I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: New York Leopards #3
Published by Carina Press on April 14, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: the publisher
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Tamar Rosenfeld has been in love with New York Leopards linebacker Abraham Krasner since they were twelve years old. She'd always considered it destiny that they'd end up together…until Abe was drafted and she professed her feelings in a moment of blind excitement. The sting of his rejection was like nothing she'd ever felt before, and it's nothing she'll ever forget.
Older and wiser, Tamar has landed a dream job as a reporter for one of New York's premier athletic websites. Determined to stop being the safe, boring girl she's felt like for most of her life, Tamar makes a list of all the things she wants to do and see in her new city, and Getting Over Abraham is priority number one.
But destiny has finally chosen to interfere. Just as Tamar's decided to move on, Abe's realized she's the only woman for him. When he confides the truth, Tamar has to decide if she can put her crush behind her, or take a chance on the very man who's been holding her back all these years.
OK, there is the moment when you are reading a book, early on the piece, and you look up, and you just know that you are going to freaking love it. Isn’t that just the best feeling?
For me, that happened when I was within the first pages of Allison Parr’s third New York Leopards book, Imaginary Lines. Already it had some major Roz-catnip in it being a sports romance and a friends-to-lovers story, but there was just the extra something dusted over the words that made me love even more.
I’ve been wanting to read Abe’s story since meeting him in the first book, Rush Me (which I also adored), and I may have just squealed with delight when I saw that his story was on its way….and possibly at my desk, while reading it on my lunch break.
So, here are my thoughts on Imaginary Lines:
This was everything I wanted from Abe’s story and more. I loved the character of Abe in book 1, and was so glad to see that he was largely the same sweet, kind guy in his own story. Even though his actions in the first chapter caused Tamar’s heart to break, they were the real actions of someone of his age at the time – and I can understand why he acted as he did.
Tamar is a fantastic heroine – brave, honest and willing to put herself out there for what she believes in. My heart broke for her in the opening chapter when she confessed her love for Abe and it didn’t work out how she expected. Even though she is still carrying a major Abe-torch, it was great to see that she didn’t just jump straight back into old habits. Allison Parr has an excellent knack for writing strong, fearless heroines, and Tamar Rosenfeld is most definitely one of them.
The development of their relationship from family friends to close friends, then to lovers, was just so delicious! The chemistry between them was obvious and the romantic & sexual tension that built throughout the course of the story was just perfect. Trust me, you will see it jump clear off the page at you when you read this book.
I was glad to see the progression of other characters as well – you get to catch up with Rachel and Ryan from Rush Me, and there is even glimpses of Natalie and Michael from Running Back. I love getting to visit with the characters from previous books in a series, and I love it when they add something to the story rather than simply being there to fill the page.
I would love to see this series continue – and I have an idea as to who I’d like to see as the hero. However, I am just so glad that not only did I get to read Abe’s story, but that I loved it more than I could have expected to.
Loved, loved, loved it!!