Release Day and Review: Dolce by Rachel Blaufeld
“Who just stole my thunder across the Hafton airwaves, you ask? Right now, right this very second, listeners, I have Hafton’s one-and-only, the main man with the ball in hand, Blane Steele is in the studio. Mark my words—he’ll not only steal the ball, but your lady’s heart too. Watch out, gentlemen, the Stealer is in the house!”
— Sonny Be Knocking Boots, Hafton Radio 96.9
Angst-ridden twists in fate.
Caterina is an intern. Sonny is her shock-jock boss. And Blane is a good-hearted baller…except when he steps on the court. Between on-air dares, an evil feminist professor, a straight-shooter of a coach, and rumors from the league surrounding Steele, these three are destined to screw it all up.
Rather than a love triangle, this is a friends-to-lovers story where the disc jockey acts as the catalyst, and a basketball player finds his life transformed when center court intersects with love.
Romance books don't always hold my attention. All the mushy love stuff kind of makes me gag most of the time. So reading this book was more than welcome. It's angsty, a little sarcastic and some funny.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love it when characters are more normal than fantasy. Normal characters like these are so easy to read about and like.
I don't really know how to convey this book to you. As always, I am not one to retell the story for you. That is what the blurb and other reviews already give you. I am having a hard time putting my feelings and thoughts into this one without really going into the book. I can tell you that I found myself smiling and chuckling so many times, one would think that I liked this book. Wait, I did! Very much.
I am such a huge fan of angst. Angst makes stories more real and interesting. No one wants unicorns and rainbows all of the time. This book is such a great balance of angst and self-realization that I was hooked from the beginning. I am a sucker for both. I love seeing the characters come into their own progressively throughout a story. This one is so well-paced that I didn't have to bat an eyelash to keep up or will it to slow down.
Overall, this is a book that I recommend to just about anyone. It's not too sexy that you will want to gag. It's not too angsty where you start to even hate yourself (yes, I have read some like that). It's the all around perfect read on a lazy Saturday.
My rating: 4 stars
Rachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog,BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation.
Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, anti-heroes, and mighty fine epilogues.
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