Synopsis:“Who just stole my thunder across the Hafton airwaves, you ask? Right now, right this very second, listeners, I have Hafton’s one-and-only, the main man with the ball in hand, Blane Steele is in the studio. Mark my words—he’ll not only steal the ball, but your lady’s heart too. Watch out, gentlemen, the Stealer is in the house!”
— Sonny Be Knocking Boots, Hafton Radio 96.9
Angst-ridden twists in fate.
Caterina is an intern. Sonny is her shock-jock boss. And Blane is a good-hearted baller…except when he steps on the court. Between on-air dares, an evil feminist professor, a straight-shooter of a coach, and rumors from the league surrounding Steele, these three are destined to screw it all up.
Rather than a love triangle, this is a friends-to-lovers story where the disc jockey acts as the catalyst, and a basketball player finds his life transformed when center court intersects with love.
An Excerpt from Dolce
“I’m not doing anything. I’m hanging with a friend.”
Almost instantly, the spark winked out in her eyes. “What?”
Most girls would have bitten their tongue off rather than respond to the friend comment, but not Cate.
She glared at me. “You’re making my head hurt. You’re nice, and we’re friends. Then you wrap your arm around me, hug me tight, chat about porn, and ask me out for a drink, which seems like more than friends. And now we’re back to being friends again.”
“It’s complicated, like you said, with Sonny and the radio station. I’ve never done this before, actually liked someone or been intrigued. Whatever this is.”
“Well, I guess there’s a first time for everything.”
“It’s fucking just my luck, you know,” I said, shaking my head sadly. “I meet someone like you when Sonny throws down the gauntlet, and I can’t mess up because I’ve got Coach breathing down my neck. Everyone’s watching me. It’s been all eyes on deck since last season, when I decided to finish school before I go pro, and do what’s right. I must be jinxed or some shit.”
“Exactly,” Cate said firmly. “I may be all ‘I am woman, hear me roar,’ but I’m not about to trash your career over a silly friendship. You do what you need to do.”
She stood on her tiptoes, grabbed my shoulders, and placed a quick kiss on my cheek. “Take care of yourself, Blane. See you around. Thanks for walking me.”
First off let me say that I love Rachel’s books. She always has a way of writing her characters, that make you fall easily in love with them. And I loved Blaine!!!!
From the beginning when Blaine and Caterina first meet you know that they are going to have an explosive relationship, you just don’t realize how much till you get through the book.
What I loved about Blane is that, even though his friend Sonny tried, he fought for what he wanted beginning to end. Blane is a sweet one for sure. He will got to some extreme lengths to get the girl, and you’ll be reading and wishing someone would go to those lengths like that for you. I adored his antics and the things that he did, like the way he would search out Cate in the crowd at his games, knowing she was there watching, and wasn’t satisfied till he saw her.
Now Cate, well lets just say I went from loving her, to really not liking her much, to liking her in the end. I did not like some of the things that she did throughout this book. I didn’t for the longest time think she was even good enough for Blane. She might make you really angry at times, and rightfully so. I did feel like in the end she redeemed herself and became the woman that was deserving of him. The path that she takes and her journey of discovering herself outside the shadows of her mean sisters, and even worse mother, and her very popular boyfriend, isn’t an easy one. Like most young people she makes some BIG mistakes, but she learns from them, and in the end she paid a price. But it made her a more confident woman, in many ways.
Much like life, we don’t always agree with others choices, but in the end a lot of the time we understand them, and support them. This is how it was for Blane and Cate.
If you like a good NA romance with a sexy and sweet Basketball star destine for greatness, and a sweet girl who losses but finds her way, Dolce is for you! Join Blane and Caterina as they both navigate the waters of being in the spotlight, in much different ways, and how their feelings for each other hold strong, even through the darkest times. I really did enjoy this one in the end.