Under the Spotlight
Right winger Joe Rutherford saw Christine perform when the team went to see Chicago and was so taken wit ...more
This story opens with another new year for the Barracudas. Joe 'Fordy' Rutherford knows he is a ...more
Christine is a stage actress, on the cusp of makin ...more
This series was one of my surprisingly exciting discoveries this year. I love the playfully sexy and sometimes sweet feel that this hockey romance series has and I’ve gobbled them up quite quickly for me. In this new installment we have another very original storyline. Joe isn’t the star of the team, in fact he’s considering it may be time for him to hang the skates and retire. He can’t skate as fast as the young up and coming newbies and he’s just been having a little bit of a roughe ...more
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I love hockey romance books, and pair that with a hockey star who's getting 'up there in age' (early thirties is old in sports, you know)... I knew that I'd enjoy this one. Joe Rutherford is a great player, but he's definitely a veteran of the team. When he's paired up with a rookie, he wants to bail -- but as coach says, everyone else has babies at home and he's a damn good player, so he takes the young kid under his wing.
My favorit ...more
I really enjoyed Under the Spotlight by Kate Willoughby.
The characters were likable and believable, the storyline held my interest from the start.
I liked both Joe and Christine's characters, they were good people who loved unconditionally and were able to work through the different stages of their careers to find their HEA.
I've really enjoyed the In the Zone series, each book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend them all.
Thank you to Carina Press via NetGalley for the advanc ...more
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I don't like sports. I don't play sports, I don't watch sports, & I don't tend to lust after the guys who play them. Or I didn't, until I read Elle Kennedy's THE DEAL and realized that maybe athletes could be hot after all - not because they're athletes, but because of what makes them athletes. It's hard not to admire a man who is that passionate and dedicated about something.
Joe Rutherford is the right winger for a hockey team. And sin ...more
I enjoyed Joe’s character. He has lived and breathed hockey his whole life. Now nearing the end of his career, he has to decide what his life will entail after he retires. It does not help to be surrounded by people that are at the start ...more
In this book Joe falls for and up and coming actress, Christine. I know with two lives in separate spotlights are hard but these two had a hard time coming together as a couple. Joe was on the road a lot and Christine was hitting different cities to promote her play. I think maybe I was just missing the connection between these two characters because they didn't ...more
Joe Rutherford, right winger for the NHL's Barracudas is a veteran of the team and a role model for younger players. Joe has been hurt in his last relationship and as time goes on wondering if he ...more
Both the characters read as a little flat and, despite my best efforts, I never really got interested in them. However, I see that I'm in the minority on this one, so don't let me deter you.
There were several gramma ...more
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I couldn't help but love Joe. He's a guy who loves hockey. As a veteran player he's facing some tough decisions now that he's on the tail end of his career...
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This series was one of my surprisingly exciting discoveries this year. I love the playfully sexy and sometimes sweet feel that this hockey romance series has and I've gobbled them up quite quickly for me. :) In this new installment we have another very original storyline. Joe isn't the star of the team, in fact he's considering it may be time for him to hang the skates and retire. He can't skate as fast as the young up and coming newbies and he's just been having a little bit of a rougher year....more
I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books.
This is the fourth book in series and each book is a standalone about a different hockey player on the San Diego Barracudas. Joe Rutherford, a professional hockey player with the Barracudas meets Christine Caspary, a struggling actress when she contacts him about visiting a little girl in the hospital. There is an immediate attraction between Joe and Christin ...more
I have to admit, I couldn't remember Joe at all from the previous books, and it didn't take me long to realise why. Simply put, Joe is just your garden-variety nice guy. Heck, I'd even go so far as to say he's unremarkable, and he quite likes it that way. But I think it's because of that that I really liked him. It's nice to read about a guy who doesn't have anger issues. Who isn't a manwhore. Whose life hasn't been shaped by a terrible event that hap ...more
Well the girls all know that when it comes to a sports romance I am there with bells on, and for under the spotlight by Kate Willoughby I went after the book like a hockey player after his puck! This was my first ever Kate book Im hoping to read more I loved her writing style I was engaged from the first and transported into the worlds of the theatre and hockey arena.
Joe Rutherford is one of the San Diego Barracu ...more
This was a very refreshing and funny book Kate does a great job writing this story that sucked me in from page 1 to the end.
Christine is in the theatre business and loves to act. I really loved her character! She had sass, humor, a great personality, good family and friends. She's possible one of my favorite Female heroines ever written about.
Then there's BJ (read the book, you'll understand). He's a hockey player for the Bar ...more
I really enjoyed this book – it had a great cast of characters. I really loved both Christine and Joe and they w ...more
While there were some theatre aspects that made me tilt my head, I fo ...more
While coping with a young up and coming hockey star, Joe starts seeing ...more
5 "Hocky Hunks with Hearts " Stars from me !!
This is Joe and Christine's story and I loved the idea of two famous leads falling in love. Normally the way most story lines go is one of our leads is some sort of supa star (either fame due to athletic capability, rock star status or being the towns most sort after property).......with me so far. Well in Kate's book Joe is one smokin' hot gorgeous hunk of Hockey supa st ...more
Joe is a great guy. He's a bit of a man's man, but he also really likes the theater and doesn't feel like less of a man because of it. As an NHL player he's a jock, of course, but thankfully not a jerk. Christine is an actress, theatre mostly, but she's up for a big TV role opposite her sexy ex. This creates some interesting tension in the story, but nothing over the top.
As a whole, Under the Spotlight didn't blo ...more
This is a great book; this is the fourth book in the In The Zone series by Kate Willoughby. Christine Caspary is a stage actress and has never interested in hockey that is until she sees one of the Barracudas sexy player Joe Rutherford. When her work with the Grant A Wish programs offers her a chance to meet him she jumps at the chance. Joe has liked Christine since the first time he saw her perform on stage. They were not expecting the chemistry so hot it is off the charts. If you ar ...more
You can also really tell when reading this series that the author Kate Willoughby is a huge hockey fan, and the moments when the team are on the ice or practicing are very descriptive yet not at all confus ...more
Wow! Kate Willoughby is fast moving from an author I've never heard of to a real fave.
Joe is a pretty typical male hero (and sweet with it) and he's facing some challenges when he meets his lady. She's about to be a lot more famous than him not to mention getting cosy with her co-star!!!!!
This is book 4 in quite a fast paced series. This latest instalment is sexy, cute, funny, realistic and so very relevant. This is a couple who are mad for each other but have real career issues that ne ...more
I LOVE a good hockey romance. Hockey players.... what is not to like. That said something was missing in this one for me. I liked Joe and thought he was a solid guy but he didn't rock my world as a reader. Dare I say he was a little boring? Christine, the h, while not a too stupid to live h, wasn't a favorite. As I'm typing I keep thinking she annoyed me for some reason. I started feeling meh about the two of them together. I'd be wil ...more
Under the spotlight was cute! I liked that Christine's star was rising while Joes was fading. I loved that what brought them together was a sick child. Both characters were instantly likable and I was glad this wasn't another sports book with a manwhore hero. The plot was a bit predictable but it wasn't poorly written. Under the Spotlight is another solid sports romance for readers who love this rising genre!
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Trope: Hockey Star, Superst ...more