Underneath It All (Storm #2)
*ARC submitted for review by author*
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Professional hockey player Rob D'Amico is confused when he's chosen to take part in a reading program for inner-city students. While athletes are role models, he tends toward the gregarious and playful side, rather than a studious bent.
Despite the lack of funding plaguing her inner-city district, every day kindergarten teacher Alaina Rossa ensures her students learn something to prepare them for life. At first she's unsure how a hockey player will help her achieve that goal.
When Rob visits Alaina's class for the first time, they welcome him with open arms, despite the lack of even the basic supplies for their education. He takes it upon himself to get the students what they need, sweeping Alaina up in the excitement.
As time goes by and she learns more about Rob, Alaina finds her heart opening to him. Is it possible her soul mate could be found in a world so different from her own? And for Rob, the last person he thought he'd find forever love with was an elementary school teacher wearing clothes permanently stained with finger paint. But when you're playing for keeps, sometimes you have to get a little dirty.
Even better than the first in the series! I put my utter enjoyment of this book down to the two main characters, Rob and Alaina. Rob is such a sweetheart! The way he was with the kids and wanting to help them out to get a better educational start to life and have equal opportunities just melted my heart. He is the perfect male lead and I hate to say it, but I liked him even more then Sebastian from the first book “Should’ve Known Better”!
I loved seeing the relationship between Rob and Alaina develop, it wasn’t steam right from the get go, they allowed themselves to grow together and not rush into anything. There wasn’t much drama or anything particularly controversial happening to affect their relationship like in the first book with Sebastian and Sarah, but I still really enjoyed reading this and before I knew it I had finished it in one sitting.
I will be interested to see if Carr continues on with more of the hockey players, but they have a real task trying to live up to Rob, he really stole my heart in this one.