Release Date: February 7, 2013
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | TWCS
After a case ended badly for Rebecca Carson, she’s losing her mind sitting around her apartment waiting on her superiors to allow her to return to work. Since she was a teenager, the only thing she’d ever wanted was to join the FBI. Now that dream was in danger.
Gage Daniels has made a pretty good life for himself. A nice house. A career he loves. As a professional football player, he’s used to getting almost everything he’d ever want with just the snap of his fingers. This includes women. A well-timed smile is usually all it takes to attract the opposite sex, especially in Nashville.
When a stalker threatens Gage, the team owner calls an old friend, Rebecca’s ex-partner Travis Hansen, to help protect his star quarterback and find the person responsible. Hansen offers Rebecca the job, and she jumps at the chance. It’s work, and it will get her out of her apartment. How bad can it be?
Posing as Gage’s girlfriend, however, isn’t as easy as it seems. The man is relentless. Rebecca must work to protect Gage while staving off his advances. She’s there to do a job, nothing more. The last thing she wants is to be another notch on a hotshot athlete’s belt.
As the stalker continues to up the ante, Rebecca finds it harder and harder to keep her distance from Nashville’s star quarterback. He isn’t what she expected in one of the city’s most notorious playboys. Now all she has to do is keep him safe until they can find his stalker, and hope she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.
RED ZONE, book two of Sherri Hayes Daniels Brothers series was a great Super Bowl weekend read. We all have fantasies about getting it on with a pro athlete and it's not hard to imagine getting it on with QB Gage Lucas Daniels. Hayes made it very easy to fall in love with the guy with his easygoing attitude and arrogant charm. I found myself drooling and swooning over the guy. He didn't win over Rebecca with his celebrity status and all the perks that went with his fame and fortune. What made him endearing was despite his success and public figure status he's still grounded with an amazing family to boot.
And while Gage provided the daydream, Rebecca gave the story heart. She's guarded with a no nonsense attitude, very driven and her persistence both impressed and challenged Gage and made him dig deep and go beneath the superficial and really get to know Rebecca. And despite her resistance, Gage managed to break her walls. Together they make for a cute couple, each a perfect fit for the other.
"I'm not your type."
"That's where you're wrong. You're exactly my type." Gage
I also liked the suspense part of the story. It's light as Hayes built the romance part more but it's still a good sub plot just the same. The stalker was always in the sidelines waiting in the wings to strike and the jabs came at the most unexpected moments. After clubbing, tailing them on the way home from Thanksgiving weekend, letters popping up etc. It got to the point where I want to clock the crazy SOB. Well the perp is one crazed dude whose got a couple loose screws in the head and he got what he gave ten fold.
I'm sorry this scares you. Maybe it's because of your parents. I don't know. But what I do know is that I'm not letting you turn your back on something that could be great. [Gage]
There are things that I wish were more fleshed out. The setting is in Nashville and I wish Hayes gave me more of Music City like mention key landmarks and such. Another thing is We call our FBI TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) here and I know I'm being nitpicky but this supposedly happened in my backyard so pardon me for wanting it to be authentic. Lastly the ending was a little too convenient to tie up the HEA in a cute little bow. That was a little unbelievable from where I'm standing.
Despite minor biased gripes I enjoyed RED ZONE. It's sweet, suspenseful and dreamy. I wanted to be Rebecca and bask under the warmth of Gage's love. Gage is a lucky dude too to land someone like Rebecca, she might not fit the definition of a trophy partner one would expect someone in Gage's stature to have but she's a keeper.