2) By: Rachel Blaufeld
Blane definitely has met his match in smart mouth relatable Catie. He’s the jock that rules the campus and she is the intern at the local radio station and a women’s studies major who flips Blane’s world upside down with just a few words. (granted that get twisted around by her boss and lead Blane to making a no nooky bet for the season) Their set up reminds me of Pretty In Pink — she’s the quirky girl who loves getting involved in important causes and he’s the boy who seems to have the world at his fingertips and can have everything he wants at the drop of a hat except her.
Even though we think we have seen this exact same story a hundred times before Rachel makes it exciting and new with some twists and turns that make this a refreshing story. Catie is a character after my own heart! An curvy Italian girl isn’t usually a go to romance novel heroine so I was invested in her story. She is a strong character and her strengths and weaknesses play well off of Blane. He isn’t just a pretty face but he has some strong convictions himself and at first I found him to be the typical jock but during the course of the book we see more of his personality and what makes him tick and we see that he has a lot to say haha even as far as women’s rights and issues.
Not everything is perfect for this couple and they definitely have a gradual slow burn to their road to romance but I like that they weren’t quite insta love there was mutual attraction but the back and forth and just hanging out lead me to respect them more as a couple.