By Kathryn R. Biel
People told Kaitlin Reynolds she has an anger problem. Everything changed and nothing was the same as before when she was at the top of her sport. Then one day she had an accident on the ski jump and she was suddenly a different person. The after Kaitlin was nothing like the before. Her physical therapist suggested she take a job in medical sales. Kaitlin told everyone she sucked at her job. Why? Kaitlin wanted the thrill of the jump back, not a job selling medical TENS units. She wore a brace on one leg to support her foot. It embarrassed her so she hid it in boot. Her husband was cheating on her and she blamed it on the accident. She provided his support while she was on top in her sport, but now that the endorsements and money had stopped coming in, he no longer needed her. Kaitlin’s life was in the pits.
Declan McLoughlin was about as handsome as they come. What girl wouldn’t chase after him! He was tall, kind, famous, and the type who would go after something, or someone, if he wanted her. Declan was a figure skater and he and his partner had decided they would soon retire. After all, they had bronze medals from the Olympics. Declan wanted Kaitlin but did Kaitlin want Declan?
The story of the developing romance between these two characters that started when they bumped into each other at the airport, will keep you turning the pages as you follow the progression of their relationship, both its ups and its downs. Will they ever settle their misunderstandings and their personal problems and decide whether they want a relationship?
I loved the characters. Kaitlyn was enjoying her own pity party, which put a strain on her relationships. What was it that Declan saw in her that kept him coming back when others would have left?
There was a lot of pain for these two, both physical pain, and emotional pain. Can they get beyond the emotional pain and have a serious relationship? Will Kaitlin’s anger push Declan away? Are Declan’s ties to his skating partner Natalya too strong for him to walk away from?
The author researched Kaitlin’s medical problem very thoroughly and wrote a believable account of her accident and the disability she must live with. The description of the athletes’ sports and their lives as athletes were equally realistic. JUMP, JIVE, AND WAIL is an excellent story. I definitely would recommend this book to all readers of romance books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients’ needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather. She is the author of Good Intentions (2013), Hold Her Down (2014), I’m Still Here (2014), and the short story, Fly Robin Fly (Part of Cupid on the Loose!: A Valentine’s Anthology of Short Stories, 2015).
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