May 30

The Red Zone by Amie Knight Review

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They say the red zone is the hardest place to score.

But for me, those last twenty yards were my sweet spot.

They didn’t call me Lukas “Last Minute Lucy” Callihan for nothing.

I was at the top of my game…until life sacked me harder than any linebacker ever could.

Losing my mom was devastating and left me as the sole person responsible for my little sister.

Taking care of Ella and juggling my career was like playing the hardest game of my life.

My only saving grace was Scarlett Knox, Ella’s sexy, red-headed, no-nonsense teacher.

She loved Ella. She hated me.

She thought I sucked at this parenting thing, and she wasn’t wrong.

But whenever she was around I got the same earth-shattering, heart-stopping feeling I did when I was only twenty yards from the goal line.

She made me feel like I was back in the red zone, a place I’d never fumbled.

Until now.

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Once again, Amie Knight has blown me away with her engaging, poignant, thoughtful storytelling. She’s written another heart-wrenching, heart-warming tale of love, in all its forms, and the lengths that two people will go to for it. Witty, vividly detailed and rich in emotion, Knight’s writing style is also punctuated with endearing, relatable characters. Hers are exactly the kind of romances that I just sink into and get lost in, and The Red Zone was an addictively endearing, second-chance romance.

Lukas and Scarlett meet at what was, unfortunately, the wrong time in their young lives. Fast forward ten years, and Lukas finds his life completely upended in the blink of an eye. Unquestionably devoted to his sweet, special needs little sister, Ella, Lukas has no choice but to leave his dreams behind to return home and care for her. Imagine his shock when he learns that the only girl he ever cared about, the one he hasn’t spoken to in ten years, is his beloved sister’s teacher. Gone is the cute, shy, nerdy girl he remembered, and a feisty, confident red-headed bombshell is in her place. Scarlett hasn’t forgotten the broken heart Lukas left her with all those years ago, though, and she does not give in easily to him.  I was absorbed in these wonderful characters’ bittersweet story. Lukas never once complained about his responsibility to Ella or the sacrifices he made for her, and his devotion to her melted my heart.

A moving and memorable tale, The Red Zone is pure Amie Knight. She’s at the top of her game, doing what she does best, telling a larger-than-life, grandly romantic Southern-rooted love story bursting with heart, heat, humor and hope. Five smooches from me for The Red Zone by Amie Knight!

~Danielle Palumbo



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