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‘Humorous but heartfelt – Striker hits the spot!’ – Mandy Baggot, bestselling author of Truly, Madly, Greekly--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michelle Betham is an ex-media technician turned author of hot, edgy, gritty romance. Yet. She is both self-published and published by HarperCollins Publishers.
She lives in County Durham, north-east England, with her husband and West Highland Terrier.
To find out more about Michelle and her books visit her Author Page over on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMichelleBetham or follow her on Twitter @michellebetham and on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/michelleb--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- File Size : 2682 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 574 pages
- Publisher : One More Chapter (5 June 2014)
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- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00JTMZ4RY
- Best Sellers Rank: 489,103 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ryan is a complex man, loves having women falling at his feet, but has just left his London club to move back to the North East (for a hidden reason), to sign for club he is a lifelong supporter of Newcastle Red Star. The last thing he was expecting, was to start feeling things for a singular woman, Amber.
Amber is a sports reporter for a local news TV programme, and since her father was a player and now manager, has grown up around footballers. She however has closed off her heart to love, and comes across initially as very cold hearted. Knowing footballers as well as she does, Amber refuses to get involved with any, until she interviews Ryan Fisher, and he gets under her skin.
Then there is also Jim, who is a long term friend of Amber's father Freddie, who is the new manager at Newcastle Red Star a fact that Amber wishes wasn't true. But why?
Striker features essentially a massive love triangle, where Amber can't seem to decide who she should be with. There are fabulously sexy scenes, with hot passionate encounters. Amber and Ryan's journey is far from smooth, and both are hiding big secrets. In fact there are secrets all over this book, which just adds to the intrigue.
Amber is continually drawn to, and seems tormented by this, to Jim, and it feels like it is a greater power that is controlling her, as she seems helpless to fight some of her not necessarily wise emotions.
In amongst all the relationships, there is some football, or at least training sessions, but as much as I love football, what was occurring off the pitch was generally far more interesting than on it! I'm almost speechless, about how addictive this story was, and how highly paced.
This is a fabulous example of a book you want to read while relaxing on holiday, or when you just want some pure raunchy escapism. I am so delighted that I have all three books of this trilogy, as I need to know how the story continues, as I'm sure that where this book ends, can't be the end of it.
Striker is the story of Amber Sullivan, sports reporter for a local news show and her relationships with two men, Ryan Fisher who is a playboy footballer and Jim Allen, manager of Ryan's team but also Amber's secret ex-boyfriend and her dad's best friend.
Amber starts out as a strong, feisty character but by the end you see a very vulnerable side to her and at times she seems rather weak and fragile, especially when it comes to men. It's this complexity that makes her so believable. I'm sure there are some who will criticise these contradictions but to me it added to the mystery of Amber and made her all the more likeable. Who among us hasn't had a change in behaviour because of a man? Although Ryan was ultimately an idiot and spoiled brat, I couldn't help but like him and cheer him on. The story was written from both Amber and Ryan's point of view and this, to me, made Ryan more sympathetic than Jim.
This book is full of racy bits and contains a fair bit of bad language - something very much expected in a story about the ugly/glamorous world of professional football. If that is something that would bother you, this book is not for you. There is also a lot of mention of Jesus, although religion has nothing to do with what's going on in this novel!
No spoilers, but the ending was satisfying while at the same time left open for the next book in the trilogy. I will definitely be downloading it when it becomes available. Is this book perfect? No, there are a lot of questions I want answered, but I hope they will be in the next book. But I was completely addicted to it for the last two weeks and for that reason alone, it deserves each and every star I have given it.
I loved Amber as a character and i think i may have just scored myself a hat-trick of new "book boyfriends" in Ryan,Ronnie & Jim. In fact, i struggled all the way through this book trying to decide which one i loved best. Im so glad its going to be a trilogy because i got to the end and i still hadn't come to a conclusion :)
The stroyline had me gripped the whole way through and there is still so much more to come from these characters. I truly look forward to finding out whats going to happen next in the lives of Newcastle Red Stars hottest ;)
Ryan Fisher is the ultimate bad-boy pro-footballer with a taste for the ladies and all of life's indulgences. But when he meets sports reported Amber Sullivan is he ready to change his ways?
Amber Sullivan doesn't do footballers after losing her heart to one in the past so what does she do when Ryan Fisher pursues her? Does she run for the hills or let him score?
Pure escapism taking you into the high octane life of football with silky skills in and out of the bedroom and WAGS aplenty.
Humorous but heartfelt - Striker hits the spot!