Brazen Steele by Ali Dean

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An exciting second installment in the Brazen series

Brazen Steele (Brazen #2) by Ali Dean

Reading Level: New Adult Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Pages: 170 pages
Source: Booksprout
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

This New Adult novel begins immediately following the events within the cliffhanger ending of Brazen Rush, which is Book 1 of this exciting, contemporary, sports-romance series. It is essential to read these books in order. The entire series functions as one, long, serialized novel about the same two protagonists: 18-year-old college freshman and skateboarding phenom, Jordan Slattery, and 25-year-old, international, skateboarding champion, Beckett Steele.

The story begins with a bang as Beck finally overcomes the hesitation he felt throughout Book 1 about dating Jordan, due to her much younger age. They spring full bore into a committed romance, but unfortunately for the potential survival of their relationship, Beck signed a contract for a reality show well before he met Jordan. A main legal requirement of the contract is that, for an entire year, he must present the public image of a single man. Jordan agrees to the need to keep their connection a secret, but neither of them could have imagined how painfully difficult it would prove to be to maintain the fiction that they are merely friends.

This second installment of the romantic adventures of Jordan and Beck is a fun and often sexy read. There are not quite as many of the delightful skating scenes in this book as the first one, but the romance itself heats up quite a bit, and I continue to greatly admire and enjoy Jordan and Beck, as individuals and as a couple.

As is the case with Book 1, this installment in the series also ends in a cliffhanger, and quite a frightening one. I am looking forward to Book 3 with bated breath to find out what happens next.

Note: I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

I rate this book as follows:

Heroine: 5

Hero: 5

Subcharacters: 4

Romance Plot: 4

Skating Plot: 4

Setting: 4

Writing: 5

Overall: 4.5 rounded to 5

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