Title: On the Line
Author: Liz Lincoln
Series: Milwaukee Dragons
Genre: Sports Romance
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
Is this man: A) a super-hot NFL player, B) the guy you’re sexting, or C) your new boss?
If you’re Carrie Herron, the answer is: D) all of the above. First, Carrie starts exchanging steamy text messages with the sexy single dad she meets in line at the grocery store. Then she lands a job as the live-in nanny for the daughter of the Milwaukee Dragons’ newest star. With any luck, she’ll be back on her financial feet before the next cosplay convention rolls around. But when Carrie shows up for work and realizes that her new boss is the guilty pleasure in her phone, she has no choice but to try to keep things professional. Oh, how would Poison Ivy handle a temptation like Seth Chamberlain?
After getting traded from Houston to Milwaukee, Seth’s having a tough time keeping his head in the game, let alone making sure that his daughter is fitting in. So if the only nanny that Madison will tolerate is a grown woman who likes comic books even more than she does . . . well, so be it. Too bad the nanny is also the gorgeous redhead Seth’s been flirting with all this time. But with Carrie’s knowing glances and kissable lips driving him wild, Seth must decide whether he’s ready to put everything on the line.
Have you ever anticipated something for months and months, and then when you finally are there, or have it in your hands, the feeling is horrifically anti climate? That pretty much sums up On the Line for me. I’ve been excited to read this one for months. It was a single dad sports romance, with a bit of a Forbidden twist since the heroine was the nanny. But once I had it on my kindle, and I started reading, I felt none of the excitement I had been hoping for. Instead, I was bored, and found myself skimming more and more pages just to finish.
On the Line is written in third person, and tells the story of Carrie, an out of work science teacher and comic book nerd and Seth Chamberlain, the newest football player to be traded to the Milwaukee Dragons. Seth is a single father of a twelve year old tween named Maddy, who is struggling with the move from Houston to a new city. I really struggled with the third person point of view, and struggled to connect with the characters. They felt distant, and the writing style lead to a lack of any believable emotion.
I think my biggest issue with On the Line was the feeling of forced chemistry between Seth and Carrie. The entire first half of the book was simply reading about how they felt and how much they wanted each other. There was no drama, or tension to help propel the story forward, and it simply felt flat. The few times when these two did slightly give into their emotions seemed so socially awkward, I felt myself cringing for them both. Then, on top of the dull romance, their was Maddy who was probably the brattest twelve year old I’ve read in a long time. Every time she rolled her eyes, I wanted to yell about respect and cutting the attitude. The whole “it’s her age” trope felt like such a cop out. Their were so many other angles that the other could have used for her story thread that would have been more pleasant and believable.
While On the Line may be the perfect book for the reader looking for a cute, sweet romance, it just didn’t work for me. I’ve read a lot of romance over the years, and this one just didn’t stack up against the majority of them.