Getting Inside. Serena Bell. 2017. 198 pages. Loveswept. [Source: ARC provided courtesy of NetGalley.]
The book has to be compelling if me, a complete non-sports fan, can’t put it down. From the start, I was pulled in by Iona and Ty and was so intrigued at how they’d ever manage to fight their attraction while balancing their messy coach-player relationship.
Serena Bell wove their story together well. Too often, romance stories with a focus on sports are either too heavy on the sport or don’t include enough detail, making it an afterthought. With Getting Inside, she shows that she’s done her homework on the sport but isn’t beating the reader of over the head with her knowledge. I was clued in enough to understand that football was the heart of the book, but still enjoyed the actual story.
As for Iona and Ty, I loved them. They’re so relatable and genuine. Their interactions never felt fake or too fairy-tale. I was impressed by this especially given Ty’s play boy persona and Iona’s standoffish and brusque outer shell. I loved that he recognized her femininity without making her seem weak. These two are a good team, no pun intended.
I’m so excited to read the next books in this series. The Grizzlies seem to have a few guys who would make great love interests …