My husband has a bit of a reputation at my office. A good one, mind you! You see, we only have one car, and he often drops me off for work. When we pull up in front of the doors, he gets out, walks around the car and opens my door for me. And, of course, gives me a hug and kiss goodbye. Some of the men have teased that he makes them look bad. Maybe he does.
Series: Jewel Series #7
Publication Date January 30, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Massachusetts, Florida, Korea Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
Two Olympians are matched in a media campaign that turns into something more than a game."Rio Games silver medalist and social media darling CORA “JADE” ANDERSON is approached by a popular cell phone company to launch a flirty but fake media campaign with ice hockey star DAVIS ELLIOTT. When things get off to a rocky start, Cora and Davis both wonder what they’ve gotten into and how they’ll get through the months until the Korean games.
It’s not long until things start to warm up between the athletes and soon this fake romance becomes something much more real. Cora knows just how to work social media and engage her fans, and as the world watches and interacts with them, their love grows. When Davis is selected for Team USA, the opposition starts. As a Korean American, he’s already facing odds Cora can never comprehend, but he takes his frustration at the racism to the ice and lets the puck take the beating.
Things come to a head just weeks before the games begin. Can Davis and Cora’s very public relationship survive the aftermath of a very public confrontation, or are they going to have to let their love go when the Olympic flame is extinguished at the closing ceremonies?"
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Chasing Pearl
As a woman who enjoys receiving courteous treatment that tells me I am valued, I love having doors opened for me. I know some women are like Cora, however, and think that men who do this are questioning their ability to do it themselves. I loved the discussions throughout the book about this and the beautiful way that author Hallee Bridgeman showed that these chivalrous acts are not a condescension but a show of respect. I couldn’t resist including the excerpt below to show you what might have been my favorite part of the book.
Cora also needed to learn lessons about the importance of not judging based on partial information and especially about keeping a rein on her tongue. It is so sad how hurtful our words can be. I am so glad Cora learned that and was willing to do the right thing.
Davis was a tough, yet tender hockey player headed to the Olympics. He struggled to control anger and even feared he might hurt those closest to him because of it. The author handled this extremely well and offered an insightful perspective on it.
Davis was half-Korean and Cora part Native American. A prejudiced and jealous man confronted them with hatred for this, which led to some major conflict in the story.
I love when authors make an effort to make the formatting of their books attractive. The chapter headings of Jade’s Match were so lovely as was the overall look and feel of the book. As Cora loved to write out scripture and embellish it, I could picture that she might have created something similar to these headings.
Each book in the Jewel series stands alone, though they do include characters from the other books.
Cora watched as Song sprinkled sugar into a cup and added a little bit of milk, then filled the cup with hot tea. She handed it to her husband almost ceremonially, slightly bowing her head as he took the cup from her. Cora felt a flood of emotion and longing at the love in Grant’s eyes as he took the tea. He could have very easily poured his own tea. Song respected him by pouring it for him, and Grant respected Song by letting her. This wasn’t a show for Cora’s benefit. This was a mark of the mutual love and respect that they held for each other every day.
She remembered the conversation she’d had with Davis about opening her door and holding out her chair. Suddenly, she understood what he meant. Suddenly, she longed to be back in his presence so she could step aside and give him the opportunity to respect her by opening her door. She couldn’t imagine missing him more than she missed him right now.