Gage Daniels has made a pretty good life for himself. A nice house. A career he loves. As a professional football player, he’s used to getting almost everything he’d ever want with just the snap of his fingers. This includes women. A well-timed smile is usually all it takes to attract the opposite sex, especially in Nashville.
When a stalker threatens Gage, the team owner calls an old friend, Rebecca’s ex-partner Travis Hansen, to help protect his star quarterback and find the person responsible. Hansen offers Rebecca the job, and she jumps at the chance. It’s work, and it will get her out of her apartment. How bad can it be?
Posing as Gage’s girlfriend, however, isn’t as easy as it seems. The man is relentless. Rebecca must work to protect Gage while staving off his advances. She’s there to do a job, nothing more. The last thing she wants is to be another notch on a hotshot athlete’s belt.
As the stalker continues to up the ante, Rebecca finds it harder and harder to keep her distance from Nashville’s star quarterback. He isn’t what she expected in one of the city’s most notorious playboys. Now all she has to do is keep him safe until they can find his stalker, and hope she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.
Just finished reading Red Zone, what can I say. It is one of the few books that make you sad to think it is ending but then you can’t help yourself from trying to read it faster to see how it ends. Gage has got to be as close to perfect as any man can be. He is confident, sexy, compassionate, patient and a pro football player. He captures your heart from the beginning with his determination that he doesn’t need to be protected by a FBI agent, then you see him with his family and you just melt, yes I used the word melt a lot in describing this book to friends. Then to see him go after what he wants but in a loving, confident respectful way, well melt comes to mind again. He knows he wants Rebecca, but he also knows that it is going to be a huge wall to climb over to get to her heart. He is the kind of man who watches the woman’s expressions and can read her soul through eyes, he hears her and he feels her, all he has to do is make Rebecca comfortable enough to admit she loves him to.
Rebecca, the FBI agent who is taking a break from her job as an agent due to a job that “went bad”, she was bored out of her mind at home. When her former partner calls and offers her a chance to protect a pro football player from a stalker that has been sending him messages she jumps at the chance to be working again. Little did she know that Gage, the player, found her more than interesting from the moment he saw her. She comes from a childhood that leads her to be shut off from the world, which fits great with her job. She is expected to have the mask to protect her emotions along with the professional clothing that doesn’t enhance that she is attractive. Being in the mother role to her little sister also enhances her protective nature, forcing her to be even more cautious of people. Her main role in her FBI job was to find missing children, a job she could complete, feel good about and move on with no emotional ties. Her sister on the other hand, is a free spirit, risk taker who is willing to give her heart to men and love fully, only to end up being a pile of broken pieces when the man is done with her. Rebecca hated seeing her sister hurt, and while jealous of her sisters ability to take risk in the love department, she is also more determined to never follow that path and allow her heart to be crumbled by a man.
Not going to give away any more of the book, but let’s just say that this game of emotional tug of war between Rebecca and Gage drew me in quickly and never let go. It was one of those books that once you are done, it is difficult to find a new book to read because you just can’t seem to let go of Gage and how perfect he is. Highly recommend this book if you love romance, thrill and emotional tug of war.