Title: Out of Bounds
Author: Lauren Blakely
First published November 22, 2016
150 pages, ebook
ISBN: 9781681196336 (ISBN10: 1681196336)
Out of Bounds is a thrilling tale about how love can change everything. As a renowned sports journalist, she never imagined falling for a player, but when she meets the charming and talented quarterback, she can’t resist.
They share one unforgettable night, but she knows it can’t happen again. He’s a player, and she’s a journalist.
They have nothing in common except for the undeniable attraction between them. But when she discovers a shocking secret about her team, she realizes he might be the only one who can help her uncover the truth.
As they work together to reveal the dark secrets of the football world, they find themselves falling deeper in love. But with the stakes so high, can they keep their relationship a secret and still achieve their goals?
Out of Bounds is a captivating romance that will leave you breathless until the very last page.
About the Author
Lauren Blakely is an accomplished author who has earned the distinction of being a #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author. She is renowned for her contemporary romance style that is both sweet and sexy, while also being witty.
Lauren’s heroines are strong and intelligent, while her heroes have hearts of gold and a great sense of humor. To top it off, Lauren is offering a free book on her website, which is definitely worth checking out!
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Out of Bounds by Lauren Blakely is a masterful work of contemporary romance that transports readers into a vibrant world of passion, ambition, and heartache. Blakely, a bestselling author known for her emotionally resonant and steamy romances, expertly weaves together a compelling tale of forbidden love, family ties, and the pursuit of dreams.
Set against the glamorous backdrop of Hollywood, Out of Bounds follows the lives of two ambitious and fiercely independent individuals, Drew and Dani. Drew is a successful entertainment attorney and the consummate bachelor, while Dani is an up-and-coming actress with a troubled past.
When Drew becomes Dani’s lawyer and begins to represent her career interests, their professional relationship quickly turns into an intense and illicit romantic affair. As their relationship deepens, Drew and Dani must navigate the complex and treacherous waters of fame, public scrutiny, and familial expectations, all while struggling to reconcile their conflicting aspirations and desires.
Blakely weaves a powerful narrative that is at once sexy and poignant, funny and heart-wrenching. The novel is expertly paced, with each chapter building upon the last, leading to a breathtaking climax that will leave readers gasping for air.
Blakely’s writing is vivid, sensual, and evocative, drawing readers into the characters’ minds and hearts with remarkable ease. Her characters are multi-dimensional and fully realized, each with their own distinct voice and backstory.
Drew and Dani are particularly compelling, with their intense chemistry and conflicting desires creating an irresistible tension that drives the plot forward. The themes of Out of Bounds are universal, dealing with the complexities of love, family, and the struggle to find one’s place in the world.
Blakely tackles these themes with sensitivity and nuance, never resorting to clichd tropes or shallow stereotypes. She also does an excellent job of highlighting the unique challenges faced by women in Hollywood, shedding light on the pervasive sexism and double standards that still exist in the industry.
While Out of Bounds is a remarkable achievement, it is not without its flaws. The novel can be overly melodramatic at times, and some readers may find the ending too pat or predictable.
Additionally, there are a few moments where the plot veers into implausibility, stretching the bounds of believability in service of the story. Despite these minor quibbles, Out of Bounds is a must-read for fans of contemporary romance.
Blakely is a formidable talent, and this novel cements her status as one of the finest writers in the genre. Out of Bounds is a soaring achievement, a novel that will leave readers breathless with its emotional intensity and beautiful prose.
Highly recommended. 4.5 out of 5 stars.