Series: Blocked #2
Author: Jennifer Lane
Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez found her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in Jennifer Lane’s Blocked series, it could be her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love.
Medical student Alejandro’s hot Latin looks get him plenty of attention, but his deep faith and admiration for his father keep him on a righteous path, with no time for something as frivolous as love. He strives to do the right thing—study diligently, take care of his siblings, represent the family well—so why does he feel so unfulfilled?
Enter Lucia’s friend and teammate Maddie Brooks, who shines at blocking the ball and acing the serve. Too bad this graduating senior isn’t so confident about her life off the court. Her longtime boyfriend has just bailed on her, and med school applications loom large. Oh, and a nerve-wracking tryout for Team USA also approaches.
Maddie meets Alejandro when he visits Lucia at school, and she’s soon drawn to his sharp mind. Alejandro is similarly intrigued by Maddie’s talent and strength. But will personal biases and family politics smother the slow burn of their attraction? Unless Maddie can learn to believe in herself, and Alejandro can become his own man, their kindling romance hardly stands a chance.
Will either of them be bold enough to try something new? Find out in this emotion-rich story that refuses to shy away from life’s hardest questions. Because love is worth the risk.
Aced is another winner from Jennifer Lane! This is Alejandro’s story; he’s the serious older brother of Lucia, from Blocked. I have to admit I was intrigued by Alejandro in the previous book, and I’m so glad I got to know him. There is a lot going on underneath his sexy yet serious exterior.
Alejandro is very responsible, and he has very strong convictions…not saying they are always right, but I had to respect him. Maddie is his sister’s best friend and former volleyball teammate, and Alejandro finds himself drawn to her despite their differences of opinions on issues. They opened each other’s eyes to different things as they were opening their hearts to one another. I loved that Maddie could help him relax and not feel like he had to be responsible for everything. Dating is hard enough, but I can’t imagine the pressure these two felt always surrounded by the Secret Service since Alejandro’s father is the new President of the United States…yeah, I imagine that might add some stress to a relationship. If any couple can handle it, these two can even though it won’t be easy.
As with Blocked, I thought I was reading a romance, but it’s so much more! Lane has again incorporated very serious issues in the theme of the book, such as race relations, politics, and mental health. All of these different issues going on might spell disaster in a romance novel, but not in Lane’s talented hands. She perfectly balanced everything. Through Alejandro and Maddie’s romance, many racial and political barriers are crossed. They have an open dialogue with each other and respect each other’s opinions even though they might be different even when it wasn’t always easy. I saw through these two special individuals that really…it’s not someone’s skin color or political beliefs that define a person, it’s their heart. If you get to know a person’s heart, you can overcome differences and come to respect, and even learn to love others! I think our political leaders should pick up this book. They might really learn something of value. Great romance with great substance!!!!
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Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer. She can’t decide which is more fun.
Jen adores creating sporty heroines and hot heroes in her college sport romances. Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez found her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in the Blocked series, it’s her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. Aced launches in December 2015.
A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen writes swimming-based romances as well: Streamline, a military mystery, and the free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.
Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic-suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior.
Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and visiting her sisters in Chicago and Hilton Head.