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Kick and The Line Below (Spark Sisters Novels) by Ali Dean [arc review]

Hello Sunnies!
Have you read anything by Ali Dean before? 
These two books were lovely. I would happily read them again. I don't often read sports romance but Ali Dean converted me at least for the time being. Great New Adult Romance stories!


The Line Bellow @glimpses_of_my_books
Blurb for The Line Below:
From #1 Amazon Sports Fiction bestseller comes a standalone new adult romance about a collegiate swimmer who falls for an Olympic track star.

Water. The place where I feel at peace. 
Free from the expectations. Away from the judgement. Weightless from the obligations.

When I slip under the cool surface, I’m no longer sinking from the demands of family, school and the choices that I must make. Chase my dream of the Olympics or follow the expected career path? What will it be?

I’m not usually one to rock the boat - that's my twin sister’s role. I find myself in uncharted territory when I meet Jett Decker on my twenty-first birthday. It's not like me to get swept off my feet, but when I do, it creates waves with those closest to us.

Chemistry ignites, jealousy spikes and tension builds the more we're together. Sometimes in real life the lines between what is wanted and what must be done get blurred. Not everything is crystal clear, like the line below.
Kick by Ali Dean

Blurb for Kick: 
Buzzing anticipation. Floating weightless. Adrenaline rush. All the best feelings wrapped into an emotional high that never gets old. 

I think I might be addicted to falling in love.

When rising rock star Jack Kingston comes to play on our college campus, I think he’ll be just another fix. Instead, he flips everything around and makes me question who I am, what I want, and why I do what I do. After he leaves, everything changes.

Pushing myself in the pool, struggling to keep up with my twin sister, it’s what keeps me from losing myself entirely. Swimming isn’t my passion. It’s my source of stability. When I find the courage to finally start pushing my boundaries, I discover success in ways I never imagined, both in and out of the water. 

When Jack resurfaces, I'm forced to decide between facing my fears or letting them spiral out of control as my past catches up with me... threatening to pull me back under. It's time to sink or swim.




5 Stars/4 Stars


The Line Below:

The thing I loved about it is that although it is a sports romance it is not filled with sports jargon that makes no sense to me. It is neither a girly romance or too 'sporty'. It has a great balance between the two. I don't often read sports romance because it can get confusing when you don't know much about the sport. This was great!

The main female character, Shay, is in love with swimming above all else, she is great at it and on top of that she is also a great student, very self disciplined, and is always pleasing her parents. The kind of girl that is trying to be perfect and feels like she has to be that way since her sister is not even trying... that is how she sees it anyway. Her sister is a whole new story and we will get to it on the next book.

Jett is awesome- if you like alpha males... If you have been reading my reviews for a while you know I LOVE my alpha males so needless to say: I LOVED Jett! 
He is bossy and likes being in control. But it doesn't take long for the reader to realize that he is en-charge only because she lets him. She has him wrapped around her finger fast. The guy would do anything for her. 

Their chemistry is off the charts and Jett is exactly what Shay needed to let go a little and to find the strength to go after what she wants without worrying if her mother will approve or not. She doesn't luck self confidence, but she did luck courage and encouragement. 

And that is all I am gonna say. Don't wana spoil for you all. There is a little girl drama, a little guy drama... just the right amount of it all. Go Read!


Kick:

Kick is Shay's sister. Shay did not luck confidence, just perhaps a little courage. Kick is the exact opposite, once she is forced to face the fact she is not happy with her life (thanks to Jack) she lucks all confidence. The pool is her refuge and she finds herself for the first time wanting to try, wanting to be more...
When life gives her a second chance with Jack she goes for it. There are hurdles on the way and her luck of confidence and her fears make things difficult. But Jack knows what he wants, can read her like a book, and doesn't let her give up on them.

Where the book looses a point for me? the unresolved issues with the pianist Nolan. He did something unforgivable and not much was done about it... it was a similar issue to the one in The Line Bellow with Shay's ex just in my personal opinion worse... for me it needed a much better ending.

All in all it was another great sports romance and I highly recommend you all to read it. I prefer my alpha males so The Line Bellow remains my favorite, but I know that is not for everyone. So if you like your sweet, encouraging males you are bound to love Jack! He is all that and more.


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