The Challenger (The Hustlers Trilogy Book 2) by Rowan Rossler – Review by Christie Mitchum
The Challenger: A Sports Romance Saga by Rowan Rossler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Challenger is the second book in The Hustler Series by Rowan Rossler, and it’s a good addition to the series!
This book is Flynn’s to tell. Flynn is best friends with Vandana, the main character in book 1. Flynn meets Chavez, in of all places, their psychiatrist’s office. Their attraction crackles with chemistry, and Chavez, who proclaims that he doesn’t chase women, does finally wear Flynn down and convince her to go out with him. It doesn’t take too long for these two to fall for one another, even though he has a hard job ahead of him destroying the walls she has so carefully erected around her heart.
Rossler has created two complex characters who have been hurt badly in the past. Both have had much success in their lives despite the secrets they have. Flynn is a “motivational guru” but now she has a stalker threatening her. Chavez has been a champion tennis player. He has been nicknamed, “Talented Tornado” for his playing skills, but the past few months that name has been used to describe his demeanor off of the court. He left the sport while he was at the top, and no one knows why. So, like Flynn, he has secrets too. This was a book about how love can shed light on secrets and bring healing. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this couple mature and grow throughout the book.
The Challenger is a great description of what takes place within the pages of this book. This couple really does challenge each other. It is an age gap and age reverse novel. Honestly, I was just too invested in them as individuals and as a couple to even take much notice of it. Age gap novels don’t bother me anyway. If a book is good, like this one, I don’t care about issues such as an age gap.
The book is not only character-driven but also plot driven. If you like a good sports romance with some mystery intertwined, this one should be a sure winner for you!