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Can you tell the difference between a distraction and a blessing? It should be simple, but sometimes what we think is a distraction can actually be a turning of the tide required to bring life full circle, to a place of blessing. Meet Trent Bailey, who is fighting for the right to continue his stellar professional football career after enduring striking legal woes in the rCan you tell the difference between a distraction and a blessing? It should be simple, but sometimes what we think is a distraction can actually be a turning of the tide required to bring life full circle, to a place of blessing. Meet Trent Bailey, who is fighting for the right to continue his stellar professional football career after enduring striking legal woes in the recent past. Trent cannot and will not blow his second chance for anyone; after all, this is the blessing he’s been praying for. After receiving confirmation that staying focused is all he needs, it’s what he aims to do. No distractions. That’s until he bumps into two unexpected overnight guests. Jade Matthews is doing everything she can for herself and her young son, Kyree. After journeying through her own bumps in the road, she’s finally getting it together. She’s doing what she has to do to make sure her family of two stays afloat. Life’s setbacks won’t stop Jade from providing for her little one, even though she fumbles each pass thrown at her. What starts out as a temporary favor turns into rapid passion. There’s one agenda here, but getting to the same meeting point has never been more difficult. Fighting their way through trust and self-esteem issues, the two must meet in the right zone; the red zone, where you may think you’re safe, but life has a way of intercepting blessings and…turning the tide. ...

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love in the red zone Reviews

  • Alexis *Reality Bites*
    2019-02-27 05:27

    ❤️Love In The Red Zone❤️Spoiler Free Review Love In The Red Zone is indeed a 5 STAR READ!>I know this review looks long but trust me I barely scratch the surface. I LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS BOOK! Believe me when I say that a 5 star book is dangerous, well at least for me they are. 5 star reads will have you emotionally spent, that's exactly what this book did to me. I don't give up that 5th star easily, however Love In The Red Zone straight up stole the 5 stars right out of my hand! These characters, their stories and their relationship totally got the best of me. And I... I NEED MORE JADE & TRENT!Trent Bailey was a superstar quarterback for the Connecticut Kings. A conviction takes that status away when he is sentenced and spends 18months in jail. Two years later and the only field time Trent gets is when assisting a friend that coaches a pee wee football team. It's while assisting the pee wee league Trent meets Jade Matthews...Jade is a young mom struggling to make ends meet. Pretty much struggling just to keep a roof over her and her son Kyree's head. Right when everything starts to close in around her she receives a helping hand from an unlikely source. This unlikely source aka Trent lives a VERY private life. He basically goes against all of that to help a young mom and her son. Both are uneasy and unsure about their arrangement. Regardless of their uneasiness they push forward and make it work.Not much time passes when Jade starts to see Trent in a different light. She's attracted to him, decides that she wants him and goes above and beyond to win his affection towards her. Meanwhile, things begin to fall in to place for Trent. His desire is to get back on the field and the path to do so is placed right before his feet. He has the discipline, the physique and the determination to do it. Almost simultaneously the new woman in his life positions herself as well. Only Trent is not exactly ready to fully accept her.'Yeah, she was on hard times now, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t sniff out a baller for milking.' Trent's Inner monologue Jade and Trent come together in a wild fiery raging passion. The problem is, while Jade puts herself out there with her heart on the line, Trent continues to hold back. His past has him in a place where he finds it hard to trust people. I should note here that he is upfront about his trust issues. But Jade, homegirl is a fighter and she claws... I mean, she seriously fights for Trent, claiming her position at his side. His reaction to her tactics...LOL! And yes, this chick is tactical with it. His reactions make me smile and love him even more. My Thoughts Jade- I think readers will fall hard for this couple! I loved Jade she was smart, fierce and skillful at getting what she wanted. Which was Trent and you know what I can't blame her cause I'm digging him myself. She was jealous, possessive, protective and I loved every second! I wouldn't really consider her a manipulator because once it was made known to Trent that she wanted him she went on in such a manner with not just getting him but keeping him. More importantly she was real about it. And I think this made her twice as endearing to me. Trent- I like that Trent was smart. He was not one who's quick to fall for the okey doke. He did however fall for Jade quicker than I thought but was a bit slower to reveal his heart to her. He had moments or confession moments I should say where he kept it real with her. But he was never one to put it all out there on the line. He held back some, not naturally though, it was more out of his inability to trust anyone. Because believe me Trent came through when necessary for Jade, no doubt.The writing I think Belvin did an excellent job with layering her characters. It's part of her style. Not only to layer them but to show their growth as well. It's truly a strength in her writing that honestly not many can pull off or balance very well. The story carried weight. The characters, even some secondary characters had meat to their bones as well as some skeletons in the closet. The sex scenes were pure F I R E. Sidebar: If you're a true fan I'm sure you enjoyed the great appearances made by Love's leading characters from previous books.To buy OR Not to buy? BUY! Go 1click!Series: Yes, this is book 1 in The Connecticut Kings Series.Story/plot line: Well written. Well defined story and characters. Pulls you in from the very beginning. And when it ends you still want more.Recommendation: MUST READ! Steam Factor: On a scale of 1-10 I say hands down 10 it was on point!Now go forth and read, then come tell us what you thought about it! If only just a few words, reviews are important to authors.

  • Christina Jones
    2019-03-10 10:12

    Love in the Red Zone is the perfect “tone setter” for the Connecticut Kings series. A little football, hot sex scenes, and a beautifully compelling love story between two people that on the surface, may seem like an unlikely connection. I’m super paranoid about spoilers in reviews, so I’ll keep this short, but this project is a great addition to the (impressive) stories in Love’s repertoire, even while being unlike the others. A lighter tone, while still tackling serious subjects. A little bit younger hero, who is still sexy, and undeniably appealing in his own right. Slightly shorter, but no less of a robust journey.I am consistently impressed with Love’s work. Each project has a different feel from the next, while still being distinctively her voice. I’ve read everything she’s written, and can see the growth, the development of her craft, the continued confidence in her pen, and it’s – quite frankly – inspiring. Love in the Red Zone is a continuation in a pattern of excellence. If you pick it up, you will *not* be disappointed.

  • Tamara
    2019-03-09 08:07

    Woo-sah! This book was like emo overload in the best way possible. I know I need to add a full review, but before I do so, I'd just like to say that my ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE line of the entire book, came from no other than that jerk in the body of a short man...."That's right! Magic Mike her lil' ass, TB!" - Alton Alston So, on to the story! The first thing that comes to mind when I think about Trent and Jade is that we actually got the chance as a reader to get to know them separately before they even met and embarked on a relationship with each other. There were so many layers to each of the characters, that when they made a move or decision, you as the reader understood WHY they did what they did, even if you didn't agree with them.My other love in this book is the many accurate references of Camden, NJ! The city was a character in its own right. The good, bad and the ugly. With Trent being a product of such a place and to have made it out all without all the necessary tools that an adult should have before braving this world, shows that he had so much growing to do. Sadly, his is a common situation of a "town that time forgot" as it is commonly called.Jade and Trent's story is everything you hope for when looking for a great book. Happiness, chemistry, and a little bit of drama sprinkled throughout. They both rode for each other in ways that the other wasn't used to. Without giving too much away, I can't even say as a reader that I'd consider this a 'happily ever after'... honestly, it felt more like, 'life happening in the midst of happy moments!' And that's quite OK with me! I really liked these two and more importantly, it was nice to have cameos by so many other of the LB characters! Teamwork makes the dream work. They really all stick together.I'm ready for JJ and Cole's story next.

  • Bunny Robinsonfuller
    2019-03-18 07:21

    It is no surprise that I am giving this book 5 stars... why would I not. These are the things I look for in a Romance book. Character development, chemistry, plausibility or the likelihood that this can happen, can the author draw emotion out of me (tear, a OMG moment a love hate relationship for a character) and is it a story that I want to read over and over again. Every book that Love Belvin has every written has given me all these things and more and this story is no different. Beside all those qualities that I look for Ms. Belvin does not disappoint in "bringing me to church". Trent has been giving a second chance to resume a career he once thought was lost. His faith in God and the belief that God will deliver is what he eats and breathes. Jade is a single mother who has made some mistakes in life but wears that "S" on her chest everyday to provide for her son and survive. Life those her a heavy blow and God's grace and mercy is there to catch her. Trent enters her life and while he is helping her she is saving him. I feel this story is far from finish and please believe that is not a bad thing because I know that Love Belvin can give you more if she wanted to. I appreciate and applaud her writing ability and I love that she makes me want to read and enjoy books from her and authors like her who gives a reader everything they have. This book is part of a series, in collaboration with Christina Jones and I can't wait to read her story (Love on the Highlight Reel) because I am SURE she is going to bring it. Bravo Love Belvin bravo. Thanks for blessing us again.

  • Kim
    2019-02-20 09:14

    Just wow!!! Start this one when you have plenty of time because you will not want to put it down.

  • Daisa
    2019-02-27 07:28

    Rating: 2.75*deep sigh*I don’t even know anymore. Its like...you pick up a book on a whim because not only is it romance with football in the backdrop and those stories are more times than not, great...but the author is Black and the characters in the book are Black as well which, helloooo, exactly the kind of story I’ve been looking for. Love in the Red Zone started off so promising and then just went completely left.I can’t even pin down exactly one or two things that made this a miss for me. It was just a culmination of little and big things that came together to make this book a thorn in my side that I knew was there, knew I needed to get rid of but just wanted so badly for that thorn to smooth out and not be so damn irritating. The main characters in this book were Trent Bailey, a former franchise quarterback for the Connecticut Kings who lost his claim to fame and notoriety after a stupid call in his personal life led to him having to serve two years behind bars. Then there is Jade, a young single mother who was brought up with the proverbial silver spoon but allowed the allure of the forbidden and dangerous put her in a situation where she could barely get by in live. Of course circumstances bring these two together and the rest is history.Only that history was the most long winded and at times obnoxiously dramatic history of all time. Love in the Red Zone is 404 pages. It could have honestly been a smooth 250 pages and called it a day. I feel like more time was spent on expressing how much Trent couldn’t get himself to trust Jade and Jade trying her very best to do whatever it took to get him to open up to her than Trent actually taking steps to trust her and Jade making progress with getting him to open up. I swear at one point while reading this book, I felt the same way I felt at the movie theater in hour three of Transformers: Age of Extinction. WHEN WILL IT END! I’m disappointed, that’s all I have to say about this book really. There were some great aspects, don’t get me wrong. I loved how Trent had his head on straight. Even though he made some bad decisions, he still had his head on straight and wanted to lead a righteous path. Even though he made millions of dollars playing for the NFL, he wasn’t stupid with his money. He was a man of faith that prayed on a regular basis and attended church every Sunday. By no means was he a saint, but he tried his very best to mold himself in His image and while I’m not a religious person myself, I admire people who use faith for what it’s actually meant for. To better THEMSELVES which is what Trent strived for. Jade was a great mother. Even though she fell on hard times, her son was always a priority and she did whatever she needed to do to make sure he was safe, fed and protected. My issue was that things didn’t come together and mesh well and I need for all aspects of a story to come together.There is a sequel to this book and it’s actually written by another author so I may be giving it another try. But in the meantime...My search for a Black romance author who writes about black characters without making them drug dealers or king pins, continues.

  • Michelle [Helen Geek]
    2019-02-22 06:06

    07/25/2016 -- 3 StarsThis one was a conundrum for me. I enjoyed it, then I didn't and then I did again. The second book actually has another author. I liked it better than this first one. Happy Reading!

  • Gina
    2019-03-06 09:33

    TOUCHDOWN!!!Love Belvin knocked it out of the ballpark again with this one or better yet should I just say TOUCHDOWN!!

  • Wilki J
    2019-03-18 11:18

    In book 1 of the Connecticut Kings Series, we meet quarterback Trent Bailey at a standstill in his career..and his life. He's been in the spotlight but had falling from grace. But even in picking up the pieces with his faith in mind, he has no desire for distractions. But sometimes when unexpected, these can become a beautiful blessing in disguise...Jade Matthews is down on her luck and just can't seem to catch a break to keep her head above water or money in her pockets. She wants what every good mother wants: the best for her son. But with pride in the way and no solutions in sight, things look bleak. A chance encounter lands her in the good graces of Trent and in his home. When a simple kind gesture ignites into a fiery passion, will these two flawed roommates make it in the Red Zone?Like always, I took my slow time sipping and savoring this LB masterpiece. First, I have to mention that this is NOT what I'm use to from Love Belvin...and NO that's not a bad thing. Love has this innate ability to go to very dark places with her flawed characters and follow with them through their journey back to redemption. You DEF get that here, but in a more airy, fun way. This project showed me diversity with this author and I appreciated it immensely. After reading the Love Unaccounted Series (OMG read that series; no, look into my eyes: "go.read.that.series"), I didn't know what to expect esp. after my emotionally euphoric journey with Ezra and Lex. I was initially introduced to Trent in their series so I had him in mind, but "Love in the Red Zone" gave me a real 'feel' for him. Additionally I got to say, I'm not a big football fan (yea, yea), but this book had me ready to pay more attention at Super Bowl time (lol). One thing I can say about Love is that she is always on her p's and q's with accuracy. Though this storyline focused on the unfolding of a passionate love, it had all the sports dets that made you feel as if you were in the midst of a football season with locker room excess and VIP box passes. I loved that the theme was present but not overbearing. There was enough sports content to give me a visual while not taking away from Trent and Jade's budding relationship. As for those two!? Lawd! Trent and Jade took me on a mental trip with their recklessness: their coming together was like two broken trains in a head on collusion. Their burning passion for each other was quite palpable: you know it's good when you find your throat parched while reading!Trent is a big, tall, drink of water that had my mouf..yes mouf' open wide ready to gulp. Lort, that man could do some thangssss. And I'm not just talking in the bedroom (slaps thigh'')..I'm talking capturing hearts and just winning you over with his giant spirit. You can't help but want to be wrapped in his big arms to get a feel. And Jade was just the mini diva to fall all in with a fiery persona that you couldn't help but admire and get a good laugh here and there based on her antics'. I always find a piece of myself in a Love Belvin character and I definitely could relate to some of Jade's characteristics. That just goes to show just how real and relatable theses characters are. Oh, and the cameos!??? Lort, I had church..you hear me, CHURCH reading about A.D.and Stenton's antics '! Mmp. Actually, all of Belvin's other characters made an appearance that aided in the progression of the storyline through conflict resolution. Another facet that I always, always look forward to is the message that I can take away from an LB project. Never preachy, Love naturally infuses the Word and faith into her work and I can't explain how no matter what, it's always timely for me. Always a story that provides a mental escape but also a salve to the soul as well. The epilogue gave me enough to satisfy my mental palate..for now. Though not a cliffhanger, there was mention of past issues that made me feel there is more in the works for Trent and Jade! Love isn't cookie-cutter and you will never get a predictable 'fit in a square box' kind of ending with her. It's components such as this that makes her standout among the rest.Up next: Christina C. Jones' "Love on the Highlight Reel"!

  • UrbanHooks
    2019-02-24 07:23

    OMG the chemistry between Jade and Trenton is hot, sweaty, vulnerable, affirming, and real!! I related to every aspect of this story; I even stayed up all night trying to finish. I conked out at 94%. Love Belvin knows she can develop some characters and build a solid plot. My heart ached at times, then was filled with love. I always go through an emotional roller coaster while reading Love Belvin's works. The comic relief at the bowling alley had me laughing out loud! Love's humor is on point too. This is a must read that I highly recommend. Truly an example of contemporary Black women's fiction. BTW, thanks for giving us single mothers hope...

  • Roslyn Jones
    2019-02-28 11:32

    Jade and Trent... two people "led by passion and not always good sense." This quote describes these two perfectly!!! Love Belvin has a gift that can't be explained or duplicated. She brings her "A" game to each story. Each of her characters are so flawed that you begin to question how she will lead them to redemption, enlightenment, peace, or whatever they need to experience to become whole. But while you're questioning, she deals with them effortlessly and she takes you on a journey that will have you examining yourself. Jade and Trent are no different. They are young. They are bruised. They are scared. But, they are willing. Another job well done, Love!

  • Kristy Daniels
    2019-03-14 11:26

    Love in the Red Zone "Trent, I vow to be in your corner and stay there. There is no mistake that will cause me to shun you. You're my treasure, Trent; something I will protect until my death and nurture until you blossom. You're mine and I will be yours forever . "Trent helped Jade at a vulnerable time in her life. An electrically charged relationship stemmed out of a temporary arrangement. This book gave all readers a piece of the type of life living with and loving a celebrity brings. Along with the challenges yet the rewards that comes along with it. This particular book was different from the other books I've read by this author because I kept waiting for several dramatic events to unfold. Her books usually put you on a roller coaster ride of emotions caused by the male lead.However, this book was a true love story with minimal heart wrenching pivotal moments. It was slow at times but yet I wanted to keep reading it. The only other issue I had was I felt Love Belvin had a difficult time capturing Trent's voice at times. Trent would use worlds like bootylicious, slay, etc to name a few and that just didn't match the description/character that the author set up. I did however love that fact that both characters were up front with their feelings and didn't let assumptions get in the way.

  • Johnni Sherri
    2019-02-20 08:13

    Good story!For me this was a pretty good book. It was a little slow in the beginning and a bit wordy in between, making it difficult to follow or be entertained at times. But overall it was well written and I'm still a fan.

  • Mmoseley
    2019-03-16 05:09

    I love Trent and Jade! The scene on the beach was beautiful I was tearing as I read it. It was a great story of being broken to God's mercy.Their chemistry was so electric and explosive. I loved Jade's bouts of jealousy it was hilarious. The way this author writes is amazing. The complexity of these characters and the depth of their emotions.The scene in the pastors office was too hot! I guess I will read it again!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Jos-renee Marks
    2019-03-02 06:18

    As corny as this may sound, I just wanted to crawl in this book and hug & love on Trent & Jade. Love Belvin has once again captivated her readers with new and old characters. I absolutely loved the storyline and I'm looking forward to seeing where these characters take us next. High Five Ms. Belvin!!

  • Candy
    2019-02-17 06:10

    Good StoryI enjoyed the story. I hope we get to find out what happens with Trent and Trick's relationship, how Trent and Ryshon get along (what was the drama when he was released from prison?), why Trent' s mother treats him the way she does and what happens with Jade and her mother's relationship. Looking forward to CCJ's story.

  • Latoya Brooks
    2019-03-07 07:08

    Awesome!I didn't expect anything less! This book took you through the motions and was long. Love's word count never disappoints. I can't wait for the next part

  • Michelle
    2019-03-13 10:26

    Didn’t Make Me Love ItI wanted to give this book at least 3 stars but in my opinion it only deserves 2.5 and the system doesn’t allow you to give ½ a star. The storyline was all over the place and did not flow smoothly. There were moments as I was reading that I thought, “Wait, did I miss something? When did that happen?” but after going back to reread I realized I didn’t. Jade and Trent’s relationship progressed quickly at times without any real background as to how they got there. Ultimately I just don’t think that Jade and Trent had a strong enough storyline to make this book a favorite. Keep it Coming… I Like It:1. The book started off promising. The way Belvin introduces the reader to Trent and Jade is engaging and made me want to continue reading. I especially liked how she incorporated Kyree to bring the two together and expose what was going on in their lives. Kyree was probably my favorite character in the book. Ironically he was probably the most well-adjusted character despite everything going on around him. 2. The editing of this novel in comparison to previous books I’ve read by Love Belvin was the best to date. There weren’t nearly as many grammatical errors as I’ve seen in her other works. I also appreciated that the story was written in terms that were understandable and I didn’t have to go pull out my dictionary every 5 seconds to figure out what she was talking about as I have in some of her other books. 3. I thought the sermon excerpts from Ezra were profound and very fitting to the main character’s experiences. My favorite lines are, “There is only one Source that it is safe to lose yourself to. One Entity that never changes, remains consistent in His decrees and deliverance.” Ummm…Not Crazy About It: 1. Based on Belvin’s pre-publication thoughts this story was not to end as a cliffhanger. This was true to a certain extent but so many storylines were left incomplete and so many characters were introduced that nothing was done with. The conflict with Trent and Trick wasn’t resolved after spending so much time discussing what precipitated it. There wasn’t even a scene in the book where the two characters even talked to each other, good or bad, after what happened to their uncle. What happened between Trent’s father and mother? Why didn’t Trent’s father have anything to do with him? What happened to Jade’s stepdad? Did he ever call her back? Why have a scene where George tells Jade she can ask for help if nothing becomes of it? Why does Trent come from a family of strippers instead of just having an uncle that is one. That extra tidbit didn’t seem realistic and because there was no other discussion about his other stripper family beyond his Uncle Shank it just seemed like overkill. Ultimately there were too many occasions where characters or storylines were introduced that did not add value or further perspective to the book. 2. In more than one of Love Belvin’s books she has written a character to speak in a way that doesn’t really fit with their characterization (For ex: Jade stating “Trent gaited out” or he was “caught up in a child’s dance exposing his insouciance”). Where I have no issue with the use of the words, they are not terms based on the way Jade and Trent are written that I can realistically believe either would use. Why not use terminology in the context appropriate for the character who is speaking? In contrast, although I do not like the use of the term “nigga” when Ryshon says, “Let that lil nigga be a—“ at least it was in the context of his characterization. 3. Why does it not occur to Jade and Trent to use protection until the end of the book? They have been having unprotected sex like rabbits since the start and all of a sudden it’s a concern toward the end of the book. This just didn’t seem realistic for a struggling single mother and a NFL football player. Even after the first time it happened there is no discussion on whether or not Jade is on any form of birth control. At some point a light goes off that makes you think about the possibility of pregnancy or STD’s and that light bulb should have turned on well before Jade raises the issue with Trent. The placement of Jade and Trent’s discussion on protection just didn’t make sense.WTH…Deal breakers:1. Generally I think Love Belvin writes characters that are pretty well developed even if I don’t really like their actions. However, I didn’t feel this way about Jade and Trent. To me, Jade and Trent lacked substance that her characters usually possess and appeared weak at times. • Where it is always nice to have characters from previous books make a cameo so the reader can get an update on them, I felt the addition of the scenes with Azmir, Stenton, and Jackson overshadowed the main characters. The scene from Azmir’s party where the men discuss their insecurities and claims to their wives was borderline offensive but ultimately not really relevant to Jade and Trent’s story. It appeared Belvin didn’t exactly know what to do with the main characters so some scenes were added as filler. • Trent’s character appeared weak in my opinion. He was never able to stand up for himself, not with his mother and not with Jade. It seemed he didn’t have much backbone. He couldn’t say no to Brielle to not go on stage or no to JJ to not go to the party. He didn’t even stand up for his morals to say no Jade we are not going to desecrate the Bishop’s office by having sex here. • Jade’s character was uninteresting, needy and a walking contradiction. She was so desperate to try to get in Trent’s bed that it was sickening. She could stand up to Trent’s mother but let her own mother treat her poorly without ever addressing it. She didn’t want Trent to feel obligated to take care of her but yet she was okay with accepting money more than likely from illegal sources by way of her incarcerated child’s father. She allowed Trent to have sex with her to gloss over the real issue of him being on stage with Brielle instead of addressing it. Who moves in with a stranger and doesn’t even ask their last name? She doesn’t even google him first. Where sometimes when you’re younger you do stupid things some of this had nothing to do with the characters being young and everything to do with them not having likable qualities as protagonists. 2. The scene from Chapter 3 in "In Love with Ezra" repeated in this book. • Let me first say the coffee shop scene with Ezra and Trent is well written. However, it is supposed to be from Trent’s perspective, but was virtually identical to the scene written from Ezra’s perspective in "In Love with Ezra". In my opinion, the scene didn’t add anything new to Ezra and Trent’s conversation. I think Belvin could’ve just mentioned the scene briefly instead of giving us the same old material. After hearing her pre-publication thoughts and Love Belvin stating she took out other scenes, this scene should’ve been cut as well simply because it was repetitive for those who follow her work.3. The scene right before the wedding was unnecessary and a disservice to the book. • Throughout the book prior to this scene, Love Belvin writes a great deal about spiritual enlightenment for both Jade and Trent. Specifically she addresses Trent’s progression with his walk in faith as he attempts to get his life back together post-incarceration (i.e. – consistent praying and fasting). With this one scene she was able to void Trent’s development because he was not able to apply what he believed to his real life. It’s hard to imagine that neither Jade nor Trent were able to refrain from consummating in the Bishop’s office. This scene to me weakened Trent’s character as he was written to be a man of faith but in this moment he wasn’t able to tell Jade no. It’s one thing not to know right from wrong but in the spiritual sense when you know better you do better. Both Jade and Trent knew having sex at the church was inappropriate and ultimately I would’ve liked Trent to have just said no we will wait until we get home. To me the scene was unnecessary and added as possibly a way to draw the reader into wanting a follow up book but it just felt distasteful. • To add insult to injury, the fact that Belvin wrote Lex as encouraging Jade to proposition Trent for sex in the Bishop’s office is not only far-fetched but diminishes the strength of Lex’s character and leads me to believe that Belvin struggles to write about a totally self-assured independent woman. I say this because it appears the majority, if not all of her female lead characters are written in a way that they are either doing something deceitful, calculating or need a man’s acceptance to define who they are as a woman. For example: Rayna takes her ex’s drug money to help get away from her circumstances, Zoey lies to her cousin about being with Stenton and basically alters her entire life to be available to Stenton when he’s ready for her in part because he provided for her lifestyle, Elle used her looks and sex to manipulate and I’ve already mentioned how desperate Jade was for Trent’s acceptance. Lex may have been the only exception to this because she was independent before meeting Ezra and even after meeting him. She did not seek Ezra out for some underlying reason. By Belvin writing Lex into this scene telling Jade to go for it, it allows her to be a scapegoat and as responsible as Jade is for tempting Trent. It taints Lex’s character. I would really like to see Love Belvin write about at least one female lead character that isn’t doing something underhanded or needing approval from a male to define her.This book while a good concept in theory just didn’t meet the mark. If I could give one word to describe it, it would be unbalanced. Maybe it was because Belvin was contemplating writing a follow up to the series but I personally think she would have enough material to write with all of the unresolved issues in the relationship with Trent and Jade alone. The other items I mentioned above should have been wrapped up in Book 1 or at least discussed in more detail. In the words of India Arie, “Don’t be offended, this is all my opinion. Ain’t nothing that I’m saying law.” Love Belvin has the right to write what she wants. I paid for the right to read it and now I'm sharing my thoughts about it. I just hope with her next book she makes me love it.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-04 08:31

    Didn’t Make Me Love ItI wanted to give this book at least 3 stars but in my opinion it only deserves 2.5 and the system doesn’t allow you to give ½ a star. The storyline was all over the place and did not flow smoothly. There were moments as I was reading that I thought, “Wait, did I miss something? When did that happen?” but after going back to reread I realized I didn’t. Jade and Trent’s relationship progressed quickly at times without any real background as to how they got there. Ultimately I just don’t think that Jade and Trent had a strong enough storyline to make this book a favorite. Keep it Coming… I Like It:1. The book started off promising. The way Belvin introduces the reader to Trent and Jade is engaging and made me want to continue reading. I especially liked how she incorporated Kyree to bring the two together and expose what was going on in their lives. Kyree was probably my favorite character in the book. Ironically he was probably the most well-adjusted character despite everything going on around him. 2. The editing of this novel in comparison to previous books I’ve read by Love Belvin was the best to date. There weren’t nearly as many grammatical errors as I’ve seen in her other works. I also appreciated that the story was written in terms that were understandable and I didn’t have to go pull out my dictionary every 5 seconds to figure out what she was talking about as I have in some of her other books. 3. I thought the sermon excerpts from Ezra were profound and very fitting to the main character’s experiences. My favorite lines are, “There is only one Source that it is safe to lose yourself to. One Entity that never changes, remains consistent in His decrees and deliverance.” Ummm…Not Crazy About It: 1. Based on Belvin’s pre-publication thoughts this story was not to end as a cliffhanger. This was true to a certain extent but so many storylines were left incomplete and so many characters were introduced that nothing was done with. The conflict with Trent and Trick wasn’t resolved after spending so much time discussing what precipitated it. There wasn’t even a scene in the book where the two characters even talked to each other, good or bad, after what happened to their uncle. What happened between Trent’s father and mother? Why didn’t Trent’s father have anything to do with him? What happened to Jade’s stepdad? Did he ever call her back? Why have a scene where George tells Jade she can ask for help if nothing becomes of it? Why does Trent come from a family of strippers instead of just having an uncle that is one. That extra tidbit didn’t seem realistic and because there was no other discussion about his other stripper family beyond his Uncle Shank it just seemed like overkill. Ultimately there were too many occasions where characters or storylines were introduced that did not add value or further perspective to the book. 2. In more than one of Love Belvin’s books she has written a character to speak in a way that doesn’t really fit with their characterization (For ex: Jade stating “Trent gaited out” or he was “caught up in a child’s dance exposing his insouciance”). Where I have no issue with the use of the words, they are not terms based on the way Jade and Trent are written that I can realistically believe either would use. Why not use terminology in the context appropriate for the character who is speaking? In contrast, although I do not like the use of the term “nigga” when Ryshon says, “Let that lil nigga be a—“ at least it was in the context of his characterization. 3. Why does it not occur to Jade and Trent to use protection until the end of the book? They have been having unprotected sex like rabbits since the start and all of a sudden it’s a concern toward the end of the book. This just didn’t seem realistic for a struggling single mother and a NFL football player. Even after the first time it happened there is no discussion on whether or not Jade is on any form of birth control. At some point a light goes off that makes you think about the possibility of pregnancy or STD’s and that light bulb should have turned on well before Jade raises the issue with Trent. The placement of Jade and Trent’s discussion on protection just didn’t make sense.WTH…Deal breakers:1. Generally I think Love Belvin writes characters that are pretty well developed even if I don’t really like their actions. However, I didn’t feel this way about Jade and Trent. To me, Jade and Trent lacked substance that her characters usually possess and appeared weak at times. • Where it is always nice to have characters from previous books make a cameo so the reader can get an update on them, I felt the addition of the scenes with Azmir, Stenton, and Jackson overshadowed the main characters. The scene from Azmir’s party where the men discuss their insecurities and claims to their wives was borderline offensive but ultimately not really relevant to Jade and Trent’s story. It appeared Belvin didn’t exactly know what to do with the main characters so some scenes were added as filler. • Trent’s character appeared weak in my opinion. He was never able to stand up for himself, not with his mother and not with Jade. It seemed he didn’t have much backbone. He couldn’t say no to Brielle to not go on stage or no to JJ to not go to the party. He didn’t even stand up for his morals to say no Jade we are not going to desecrate the Bishop’s office by having sex here. • Jade’s character was uninteresting, needy and a walking contradiction. She was so desperate to try to get in Trent’s bed that it was sickening. She could stand up to Trent’s mother but let her own mother treat her poorly without ever addressing it. She didn’t want Trent to feel obligated to take care of her but yet she was okay with accepting money more than likely from illegal sources by way of her incarcerated child’s father. She allowed Trent to have sex with her to gloss over the real issue of him being on stage with Brielle instead of addressing it. Who moves in with a stranger and doesn’t even ask their last name? She doesn’t even google him first. Where sometimes when you’re younger you do stupid things some of this had nothing to do with the characters being young and everything to do with them not having likable qualities as protagonists. 2. The scene from Chapter 3 in "In Love with Ezra" repeated in this book. • Let me first say the coffee shop scene with Ezra and Trent is well written. However, it is supposed to be from Trent’s perspective, but was virtually identical to the scene written from Ezra’s perspective in "In Love with Ezra". In my opinion, the scene didn’t add anything new to Ezra and Trent’s conversation. I think Belvin could’ve just mentioned the scene briefly instead of giving us the same old material. After hearing her pre-publication thoughts and Love Belvin stating she took out other scenes, this scene should’ve been cut as well simply because it was repetitive for those who follow her work.3. The scene right before the wedding was unnecessary and a disservice to the book. • Throughout the book prior to this scene, Love Belvin writes a great deal about spiritual enlightenment for both Jade and Trent. Specifically she addresses Trent’s progression with his walk in faith as he attempts to get his life back together post-incarceration (i.e. – consistent praying and fasting). With this one scene she was able to void Trent’s development because he was not able to apply what he believed to his real life. It’s hard to imagine that neither Jade nor Trent were able to refrain from consummating in the Bishop’s office. This scene to me weakened Trent’s character as he was written to be a man of faith but in this moment he wasn’t able to tell Jade no. It’s one thing not to know right from wrong but in the spiritual sense when you know better you do better. Both Jade and Trent knew having sex at the church was inappropriate and ultimately I would’ve liked Trent to have just said no we will wait until we get home. To me the scene was unnecessary and added as possibly a way to draw the reader into wanting a follow up book but it just felt distasteful. • To add insult to injury, the fact that Belvin wrote Lex as encouraging Jade to proposition Trent for sex in the Bishop’s office is not only far-fetched but diminishes the strength of Lex’s character and leads me to believe that Belvin struggles to write about a totally self-assured independent woman. I say this because it appears the majority, if not all of her female lead characters are written in a way that they are either doing something deceitful, calculating or need a man’s acceptance to define who they are as a woman. For example: Rayna takes her ex’s drug money to help get away from her circumstances, Zoey lies to her cousin about being with Stenton and basically alters her entire life to be available to Stenton when he’s ready for her in part because he provided for her lifestyle, Elle used her looks and sex to manipulate and I’ve already mentioned how desperate Jade was for Trent’s acceptance. Lex may have been the only exception to this because she was independent before meeting Ezra and even after meeting him. She did not seek Ezra out for some underlying reason. By Belvin writing Lex into this scene telling Jade to go for it, it allows her to be a scapegoat and as responsible as Jade is for tempting Trent. It taints Lex’s character. I would really like to see Love Belvin write about at least one female lead character that isn’t doing something underhanded or needing approval from a male to define her.This book while a good concept in theory just didn’t meet the mark. If I could give one word to describe it, it would be unbalanced. Maybe it was because Belvin was contemplating writing a follow up to the series but I personally think she would have enough material to write with all of the unresolved issues in the relationship with Trent and Jade alone. The other items I mentioned above should have been wrapped up in Book 1 or at least discussed in more detail. In the words of India Arie, “Don’t be offended, this is all my opinion. Ain’t nothing that I’m saying law.” Love Belvin has the right to write what she wants. I paid for the right to read it and now I'm sharing my thoughts about it. I just hope with her next book she makes me love it.

  • Kat
    2019-03-13 05:31

    Loved it

  • Natalya | TheIslandReader
    2019-03-03 09:34

    Trenton Bailey was in the red zone. The red zone is where you need to take control, and if you’re not careful instead of getting everything you’ve worked for, you might be left in a worse state than before. What he doesn’t expect to find in this ‘red zone’ is the love he’s been anxious for his whole life.Love in The Red Zone follows Trent Bailey and Jade Matthews. Trent was the franchise quarterback for the Connecticut Kings who lost his fame and access after a stupid decision caused him two years in jail. Jade is a single mother, who despite growing up with some privilege and money, is now barely making it day by day. Jade’s son, Kyree, loves football and that brings Trent and Jade into each other’s lives.I can’t remember feeling this strongly about a book hero in a very long time, to the point where I was more worried for and invested in him than the heroine. It’s not that I didn’t like Jade, but there was something about Trent that simply tugged at my heartstrings. I felt his pain from the past, the guilt he’s carried with him into the present, and his struggle to trust people. I genuinely wanted him to win, to get the life that he worked so hard to get, and for him to experience the love that eluded him for most of his life.I must admit that Jade worked my nerves quite a few times, and I found her to be overbearing and annoyingly insecure. However, I understood where that pain and behavior came from; and she and Trent made conscious effort to work on it.Love in the Red Zone sets the tone for what I expect to be a good series. There’s football (which I love), drama, chemistry and a story of the ultimate redemption.There are a few reasons I didn’t give it 5 stars, despite how much I liked it. I thought it was a bit long-winded, there were definitely some parts of the book that could have been trimmed. It was a lot of repetitiveness regarding Trent’s trust issues and Jade going overboard at times that caused him to regress. They would talk about it, seem to move on, just to get into the same repetitive cycle again. There were also a few inconsistencies as it pertains to the game of football that I thought could have been double checked before printing.All in all, Love in The Red Zone was a solid weekend read and I would recommend. Excuse me while I go buy Love on the Highlight Reel, I am anxious to find out about Cole and Jordan!

  • Marcia Braxton-Wilds
    2019-03-19 06:11

    Soooo bleepin' goodOMG! This book was like having a delicious 5 or 6 course meal. The characters were so real that the book read like a movie and I know just the actors to cast in the roles. Some of the dialogue threw me off, but I'm sure it's because of an age difference and it didn't lesson my enjoyment.In addition, the introduction of a religious undercurrent was a little unusual but I liked it very much. You want to know if you and Christina shld continue the series? HELL YEAH!!I have read the first two Connecticut Kings books and am anxiously looking forward to the next one so that I can get the wine chilled.

  • Vernell Howard
    2019-02-19 05:14

    Good StoryI love how they met. I love how he waited until he was ready for intimacybecause most of the time it's the other way around. I love how they both had baggage but learned how to accept each others flaws. I also loved the fact that they had positive and great support mainly on his end. Most of all they kept God in their journey together. I'm just glad its not over. I want relationships that were not healthy in their lives have a chance to become healthy. Now I want them to stay strong for the next quarter with the new baby and other life lessons. Good love story with drama, lessons and self determination.

  • Cherryl Montgomery
    2019-03-10 05:12

    I just love Trent and Jade's loveThis story was about two people trying their best to get their lives in the "red zone." They both had set backs in their lives that knocked them off of their paths. Trent, after coming out of prison and depression, tried his best to stay in the zone by focusing on his faith in God and being a good Christian. In helping Jade and her son when homeless , he found something that was missing in his life and that was the nurturing love of a good woman, something he did not receive as a child from his mother. For Jade, Trent was everything to her. He made feel complete, loved and safe. I enjoyed reading this story.

  • Odessa Dangerfield
    2019-03-08 07:29

    Just okay...This was my first time reading this author. I'm no prude AT ALL, but sometimes there can be too much sex. I started skipping over most of them on into the book. That felt like it was their only connection. Jade was too much. Too immature. Trent loved her, but his decision making lacked maturity, too. And I loved his strive to being a Christian, however, the use of G.D. bothered me. Overall it was ok, but I was glad when it ended. And why did Ryshon's release just get an honorable mention at the end??

  • Dimpho
    2019-03-16 06:14

    OK, the book was not so bad. What I have a problem with is why Trent and Jade only discuss the issue of prevention at the end of the book. Why Jade when she discovers her pregnancy becomes depressed when she knew all along that there was a huge possibility of her getting pregnant. I mean where do you think babies come from!!!Trent never stands up for himself when it comes to his mom.We never got to find out why his mom despises him. Honestly there were just too many issues that are left unanswered......

  • Monieka Williams
    2019-03-14 12:25

    Trent...iiin... 😍😍😍This book was every thing. Not your typical read so different from the male stripping to the characters not getting every thing they wanted well (what we as readers wanted) I wanted my love Trent to win the SB but he got something better his wife, his strength, someone who cares for him deeply and will go to war over him!!!! I loved this can't wait to read book 2 💗💗💗

  • Lakimbac
    2019-02-19 11:31

    TB & Jade❤️Love did an amazing job! Her writing style is so graceful and she draws me in deep and I get so caught up I forget that I'm reading. I swear the chemistry between Trenton and Jade was so electrifying. And Shoot Em' Up had me rolling with the dance moves.So amazing I am ordering the paperback today

  • delicia
    2019-03-13 10:12

    I love Love!This story is a true love story. Love Belvin never fails to disappoint me. She gives me love every time. Her story require my time. I can’t breeze through them like I do with most books. I just realized that I skipped Ezra’s Series, but I would love to read more about these guys. Thank you Love for doing it again. 😍😘

  • Arwinder
    2019-02-21 09:33

    Amazing first book!!!!!!What an AMAZING discovery!I just loved the writing which was refreshing to say the least.All characters are well developped and even with their flaws and annoying traits, they still manage to make me love them even more.Seriously, I'm happy to have found this author and already know that I'll enjoy the books to come !