- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2835 KB
- Print Length: 351 pages
- Publisher: Rachel Blaufeld Publishing (21 Jan. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01A8UKW5Y
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dolce (Love At Center Court Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I think the main thing that stood out about Dolce for me was not the fact that I massively enjoyed it, because that was a given, it was the fact that Rachel Blaufeld gave me a story I was totally not expecting, and it was absolutely unputdownable.
Dolce takes place four years after the events of Vérité so although the locations have stayed the same, all of the Hafton State University Basketball players have changed. Blane Steele is the big bad baller around campus, and has quite the reputation as the ladies’ man. Well he did until one unfortunate radio interview leaves him stuck with a season of celibacy and a promise to win the championship for the year…
I was stolen by the Stealer, and pretty sure I was unable to be rescued.
The problems really start to occur when he finds himself initially intrigued by radio intern and fellow student Catie, and what starts off as an unlikely friendship, quickly develops into more for both of them.
I had to keep my feet on the floor, my heart in check, and my head in the real world, not in this fantasy I was building.
The only problem being that Catie doesn’t think she is worthy of a relationship with Hafton’s Golden Boy, not to mention the fact that she is nursing the mother of all secrets… A secret that could have massive repercussions for both of them if ever revealed.
"I’m not running, just finding a better place."
I don’t really want to give much more away than that, I think the beauty in this book is the total and utter shock that you experience when you work out what is going on.Read more ›
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I love this series!! I really do. Anyone who knows me knows that Book 1, Verite, is one of my favorite books EVER. I mean ever. I shouted from the rooftops how much I loved Verite for months. Ok, it wasn’t the rooftops, it was all over social media. But you get the point. Dolce, which is book 2 in the series, did not disappoint.
Dolce picks up a few years after Verite left off. Here we have a new set of characters but they are all as lovable as the ones in Verite. Blaine is Hafton University’s star basketball player. He’s also a big manwhore. Catie is an intern at the University’s radio station. She’s also a feminist.
Complete opposites, right? Right. Blane comes across Catie at the radio station and that is that. He wants her. Of course she isn’t impressed with his advances. Throw in a bet from the radio station’s manager and we have the start of a fabulous story.
Blane is awesome. He really is. Besides being hot, he’s funny as hell. Catie is great. She’s not super thin and not super pretty and I loved that about her. She stands up for women and what they deserve and she will do whatever it takes. She’s really sassy and strong willed.
Rachel took the story to a place I never really saw coming. No exaggeration. I never saw the plot going where it did. I was reading. Moving along. Then I was like what?? I messaged her and was like ummmm. You did what?? I honestly would have never thought of taking the story where she did. It was great. So kudos for creativity.
Dolce makes you feel good. You will fall in love with the story and the characters. It’s sweet, it’s funny, it has the right amount of angst. It’s great. And I thought the use of tweets made it really current day. Go one click and fall in love with Dolce!
Before you think: "Oh no, not another sports romance."
It's not what you think. Sure, there's a star basketball player and heartthrob, Blane Steele, with the moniker “Stealer” as he’s known for not only stealing the ball, but the ladies’ hearts. But that’s only one part of the story. The other half of this equation is Caterina (Cate), a women studies major and DJ intern whose feisty, curvy and Blane can’t help but take notice.
This book took me on a one-of-a-kind journey. I wouldn’t have predicted how this story was going to unfold. I know I’ve said this before, but for me, one of the things that takes a book from good to great, and what makes a tale truly outstanding, is the author’s ability to provide an unexpectedly moving and enlightening story. One that pushes against boundaries and beliefs yet still gives you all the gooey goodness of the feels, a little angst, and those sweet and sexy times.
I recently discovered Rachel Blaufeld with the first book in this series, Vérité and it gave me all of those things. And like the first book, but in a completely different way, Dolce does just that too.
I can’t recommend this series enough. If you're up for something different, at times challenging and moving, this is for you. For some, you may not be able to get past the twist in this tale but for me, while a total surprise, it made sense and gave this formidable read the powerhouse punch to make it unforgettable. I promise you that it's not what you're expecting but don't worry, you’ll get so much more!
This is the second book in the Love at Center Court series but it can be read as a stand alone. But if you haven’t read book 1, you should! I'm looking forward to more from these ballers. For me, the most important thing this book did for me was make me realize, I've got to read more from Rachel.
And to think she almost didn’t write this! Rachel, if you ever need a cheerleader, I’m your girl!
I really liked Blane's character. After years of dipping his stick in many a ball baby (basketball groupies), he's grown tired of the meaningless sex. When the curvy Cuban/Italian girl catches his attention, there is no looking back. Yes, it's abrupt change, but he doesn't play games with her and thankfully there is no unnecessary drama with former woman. He is just what the insecure Caterina "Catie" needs.
After spending years being belittled and bullied by her mom and sisters, she has low self-esteem and is extremely body conscious. But for the comments of others and from Blane's POV, you can tell, whatever she sees wrong, others don't. Blane loves every one of her curves, even though she's the opposite type of girl that he's liked in the past. His interests run deeper than looks. Her spitfire personality at times and dirty mouth, amuse and intrigue him even more.
While the two play a bit of a cat and mouse game, Catie's major in women's studies is a big focus of this book. I'm all for women's rights, fighting the glass ceiling, etc. but Catie's teacher is over the topic in her dramatics for the subject. Apparently, Catie's social life is judged upon in the class room and her differing opinions on feminism, backfire big time. Rather than give up on her stance, she fights back, going further with her thesis and making personal sacrifices for the story. Although I didn't totally agree with how she handled the Blane situation, I liked what she did for her new group of friends and how she stood up to a controversial subject.
The road is bumpy and both of them face unwanted media attention, but the strength of their character, allows them to come out of it all in a better situation. Catie gets her redemption and Blane achieves his dream, delivered to the reader in a sweet HEA.
Side note: LOC 571, thank you Rachel! Luv ya!
While Dolce is a standalone, new adult romance it journey's readers back to Hafton University the setting of Blaufeld's first book in the Love at Center Court series, Verite. Told from both first person points of view of Blaine and Cat, Blaufeld's writing captures perfectly a true love story between two very different souls destined to find each other. With a male protagonist destined for greatness on the court and a player around campus coupled with an uber-feminist, not-your-typical-heroine female sparks fly along with witty dialogue, forthright internal drama, and a whole lot of interesting plot.
I love how this author continually proves to me that her characters stay true to themselves while they grow and develop. The angst in Dolce isn't forced to conjured from somewhere dishonest making the maturing of both Blaine and Cat a natural transition. From fast friends to more, a cat and mouse game ensues where there's feelings neither are sure how to react to. The intrigue these two characters have for each other comes from a curious place and turns into much more. With a jerky radio DJ, Blaine's teammates, a sour professor, and an interesting twist these two must discover and decipher the feelings they hold for one another.
If you like sports romance of the new adult variety, the Love at Center Court series is definitely for you. Verite doesn't need to be read before Dolce although I highly recommend reading both.
In this basketball sports romance, Rachel has taken her readers back to Hafton University where another rising sports star will take center court as he dribbles his way to our hearts. Blaine “Steeler” Steele is Hafton’s University star basketball player. He has the abilities to make it to the pro and the looks to have any ball babies that he wants. Well, not everyone precisely. Caterina is a feisty sassy heroine who doesn’t think she is worthy of the school’s Golden Boy. But with his charm and wit, Blaine soon finds himself stealing the heart of Catie and showing her that she is truly beautiful inside and out. Can this blooming romance be a slam dunk? Or will they find themselves out of bounds and fouling out?
Dolce was a sweet, heart-tugging, raw, and beautiful love story. As with any sports romance, you usually can predict the storyline but if you ever read a Rachel Blaufeld book then you are well aware that Ms. Blaufeld has own her playbook. And in this playbook, Ms. Blaufeld has perfectly timed, orchestrated, and created a story that is full of surprises and twist to keep readers on their toes. You gotta love a story where romance, friendship and raw emotions takes center court. So did Rachel hit that game winning shot with Dolce? Absolutely. Rachel Blaufeld has definitely scored major points in my book and has bump herself up on my ranking of go to authors. The writing is crisp, smart, fun, and oh sinfully sexy that she will make any reader’s heart skip a beat as she dribbles herself to love a story that is championship material.
~Michelle of Four Chicks Flipping Pages