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College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

300 pages, Paperback

First published October 21, 2014

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Jennifer Lane

14 books1,419 followers
Psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane invites you to her world of sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist!

Jen fell in love with sports at a young age and competed in swimming and volleyball in college. She went on to become the Honda Award Winner for Division III Athlete of the Year. She still gets high from the smell of chlorine and the satisfaction of smashing a beautiful volleyball set.

Jen’s latest novel is Rivals, a romance between coaches from rival universities. Her Blocked trilogy also explores the transformation from hate to love. Particularly in this time of division, Jen’s favorite theme is finding common ground.

A romantic suspense trilogy (The Conduct Series) and a psychological thriller (Twin Sacrifice) complete Jen’s collection of stories. She calls Ohio home and shares writing space with her two trusted feline collaborators: Tuxedo and Tessa.

Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time, she likes to exercise and visit her amazing sisters in Chicago and Hilton Head.

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Profile Image for Anne OK.
3,571 reviews459 followers
January 3, 2015
I had a hard time settling into this one. The set up seemed stretched to the limits and I never really felt close to either main character. With the age and storyline, I was expecting more of a NA-aged feeling to this storyline. The characters were well-developed, had their flaws, and were having a rather “different” type college experience. The “opposite side of the fence” political situation put a little different spin on it as well.

Sometimes I felt that the political portion of the story was just a bit overly drawn out. There seemed to be a little too much telling and not enough doing. Very little romance even though I did feel the relationship growing – just not romantically. The ending was not solidly defined leaving the reader with one’s own thoughts. Most of the time this type of ending doesn’t work for me – and this happened to be one of those times.

Profile Image for ✶Rachelle✶ .
266 reviews126 followers
July 3, 2018
1 star

eBook provided by Netgally in exhange for my honest review

Rant ahead

This was awful

Dane is by and large the WORST hero I have ever had the (dis)pleasure to read about. There was nothing redeeming about him. He is a caveman who thinks he is God's gift to Earth and I just can't. Our first introduction to him meeting his "love" interest is by blowing a gasket and calling her "Hitler's spawn" and "Satan's spawn" because she dared to come to his university....and her father dared to run against his mother in the US presidential election. Um....what?? I mean, I get that your parents are rivals, but dude you don't even know the girl. Also very confusingly, Lucia has a huge crush on Dane and wants to "be his girl". WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO BE THE GIRL OF SOMEONE WHO CALLS YOU SATAN'S SPAWN. HAVE SOME DIGNITY PLEASE.

Also, I get that this book was written in 2014, but there are some phrases that Dane uses that really should never, ever be said. "Chillax", "pocket rocket", and "hawt" being a few examples. Dane has an extremely overinflated view of himself, his politics, and his attractiveness. I'm not sure what kind of character the author was trying to write, but Dane is 100% a spoiled, selfish, extremely immature man-child and I....




I definitely skimmed the majority of the book because I broke out in hives every time Dane had dialogue. And since he was one of the leads, that was an awful lot of hives. There may have been romance, but it totally went over my head because I have no idea how this guy even has friends, let alone girls who want to be romantically involved with him. This book could have been such a win for me....if only Dane wasn't in it.

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818 reviews370 followers
March 2, 2021
**Originally posted on Bookish Wanderlove.**

"As I plopped down on the bleachers and scanned my new teammates around me, one word came to mind: heaven. I wasn't the tallest girl in the gym for the first time in my eighteen years on earth."
It is actually so hard to write a review for this book without giving anything away! For some reason the idea of Dane's mother and Lucia' father running for president made me hesitant to read this at first. I don't know why, but I wasn't sure how that would really be written in a way that readers could find it realistic. I didn't really know what to expect when I started this, I was really looking forward to reading something with sports playing a high role but was nervous about the election/politics. I will say this, the synopsis does NOT prepare you for the different issues Dane and Lucia encounter throughout Blocked.

We get to see this story from Lucia and Dane's perspective, which makes this story 10 times more enjoyable! I don't think I would have enjoyed this as much if this was only written from Lucia's point of view. Both character were amazing! I felt I could really relate and connect with them, especially Lucia, her insecurities made her real and easy for young readers and athletes to connect to. Their relationship was perfect! It gradually built and there was no cringe worthy insta-love. Now the secondary characters, I wanted more parts with Maddison, China, Allison and Brad! I only wish we got to see more of the friendship side of things.

Why is this not a series? I'm just going to sit her and continuously chant "SERIES!!" until it happens. On second thought, scratch that I might be here for awhile. With all the great characters we are introduced to I would love to read their stories and of course have a little Dane and Lucia in the background! Blocked made me laughing, shake my head and giggle at Lucia's awkward/embarrassing/but cute moments at the beginning with Dane, cry when things got tough, and smile at how everything played out.

The ending. OMG, I loved it!! This was the ending I wanted but didn't think I would get. Yes, I can understand why some readers might not be a fan of it but it makes the most sense and it's just a perfect tie up to everything that took place in Blocked.

What kept Blocked from getting 5 stars?

Don't let this list foul you! I'm a picky reader and the smallest things will jump out at me. These are somethings that I kept thinking about and I'm probably the only one that had questioned them.

- Situation overload!! - Although it all worked out in the end, I felt there were too many different things/topics covered in this standalone. Between Lucia's issues, Dane's issues, and their family issues it just seemed like a lot of things crammed into one, mind you it did all work out in the end!
- VP, where are you? - Now I know that Lucia's father and Dane's mother are running against each other for US President but unless I missed it, which I'm pretty sure I didn't, there wasn't a single mention or indication about a Vice President. Uh, I found this to be kind of odd.
- Behind the scenes - I felt like there was a lot of things that happened that we didn't know about until it's mention as an after thought. For example, when Lucia talks to Dane's Coach. Moments like this had me scrolling back thinking I missed something.

Overall, Blocked was an awesome self discovery and coming-of-age read! This was filled with great characters, amazing character development and excellent writing. I wish this was released in paperback because this is a book I want sitting on my bookshelf! I recommend this to all Young-Adult and New Adult readers!
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343 reviews15 followers
January 17, 2015
First, I need to get this out of the way.

6'8" blond hair, blue eyed male athlete?

(Photo from Jennifer's blog)





Ok - now that's out of the way....

I've been waiting to get my hands on a copy of Blocked since I read its synopsis. I played volleyball in grade school and high school (although I was never starting material) so I know the game and I've never read a book centered around this sport. I was excited to see how the sport played into the story. I also read a teaser that was released on Jennifer Lane blog about how Euchre is also involved in the story! (side story: My husband and I played Euchre in College and that's how we first became friends)

Lucia Ramirez is starting off her first year at college not how she pictured. Due to a scandal at her first choice school, she had to quickly change her plans to attend another college. Only thing is Dane Monroe is a sophomore at the same college she is now attending. Both have sport scholarships for volleyball but that's not the only thing they have in common. They each have a parent in the running to become the next President of the United States.

Lucia's family is very Republican while Dane's family is very Democratic. To make matters worse, the first time Lucia saw Dane on television she developed a huge crush on him. She's kept that news to herself however. What would come of her crush since her father and his mother are battling it out for Presidency?

I loved this story. Loved, Loved, LOVED! I loved the conflicts that each character faced and how the issues were dealt with. Each problem was very real to what could happen while attending college: eating disorders, under-age drinking, moral conflicts, finding yourself, accepting other's life styles/views. Both Dane and Lucia grew to become stronger both together and separately. It was refreshing to read a story where the hero/heroine fight for what they want and what they believe in. I also loved that there weren't ANY love triangles (thanks Jennifer!!)

The only minor issue I had with the story was with the politics. Yes, it's election time and the main characters are the offspring to the candidates, but I did have a hard time thinking that 18-19 year-old's would have such outspoken views on political stances and just outright argue with those who opposed them. Thankfully there were only a few times the arguing happened so I was able to get over it and enjoy the rest of the story line.

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888 reviews382 followers
November 28, 2014
I enjoyed this book. It has a coming to understand different believes kind of feel to it. Though I don't see it as New Adult but closer to Young Adult. Here are my impressions...

It's a great book for seeing different points of view.

It's a great book for finding common ground.

It's a great book for taking it slow and finding a friendship first.

It's a great book for seeing how the choices of one person have such huge impacts on others.

It's a great book for understanding eating disorders.

It's a great book for understanding those with anger management issues.

It's a great book for getting help to deal with your problems.

It feels YA to me, with a sweet relationship that develops over months.

It feels sweeter than the cover implies.

It feels different with the secret service and presidential election playing such a huge role.

It feels sad as you see what the media can do to innocent peoples lives.

As for the characters, I like them both. Dane starts off being mean to Lucia and fighting his attraction to her. He's dealing with some family issues that cause him some interesting problems. I grow to like him as his gentle side helps Lucia get through some panic attacks and the pressure of being an athlete and the daughter of the Republican nominee for President. I wish I'd seem more of his sexy side. He has one. That's clear when his past pops up. But I so wanted that boy to be shirtless and that didn't happen.

Lucia is struggling with her body image. A muscular athlete, she sees herself as fat. Her coach doesn't help that problem and she struggles for a lot of the book with that. I adored the scenes where Dane helps her with this. In one scene, he feeds her a bite of his birthday cake. It's adorable how he distracts her and cares for her.

Overall, the book is enjoyable. I was a bit taken back with the ending. I can see why the author did it but I wanted something different. I supposed a reader can choose for themselves with the ending that way. Don't get what I mean? Guess you'll have to read it. Then we can talk.

This is a great book for young people to read. It's great for overcoming differences and tolerance. Readers who enjoy the younger side of NA or YA books will enjoy this one.
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416 reviews11 followers
July 28, 2016
She stared at the cereal for a few moments. At first she seemed to give the box a longing look, like she’d discovered a deep cache of oil on a barren stretch of land. Then her eyes tightened into the same hostile look I’d seen so many times on her father. Despite this, I noticed dark hollows beneath her eyes and felt a smidgen of concern for her. That level of exhaustion typically didn’t occur until later in the season, when Holter’s constant demands would inevitably wear down the girl’s team.

To play volleyball takes sheer strength and a courage that some may not understand until reading this novel. Blocked is a very interesting story that pulls the reader into a competitive, but passionate arena where two individuals are struggling to hold on to their sanity. Doing what they love, Dane and Lucia couldn’t be any more different. When there is no privacy—and everyone, including family, says that you should not fall for the enemy…where does that leave them after they are forced to live under the same roof for the remainder of the school year?

Lucia Ramirez is the daughter of Adolfo Ramirez, Governor of Texas and the nominated Republican candidate. While some of her views differ from her father, she still receives ridicule and judgement everywhere that she goes…Highbanks is no different. Lucia is forced to move to Highbanks after a scandal involving her previous coach; however, Highbanks is also where Dane is. Dane Monroe is the son of the Democratic candidate and Lucia has had a major crush on him since the first time that she laid eyes on him. Since they both play volleyball, they know that it is inevitable to totally avoid each other, but after they wind up under the same roof with their secret service guards, things start to get heated. Finding instant attraction to each other, can they get past their differences or will their parents’ debate for Presidency swallow them completely?

Lane has fantastic character development; the characters have strong emotional backgrounds and the content seems very credible. The writing is fast-paced, making the story a quick read, especially since this is the first installment in the series. This story does discuss alcoholism and eating disorders; therefore, there is a psychological aspect to the read. The grammatical and spelling content are both fine, it won’t prevent the reader from enjoyment. If you are a reader of sports and romance, you may be interested in this novel.

A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.
Profile Image for Jaime Fiction Fangirls.
1,603 reviews150 followers
February 4, 2016
I enjoyed this book but, outside of the MC's being in college and out of their parents home, it read more like a YA romance than an NA romance. This was a completely clean novel, which I don't mind at all, but I know a lot of readers who expect some sort of sex, even implied, and that is not a part of this story so this is just a FYI for those readers.

I really enjoyed the whole volleyball aspect of the book. I learned a lot of things about the game that I didn't know prior. It was always just a game of luck to me in gym class. It was refreshing to read about a sport outside of hockey, football, basketball and baseball.

What really drew my attention of the book though, is the political aspect of it. It almost felt like some sort of experiment to test political bias to me. Without talking about my political preference I will say that there were some statements that really got me angry and I do feel like the story swayed in one direction more than the other but I can't help but wonder if I felt that way because I have such strong leanings one way an therefore took offense at the negative portrayal of that side. I'd be interested in discussing this with someone from the other side because I could also completely see how they might feel the same way as me, only from the opposite side.

I was also happy to see psychology make an appearance as well. In intrigued by the whole psychological reasons for human behavior and seeing it covered here was a bonus. So, if you don't mind a story that will test your political biased feelings and has no sexual content then this book is worth picking up.

*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

*Read more reviews like this at www.fictionfangirls.com
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Author 11 books219 followers
October 21, 2014
So, Blocked is out in the world and I recommend you get your hands on this great read. This is a supersized romance with some much more.

Dane(6’8) and Lucia(6’2) are both volleyball players at Highlands University and both are offspring of powerful politicians who are both nominees for President of United States. On opposing sides of course.

Being from Ireland and knowing nothing about volleyball, I was a little concerned about being lost here. Not at all. I should have known better. In the past, Jennifer has written about the military, criminals, and competitive swimming but she writes in such a way there is enough detail for a newbie like me without being overpowered and distracted from the story. The opposite, it’s usually well worked into the story.

The characters feel real, imperfect, and not always likeable. Just like human beings. Romance was sweet enough to make me smile and sizzling enough that I blushed. These two will have to overcome more than a fair share of relationship obstacles to make this work.

Another winner from Jennifer Lane.
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Author 6 books234 followers
January 25, 2015
Loved it! Jennifer Lane's spiked this one straight down the line! And with that, I am done using volleyball metaphors because I don't know what I'm talking about.

Loved the plot -- the son and daughter of political opponents falling for each other. Loved the secret service agents. They added a fun element to the book.

Really enjoyed the inside look at the world of Division One varsity athletes. They are under an extreme amount of pressure.

I felt like the issues the hero and heroine wrestled with were dramatic but not overdone. The pacing of the book was quite good -- only a few spots where I felt tempted to rush ahead to see what was next.

Both the main characters were really likable and I loved, loved, loved Lucia. What a wonderful heroine.

This one is a win, folks -- go on out and one-click this sucker!
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1,022 reviews506 followers
February 24, 2015
I'll be honest, I loved Streamline so much and it took me by surprise that this one fell short. I felt like the story was a forced and a lot of the dialogue was a bit cheesy. I did finish the book in hope that something great would happy to make up for the shortcomings. Bottom line: it just didn't work for me.
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1,058 reviews167 followers
November 9, 2014
Can opposites attract release graphic

Cuando la autora me escribió para que revisara las frases en español que se usan en el libro, de inmediato quedé enamorada de la sinopsis (aún no había visto esa portada jejeje), y fue un verdadero placer empezar un libro que me atrapó por completo y que me fue casi imposible de dejar. Blocked es uno de esos libros que te exigen leer "sólo un capítulo más"... ya saben a lo que me refiero.

Lucía y Dane son jugadores de voleibol, van a la misma universidad y si las cosas fueran de otro modo, seguro que su relación se habría dado sin tanto rollo, sin embargo, no es así. Ambos son hijos de políticos y sucede que tanto el padre de Lucía como la madre de Dane están buscando la presidencia de los Estados Unidos. Sus ideologías son distintas, sus familias son diferentes, pero cuando el amor llega, no pregunta ni quién eres, ni dónde naciste... 

Dane sudaba a chorros pero ni siquiera parecía respirar con dificultad. Yo empecé a sudar sólo mirándolo. Podía ver el brillo de su musculoso antebrazo mientras tomaba su botella de agua. Me resultaba difícil de creer que un hombre tan alto pudiera correr tan rápido. Esperaba que no se quedara y me viera correr, mi trasero bamboleante sin duda no le gustaría.

Maddie me atrapó observándolo cuando vino a sentarse a mi izquierda, así que moví la vista lejos de él y fingí indiferencia.

—Entonces, ah, ¿por qué el entrenador le llama GD?
—Es su apodo —contestó mientras jalaba las rodilleras sobre sus tenis—. Genial Dane.
—¡Oh! —levanté mi brazo sobre la cabeza y estiré mi tríceps, simplemente para mantenerme ocupada. Genial, sin duda alguna le iba que ni pintado.

La verdad es que yo no sé nada de voleibol y los libros que hablan sobre deportistas, suelen ser demasiado complejos para que me imagine lo que está sucediendo, no obstante, en Blocked no me sentí perdida en ningún momento y me gustó mucho que la autora no se quedara corta en explicar las cosas, siento que hizo un trabajo fenomenal con eso. 

Aunque se habla de política y así, la verdad es que no es el tema central de la historia. La relación de estos dos y el cómo fue creciendo poco a poco, cómo fueron superando los obstáculos es lo que te mantiene atado a las páginas, deseando saber qué más va a pasar. El personaje de Dane es el de un chico engreído, pero va cambiando conforme avanza la historia y vemos su crecimiento, lo mismo que Lucía y los problemas que empieza a sufrir por un comentario mal ubicado, la fortaleza de esta chica era enorme y eso la hizo salir adelante. 

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La relación entre Lucía y Dane fue muy dulce y muy sexy a partes iguales. La manera en que se mezclan las relaciones homosexuales, el alcoholismo y los desórdenes alimenticios, fue magistral; no hubo ningún momento en que pensara que los temas de este tipo habían sido metidos en la novela a la fuerza. Creo que es una buena manera de presentar estos temas a los adolescentes, sobre todo porque no hay soluciones mágicas a esos problemas, sino reales. El final de la historia fue fabuloso, me hizo gritar de emoción porque era el final perfecto. ¡Bien hecho señora Lane!

Esos sensuales labios abiertos para mí, su dulzura me tentaba a acercarme. Mantuve mi cara sobre la de ella, respirando su olor y sus ojos se cerraron al rendirse. Me quedé mirando sus rasgos suaves durante demasiado tiempo, sorprendido por el terrible deseo que sentía por besar esos dulces labios. Antes de asustarme más de la cuenta, me moví un centímetro para presionar un beso en su cálida mejilla, justo en su hoyuelo. La sentía temblar debajo de mis manos.

The relationship between Lucia and Dane, was very sweet and very sexy. The way in which homosexual relationships, alcoholism and eating disorders are mixed, was masterful, there was no time to think that issues of this kind had been brought into the novel by force, and I think it's a good way to present these issues to adolescents, especially since there are no magic solutions to these problems, but real solutions. The end of the story was fabulous, made ​​me scream with excitement because it was the perfect ending. Well done Mrs Lane.
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88 reviews
August 5, 2018
Blocked is a new take on a sports romance and Jennifer Lane does this genre proud.

This is the story of two elite level college volleyball players, Lucia Ramirez and Dane Monroe. Not only do they attend the same college and play the same sport but their parents are running against each other in the next Presidential Election. Thrown together by the Secret Service agents assigned to protect them, they are forced to deal with their opposing views of the world, emotional baggage and their growing attraction to each other. They slowly realize that they have more in common than they ever imagined and come to care for each other, surprising them both.

I had no idea what to expect but as a fan of contemporary sports romance, I was intrigued by the premise. I am so glad that I took the chance on this wonderful author and story. I was hooked from the start and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. #Blocked. #NetGalley
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1,331 reviews9 followers
January 18, 2018
Jennifer Lane is a new author to me and I’ve enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to read about Maddie and Alex!
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Author 4 books225 followers
March 5, 2015
4.5 stars

I found Blocked to be a sweet romance with a truly unique plot. These days, so many romances feel like the same story told with different characters, but this one stands out. This is one I'll still remember a year from now.

As far as the characters, I thought Lane did a good job of characterizing them. They're flawed, but despite (or maybe because of) that I fell in love with them and wanted things to work out. My only complaint might be that everyone ended up being a good person. It would have been nice to have someone turn out to mean and undermining, just to mimic reality. I kept thinking we'd get a plot twist with that, but everything was pretty predictable.

Lane's writing, as usual, was great. She did a remarkable job using a different voice for Lucia and Dane's chapters, something that can be difficult to pull off. While Dane's thoughts sometimes seemed younger than I expected, he came across as a pretty typical college guy for the most part. And I thought his actions were always realistic for his age and situation.

There was a lot more political talk in this book that I expected from the cover and blurb. I thought we'd focus more on volleyball, but I'd say this book is equal parts volleyball, politics, and romance. I enjoyed that mix, although at the beginning the political talk seemed a little forced or cliched (e.g., you're a conservative, you love guns and religion; you're a liberal, you're a tree hugger). After finishing the whole book, I can see why Lane did that. In the beginning, the kids were still highly connected to their families and their family beliefs so they basically parroted what they heard. It's not until they start to become independent and develop their own views that we see these discussions evolve. A note for anyone who leans strongly to the left or right--you may become annoyed by some of the statements in here. I don't affiliate with either party and actually enjoyed the banter because I thought it did a nice job of pointing out how ridiculous things can become if your beliefs are dictated by the party you belong to, rather than your own history, likes, dislikes, and hopes. Furthermore, I thought Lane was equal opportunity, taking jabs at each party to the same degree.

I was also surprised by the psychological aspects of the story since that wasn't mentioned in the blurb, but it makes sense because Lane usually includes that. I enjoyed that part as it seemed very realistic, especially Lucia's thoughts about her own self-image. I also liked that Dane helped her overcome her issues, but she made a lot of progress on her own as well. There's nothing I hate more than teaching young woman that a guy can fix all your problems. I was very happy this book didn't do that.

Overall, I'd recommend Blocked to anyone looking for a different type of romance, provided you're not easily offended if someone pokes fun at your political views. This isn't your typical NA romance so if you're looking for something steamy, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for a sweet romance with other interesting plot lines to propel the story forward, then I think you'll enjoy this. I will definitely read more by Lane in the future.

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321 reviews27 followers
April 24, 2015
Review also posted at My Book Snack

3.75 Stars

Dane and Lucia won me over!

I’m going to be straight up and say that I liked Blocked. I do have a mixed bag of feelings, but overall Dane and Lucia won me over. I’m a huge fan of college sports, and this is the first time I’ve read a college sports romance featuring volleyball. In that regard, I found this read absolutely refreshing!

Blocked begins with volleyball player Lucia Ramirez ready to begin her freshman year at Highbanks University. Everything would be fine and dandy if not for volleyball star athlete Dane Monroe being there, too. Why would that even matter? Well, Lucia and Dane each have a parent running for the office of US President. Things can and do get pretty sticky right away. This strange situation they’re in, which includes the Secret Service? Well, all that makes for one very unique story.

As mentioned, I do have mixed feelings about Blocked so I’ll begin with what didn’t work for me. This story is heavy on political issues. The election drives a majority of the tension in the plot. I usually don’t mind politics in my romances, but in this case a lot of hot-button issues were touched in some way or another. With Dane and Lucia so passionate in their beliefs, I also know that can’t be avoided.

“But no matter how bad the rest of my life became, the gym was my home. Volleyball was my clarity.”

What I did love was how Jennifer Lane developed the two main characters to win my heart! Right from the start Dane and Lucia were under so much pressure to be perfect. It’s not easy having Secret Service follow you around and also be under so much media scrutiny. Ms. Lane made both of them imperfect with each having to deal with some major issues in their lives and making some bad choices. Despite their differences, she also showed them to be understanding of one another. Through this unusual situation, they somehow connected, and that made me cheer for them even more! I also wanted to mention that Ms. Lane writes amazing volleyball scenes. I felt the competitiveness and camaraderie of the players. I felt the love of the sport being written from the heart. I take note and appreciate that when reading a sports romance.

Blocked has a very sweet and slow-building romance. There is no hot and heavy, which was fine with me in this particular case. The ending made me want a little more to at least tide me over until the next book. Yes, there is a cliffhanger. I’ve heard there will be three books in this series, and I’ll be along for the ride for book 2. Dane and Lucia are a sweet pairing, and I hope we’ll see more of them in the next books. Thanks, Jennifer Lane!
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55 reviews1 follower
January 24, 2015
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

I want to start off by saying that when writing new adult romances, it can be hard to find something "new" to write about. So, to have a sport that isn't traditional--volleyball--compared with a presidential campaign? That is something fun and different to read about.

Overall impression: It was a great rainy day/sit at the beach/pass the time while traveling read (which is not a bad thing at all!). The pacing is consistent, and situations the characters encounter are what we, as observers, would imagine they'd encounter.

I won't give away any spoilers, but here are my personal pros/cons:

Diverse characters: Not only because of Lucia and her family being of Hispanic decent, but two of the secret service agents are gay. While that is minor, 2-3 page interaction, it is still refreshing to see!

Female candidate running for president: On so many levels...yes!

Lucia and Dane chemistry: There is the typical "I hate you...I was wrong, I can see the good in you, let's make out" arc. There are only so many options for romance novels. But it works for this story. What's great is there are so many politically diverse couples that it isn't unrealistic at all!

No Sex: I know I'm probably in the minority here, but honestly, it's a nice change for a NA novel.

Family situations are "real life": I loved the family interactions and felt the stories and conversations to be realistic and true to life. Not over played because of our perceptions on the media and political families.

Heavy on politics: Falling right in line with stereotypical agendas of the conservatives and liberals, they played out here in the book. It can be heavy at times and while I consider myself pretty comfortable with politics, I think others may find it a little much.

Lucia's confidence: I wish her "issue" wasn't her confidence/weight. I understand the choice, though, because it is a very real issue. It's six-of-one, half-dozen-of-the-other: we want a realistic character we can relate to, but it would be nice to have characters that can show girls what they can aspire to be.

Dane's voice: It didn't feel like I was listening to a male athlete. Granted, in books with a male POV it is easy to think they use the f-bomb every other word. But some of Danes thoughts made me groan and say, "OK, really?" But in the scheme of things, this is minor (see above).
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Author 2 books8 followers
October 27, 2015
My Review of Blocked by Jennifer Lane

I have to start off by saying….the ending!!!!! Seriously??? When do we find out? I am dying to know! The entire book lead up to this so you have to tell me who won!!!

Ahem, moving on. As usual I started reading this book thinking that I wouldn’t like it because it had something to do with sports. I think I am just going to think like this from now on because every time I think that I am not going to like a book, I end up loving it! I really enjoyed playing volleyball in school too, so I have no idea why I thought I wouldn’t like this book.

I loved the characterization, but I could not create a good picture of Lucia in my head. I had a vague picture of Dane in my head and I really wish I knew what Lucia looked like. I really disliked Lucia’s brother Alejandro, which is interesting because I believe the second book in this series is about Alejandro!

This book flowed well and I was never left to wonder where the story was in the timeline or who a character was. The characters that were mentioned in the story were characterized well enough for the reader to know who was in the scene and what party they played in the story. I loved the political correctness of this book as well. I don’t follow politics much, but I do feel strongly about specific subjects. Abortion and gay marriage being one of them. I can be considered a democrat because I vote democratic just about every time, but there are some things that Dane and his family believed in that I do not.

This was a story about a different type of forbidden love. I normally don’t see a story about two people who have different views on everything falling in love, but the one thing they did have in common was something they both absolutely loved. It would be difficult to put their religious and political differences aside in the long run I believe, but if Lucia and Dane make it work that is totally amazing.

The story felt like it was real. I could definitely believe this was something that could happen. Although the characters were in their early years of college, it felt like they were in high school to me. I was not this reserved as a 19 – 20 year old, but regardless of how it felt to me, it was a great story and I enjoyed the fact that the entire book wasn’t about sex. There was actually not a “dirty” scene in this book and strangely I wasn’t disappointed!

Can’t wait to read Aced!

~Misty Nickels from Shelf Infatuation Book Blog
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2,468 reviews41 followers
July 16, 2018
copy received for honest review
I had a hard time getting into this story. It had a lot of political rhetoric. The characters were a bit immature even for college underclassmen. I didn't like Dane at all in the beginning. He acted like a spoiled brat. Lucia seemed a little naive. However, the situation they found themselves in, did allow for growth. It ended up being a ok read for me.
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3,416 reviews40 followers
February 12, 2016
**I received an electronic copy of Blocked from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What originally drew me to Blocked was the cover. I love sports related romances and I was intrigued by the volleyball. I had never read a romance centered around the sport, so I was excited to see how it would play into the story.

Several things surprised me about Blocked. First, the amount of volleyball in the book. Second, the parts psychology and beliefs played in the story. Third, how politics and family worked into it all. Blocked had so many different components going on.

Blocked was unlike typical New Adult sports romances I've read, where the romance is heavy and the sport is light. Several scenes featuring the sport were showcased throughout the book. It helped to develop the characters and explain their actions.

At first, I didn't like Lucia. Her poor body image and low self-confidence drove me nuts. I could relate to it, but at the same time it frustrated me because--Hello! Lucia's a college athlete. You have to be in darn good shape to be a college volleyball player. But as the book went on, I grew to understand her thinking and the psychology aspect of it all. I ended up liking her character and how she triumphed over her problems.

Dane was the quintessential New Adult jock. I loved him from the beginning. He was hot, cocky and talented. Dane also had problems of his own, but they didn't quite move me the way Lucia's did.

My favorite parts of the story were when Dane and Lucia gave into their feelings for each other. I loved the slow-burn of their romance and how they took care of each other.

What really made this book interesting and different, though, was the Presidential race between Lucia's Republican dad and Dane's Democrat mom. It influenced everything the two did, from their actions on the court to their feelings for each other. Neither wanted to fall for someone of the "wrong" political party. I loved the way they worked through their many different beliefs to come to an understanding so they could have a relationship. It made me wish more of the world could do the same.
My only major complaint about Blocked was the ending. I would have liked more than I got.

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Author 8 books150 followers
July 16, 2015
Thanks to the author for sending me a copy of her book to review. I

Mexican-American volleyball player Lucia Ramirez is having a difficult start to her college career. Not because her classes are too tough, but because her father is running as the Republican candidate for President of the United States, and the son of his political rival is a fellow schoolmate. And Lucia has a major crush on said son, despite his obvious liberal leanings.

Sophmore Dane Monroe is less than thrilled when he discovers Lucia Ramirez, a fellow volleyball player, is unexpectedly attending his own university. He's even less happy when their Secret Service agents decide that for security reasons they should all live together in the same house near campus. And he makes his displeasure know, in no uncertain terms, arguing and insulting Lucia at every turn. Even while he's slowly realizing that she's a pretty nice person. And that she's pretty darned sexy...

Despite this rather contrived set-up, Lane has penned an appealing slow-build romance. Thumbs-up for featuring a woman candidate as President, and for women in Secret Service roles. And for featuring a lesbian couple as secondary characters. And for the convincing portrayal of athletic life on the competitive collegiate level.

Things I didn't care that much for:
Dane and Lucia talk a bit about the differences in their politics, but they don't ever really get very deeply into them, or change their opinions at all. Seems differences were papered over here, rather than actually negotiated. Hard to imagine a relationship in which the two partners have such diametrically opposed value systems can last for very long.

And I definitely could have done without the constant "bitch" insults; not only does Dane call Lucia one, but she calls him one, too. And Dane calls h is ex one, too. And even Dane's ex calls herself one. Ugh.
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90 reviews32 followers
October 14, 2014
*** ARC provided by the author ***

Salted caramel. French fries and milkshake. Garlic ice cream. These combinations may seem unthinkable, but they surprisingly make sense together. If I were to describe this book's young couple -- Lucia Ramirez and Dane Monroe -- in terms of taste, I would say they are deliciously odd.

Both are volleyball scholars in the same university and their parents are running against each other in the presidential race. And their similarities end there. Lucia's family is Republican, Dane's family is a Democrat. The former is conservative and religious. The latter is liberal. She is gentle and sweet. He is quick-tempered and a "jackhole" (in his words).

But, as they say, opposites attract. As the two struggle to cope with the demands of their sport, family issues, body image, belief systems, and politics, they find themselves being pulled to each other for comfort and understanding. Unimaginable as it may seem, they bring out the best in one another.

The fairly light love story is a breath of fresh air. Considering I stay away from New Adult Romance novels and that volleyball is one of my least liked sports, I found myself being drawn to Blocked. I resigned to giving in to reading "one more chapter" until I eventually stopped deluding myself to getting any work done and decided to finish the book instead.

I did find a few things in the book that didn't feel natural or felt forced, but overall, I appreciated that the story wasn't too complicated nor stretched for drama.

I'm hoping that the author would consider making this a series and we would get to see more of of them and their family (and the Secret Service agents!) soon. And oh, I LOVE Lucia's shirts! So witty and cute!
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October 19, 2016
Received from the author for a honest review. 3 1/2-4 stars. Talk about a book with current issues...
When I signed up to read the third book, the author gifted me with all three books. I'm one of those reads that look at the cover to try to get a feel of the story. Sometimes it will keep me from reading the book if it looks to cheesy. I don't think I would have picked this series but all I can say is "You can't judge book by its cover!" I know, I know.... More cheese!
Now my review- This story covers some really serious issues. One being with body image. Lucy is starting college. She won't be the average freshman. She will be one of the only students with her own body guards. Now she will stick out not only because she is over 6' but because her dad is running for president. The other student with a bodyguard is her longtime crush and her father's opponents son and another college volleyball players. What are the odds? What is even worst is that they will have to live together so their secret service can keep them safe.
I know this sounds better cheesy but the author covers some important issues - socially and politically. At times I felt like I was in a psychology session but I learn a lot.
This would be a good book for young women to read. Now I look forward to where the author takes me in book 2 - Aces.
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236 reviews32 followers
December 19, 2015
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the New Adult Book Club*

What initially drew me to this book you say? I would have to say that very alluring cover! I am finding myself to be ever the sucker for sports romances. I also just so happen to looooovvveeee volleyball!! When you combine volleyball, campaign elections, loads of drama and tension you get Blocked! Lucia's dad is the Republican candidate and Dane's mom is the Democrat candidate. Not only do the candidates face-off, but so do their children. Dane and Lucia don't exactly get off on the right foot, but as tensions rise sparks fly! These two are far from perfect, and maybe that's what draws them together. Lucia and Dane do find common ground eventually, but is it doomed from the start? I really enjoyed reading this book from start to finish! I had a REALLY hard time putting it down. I loved their senses of humor that had me snorting and laughing out loud!! The tension, though, you could cut it with a knife!! I, also, felt that these characters had a genuine connection that wasn't forced. I highly recommend this book to the NA crowd and lovers of sports romances, plus there's more than a little politics that's happening!
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August 6, 2015
This is a new adult sport romance - and you don't even need to know what volleyball is to enjoy the battles these two children-of-Presidential-candidates engage in on their quest to stop repressing their feelings towards their polar political opposites.

Lucia Ramirez, daughter of the Republican Presidential candidate, has a secret crash on Dane Monroe, son of the Democrat's Presidential candidate. When Secret Service bundle them into a single safe-house, things move in entirely unexpected (for them) and intoxicatingly wonderfully (for us) directions.

Light and sweet, yet passionately written, this is surprisingly addictive. Romance, sport, political debates and finding the commonalities in outwardly opposite beliefs all blend beautifully in this fast-paced romance. I just could not get these characters out of my head - and that's quite something when they are immature, occasionally obnoxious, overly-stressed students. I want more!
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62 reviews4 followers
December 16, 2015
What happens when Secret Service throws you together with your enemy? Well if that enemy happens to be Dane Monroe, then by all means, throw me in!! ;)

Lucia Ramirez is your typical college freshman that happens to also play volleyball. Not only does Lucia play but so does Dane.

Dane being the hot, sexy guy that he is, is totally hating that fact the Lucia's Secret Service and Dane's Secret Service happens to throw both of them together in the same house for security purposes.

Will they throw their differences aside and see post all the political stuff to find the good in the other?
March 21, 2016
Crazy family dynamics…political agendas…secret service… what a combination…
This is fast paced sports romance of two volleyball players on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Lucia and Dane are fighting their attraction to each other as well as the fact that both their parents are vying for the presidency. Will their political differences cause more of a drift between them or will their desire to be together be stronger than anything else?
Fun story covering many topics, full of chemistry between the main characters, and a supporting cast that make the story more interesting.
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Author 31 books634 followers
December 2, 2015
This was such an enjoyable read! It's a love story between two volleyball players whose parents are opposing nominees for President of the United States. Talk about star-crossed lovers!!!
They have so much in common, but at the same time...so many differences too. This is a great story. The writing is good, the plot is clever and well-crafted, and the story itself was paced to perfection! Wow, I'm excited to read the next in the series!!!
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172 reviews
October 11, 2016
If you love sports romance, I think you'll enjoy this one. :)
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