- Title: Going For It
- Author: Elle Kennedy
- Series: N/A
- Genre(s): Contemporary
- Publisher: Samhain Publishing, November 2008
- Source: Amazon ($2.10 ebook)
- Length: 62 pages
- Trope(s): Athlete, Friends-to-Lovers
- Quick blurb: Struggling bar owner seduces retired ballplayer before she’s forced to sell her business.
- Quick review: Nothing to recommend about this predictable novella – and a few annoyances that almost ruined it.
- Grade: C-
Starting new would be good for her. She hoped. But she had no intention of leaving town with regrets, and not jumping Riley’s bones would be the biggest regret of all.
The heroine has lost her family-legacy business and her apartment, forcing her impending move across the country to live in her sister’s basement. But no big deal — her most important priority is to get laid by a jock.
While I didn’t have much respect for the heroine or the hero (no spoilers!), the friends-to-lovers romance was realistic and kind of sweet, I loved that the heroine did the seducing, and the grand gesture HEA was really good.
This would have been a solid C, but a few “Oh, FFS” moments kicked me out of my reading trance:
- No-condom sex with a self-admitted manwhore. Twice. But it’s OK, because she’s on the Pill.
- The irrelevant and unnecessary inclusion of the heroine’s BFFs — their Sex and the City drunken tell-alls were pretty eye-rolling.
- The hero mentally describes the heroine as “saucy.” I added that adjective to to my List of Patronizing Ways to Describe Your Heroine. I haven’t decided if “saucy” is better or worse than “sassy.”
- The heroine feels “waves of pleasure in her womb.” Let’s review: Womb ≠ Vagina. Womb = UTERUS.
- The hero’s only defining traits as a former pro athlete are his swagger (he swaggers a LOT) and his preference for “the three B’s…blonde hair, blue eyes and big tits.”
This was one of Kennedy’s early efforts, and reviews of her recent books have been much more positive, so I’m not going to let this short “meh” scare me off this author yet.