I have to say that I was super excited about this book… the synopsis, then the cover reveal, then the teasers… Shanora Williams totally reeled me in… hook, line, and sinker! This is a taboo romance, teacher/student, forbidden, basically everything that I enjoy in a book. When my ARC dropped, I squealed and dove right in. So what did I think you ask? Hmmm…
Okay, so there was a lot to like and a lot to question… I’ll start with that. Both main character were strong and well portrayed… clearly both of them are HOT… Coach Torres is sinfully gorgeous and moody, while Amber is a smart and talented athlete. However, what I hoped to read was a slow-burn romance in the making leading up to the whole she-bang… pun intended. LOL! Instead, it was sort of insta-love but not really… there was some lead in, some chemistry, but not as much as I would have liked. It felt rushed yet with a lot time gaps which didn’t always flow. I also didn’t get much of the taboo… it was more of an age-gap… however the forbidden part was clearly there as it was a coach/athlete relationship. So mixed feelings there.
Overall this book kept my attention, I enjoyed portions of it, but I was surely hoping for more… also the risk-taking was not so believable. The other thing that sort of turned me off, were all of the race issues… as a Latina woman myself married to a Latino husband who also attended a predominantly “white” university… I’m not sure I bought all of what was going on with this book. Of course there is racism everywhere and it should be addressed, but it was taken to the extreme. Maybe my hopeful, not naive heart, wishes for better from student athletes and how they treat their peers. I’m also not wanting to read about it and get angry about it, then depressed about it, in my romance books. That changes the mood for the book itself. Again, not downplaying the issue at all, it just didn’t work for me.
Coach Me has the elements of a good forbidden romance… give it a go… you may be completely blown away by it and end up loving it yourself.
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Meet Shanora Williams
» Writing Romance stories w/ angst
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You will most likely catch me in a cozy corner on my sofa, or in my bed, writing a new romance story, meditating, or binging on Netflix shows or movies!