Featured Book Review: Risky Game (Out of Bounds #3) by Tracy Solheim
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Even though this is book three in the series, you can easily pick it up and dive in without being too confused. There are a fairly large amount of characters contributing to the story who were introduced in the past two books but Risky Game mainly focuses on Brody and Shay.
[quote]The scene that greeted Brody when he arrived the following evening at Will Connelly’s loft apartment was one of such pure domestic bliss he had to stifle his gag reflex. Two of the league’s most ruthless players had been reduced to lovesick puppies. William the Conquerer Connelly was frolicking on the floor with his six-month-old son, belly-farting the baby, who shrieked with laughter in response. The Devil of the NFL, Shane Devlin, was cramped on the end of the sofa, massaging his pregnant wife’s feet.
“Wow, if this is a hot night in Married Land, count me out.”
Connelly lifted his son off the floor and tossed him in teh air. “Julianne, didn’t I tell you to take away Brody’s key?”[/quote]
Something that I really liked in this book, which is a nice change from the last one (Foolish Games), is that the story arc feels well-paced and the hero keeps his caveman moments to an attractive minimum (‘William the Conquerer’ was decidedly less level headed!). Shay is also a refreshing heroine, a woman who is intelligent, confident, brave, driven, and has a remarkably thick skin. She’s a perfect match for the famous Blaze tight end playboy, with his millions and charm and magazine good looks.
[quote]”I grew up in Texas. You can’t fling a cat there without hitting a football player. I’m immune.”[/quote]
The book doesn’t really have any surprises and reads more like a traditional or Regency romance in that respect – you can pretty much tell from the start where it’s headed – but the story is well-crafted and entertaining throughout. The relationship chemistry (and not just sexually) between the protagonists is excellent and, while their love story is open-door, Ms. Solheim doesn’t abuse that balance by adding in unnecessary sex scenes or giving lascivious detail where it doesn’t enhance the reading experience. Risky Game is a true, classic contemporary romance.
Want to start from the beginning of the Out of Bounds series? Check out Game On.