Series: Prescott #2
Author: Joanne Schewm
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 28 April 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Dane Prescott spends his days staring at perfect holes, and knows how to use his stiff shaft to get there. He’s as hot as he is good at the sport he loves more than breathing.
Dane has one goal and one goal only, to be on the professional golf tour. It’s who he is and what he lives for. Women, although fun, aren’t in his long-term plans.
Beverly Whitfield didn’t start off as the confident woman she is today. Teased mercilessly as a child and always feeling second-best, she set out to change her future and is finally putting herself first. Never in her wildest imagination did she think she’d fall for a man with stunning good looks and sex seeping from his pores. And, oh yeah, he plays golf.
To those who say golf is complicated and frustrating, Dane says, “No, that’s love.”
I adored Incumbent (although I have yet to review it, you know how it is *sigh*) so I couldn’t wait to unearth all of Dane’s secrets from the small glimpse we have previously had of him.
Dane’s life literally revolves around golf, he eats, breathes and sleeps the sport. Desperate to fulfill his dreams of becoming a professional golfer he dedicates all his time to being the best he can be. Dane is incredibly self-aware, realising he doesn’t have the time to devote to another person he takes his intimacy where he can find it and never progressing to anything more than one night. While I didn’t particularly like his attitude to his encounters, not even bothering to know his conquests names, I couldn’t fault him for his reasoning. His relationship with his family shows the emotional depth Dane is capable of, if only he were able to take another persons feelings into consideration. Can anything come before golf in Dane’s heart???
Beverley has spent her entire life coming in second to golf, her parents social life and status revolves around the sport, so it isn’t any wonder Beverley has a few issues with the sport. Having survived the teenage years of eating her feelings, a sense of abandonment to a sport and the ubiquitous bullying; Beverley has matured into a beautiful person both inside and out. However, her emotional damage runs deep and translates into a lot of insecurity about her body image, understandable and heart breaking. Unfortunately, mean people exist at any age as clearly shown by the ugliness within the narrative.
When Dane and Beverley meet at a golf charity gala, sparks fly but more than that a connection they hadn’t planned on or felt before takes them both by surprise. Dane is brutally honest about his expectations and previous ‘relationships’. Although Beverley really isn’t the casual sort of girl, her attraction to Dane obliterates her sense of self-preservation, although she does try to maintain emotional distance to protect her heart.
Things between Beverley and Dane progress quickly and at a deep, intense level neither is willing to acknowledge, fueling the angst and tension within the narrative. There are a number of sub-plots that not only add to the overall drama within the story but also to the character development and connection the reader feels to both the story and the characters. I want to tell you more I really, really do – but NO it’s best you discover just how compassionate and giving Beverley and Dane are. Sometimes the life you have planned for yourself isn’t the only thing to matter, fate/destiny provides the what and more importantly the who to complete your life and yourself ♥
I adored being able to witness the progression of Drake and Lucy’s relationship from Incumbent to Gripped alongside the foundation for Gretchen’s story in the next book in the series (Title Unknown at present).
Gripped contains it’s fair share of angst and drame but the character development and outside events turn it into a heart warming, fires burning romance 😉