Book Review: BLOCKED by Jennifer Lane

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College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

Published: October 2014

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My Review:

Where to begin? This book is compelling, surprising, sweet, funny, suspenseful, and so much more.

Let’s start with the writing. Ms. Lane is a pro. She gets out of the way and lets her characters take over. Her style is easy to fall into and get lost in.

We have two different viewpoints throughout, both written in first person. This allows us to totally immerse ourselves in the thoughts and feelings of both Lucia and Dane. Each switch between them is clearly marked at the start of the chapters. But even without that, there is no doubt which character is narrating because their voices are unique.

Could I stay away from Dane Monroe? Probably not. Would I stay away from him? Definitely not. “I don’t trust him either,” I said, to placate my brother. But I definitely wanted to see him again. Soon.

The characters are exceptionally well developed. They have all the quirks, personality nuances, and depth of any real person. Good people do stupid things, and Ms. Lane isn’t afraid to show us the realism of human nature.

Damn, she was mad! And so cute, all worked up like that. I’d never derived so much satisfaction from riling someone up like this before.

The plot, with its undercurrent of hot topic themes, is a masterpiece. We have the obvious romance that this story is built around. And we have the college sports. But Ms. Lane doesn’t stop there. I don’t want to give too much away here, so I’ll simply say that this author is both fierce and compassionate in her approach. She takes issues that young people – and old people – contend with in life and breaks them down in a way that is, quite simply, perfection.

Her eyes gleamed with such conviction that I wanted to sweep her in my arms, our differences be damned. But how would she respond if I kissed her like I wanted to?

Have I mentioned that I loved this book? Really, read it. The only risk you take is that you might just find your mind is a bit more open afterward.

 

Thanks for reading. 🙂

  • Jennifer Lane

    Darcia, this is such a gratifying review! It gave me all sorts of happy feels. 😀 Thank you! <3

    • Honestly, Jen, you outdid yourself with this one. I’ve loved all of your books, but BLOCKED stands out as one of those rare books that should be a classic. The way you handled the issues, showing prejudices and stereotypes right alongside the passion and reality of those beliefs… Making us see the opposing viewpoint, not from their “narrow-minded” perception, but from the core of who they are. All the while you stayed out of the way, never showing a preference for one of the other. Truly perfection.