Knights of Passion #1
In Going All the Way (Knights of Passion #1) by Megan Ryder, Jason Friar doesn't have many options when it comes to returning to the game he loves, but he's desperate enough that he'll accept the offer from the Georgia Knights baseball team. However, certain conditions come with him signing on the dotted line, which is having an image consultant to help with his tarnished reputation.
After failing her latest client in keeping his image clean, Stacia Kendall has nothing to lose. Having a one-night stand might be a bad idea, but she doesn't care, it's not as if she'll see the guy again. However, when she's offered a new position helping to clean up a baseball player's image, she can't believe the player is the man she can't get off her mind.
Right from the beginning, I was captivated by this story, as Stacia has finally decided to stop being a good girl. She needs to let her hair after everything that has happened due to her failing to keep her client's image clean, which has left her father disappointed in her.
The dialogue really drew me into this story, and made me enjoy both the main and secondary characters. Stacia's best friend is protective and I enjoyed her interactions with Jason. Her threat if he hurts her friend amused me. The heroine is strong, brave, tenacious, and stubborn. I liked how she stood up to Jason when he was against anything she wanted him to do, and that she wasn't afraid to blackmail someone to help Jason out. Yet, what I liked most about her was how she finally stood up to her dad; a man that finally needed to realize that his daughter would no longer obey the things he expected of her.
While Jason, he was a fantastic hero and I enjoyed the moments when he teased Stacia to get a reaction out of her. The way he attempted to get her to succumb to the intense chemistry that existed between them until he finally wore her down. He's confident, tenacious and I liked how well Stacia did her job. She improves his image so much so that he becomes a little less hot-tempered, and works hard to help his team-mates. He wants them to take the game more seriously, appreciate baseball the way he does, and encourage them to try harder, to win so they can make the championships.
Overall, Ms. Ryder has written a fun, sexy, engaging read that has left me wanting to read more of this series in the future. The ending wrapped this story up nicely, and illustrated the strong chemistry that existed between this couple right from the start, which exploded onto the pages in hot sex scenes. What happens to Jason made me feel sorry for him, yet Stacia accepting a new job, and giving Jason another chance had me cheering. It was a way for her to finally be happy, and get out from under her father's you-should-do-what-you're-told ruling. I would recommend Going all the Way, if you enjoy sports romance, or strong heroines that finally stand up for what they believe in.