Synopsis via Goodreads: 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 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—and a bedroom—as the live-in nanny for the daughter of the Milwaukee Dragons’ newest star. But when Carrie shows up for work and realizes that they’re actually the same guy, she has no choice but to try to keep things professional. After all, Seth Chamberlain is her boss now. Her chiseled, charismatic, oh-so-tempting boss. . . .
After getting traded from Houston to Milwaukee, Seth’s having a tough time keeping his head in the game, let alone setting up his daughter in a brand-new city. So if the only nanny his daughter will tolerate while he’s on the road is the gorgeous, cosplay-loving redhead he’s had his eye on, well, so be it. Surely he can resist Carrie until football season is over. But with her knowing glances and kissable lips driving him wild, Seth must decide whether he’s ready to put everything on the line.
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
On the Line is the first book in Milwaukee Dragons series and the first book I’ve read by Liz Lincoln. It follows the story of Carrie Herron and Seth Chamberlain who meet at a checkout aisle and sparks end up flying between the pair after Carrie helps the single dad with a shopping situation. Over the next few days, flirty messages are sent back and forth and neither Carrie and Seth can deny the attraction they feel for one another. But when Carrie manages to land a new job she finds that her new employer is none other than the sexy man she’s been messaging. Can Carrie and Seth put their feelings aside and maintain a professional relationship, or will they risk it all for the sake of what could’ve been?
If you’re not a fan of insta-lust, then One the Line may not be the book for you because things get hot and heavy between these two pretty quickly. I’m not a big fan of insta-anything myself, but I wasn’t really bothered by it because there was still a good amount of angst. I enjoyed watching Carrie and Seth try their best not to cross the line of professionalism and despite the obstacles in their way, I was crossing my fingers that things would end well for them. I also really liked Seth’s relationship with his daughter. They may not always see eye-to-eye but Seth didn’t let that stop him from trying to be the best dad that he could be. He has a lot of love for his daughter and I admire the fact that he put her needs above his own happiness.
I connected with Carrie pretty early on in the story because she reminded me a lot of myself. She’s very much a nerd and she’s at this point in her life where she has to decide whether or not she wants to go back what she knows or take a chance and be creative with her career. She does a lot of self-reflecting and she ends up realizing that sometimes you’ve got to take chances because you’ll never know if you don’t. On the other hand, I wasn’t a big fan of Seth. I couldn’t connect with him at all and his POV fell very flat for me. I felt like we didn’t get to know him well enough. Whenever he wasn’t thinking about having his way with Carrie, he was focusing on mending his relationship with his daughter and neither of these two things are bad it’s just that I wanted there to be situations where Seth focused on his own self. Maybe we could’ve had some more sports action and seen him on the field, or even some more moments with just him and his teammates.
Besides my lack of connection with the hero, the only other thing that bothered me was the ending. It felt rushed and I was kind of expecting a few more pages to wrap things up. Hopefully we can get an update on Carrie and Seth’s relationship in the sequel.
On the Line is a decent start to new sports romance series and I’m curious to see whose story comes next. With a title like Swagger for the sequel, I’m expecting there to be a lot of sass!