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Overall I enjoyed Under the Bleachers, but I found the heroine, Monica, too hot and cold throughout the book to really love it. As much as I sympathized with her and her past heartbreak, I found myself continually frustrated and annoyed by her behavior. It was such a contrast to the hero, Zach, who was beyond patient with all of her back and forth. He did make a few mistakes along the way and jumped to a few conclusions, but he just seemed to put in so much more effort than Monica.
The book started off a bit slow for me and it took a while before I really got into it. The time jumps were a great way to reveal things piece by piece and to progress the story, but they were also a bit confusing and didn't always flow very well. There were a few times I had to relisten/check that I didn't miss something. The other woman drama and all the back and forth between Monica and Zach dragged this story out unnecessarily. I thought the twist in the story was good though and helped really drive home all of Monica's fears and insecurities.
I love duet style narration and Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross never disappoint. Their amazing chemistry really shined during the more playful scenes between Monica and Zach. A chapter from Monica's past really stood out to me not only for the significance to the plot, but also because of the particularly emotional performance by Kai Kennicott. Under the Bleachers was entertaining, but I didn't love it. The book is part of an interconnected series, but it can be enjoyed as a standalone.
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After a recommendation of this author, I was eager to give this story a listen. A sports romance, we meet Zach, quarterback of a professional football team. He is interested in Monica, though no matter how hard he tries, he cannot seem to break her walls down, though he can see that she wants him to. What he doesn't know is her past, and how he plays a part in it. This story has a lot of components in it, not just your typical contemporary romance. Tying in a painful past, with many unanswered questions, Monica's complex character is intriguing. To have a man like Zach in the mix of it all, coaxing, loving, and even hurt and angry gave the story a little angst, a slow burn and the window she needed to get her life in order. She is not your typical heroine trying to work out a bad relationship, but she carries a lot of weight on her shoulders and hides from her past. The answers she finally gets are not expected, and for me created a really wonderful story. I will definitely look for more by KK Allen.
To have this story brought to life by Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross is a pure treat. Given the role of Monica, Kai had to revel in pain and indecision, as well as love and passion. You can feel that all through her performance. Wen as Zach portrays frustration, love and understanding with that little chuckle that always brings a smile to my face. The combination of the two is magic.
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