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Under the Bleachers

(BelleCurve #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,319 ratings  ·  277 reviews
"One kiss can change everything."

Fun and flirty Monica Stevens lives for food, fashion, and boys … in that order. And she doesn’t take life too seriously, especially when it comes to dating. When a night of innocent banter with Seattle’s hottest NFL quarterback turns passionate, she fears that everything she once managed to protect will soon be destroyed.

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Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published February 28th 2017
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Chelé-----4 The Love of Books
"Nooooo!!!" That was my immediate reaction when I turned the last page. I did not want this story to be over. It was absolutely perfect in every way. For some reason I assumed this was a light hearted romantic comedy, which it is but it's also SO much more. I feel so privileged that I was able to jump into another K.K. Allen world and it was almost like two books in one. It's the kind of book that grabs your full attention in the first paragraph. I felt so giddy reading about Monica and Zach, th ...more
This was a sweet sports romance with a great hero. Zach is the perfect book boyfriend: funny, interesting, hot AF, can cook, loves his family, patient like no other, I could go on and on.


I had an issue with Monica though... I guess she was just very immature for her age. It's one thing to have some unresolved issues... it's another to punish people around you for mistakes that have nothing to do with them. I expected a lot more for her.

But, oh well. I really liked the pacing and overall story. I
K.K. Allen
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Under the Bleachers is AVAILABLE NOW! <3 This is a sports romance with deep feels and a swoony Southern gent that will steal your heart. Read it as a standalone in the interconnected BelleCurve series.

5 Sweet Stars!
I loved this book! I'm telling you this is a year for new to me authors that have just wowed me! I had a hard time putting this down once I started it. It was really that good!

Monica has some serious walls built up around her heart. She refuses to let any one in. She was hurt terribly by her father leaving when she was younger and will not go through that pain again. She has sworn off all relationships. But then Zach barges his way into her life.

Is it so awful to want a man that w
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Title: Under The Bleachers
Author: K. K. Allen
Release Date: 2/28/17
Genre: New Adult/Sports Romance
My Rating: 5 chocolate covered Stars!

(Fangirl Warning: This book contains a super hot lead guy that will invade your book boyfriend dreams and cause you to swoon multiple times.)

{Under The Bleachers is a companion novel to Up in the Treehouse. You don't have to read Up in the Treehouse to enjoy Under The Bleachers, but

Yvette (Booksandbandanas)
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book.

This author is becoming one of my best obsessions.

The meaning behind the message in this story, is so important.

These characters I am head over heels in love with.

I wasn't sure what this book would bring me.

Heartbreak ✔️

Angst ✔️

Desperation ✔️

Must Read ✔️

“The wounds are fresh. We’re all still bleeding. But I’m not the victim in this story … and I sure as hell am not the enemy.”

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One of the sweetest romances ever! Filled with hope and promise to change the past! Monica Stevens was careful. She didn't give her heart away. She didn't get into relationships deep. She never wanted her heart to broken again. But, when she meets Zachary Ryan, he changes everything. The man is just larger than life. Sweet and caring. Gorgeous to look at. But, Monica is just so afraid to trust him. Unfortunately, her job requires her to work with him, and the more she gets to know him, she knows ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

After reading and absolutely loving K. K Allen's previous book Up in the Treehouse I was excited to get stuck into Under the Bleachers and just like Up in the Treehouse this book didn't disappoint.

“When There’s Chemistry There’s a Way”

Monica and Zachary's story was an emotional read, and I was hooked from the very first page. I liked Monica, who was sassy, funny, creative, and independent. As for Zach well, what can I say l
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

This story was just irresistible and completely captivating. I honestly couldn't stop reading once I had started and ended up reading the entire book in a single sitting.

The first thing that blew me away was the impeccable writing. I was so impressed with the caliber of the author's writing. She has a beautiful way with words and the writing feels very familiar and easy. The
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: +5/ 5 stars

I feel like I say this everytime and I probably do, but I seriously fall more in love with KK Allen's writing with every book I read. By now you know I live for angst and this lady rocks it every single time. I LOVE her words and her characters. These two were amazing, their emotional journeys, the way they were brought together, the angst and back and forth of their relationship and then the connection between them was just everything. I was living while reading this book. I
Tiffany Johnson
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was super good and ended up coming from an angle I was totally not expecting and I'm so glad it did! It was sweet, funny, surprisingly emotional (like I had to stop a few times to will back impending tears) angsty, and had a great message about not letting fear control your life and forgiveness. I understand Monica so much better now (I had thought her actions sometimes strange in Up in the Treehouse.) Zach is a gem and I loved his big heart. Great read, just WOW! ...more
Laura Jackson
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I hope there will be a sequel I am not ready to say good bye to Gavin and Chloe and Monica and Zack!! There was no epilogue so that gives me hope foe a sequel!!!
book bruin
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audiobook Review
Overall 4 stars
Performance 5 stars
Story 3-3.5 stars

Overall I enjoyed Under the Bleachers, but I found the heroine, Monica, too hot and cold throughout the book to really love it. As much as I sympathized with her and her past heartbreak, I found myself continually frustrated and annoyed by her behavior. It was such a contrast to the hero, Zach, who was beyond patient with all of her back and forth. He did make a few mistakes along the way and jumped to a few conclusions, but he j
K.S. Marsden
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Monica works so hard to be emotionally independent, she never lets guys get close, and she's happy with that. But after she cracks and agrees to go out with American football star Zach, things are about to change.

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is a follow up to Allen's Up In The Treehouse, but it works very well as a standalone.

I really liked a good chunk of this. I thought that it was really flirty and fun between Zach and Monica. It's a little bit sporty, but not
*ARC copy generously provided in exchange for an honest review*
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REVIEW: 5 stars! :D
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Mar 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 33%

High expectations for this one with all the great reviews.
I forced myself to make it to 33%, then I unfortunately had to stop.
The H, Monica, was so unlikeable that I wondered why Zach was even bothering with her. She was mega standoffish, played hard to get and then wanted to act all heart-hurt when he didn't pay her any mind.
I have no patience for this at the moment.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This book wasn't for me I'm afraid. ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This book begins with Monica...once again finding herself in a situation where she has a man who is interested in her but she just can't go there. Her childhood issues make it difficult for her to trust men and she is not a relationship kind of girl...especially not with a football player.

But Zach is persistent and won't take no for an answer. The more time Monica and Zach spend together, the closer they become but Monica has a big secret and when the truth comes out, do they have any h
Jen Zingaro
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to see this book. First of all, I adored Up in the Treehouse. Secondly, the cover is just AMAZING. Be prepared to buckle down, this book is long. This book is about Monica and Zach who we first met in the Up in the Treehouse. Zach is a professional football player and Monica works at the PR firm that he uses. I started this book on a Sunday and if I read during the week, it takes longer as work, kids and life impede my reading and most nights I fall asleep with my kindle. It was ...more
Sophie Koufes
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Under The Bleachers is a stellar sports romance. I absolutely loved it. Monica Stevens and Zachary Ryan are compelling and resilient characters. I absolutely love the fun banter between these two. A sugary sweet romance, sensual moments, a bit of sports, a secret, plenty of suspense & a bombshell twist braided together into one scrumptiously ambrosial. 
Told in due POV with alternating between the past and the present. This writing style perfectly fits the genre and creates a well crafted story.
Cyndi Becker
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Under the Bleachers is KK Allen's stunning follow-up to Up in the Treehouse. Once again I was astonished by the intensity of the story and Allen's writing. Really, I should have known yet it took my by surprise. The story kept me completely captivated I find that days later I'm still thinking about it. I spent a great part of my reading experience feeling intense heartache and forlorn. But there's so much more to it. Monica is just a fascinating character and Zach , well he's simply Zach.

When w
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had never read anything written by K.K. Allen until I picked up Waterfall Effect....I was hooked. I've devoured all her books in a short period of time.
Under The Bleachers is a fantastic read and I didn't want it to end! I laughed, cried, and got a little bit angry but in the end it was OK. This is one book I will keep in my library for a long time.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

One might look at the strings on the ball and the other knows how to throw it but only one has the power to catch it! Or do they both know how! Time is can only heal.. from hurt you learn to love and it's only in the eyes that are hidding in the bleachers. Father, mother two girls and a boy how are they connected? You will enjoy this pass all the way to the end zone...
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
K.K. Allen scores a touchdown with Under the Bleachers!

I was first introduced to K.K. Allen when I had a chance to read and review Up in the Treehouse. When reading a new author, you don't know what to expect. Well K.K. blew me away! Up in the Treehouse surpassed anything I could have expected and was one of my top reads of 2016. Needless to say, I was excited to see what K.K. would do next and as soon as Under the Bleachers was announced, I knew I had to read it.

Under the Bleachers is a contemp
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
K.K. Allen is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors!

Under the Bleachers centers around Monica from Up in the Treehouse. Monica seems to be stuck in a transition period of her life. Not knowing exactly where her passion lies, she takes a job as office manager at BelleCurve Creative until she can figure it out. BelleCurve just happens to be the same PR agency who represents Zack Ryan, Seattle quarterback and hottest bachelor in the city. As Zack and Monica get to know one another and sp
Aly Plum
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**I received and ARC copy for this book in exchange for an honest review**

5 chocolate covered strawberries!!

This is the story of Monica and Zachary. We were blessed to read about them in "Up In The Treehouse"

Monica is a young woman working at a creative agency called BelleCurve. She has some unfinished issues on her past that are hunting her now.

Zach is a successful NFL player, with all that NFL body, playing for Seattle team. He was bullied at his teenage years and now he is trying to show the
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I get so excited when I find an author I have never read before and KK Allen is amazing!!! Under the Bleachers is soooo good.

Monica Aka Cakes refuses to get involved in any long term relationships. At a young age life threw her a curve ball and she finds it impossible to trust. Zach is a star quarterback in the NFL who also happens to carry a bit of baggage. But when you put these two together you get a beautiful angst filled love story with a huge twist. A twist I never saw coming.

This book w
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Roxie and Jen's Review

Every time you open a a book, you take a deep breath and hope that you'll be swept off your feet—lost in the journey with amazing characters, a plot you travel through with them and that you'll feel complete satisfaction once you've read the last page.

After reading Up in the Treehouse, we have to admit that we were a little nervous that Under the Bleachers wouldn't possibly live up to the magic K.k. delivered. And Monica?! We met her in the first book and although Bleache
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"What’s meant to be … simply is"

I loved this story. Zachary is what every book boyfriend should be for us girls. He's handsome, sexy but also sweet and kind. He gives so much to his loved ones and everyone around him.

Monica we meet in Up in the tree house and she was kind of a mistery to me. Here we get to know her better and even though sometimes I wanted to smack some sense into her I understand where she was coming from and was happy that at the end she understood and did what was needed to
Ashleigh Wilson
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: february
K.K Allen has quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Up in the Treehouse instantly became one of my top reads of 2016 and now Under the Bleachers is following in it's giant footsteps. Allen has this poetic way of writing. She doesn't simply string words together to create a story. It's like artistry, creating a beautiful and realistic look into the world she has created. You don't simply read her stories, you experience them.
I connected very deeply to Monica, the female lead. She has secr
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K.K. Allen is the USA TODAY Bestselling and award-winning contemporary romance author of sweet, sexy, and inspiring stories that evoke emotion at every turn.

K.K.'s debut romance novel, Up in the Treehouse, was named the Best New Adult Book of the Year by RT Book Reviews, an honor beyond belief. And she continues to take reader’s emotions on an epic ride every single time with real, layered, comin

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