Even the Score by Beth Ehemann
Single dad Andy Shaw loves his job as a sports agent, with one exception: it doesn’t leave him much time for his kids. No parent likes being sidelined, so Andy decides to hire someone to share the workload. But when one of the hottest agents in the industry applies, Andy knows that this deal is definitely trouble.
Danicka Douglas works her butt off, but being an attractive woman in a testosterone-heavy industry isn’t exactly a cakewalk. She guards her professional reputation fiercely, which means no crushing on her gorgeous boss. But the more they ignore that sexy little spark, the more it sizzles…
Just when it looks like romance might be in the game plan, Dani is threatened by a stalker with dark intentions. To keep her safe, Andy must cross the line between professional and very personal…because this time, he’s playing for keeps.
I have to start this post off by saying how much I love Beth Ehemann. I’ve gotten to meet her three times now (at different signings; I’m not quite at the level of invited over to her house for cookies) and every single time, she is so kind and gracious. I still remember when I first met her and she actually knew who I was. This was well before I blogged and so basically, Beth Ehemann was my first official author heart attack.
A friend had recommended her Cranberry Inn series and I loved it. With that said, you could technically read “Even the Score” without reading Brody’s (Cranberry Inn) and Viper’s stories (Cement Heart and Wild Heart). However, you will probably enjoy Andy’s story more if you know about Brody and Viper first because technically, you’d get spoilers in Andy’s book. I wouldn’t call them deal breaker spoilers, by any stretch. But I do just want to put that mini PSA out there.
All that aside…I loved Andy’s story. I am so happy that Beth decided to give him his own book because I really think Andy’s character deserved it.
I have to start my review by saying that I am not a kid person. I just never have been. I don’t have kids, I really don’t know what to do with kids and under normal circumstances, books with kids don’t always appeal to me. Beth Ehemann is one of those authors that managed to get me to come around to the whole kids in books thing. Now, I’m not saying I don’t like the HEA where they end up having kids, but kids throughout the book has never been my thing. And after reading so many of Beth’s stories, I think its just that I needed the right author to do it the right way.
From the synopsis, we know that Andy and Dani meet and there is chemistry. But we have this stalker issue. Beth ties that in so effortlessly. I never felt like this book swayed into a thriller, but yet the issue is still present. And I never felt like it was all love story and the stalker aspect was treated in a passive way. She just fit it in so naturally.
I also loved how we see Dani, who isn’t a kid person, meet Logan and Becca, Andy’s kids. This, to me, was actually one of my favorite parts of the book. I know most might not see this being the pivotal moment, but I felt that Beth wrote it so well, and it was just natural.
I feel like I use the word “natural” a lot when it comes to Beth Ehemann, and I hate re-using words, but every piece of her work is done is such a natural way. I can believe it. I can see it in my mind. Its never hard for me to understand why a character does one thing vs another. A really great example of that, in Andy and Dani’s story, is that Dani is worried about professional repercussions. While that is a source of conflict for them, it makes perfect sense. Dani is a woman working in a male dominated industry. She is aware of herself and how others perceive her. Her concern is valid and makes sense.
However, I valued that as the story continues, Dani changes and her character evolves, but Andy is the same. He is still the hardworking, devoted father, who just also happens to be devoted to Dani too. I actually really loved seeing the heroine being the one who needed to open her heart more, instead of when we typically see the male character needing to be the one to wise up and get it together.
This book is releasing September 6th, and I can’t say enough good things about it. I seriously can’t or I’d basically be telling you the entire story and that’s no fun.