Monica Stevens is confident and sassy — unfortunately, she's confused by what she wants to do in life. She's currently running the front desk at a leading PR agency, but she's craving a career that's much more dream fulfilling.
Monica's playfulness and flirty nature catches the eye of cocky quarterback, Zachary Ryan, who attempts to pull out all stops to land his dream girl. Despite his wooing, Monica is reluctant to have any sort of relationship with Zach — this is evident when Monica says, "Zachary Ryan is a fairytale. And I don’t believe in those".
The romance between Monica and Zach is a slow burner that takes a while to pick up. The chemistry is bubbling between the pair from their first noted encounter at a charity event, but after that, it fizzles out with Monica remaining focussed on her career and Zach determined to win a super bowl. Once the romance picks up again and Monica's walls begin to come down, the book begins to sizzle again. One of the highlights is the dialogue between them and their playful banter.
Allen does an incredible job of adding intriguing subplots to support the romance story arc. This includes Monica's issues with her father and Zach's prior experiences with being bullied — these supporting plot lines mesh together very nicely, even though you only realise it at the end when all the pieces have been put together. The external factors outside their romance are surprising and will keep you on your toes.
Monica and Zach are an infectious duo who find love with one another despite the odds. However, the highlight of Under the Bleachers is Allen's incredible ability to craft a story that shows character development outside this romance. The romance is addictive, but it's your eagerness to see how they face adversity and prosper individually that ensures that you turn the page.
Release date: February 28th 2017