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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Out of Her League

Out of Her League by Kaylea Cross
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Review by Camellia

Christa Bailey is one cut away from making the Olympic softball team when threats from an obsessed fan jeopardize her dream, and her safety. Forced to put her life on hold, she reluctantly turns to ERT officer Rayne Hutchinson for help, praying the police catch her stalker before she is cut from the team or does something stupid, like fall in love with her unattainable protector. But Christa's stalker is something far more sinister than either of them could have imagined. With her life at stake, can Rayne keep Christa safe from this patient predator?

“He looked at her in wordless awe” and “she felt incandescent, invincible” are just two of the many expressive phrases, Kaylea Cross uses as she tells Christa and Rayne’s love story.

Christa, a candidate for the national Olympic softball team, suffers from classic fear of abandonment because of “self-esteem destroying” events in her past. When an obsessive-compulsive, borderline schizophrenic stalker zeros in on her for his next victim, Christa goes to her friend Teryl. At Teryl’s Christa sees Rayne, a gorgeous specialty cop with a rock-hard body and a Casanova reputation. He is classic alpha male, out of her league as far as Christa is concerned.

Kaylea Cross weaves a tale with a well-used plot of a stalker, cop, and victim, but makes it brand-new and intriguing every step of the way. She weaves in just enough of the past history of the hero, heroine, and the antagonist to enhance the relationships that are immediate in the story.

OUT OF HER LEAGUE is a tantalizing story that has well-developed characters plus lots of mystery, suspense of the ever-present stalker, and the suspense of how Christa and Rayne can find common ground in order for them to share the phenomenal love each feels for the other.

Ms. Cross’ description of settings brings the locations to life and reveals even more about the characters. Her smooth, easy flowing writing is a joy to read, AND the love scenes are truly love scenes not just sex – ah!

After lots of bumps, trauma, fear, and misgivings, we do get our Happy-Ever-After. Good reading!