Dolce by Rachel Blaufeld

Posted January 21, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Dolce by Rachel BlaufeldDolce by Rachel Blaufeld
Series: Love at Center Court #2
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Genres: Alpha Guy, College, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Sports
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“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

Coed antics.
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.

I am a big fan of Rachel Blaufeld, and when I pick up one of her books I am always excited because I know it’s going to be a good read. I read the first book in this series, and I enjoyed it a whole lot. That being said, you don’t have to read the first book to read this book, because this is several years in the future from the first one, and with a whole new cast of characters (although you do get some glimpses into the old characters). So, I went into this book really wanted to love it, but for me, honestly, I just didn’t get into this book like I do most of her books, which makes me a little sad.

So the premise of the book is that two people are brought together while going to the same school, they have one guy in common, the shock jock Sonny. Cate is Sonny’s intern, and Blane is kind of friends with Sonny, and goes on the show because he is one of the star basketball players at this college. I wasn’t so much of a fan of any of the characters. But I will start with Sonny, Sonny, the shock jock, well I don’t know what to make of him honestly, especially in the beginning. He kind of comes off as the world’s biggest d-bag. I mean he treats Cate badly, takes some glee in putting his friends out there for public consumption, he just comes off badly to me.

I did like Blane a bit more than I liked Cate. Blane is a cool guy, he’s the college basketball star, the first in the family to graduate from college. School is important to him, he gave up going into the draft the previous year because he wanted to finish school, something I really liked about him. I liked how much he was into Cate (as he calls her), he’s really sweet to her. He wants only the best for her, and he wants to be good for her, you can just tell how much he really likes her. He’s also a good friend to his teammates, which I liked.

I didn’t really like Cate, she just didn’t appeal to me because she was so conflicted to me, I mean she had like to very different sides to her personality and it was hard to keep track. On the one hand she is timid and insecure, unsure of who she is going to turn out to be when she gets out of college. She really wants to be accepted by her crazy professor (I mean this lady is like a man-hating crazy, with serious issues about what her students are allowed to do or even think, and honestly if a professor said those kind of things to me when I was in college I would have marched right to the deans office). On the other hand she is outspoken and spunky, especially on the radio, which I think comes from the fact that she is kind of hidden while on the radio. The only time she acts like that in real life with the people in her life is when she is kind of pushed into it. I liked sassy Cate, I wish there had been a whole lot more of that in the book.

I think the reason why this book didn’t work for me as much as I wanted it to was because everything just came off as being too over the top. Yes, there is a shock jock involved, but the college professor was over the top, the coach was over the top, and the whole twitter and dare situations were just waaaaay over the top. It just kept me from feeling like it was believable which kept me from really liking the book as much as I wanted to. I still really enjoy Rachel’s writing style, and I will still be looking forward to her next book after this.

About Rachel Blaufeld

Rachel Blaufeld is a bestselling author of Coming of Age, Romantic Suspense, and Sports Romance fiction. She recently asked her readers to describe her, and the adjectives they came up with included: insightful, generous, articulate, and spunky. Originally a social worker, Rachel creates broken yet redeeming characters. She’s been known to turn up the angst like cranking the heat up in the dead of winter.

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, downing muffins and plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end deliciously.

Blaufeld, also an entrepreneur/blogger, is fearless about sharing her opinion. Before turning her pen to fiction, she 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 and Modern Mom.

Most recently, she shares conversations from being “In Bed with a Romance Author” and reading recommendations over at “Happy Ever After” on USA TODAY.

Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two beagles. Her obsessions include running, coffee, basketball, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.

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