Book Review: Dolce

Dolce (Love at Center Court #2)
by Rachel Blaufeld

“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.

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Dolce generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Rachel Blaufeld continually impresses me with her stories about a precarious time in our lives when we're figuring out who exactly we are and what we want to achieve. Written with distinct honesty, a sweet hero and fiery heroine, Dolce once again delivers Blaufeld's signature style of story.

While Dolce is a standalone, new adult romance it journey's readers back to Hafton University the setting of Blaufeld's first book in the Love at Center Court series, Verite. Told from both first person points of view of Blaine and Cat, Blaufeld's writing captures perfectly a true love story between two very different souls destined to find each other. With a male protagonist destined for greatness on the court and a player around campus coupled with an uber-feminist, not-your-typical-heroine female sparks fly along with witty dialogue, forthright internal drama, and a whole lot of interesting plot.

I love how this author continually proves to me that her characters stay true to themselves while they grow and develop. The angst in Dolce isn't forced to conjured from somewhere dishonest making the maturing of both Blaine and Cat a natural transition. From fast friends to more, a cat and mouse game ensues where there's feelings neither are sure how to react to. The intrigue these two characters have for each other comes from a curious place and turns into much more. With a jerky radio DJ, Blaine's teammates, a sour professor, and an interesting twist these two must discover and decipher the feelings they hold for one another.

If you like sports romance of the new adult variety, the Love at Center Court series is definitely for you. Verite doesn't need to be read before Dolce although I highly recommend reading both.

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