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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’m not doing anything. I’m hanging with a friend.”
Almost instantly, the spark winked out in her eyes. “What?”
Most girls would have bitten their tongue off rather than respond to the friend comment, but not Cate.
She glared at me. “You’re making my head hurt. You’re nice, and we’re friends. Then you wrap your arm around me, hug me tight, chat about porn, and ask me out for a drink, which seems like more than friends. And now we’re back to being friends again.”
“It’s complicated, like you said, with Sonny and the radio station. I’ve never done this before, actually liked someone or been intrigued. Whatever this is.”
“Well, I guess there’s a first time for everything.”
“It’s fucking just my luck, you know,” I said, shaking my head sadly. “I meet someone like you when Sonny throws down the gauntlet, and I can’t mess up because I’ve got Coach breathing down my neck. Everyone’s watching me. It’s been all eyes on deck since last season, when I decided to finish school before I go pro, and do what’s right. I must be jinxed or some shit.”
“Exactly,” Cate said firmly. “I may be all ‘I am woman, hear me roar,’ but I’m not about to trash your career over a silly friendship. You do what you need to do.”
She stood on her tiptoes, grabbed my shoulders, and placed a quick kiss on my cheek. “Take care of yourself, Blane. See you around. Thanks for walking me.”
I started this book a few days ago, and had some issues come up while trying to concentrate on reading so it was difficult at first for me to get into this book. But once I was able to sit down and read, I was able to enjoy this story.
Dolce is about Blane, a college senior BB player and Catarina, a feisty shorty who is a women’s lib major and intern at the school radio station. When they meet, Blane is on air with “Mr. Boots” the campus radio shock jock and somehow ends up in a “celibacy bet” until the championship.
Blane and “Cate” are drawn to each other. This is a first for Blane who is used to screwing around. But he is growing tired of that, and this little bet is giving him a much needed break from the groupies.
Things I loved. I loved how sweet Blane really was. He was willing to pretty much anything to get Cate to notice him, to hang out. I loved when they were together and Cate was not allowing her own issues to intervene.
Things I didn’t like. Cate’s stupid womens lib professor. IMO, she was the epitome of jilted, angry woman who just because Cate was fraternizing with a jock, felt like she could degrade and kick Cate out of the program. I also did not like the porn aspect. I won’t get to far into specifics as you will want to read the book for yourself. But for me, I was just put off by this part of the story and how it affected my Blane and Cate’s relationship.
Fortunately, this did not go on for long. However, it affects both of our characters lives and decisions. Cate moves on, Blane does as well. But Blane doesn’t move on without her on his mind and oh how happy I was with that ending!!!
Overall, I gave it 4 stars. I really liked it.
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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.
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