The Challenger: A Sports Romance Saga by Rowan Rossler – Reviewed by: Vanessa Watts
The Challenger: A Sports Romance Saga by Rowan Rossler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoy romance novels like the best of them, and add in a sexy sports athlete and you can feel temps rise. I did not immediately like Chavez. He is arrogant and very sure of himself in getting what he wants. It was hard to imagine the chemistry between Chavez and Flynn until the story delved deeper into their personal lives and you realize they both have monumental pasts that they are trying to escape or use to change their future.
Flynn is a successful author turned motivational guru. Past tennis star that due to unfortunate circumstances stopped playing the game and has never touched a racket since. Chavez is a talented tennis player that could never quite break the barrier into the world of the greats. So everyone is thrown for a loop when on his best season yet he leaves the game, turns out Chavez has some family issues to resolve. In a twist of fate, one in a million type things, they run into each other in their therapists office and sets something in motion that neither can explain. While Flynn isn’t looking to get anywhere near the world of tennis or that close to Chavez for obvious reasons, he convinces her to become his motivational guru/tennis coach. As sparks fly and past truths get revealed can they ever find what they are truly looking for? Can Chavez rise to the top of his game and earn the respect he so much desires? Can Flynn break out of her shell and her past and get back to the writing she loves or will she be stuck in someone else’s idea of success?
This book is not only filled with romance and action but the storyline itself flows like a beautiful tapestry as you maneuver your way through their trials and tribulations. We all have a past and sometimes the hardest thing is to get past it. Get past the hurt, anger, and every other emotion so it doesn’t weigh you down and make reaching your future aspirations so challenging. This was definitely a great read with a lot of introspective moments for me about moving past what is in the past, and outrunning the expectations of others.