This review of Taking a Shot at Love by K.C. Richardson is unfortunately going to be a mixture of good and not so good comments. The book is a sports related romance about a college basketball coach and an English professor meeting and falling in love. The two meet when they team up to help a student they both have, but there are problems that could keep their budding relationship from happening.
If I had to describe this novel in one word, I would have to use the term average. The idea of the tale is a good one. I like the butch/femme combination of main characters, and the basketball/sports theme. The characters are well developed and likeable. I was also pleased to see that they are both written as mature women in their late forties. We don’t see enough of characters in that age group as romantic interests. The sex scenes are also very well written and quite steamy.
My problem is mostly with the story itself. Though the idea of the book sounded great in the blurb, the tale itself lacked substance. There was very little to keep my interest beyond the sex scenes. I actually ended up skimming a good bit, especially through the first half. The story became a little more interesting in the second half. The plot is also very predictable which only adds to the lack of substance.
I’ve agonized over how to rate this book. For me, it is really a 2.5 rating, but since I have to pick a whole number, I decided to leave it at 2 stars. Though I can’t personally recommend this particular novel, I can tell from the good parts of this book that Ms. Richardson is a very capable author, and I will be looking for more of her works in the future.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.