“Was it fate or just a simple coincidence that would bring these two people together?” Set in modern-day America, this light and funny storybook romance reminds you of the 2000 romantic movie, Love & Basketball that starred Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps. In SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT – A GameTime Series Book 1 by Stephanie Sinkfield we get to explore that journey with them.
Connected by sports – two star-crossed people became intrigued with the possibility of opportunity and risk that only the newness of love can offer, along with all the drama. Adaris (Dair) Singleton, NFL superstar and Jacqueline Donovan, WNBA superstar, both on the verge of retirement, both wanting something more out of life, both not sure what that “something” would be. One serendipitous encounter at a Nashville, TN airport changed the trajectory of their lives forever.
Home for different reasons, Jackie to bury her father and Dair to spend some time with his teenage son currently living with Dair’s mother. As a male athlete, his NFL status and charm is all that is needed for female companionship. But Jacqueline Donovan is different, “She strikes the balance between being a professional athlete and a very feminine woman – usually you only get one or the other.”
She makes him smile and she makes him think. Think about things he hadn’t thought about seriously for years like…life after football, settling down, getting married, etc. He didn’t want to share his life and heart with just anybody anymore, he was tired of high maintenance booty calls or meantime situations. Increasingly, he found himself wanting to share the little things about his day.
Not playing hard to get, Jackie just wants him to understand that she’s just not into playing games. Text messages are fine, but “she still believe[s] in good old-fashioned letters, phone calls, and face-to-face contact.” Tired of the half-stepping guys or those who take/or use her kindness for weakness she wears her heart and her love on her sleeve. She knows that when she loves she loves all the way…however, she is thinking too. She loves the attention and the chivalry, and with each passing day while falling in love with him she still wonders when or will Dair break her heart.
THOUGHTS for your SOUL:
- “When you are not afraid to make yourself vulnerable with someone then you know you love them.”
- “Absence makes the heart grow fonder“… or sometimes it just means that you will be replaced.
As the story unfolds, we bear witness to the slow development of their friendship, romance, apprehensions, fears, as well as the hilarious “expert” opinions of their respective friends. Since Jackie permanently moved back to Nashville, and Dair has a decision to make. The physical distance that was once an obstacle for them was no longer, he knows that there’s no place like home and Nashville is where Jackie and his son is.
Sometimes you meet the right person at the wrong time or the wrong person at the right time, but they were the right people at the right time. In the end (as with good love stories) love conquers all and this storyline doesn’t disappoint. Dair retires and became a sports analyst. Jacqueline retires and continues on as the head coach of the boys basketball team at the local high school.
Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT as CHALLENGINGLY CHARISMATIC (301-500 pgs)…borderline lengthy – “it better have a good ending!”
*Disclaimer: BONDing over BOOKS received this book for free from the author for an unbiased review. Permission granted by the author.