I’m so excited for this one. Not only do we welcome Cassandra Carr and two of her newest creations, Rob D’Amico and Alaina Rossa from Underneath It All but I was lucky enough to get an early copy and my review can be found below.
But first, take it away, Cassandra!
Cassandra: Creations. Huh. I like it.
Rob: Well, we are your creations. Unless we just suddenly appeared out of nowhere.
Alaina: *smacking Rob* Be nice.
Rob: Ow! Careful with the shoulder!
Cassandra: *shaking her head and smiling* I guess creations is a good word for it. So Rob, tell us what you thought the first time you laid eyes on your lovely lady.
Rob: I thought she had a stick up her-Ow!
Cassandra: I don’t think you want to finish that sentence, bud. You keep talking and you’re gonna end up with a bruise.
Rob: She’s MEAN.
Alaina: I can keep sixteen five-year-olds in line, hon. You’re no match for me.
Cassandra: Let’s turn the tables. What did you think of Rob?
Rob: Yeah, hon. What did you think about me?
Alaina: I thought he was a typical entitled athlete. And really hot.
Rob: Boy, I bet that last part really ticked you off, didn’t it?
Alaina: To no end. I didn’t want to like you.
Rob: I’m irresistible.
Alaina: Modest, too.
Cassandra: Has your opinion of athletes changed since getting to know Rob?
Alaina: It’s done a 180. I don’t know if athletes in other sports are like this, but hockey players are some of the nicest, most generous people I’ve ever met.
Rob: Best-looking, too.
Alaina: When you have your teeth in, yes.
Rob: Hey, I have all my teeth.
Alaina: You do, but some of your teammates do not. *shudder*
Rob: With a lot of their faces, that’s an improvement.
Cassandra: You’re on a roll today.
Rob: You made me funny. So I’m being funny.
Cassandra: There is that…
Alaina: Don’t forget modest.
Rob: I am the very picture of modest.
Cassandra and Alaina: Right…
Cassandra: On that note, we’ll let these two crazy kids go so they can plan their next fundraiser for school supplies.
Alaina: Thanks for having us.
Cassandra: Yes, thanks!
by Cassandra Carr
Professional hockey player Rob D’Amico is confused when he’s chosen to take part in a reading program for inner-city students. While athletes are role models, he tends toward the gregarious and playful side, rather than a studious bent.
Despite the lack of funding plaguing her inner-city district, every day kindergarten teacher Alaina Rossa ensures her students learn something to prepare them for life. At first she’s unsure how a hockey player will help her achieve that goal.
When Rob visits Alaina’s class for the first time, they welcome him with open arms, despite the lack of even the basic supplies for their education. He takes it upon himself to get the students what they need, sweeping Alaina up in the excitement.
As time goes by and she learns more about Rob, Alaina finds her heart opening to him. Is it possible her soul mate could be found in a world so different from her own? And for Rob, the last person he thought he’d find forever love with was an elementary school teacher wearing clothes permanently stained with finger paint. But when you’re playing for keeps, sometimes you have to get a little dirty.
Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora’s Cave, Sybarite Seductions/Twenty or Less Press, Decadent Publishing, Siren Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra is the co-founder of two successful group blogs, Romancing the Jock and Dirty Birdies, and participates in several others as a contributor. Currently Cassandra also serves as president of Western New York Romance Writers.
For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at http://www. booksbycassandracarr.com, “like” her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/ AuthorCassandraCarr or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ Cassandra_Carr.
I enjoyed this one, but it’s not quite what I’m used to … there was almost no conflict in the story – one smallish argument and that’s it. There was some opportunity for more problems with the differences in their lifestyles – he’s a professional hockey player with the corresponding large salary and she’s a teacher in a very poor school district – but that didn’t really go anywhere, just that one little tiff. There were no jealous exes or misunderstandings with puck bunnies. No real issue with the fact that she’s just a normal person dating a hottie athlete. Even his career didn’t really cause any trouble.
It is a nice, sweet story about two people who meet, start to date, raise money for charity, have a little trouble at work, and go about the business of falling in love. I’m not really complaining, it is just different … and considering how much I do complain about some books with their unending strife, perhaps that’s a very good thing.
So, if you’re looking for a glimpse into the Happy Ever After of two realistic and engaging characters, without a lot of tension or soap opera-y drama, then Underneath It All is the book for you.
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