RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: I’ll Catch You by Farrah Rochon


Title: I'll Catch You
Author: Farrah Rochon
Publication Info: Harlequin 2011
ISBN: 978-0373862030
Genre: Contemporary Romance

I'll Catch You - Farrah Rochon This review was written by Katie Dunneback. This story was nominated in the Best Contemporary Series Romance category.

The summary:     

Cedric Reeves has just been sidelined, and the bad-boy pro footballer suddenly finds himself without an agent or a prayer of getting back in the game. What he needs is someone pulling for him…someone like gorgeous go-getter Payton Mosely.

A media-hounded celebrity like Cedric is just what the ambitious up-and-comer Payton needs to jump-start her career. That's why she's waging a no-holds-barred campaign to land the Saber running back as her first client.

But how's the NFL sports agent supposed to keep things strictly professional when Cedric pursues her with a passion no sane woman can resist? Could this sexy bad boy be good for her after all?

And here is Katie's review:

“I'll Catch You” is nominated for Best Contemporary Series Romance and is the second book in Rochon's New York Sabers series focusing on a fictional football team. I greatly enjoyed this book. This, to me, is a book that should be held up as a perfect example of series romance. The characters were thoughtful and acted like adults, the pacing was pitch perfect, and it hit some of my favorite tropes head on.

I said on Twitter that this is a book you need to read if you enjoy it when it's the hero doing the chasing. Cedric Reeves is an elite football player, but his off-field antics have put his on-field career in jeopardy. At the beginning of the story, he finally accepts this reality and what he needs to do to make sure he has the power to continue supporting his family to the best of his ability. He also realizes that he is strongly attracted to his new agent, Payton Mosely. Payton's attracted back, but she also knows that to act on that attraction would put her new career in danger. When things get to the point they do, and you know it does as this is a romance, they don't shy away from the consequences of their decision overly long. You have to have *some* conflict after all.

The other story trope that I find myself drawn to more and more these days is that of older woman/younger man. What I found so fascinating in “I'll Catch You” is that this potential mine field of conflict is addressed fairly late in the story and then brushed away as of being minimal concern to Payton. It was along the lines of “if I get into a relationship with this man who is about six years younger than me, will I make a big deal over our age difference? Nope. Moving on to the more-important-to-me-issues-that-need-to-be-resolved.” It was very refreshing. Especially as I personally have a hang up about dating younger men. I like seeing a character who is nonchalant about it. I really do. It gives me hope.

After I finished reading “I'll Catch You”, I ran out and bought the other books in the New York Sabers series. I love finding a new author, and I think Rochon has a good shot at winning the RITA with this one. And if not this year, I can totally see her getting that statue if she continues at the level she was at with this book.

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  1. 1
    KP says:

    Never read anything by this author, but I’ll put this on the TBR list!

  2. 2

    I like the sound of this book and will add it to my TBR list. My only beef with the younger man-older woman story lines is the age difference. Since I’m about to turn 40, I’m realizing more and more that a 6-8 year age difference really isn’t that big of deal. Whenever a hero and heroine share the same decade number, I don’t consider that too big of an age difference. Now, if she’s 40 and he’s 25-30, I can see the conflict.

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    ksattler says:

    My hubby is 5.5 years younger than me which does have an “ew” factor if you go to a young enough age, like when I was 18, I could have babysat him being 12-13.  But we didn’t meet until he was in his early 20’s.  He mature for his age and most people lower my age I think in part because of him.  Really now at 42 & 37, it is all good.  Plus, life expectancy has him dying younger anyway.

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    Pcan424 says:

    This was a really good book. Wasn’t predictable at all.

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