Friday, May 15, 2020

Coach Me by Shanora Williams Release Blitz

Coaching was never this difficult... until the rookie came along.

I had no idea Amber Lakes would become a constant light in my miserable life.
Her smile isn't supposed to warm my heart and the sight of her tears isn't supposed to make me want to protect her.

We're not supposed to touch, let alone kiss. We definitely aren't supposed to exchange hidden stares while we're around each other. But I've fallen too hard for her, and despite how big the risks are, I can't seem to pull away from her now.

None of this was ever supposed to happen because she's my track student, and I'm her coach... and I could lose everything if we get caught.

*This is a standalone novel set in college with an HEA.*

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~  Also Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. I was hooked from the first paragraph and couldn't put it down.

Amber Lakes loves to run. She has trained to run her entire life. Her father was her coach for the first thirteen years, before he tragically died. Amber continued to run to honor her father and the passion they shared. Being named the fastest girl on the east coast is something she takes very seriously. Her hard work and dedication led to her getting a full scholarship to Bennett University, an Ivy league school with a small but non-diverse track team close to home. Amber is faced with racism and getting bullied and she's ready to call it quits until her sexy assistant coach tries to change her mind.

Coach Torres knows wanting Amber is wrong, but it was oh so right in my mind. I couldn't get enough of this read and finished it in less than four hours. I had to know how it was going to play out. It was slightly taboo-ish, coach and athlete, the forbidden always makes the love so worth the fight. I wish it were longer! I needed more!

I was hooked in by the blurb, and enjoyed the story overall, but I did find it slow going. Whilst I completely saw Amber as the 19-year-old student that she was meant to be – and really liked her character – I felt Torres was very immature for someone who was 30. He had to be the adult in the situation, yet he really didn't behave like one, repeatedly. And though I acknowledge he had lost his father figure as a teen, which may have slowed his maturity, he was 17 not 12 when it happened.

There were some really big issues of privilege, racism, and reputation dealt with in the book, which I found to be thoughtfully and carefully addressed. And certainly were delivered in such a way that they could promote discussion and debate. I did really like how this part of the story was written with maturity and feeling.

Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn't have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after.

She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive husband, and is a sister to eleven.

When she isn't writing, she's spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down chocolate chip cookies.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Coach Me by Shanora Williams to read and review for this tour.

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