I’m not the kind of reader who generally gravitates toward novella-length books or short stories, but when I found out that one of my favorite authors was going to have a story in an anthology, well, I was sold. When I saw that the anthology was going to be three sports romances with forbidden themes…I was all in.
An anthology is a great way of being introduced to new-to-you authors. It offers a sampling of their writing styles and allows for readers to decide if they would like to delve into one of the author’s full-length novels in the future.
Block & Tackle contains three stories that each feature a different couple. What I really enjoyed about this anthology was that it wasn’t merely a collection of sports romances, each story revolved around the Prestige Media Group – a business that manages professional athletes. While each author offered up their own story around the athletes and the agency, the setting lent an overall cohesiveness to the anthology.
Offsides by Elise Faber is an office romance between the C.E.O of the Prestige Media Group and his temporary assistant. This was a fun, witty story that was entertaining from beginning to end. I can only assume that her full-length novels are just as smile-inducing as this little morsel.
Off Guard by Stephanie Fournet is a romance between a public relations representative for Prestige Media and one of their clients. I will admit that I have read every book that this author has published, and she certainly didn’t disappoint with this story. Despite Off Guard being a much shorter story than what I am accustomed to from her, she still managed to pack a punch, providing characters that I was immediately invested in and all of the fantastic writing/storytelling that I have come to expect from her.
Off Limits by Kristin Vayden is just that – it’s an off limits relationship that has always been simmering under the surface between a sports agent and his client/best friend’s sister. This story seemed to be the shortest one in the collection, but it was still an enjoyable little diversion from real life.
Block & Tackle was a delightful read. It made me crave another full-length book from one of my go-to authors, and gave me two more authors to add to my TBR list!
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