Series: Love and Football,
Also in this series: Blitzing Emily, Rushing Amy, Covering Kendall
Published by Avon on 06 May 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Sports & Athletics
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Also by this author: Blitzing Emily, Rushing Amy, Covering Kendall
Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Seattle, Washington // Whidbey Island, Washington
First Line: Zach Anderson was in New York City again, and he wasn’t happy about it.
Catching Cameron is the third book in Julie Brannagh’s Love and Romance series but its only loosely connected to the first two books in the series. There is barely a mention or interaction with the previous characters and the only thing that really connects them is the setting and the fictional football team that Zach plays on. Therefore, this book can almost be looked at as a standalone novel but despite this I really liked how Catching Cameron began. It was just as the story progressed that I got more and more annoyed with the story and the characters. First there was the very annoying assistant that Cameron had and whose attentions could be seen from a mile away and yet at the big reveal everyone was just shocked. This just came across as unrealistic as the assistant was such a complete and total cliche. I really could have done without this character in the book. I did like Zach and Cameron and their second chance at romance and thought that this book could have stood with just that drama alone.
But the thing that bugged me the most with Catching Cameron was how everyone kept harping on Cameron’s weight. She was described as a thin, fit, and an excising loving person yet it seemed as though everyone around her kept telling her she was fat and needed to lose weight. Including a very rude waitress who changed her order from a hamburger to a salad. If I had been reading a print version of this book I totally would have tossed it across the room during this scene. I thought that the vagina obsession in Rushing Amy was bad but this was stomach turning. And it wasn’t just the waitress that harped on her weight but also her boss, her assistant, Zach, and even at times Cameron herself.
Then there was the double standards about how Cameron could never move her very popular, high ratings show, to film in Seattle as the main office of the studio was in New York. And yet, didn’t the male lead of Rushing Amy work for that same studio and live in Seattle? So there were many eye rolls at this because how does it work for one but not another. I also hated how Cameron’s boss treated her as if she was just a pretty brainless girl and not he smart hard working, ratings earning person that she was. He belittled her at every turn and dismissed all of her ideas as childish. I don’t know what Cameron put up with it as long as she did as her show stood on its one and she had proven herself time and again just how knowledgeable and smart she was in her field. It really really irked me how she was treated. Though, I did like the realism of it because Cameron is a woman and as much as it galls me women deal with this sort of misogyny every day. Especially in such a male dominated world of sports broadcasting.
Now it might seem as though I didn’t like this book much since I have only focused on the negative and I didn’t mean to start of that way but these are glaring things that really took away from my enjoyment of the story. Overall, I really did like the chemistry between Zach and Cameron and enjoyed reading their story. And if the plot didn’t focus on Cameron’s weight as much as it did I may have rated this one a bit higher. I also felt that so much time was spent on the build up that the ending felt a bit rushed and as a result fell into the trap of telling and not showing. But even with that I still read this one pretty quickly I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book, Blitzing Emily, which was filled with this fresh quirkiness that seemed to be missing here.
My thoughts summed up in a gif: