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Meet Me Halfway – Kim Carmody

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An ambitious journalist on a fast track to success.

A round one draft pick determined to keep his personal life his own.

And a documentary that proves sometimes opposites really do attract.

Olivia Callahan is a woman on a mission. When she lands a career defining opportunity in the male-dominated world of sports journalism, she knows it’s make or break time. Olivia’s boss has given her the green light to produce her very own documentary, and she’s not going to let anything get in the way of perfection.

After a few setbacks in college, Nate Sullivan is finally on his way to the big leagues as the newest recruit for the New York Warriors. Determined to put his somewhat colorful past behind him, Nate’s all about the straight and narrow as he sets out to prove he’s worthy of the first round draft pick that’s caused so much debate from fans and media.

The last thing Nate wants is to delve into stories from his past. But when his new team directs him to set the record straight, he has no choice but to cooperate with the feisty, determined reporter who shows up on campus. Olivia is thrilled that Nate Sullivan is her man. His colorful background is just the thing to take her story from memorable to award winning.

What neither of them expected is their attraction to one another, yet try as they might, determination gives way to temptation eventually. As Nate battles to protect his privacy and Olivia fights to produce the story of her career, they must decide what they’re willing to give up in order to gain each other.

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I was given an Advanced Reading Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 4 Stars

Have you ever had one of those incredibly awkward moments when you run into someone who recognizes you, and knows you by name, but you just draw a complete blank? After mustering up an enthusiastic “Hey, YOU!” you’re stuck having a few minutes of awkward catch up conversation during which you can only hope they casually mention their own name so you don’t feel like such an ass. Meet Me Halfway reminded me of one of those run ins – not because it was poorly written (it wasn’t, at all), but because although I finished the book less than 12 hours ago, I am struggling to remember the names of the main characters without looking.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked this book, I really did. But I was a bit bothered by the fact that the story line wasn’t immensely original – football star falls in love with the journalist doing a story on him, football star has a secret that he doesn’t want journalist discovering, relationship drama ensues. It actually reminded me a bit of the Sex Love and Stilettos series by Lauren Layne, a series that I absolutely adored, but with a plot that was just a bit too similar for my liking. After how perfect and creative the story line for Lexington and 42nd was, I guess I was just expecting a similarly unique follow up novel.

Even though I didn’t find the plot to be original, I loved the author’s writing style. The book was an easy, light read with fun dialogue. Liv was sarcastic, witty and independent – the female lead trifecta. Nate was predictably sweet and of course all kinds of sexy. I liked that he was the more emotional of the two, instead of the cliche detached NFL star who has been a player his whole life.

I think that one of my favorite parts of this book was the handful of small glimpses I got into Jensen and Emma’s life. Their easy, witty banter continued in this book and was just as fun to read about as it was in the first book. I also liked reading about Liv’s younger, hot mess of a sister. Hopefully she will be in the next book, I imagine paired up with Buck (I love him more with each book in this series – I can’t wait for his story).

My Takeaway: While the plot of this book is one that has been done too many times to count, I loved the author’s writing style and plan to continue reading books she writes. The romance was sweet and the characters were witty – something I always look for in a good contemporary romance. 

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