on August 19th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: via Author
Will he be her big break … or will he just break her heart?
Allie Hillsten knows what she wants. While a clinic full of elite athletes may distract the other interns, she has more on her mind than taut abs and heroic pecs. Allie dreams of being a medical researcher, and like the gold medal hopefuls she works with, she'll do whatever it takes.
Marc Belmont has a reputation. The bad boy star of the men's water polo team plays hard and fights hard—in and out of the pool. When Allie is assigned to work with him she discovers that the gorgeous jock truly is a world-class player … in every sense of the word.
Good girl Allie is determined to keep the arrogant all star from getting in the way of her plans, no matter how amazing he looks in a speedo. But going one-on-one with Marc Belmont may be more than she bargained for.
All Allie has to remember is that he only cares about the game … but when Marc makes it clear that the gold medal isn’t the only thing he’s aiming for, she’ll be hard pressed to keep her mind on her goal.
Allie Hillsten knows what she wants. Marc Belmont does, too.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Medical research intern Allie Hillsten has her head in her game. Her work/internship could pave her way to a wonderful MD/PHD program, and the new test subject, hot water polo player Marc Belmont, will not get in the way.
Marc has his eyes on his own prize—staying in the water polo team. Allie and Marc’s relationship should stay professional, because they couldn’t risk anything to get in the way of their goals. The chemistry is too strong to resist, and soon the two stop fighting the temptation.
I’ve never read a water polo sports romance before, but wow. Wow. I mean, I should have known this sport would be sexy as hell since it involves wet balls and speedos, but wow. Thank you for opening my eyes to the world of water polo, Ada Croix.
I liked Allie’s resilience and determination to reach her dreams, but as the story progressed, she became easily susceptible to Marc’s charms. She tells herself she won’t fall for his charms, but a night later, she dresses up and is determined to seduce him.
Marc Belmont is my kind of alpha male. For some reason, I have a thing for the aloof, distant-ish, quiet type of alpha who knows what they want and will go for it no matter what. He’s determined to stay in the team, and when he sets his eyes on Allie, he’s determined to have her, too. He has quite a dirty mouth, too.
I wasn’t a fan of Allie’s friend, Violet. I didn’t see her as a true friend. There was one point when she abandoned Allie to pursue something for her own purpose.
I loved Adam and his sister, Kelsey! I didn’t know what to think of Adam when he first came in the picture, but I adore him. He’s like this little puppy that follows you around and chews anything near him. Like Adam, I didn’t know what to think of Kelsey at first. But then she proved herself to be a good ally, maybe even better than Violet. Definitely better than Violet. (If you haven’t figured it out yet, I don’t like Violet haha)
It’s a slow-romance with the perfect pacing but I couldn’t help but feel that the end was a bit rushed. For me, it felt like the conflicts were easily resolved and the ending felt a bit abrupt. Still, I really liked that the two support each other’s careers and aspirations. They didn’t have to give up their dreams to be with each other, and I’m all for that.
Over all, I enjoyed reading Qualified, and if you’re a fan of brooding alpha males and shy and innocent heroines plus a slow-burning romance on the side, you might enjoy it, too!
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