Mack Mahoney is hot, popular and used to getting exactly what he wants…until he sets his sights on the new girl—Kaija Bennett. She’s an exchange student from New Zealand and attending Nelson High for three months. Mack’s never been one for love at first sight, but this chick has him feeling things he never knew existed within him and in spite of her feisty rejections, he’s determined to get to know her.
Kaija Bennett did not escape her New Zealand high school only to be dragged into the popular crowd at Nelson High. She’s on the run from a past she wants to forget, and the attention of the gorgeous quarterback is not helping. Can she resist his pulling power and keep her secret safe? Or will the dynamic football captain unearth the truth and make her fall harder than she ever has before?
Ever since finishing The Playmaker, I’ve been dying to get my hands on Mack’s story. He’s the popular guy. The guy who is used to getting whatever and whomever he’s wanted. So, I couldn’t wait to see him fall and find a girl to bring him to his knees. Kaija is the biggest challenge that Mack has ever had. Not only does she reject him at every turn, but she stirs up things in him that he’s never experienced before. And those things only make him more determined to make Kaija his… The last few months of Kaija’s life have been anything but easy. She’s running from a past that she wishes she could escape and the last thing she wants is to be on Mack’s radar. Can Kaija start over and just enjoy her time in the states? Will Mack be able to tear down the walls that Kaija has??
The Red Zone is a great addition to the Big Play Novel series. The story-line is intriguing and captivating. This story draws you in from the very first page and will have you hooked right until the very end. The Red Zone perfectly captures the essence of what is like to be in high-school. It captures the drama, angst, friendships, insecurities and of course the romance. The characters are real and very easy to relate to.
The Red Zone does deal with a little bit of difficult subject matter. I really appreciated the way that the author handled it and how realistic she made it. She made you understand the pressures of being popular and the toll that lies and bullying can take on someone. It was very eye opening; in my opinion.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Red Zone. Kaija and Mack’s story hit all the marks that I was looking for. I still have a few questions, and am really looking forward to getting those answers as well as seeing what’s in store for the rest of the characters.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*