REVIEW: Crushingly Close by Stella Torres

crushingly-close-cover-copyAuthor: Stella Torres
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Rating: 3/5
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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At twenty-four years old, Agnes Escueta has risen from the ranks to become a producer for Sports Tonight. No one can touch her, it seems—not even crush-worthy anchorman Daniel Ferrer, who she gets to work with every single day. When a road trip to Indonesia throws Agnes and Daniel together, they find themselves working in close quarters. It doesn’t take long before Agnes finds herself being charmed by Daniel, and her defenses start to melt with his touch. With deadlines looming and a big game coming, Agnes must figure out how to let Daniel into her life without risking her professional reputation—and without breaking her own heart.

Sports news producer Agnes Escueta has been working with sports news anchor Daniel Ferrer for four months now. A football game in Indonesia set them to work together with just two cameramen. But what seemed to be a casual work turned into something more when Daniel started to do weird things for Agnes. But is Agnes ready? Her career is her top priority after all.

I love that Stella chose sports broadcasting as background and that it was football because even I know little stuff about the game, it didn’t make me feel like a stupid stranger. It wasn’t too technical that you’d be left out wondering what jargon was which. I love that I got to somehow see how things were behind the scenes and again it was written in a way you’d understand things right away. Never imagined it was that busy and there’s so much pressure! On the other side of this bustling life of journalists, however, was the homey feel because the book focused on Agnes’ family.

I love Agnes. I admire her laser focus with her work so much. It helped that she looked so independent, ready to conquer anything. And her love for her family shone throughout the entire book. I have a soft spot for characters caring for their families.

Daniel, on the other side, was such an endearing character as well. The little things he knew about Agnes levelled up the kilig meter. He’s not a d-bag, not a cheater (yay) and understands Agnes in a lot of ways. I love that even when he has feelings for her, he wasn’t pushing it. He genuinely cared about the girl. And it clearly showed.

I guess I wanted to know more about them in their four months of working together instead of just few snippets that were mentioned in the book? I got lost a few times because I wasn’t sure where the feelings were coming from.

But overall, it’s got a strong writing and a storyline (sexy times included) that kept me going until the end.

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