Author: Bella Andre
Publication: Pocket (September 9, 2008)
Description: The daughter of a powerful sports agent, Melissa McKnight has harbored lust-filled fantasies for Dominic DiMarco ever since she was an awkward teenager, when the San Francisco Outlaws' gorgeous wide receiver became her father's superstar client. Now Melissa's a beautiful, tenacious associate in her father's firm, and being around to-die-for hard-bodies is all in a day's work...until tangling with Dominic at a photo shoot blindsides her with passion.
Dominic has built a flawless career by being in control -- on and off the field. And despite his intense desire for Melissa, he's not about to seduce his agent's daughter -- until Melissa stages a power play to break free from her domineering father and winds up at an edgy bar on the wrong side of town. Dominic thinks he's rescuing the innocent Melissa he met years ago...but one night of sizzling passion reveals a woman with no limits -- including a penchant for hot sex in public places. If anyone's breaking all the rules of seduction, it's sexy, irresistible Melissa.
But Dominic has a secret from years ago -- one that could ruin his sterling reputation and take Melissa along with him. Will his bad-boy past bind them closer together? Or will they crash and burn?
My Thoughts: This was a quick, engaging romance. Everyone knows how a romance will end. The fun is seeing how the two characters get there. Melissa has had a crush on Dominic since she was a teen. Dominic noticed her once she grew up but decided she was off-limits because she was the daughter of his agent. Besides, he still feels guilty about something stupid he did as a teenager.
Melissa has been working for her father's company and now she wants a promotion to agent. Her father still sees her as a girl and is something of a chauvinist as well - women shouldn't be agents. He gives Melissa a player who is going to be a challenge to represent and Dominic decides he wants her to represent him too. Melissa has always wanted her father's approval but he is mostly critical of her.
Their romance quickly heats up. I just laughed at all the unlikely places that passion overtook the couple - empty restaurants, back rooms at charity events, sports cars in Golden Gate Park. But, while the sexual connection was strong, neither was ready to trust the other with their emotions.
This was a quick read. I would recommend it for those over 18 because of the rather explicit sexual scenes. But it was a fun, feel-good romance. I like the pure escapism of a romance once in a while.
He strode to the door stopping just inside the threshold. "Just be careful, Melissa. Dominic might seem like a nice guy, but he's just like any other player, keeping an eye out for the next best thing to come along." He paused. "And I wouldn't trust JP as far as I could throw him. You're a pretty girl. Don't forget it."This book is second in a series of romances about the members of a fictional San Francisco football team. First was Game for Anything (click the link to see my review). The newest release is Game for Love (which is sitting on my TBR stack too.)