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Crossing Hearts (An Atlanta Skyline Novel) by [Crowley, Rebecca]
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3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in An Atlanta Skyline Novel (2 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1039 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Lyrical Shine (21 Mar. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HL12LC0
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3.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a sweet romance between a Chilean football star and his American translator. Football (or soccer to Americans) is the world’s most international professional team sport and I loved learning about the way teams work to overcome the language and cultural barriers between players, coaches and managers.

Rio is far too good to be true. The national sporting hero remains humble and kind despite his fame and fortune. His only flaw is his obsessive need to overtrain. For me, there were moments when he was just too irritatingly perfect for me to like. With her charity work, deprived background and church attendance, Eva is also pretty perfect. The two are well matched, but to really invest in a romance, I need some personality quirks and character flaws that make characters feel real.

It is only at the end that these two stop being perfect. I found their slide from level-headed professionals to childish tantrums and poor communication more irritating than endearing. As a romance, this never really worked terribly well for me.

I did enjoy the sport. Football isn’t a high profile sport in America and I enjoyed watching a national hero adjust to relative anonymity in Atlanta. The Swedish coach working with an international team is fascinating and I really enjoyed learning more about Eva’s job and Rio’s struggle to play well when his communication with teammates and coaches is so limited. I also loved Rio’s niche celebrity within the American Latino community.
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~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

4*s of soccer romance

I am a big fan of sports romances, and really liked the idea of a soccer star falling for his interpreter. It will be interesting to see what other new routes the author will take in future installments in this series.

Rio was a great character, and he made his position very clear from the beginning. I did not however warm much to Eva. I bought into the fact that she wanted to be taken seriously in her job, but her constant vacillation with Rio became difficult to understand. But I am sure that other readers may have a completely different take on her.

There were some good issues raised, and I was interested in Rio's approach to overtraining, to ensure that he was always picked - for a man who seemed so confident externally, his fears were beautifully revealed and explained. His confessions of his home-life and family also brought much insight into why he behaved in this way. It made the contrast with Eva even more compelling.

It is a well written story, easy to read and also has some interesting team members who will feature in future episodes.

~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved Rio 5 April 2017
By Toni - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the hero of this story; I also appreciated the low angst factor. The H and h start out pushed together at "work" and soon the lines between personal and professional get a little blurry. Randomly, i loved that Rio wasn't tall. It seems most romances assume that the hero can only be tall. I would have liked more storyline, it seemed a little short. I guess that means I didn't want it to end. Hope we see Rio in future installments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crossing Hearts Review 22 Mar. 2017
By gigis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
New to the U.S. soccer scene, not to mention the English language, compact yet explosive Chilean soccer legend Rio Vidal is driven to define a role on his new team, Atlanta Skyline. But he must also adapt to a new culture—and accept that he can’t do it alone. His beautiful interpreter, Eva, has been his voice, his refuge. But she is becoming so much more. If only he could convince her he isn’t like the other men she’s worked with, players on—and off—the field.

As a translator for pro athletes, Eva Torres is used to dealing with self-interested super stars. But Rio seems different, and she’s blindsided when he locks eyes with her across a church pew. By now, after weeks of close contact with the endearing athlete with whom she shares a language, her thoughts are far from holy. She must remind herself flirtation is probably just his default style. Plus, she’s the only one he can really talk to. But when his ambition threatens to derail his career—and their deepening connection—they’ll both have to lay their hearts on the center line.

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Two things that made this story interesting and intriguing for me were; one the story is centered around professional soccer and two that the main characters are Latin American.

That Rio is new to America and cannot speak the language gave a lot of realism to his character. Then add the unique and intimate relationship between Rio and his translator, Eva and you can totally imagine these characters being real.

Rio and Eva's love story was a slow build which made sense for them and the story. There is instant lust, but they work together and Eva is leery after being around professional athletes for so long. Once they give in to their feelings, it is sexy and sweet. Of course they have some obstacles to overcome but reading about them made me root for them even more.

After reading this first in this new series I cannot wait for more!

4.5Stars

*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
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4.0 out of 5 stars First book in a great new series! 25 Mar. 2017
By Aleatha7 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Rio is a soccer star in his home country of Chile. He is calm, he is cool, and everyone knows his name. The Atlanta Skyline drafts him for their team, and soon Rio finds himself in a new country, surrounded by a new team and a new language.

Eva has dreamed of being a sports interpreter her entire life, and she has finally living the dream. She has been working for the Skyline for a few years now, and although she has appreciated the looks of the players she has interpreted for, she has always kept her distance personally. She does not want to jeopardize the job she loves. Rio makes her question her resolve, though, especially after they run into each other at church one day. It's hard to say no to Rio, though, especially as she gets to know the man behind the media personality.

I thought it was an interesting slant to have the chapters with Rio's point of view, especially the parts that showed the struggles of not being able to understand what is being said around him. I would give this book 3.5 stars. I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this soccer romance, first in a new series! 9 May 2017
By Maria Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Chilean soccer star Rio Vidal has recently been acquired by an American team, the Atlanta Skyline. Though he’s wealthy now, his poor and humble roots have given him a down to earth approach to life. Having his attractive translator Eva Torres by his side is no hardship, and he’s interested in pursuing more than just a professional relationship with her. But his number one goal is proving that the team that has acquired him has made the right choice.

As a professional Spanish language translator for pro athletes, Eva is used to being around good-looking men but sometimes her heart leads her astray. Her last relationship was with a soccer player who moved on to a new life without her, a man she foolishly thought felt the same way about her as she did about him. Once burned, twice shy, she’s got her guard up where men are concerned, especially one as appealing to her as Rio. Eva has plans for her future that don’t include being just a ‘plus one’ for another famous athlete. A sex only fling would let them burn off some of the excess attraction between them and Eva’s resistance to Rio is short lived in the face of his flirtatious pursuit. But when they develop feelings for each other beyond simple attraction, will it lead to something more permanent?

Okay, I’ll admit it. The cover of this book is what drew me in (hello, hot soccer player!) and combined with the synopsis, I was excited to read this story. The first thing that sticks out is that unlike the majority of romance heroes, Rio is short at just over five-and-a-half feet tall. It’s a disadvantage for most sports, and as a soccer player it means he has to be quick and maneuverable on his feet. His height disadvantage means he always feels like he has a lot to prove on the field, especially now with his new team. He’s not short of confidence though – he knows he’s fit and attractive, and his elite sports status means he doesn’t lack for female companionship. But he isn’t an arrogant man. He’s friendly and hardworking and dedicated. He’s used his wealth to better the lives of those living in the poor area he comes from in Chile, and supports his family. It’s not hard to see why a woman would be flattered to have his attention.

Eva, a smart, passionate and caring woman, is drawn to Rio despite her best intentions to keep things professional. There’s a bit of conflict involved due to her position as team translator, and this makes her hesitant to reveal that she’s attracted to him. Eva wants to be an immigration lawyer, and when she isn’t working for the soccer team she volunteers at her local Catholic church (that Rio is happy to attend with her as a fellow Catholic) where she assists undocumented immigrants. Eva herself is the daughter of a Mexican illegal immigrant who was deported when Eva was twelve. She was fortunate enough to be taken in by a neighbor, but naturally it still affects her. It’s a timely political storyline dealt with in an empathetic way.

The story is told from dual points of view which I always appreciate. Rio and Eva’s attraction results in some steamy love scenes and emotional moments as they connect on all levels, both of them eventually sharing the truth of their difficult pasts with each other. As for the soccer aspects, the business of running a sports team is dealt with well and there are several on field scenes that are exciting to read, and show the author has a good grasp of the sport. We see Rio’s successes and challenges; he’s trying to make a name for himself on the team, keep up his physical game by extensive training, build a working relationship with his teammates and learn how to speak English. All this, and he successfully romances Eva too! The happy ending after a few ups and downs is wholly satisfying. If you enjoy sports romances, Crossing Hearts delivers an exciting and passionate read. Rebecca Crowley has made herself a new fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars “Just a guy who loves soccer” 22 Mar. 2017
By mary s - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review"

A wonderful story with beautiful characters!
Rebecca Crowley wrote an amazing tale with a unique and genuine hero and well fleshed-out characters. Rio Vidal is the most charming, goodhearted, boyish hero I’ve read in ages. The way he and the heroine, Eva Torres, a translator and interpreter, burst out from the pages is terrific. I loved that neither he nor the heroine are the classical stereotyped characters. The Chilean soccer legend “in the end is just a guy who loves soccer” (quote from ARC).
Anyone who is familiar with soccer or translators/interpreters tasks will also find this story refreshing in its approach to the sport and these professions.
This is the first story in the Atlanta Skyline series, a “soccer-themed trilogy” by Rebecca Crowley.
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