on February 28th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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One kiss can change everything.
Fun and flirty Monica Stevens lives for chocolate, fashion, and boys ÔÇª in that order. And she doesnÔÇÖt take life too seriously, especially when it comes to dating. When a night of innocent banter with SeattleÔÇÖs hottest NFL quarterback turns passionate, she fears that everything she once managed to protect will soon be destroyed.
SeattleÔÇÖs most eligible bachelor, Zachary Ryan, is a workaholic by nature, an undercover entrepreneur, and passionate about the organizations he supports. HeÔÇÖs also addicted to Monica, the curvy brunette with a sassy mouthÔÇöand not just because she tastes like strawberries and chocolate. SheÔÇÖs as challenging as she is decadent, as witty as she is charming, and she's the perfect distraction from the daily grind.
While Monica comes to a crossroads in her life, Zachary becomes an unavoidable obstacle, forcing her to stop hiding under the bleachers and confront the demons of her past. But as their connection grows stronger, she knows it only brings them closer to their end.
ItÔÇÖs time to let go.
To have a future, we must first deal with our pasts. But what if the two are connected?
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 we meet Monica in Up in the Treehouse she was the good time, no commitments kinda girl. She’s intent on staying this way and maintains her guard. When Under The Bleachers opens she and Zach Ryan are on a very interesting date, one that establishes their chemistry and connection and makes Monica throw up her walls. From then on out, we see the push and pull between Monica and herself and Monica and Zach. Monica’s is deeply wounded by the past. Her psyche and heart appear to be permanently damaged and it really doesn’t seem like there is any hope for resolution. How can she ever move forward when she is so rooted in the past?
Allen really knows how to write angst. Monica waxes and wanes about what she feels, what she should do and not do about Zach and is intensified by the amazing dynamic they share while working together. The back and forth isn’t just because of her personal fear about what she feels for Zach. Zach’s profession and the PR obligations add an element that’s beyond what either of them can control. Allen makes the reader feel her uncertainly as she exposes exactly what caused Monica’s issues of mistrust.
Zach is a dream boat – lordy, that man!! He proves himself to be a generous, considerate and beyond patient man. Although Monica recognizes this she really can’t seem to move past the hurt of her past.
“Zachary Ryan is a fairytale. And I donÔÇÖt believe in those.”
I could expound on him forever but so much of who he is is in what he does, and I don’t want to give any more of the story line away. There’s a great twist, one I didn’t see coming AT ALL, and it made me start second guessing Monica’s actions from earlier in the story. It made me want to re-read before I’d even finished it for the first time. Allen’s writing is wonderful on all counts; plot execution, dialogue, and creating incredible chemistry between Monica and Zach. Once again Allen delivers a story built upon complex characters and complex emotions. At the heart of it, it’s a story about finding a way to forgive the wrongs down to us, to find compassion in others actions, and just how that act soothes the soul. It’s simply a breathtaking read and one I wholeheartedly recommend! 5 #RelationshipGoals Stars
~Review by Cyndi
Signed Paperback of Up in the Treehouse and Under the Bleachers