On the Surface (In the Zone, #1)On the Surface by Kate Willoughby

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My rating on this book went up and down as I read it. The first half of the book was a 2.5 to 3 stars than it got better after 50% staying steady at 3.5 stars. Unfortunately, the last chapters (there are 46 chapters in this 272 page book) frustrated and pissed me off resulting in my final rating of 3 stars. On the Surface tells how NHL player Tim Hollander found love with pediatric nurse Erin Collier. It was a slow, boring start to the beginning of their relationship. I didn’t like Erin very much. She was a prude and frustratingly flighty. I liked Tim. Tim had something very sad happen in his past which endeared him to me even more. He loved Erin almost from first site, however, Erin was holding out because she believed the stereotypical judgment that professional athletes are players. When she finally realized how great they could be together, Tim adamantly informed her of something that could change how she felt about spending the rest of her life with him. What pissed me off about that was the fact he basically told her “this is how it is going to be and I’m not changing my mind.” Of course he told her this after he got her to fall in love with him and after he proposed (in the most amazing way, i have to admit…sigh). After that, I was Team Erin. In the end, Tim changed his mind of course, so I was happy they got their HEA. However, I wasn’t happy with how easily he changed his mind after being so adamant that he wouldn’t. Let me say that I didn’t hate this book but the writing did not flow how I would have liked. To me it was a more “tell” than “show” style. I didn’t really connect and all the “feels” I look for in a novel were not there for me. This was book one in a series. Will I read another from this author? Yes, I probably will. There were several characters introduced that I liked and am curious about their futures. It is common for me to like an author more after reading a few of their books. With that being said, I am always open minded. I hate when I dislike a book. But because we all have our own tastes, I could be in the minority of readers that felt the same. If you think you might like this storyline after reading the blurb, than you should read it and decide for yourself.

June 8, 2016

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