Book & Author Details:
Free Agent by Catherine Gayle
(Portland Storm, #18)
Publication date: February 8th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Can you fall in love when you’ve never loved yourself?
Universally misjudged, Blake Kozlow doesn’t let society get under his skin. After all, those misunderstandings have never affected his career. As a center for the Portland Storm, he’s lived his life as a Free Agent—particularly with women. But when he meets a gorgeous, curvy special education teacher, Blake realizes he’s finally met the one person who truly understands him.
Beatriz Castillo knows exactly what she wants—to teach her students that nothing can hold them back. A few years ago, her health was spiraling out of control, but Bea took her life back. Now, she uses her vivacious personality to prove to everyone, especially her students, that anything is possible.
Perpetually impulsive and spontaneous, Blake turns on the charm. But Bea’s unprepared to be on the receiving end of such brazen attention. As they grow closer and their attraction intensifies, their inner demons threaten everything. They’ve both always lived on the fringes of life. But moving forward will require Bea and Blake to step into the spotlight—together.
This story was so genuine – felt so grounded.
For once, we are not dealing with perfect protagonists who always say the perfect things whilst being comfortable in their perfect bodies. I mean, yes, this is fiction, but these characters together made complete sense to me.
I accept that within the confines of this book, the author has only lightly scratched the surface of a much wider issue about body image, but in raising it, has not distracted from the underlying story arc.
This is a quick, fun read with a healthy dose of emotion thrown in.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Catherine Gayle is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary hockey romance and Regency-set historical romance. She’s a transplanted Texan living in North Carolina with two extremely spoiled felines. In her spare time, she watches way too much hockey and reality TV, plans fun things to do for the Nephew Monster’s next visit, and performs experiments in the kitchen which are rarely toxic.