Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Measuring up to her friend Micah Johnson’s success is an uphill battle for Emma Goldsworthy, but it’s one she’s determined to win. She works hard to stay on task and excel in her hockey program at the Australian Institute of Sport, but her mettle is tested when her ex-girlfriend returns from studying abroad… with a new American girlfriend by her side. Apparently she’s come out of the closet, something she wasn’t willing to do for Emma. Still, Emma has moved on from her ex—despite what those around her want to believe. Besides, there’s someone else on Emma’s mind—a girl she met once in passing and can’t stop pining for… even though Emma doesn’t know her real name, or even what she looks like beneath her costume.
Really, my love for all these characters and Sean Kennedy started back in the novel Tigers and Devils with the foundation couple, Simon Murray and star forward Declan Tyler. They had their ups and downs on their way to becoming the established couple they are now. In the later stories, Declan saw a need to help young LGBT athletes and the Get Out Foundation was born. So was this series. The young men and women are all family to Simon and Declan, their stories intermingling seamlessly with theirs through Tigers and Devils and now three books in the Get Out series.
Usually Micah Johnson is the star of the series, as Emma herself is quick to note. But she deserves her story and thankfully Sean Kennedy gave us hers.
Right off the bat or stick as it were, I would have bought this book for her interview with Trevor alone. I laughed myself silly. Brava!
Emma Goldsworthy is a great character. Yes, we’ve met her before and been intrigued by her strengths, and yes, flaws. But here she shines as she struggles to find herself again. She’s adrift emotionally but not in her game and she’s trying to find the girl she appears to be to everyone else but herself. Her life is in flux as her ex is back in town with a new girl in tow. The ex is a star athlete on the field, she met a girl at a Con but both were in costume and she left because of friend drama and never got her name. And Micah, her friend, is having bf issues too. Emma is feeling the weight of the world.
The way Sean Kennedy writes all this feels fresh and real as does Emma. With her vibrant red hair and attitude, nothing is easy and yet, you can’t wait to see how Emma is going to handle the next situation that life is going to throw at her. All the characters from previous stories as well as the Tigers and Devils series are here as they form part of the core group that hovers over both series. So you see Trevor (still laughing) and Will, along with Simon and Declan.
I have a hard time thinking of these people as characters as they appear to me more alive, so vividly young and earnest that it hurts at times. Their hearts are so easily bruised and yes, broken. And yet, love can appear and fix it again.
What can I say? I hope Sean Kennedy never runs out of stories to tell about these people. I’m addicted to them because the writing is wonderful, the characterization is out of this world and the storylines come straight from the heart.
Emma Goldsworthy is a red-haired amazon to love. Read her story and become crazy about her! Love the entire series and this naturally includes Tigers and Devils.
Cover Artist: Catt Ford. Yep, that’s Emma alright. Love the cover. The only thing better if she had held it like she did for the cover of Sports Illustrated. Total Attitude!
ebook, 200 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Harmony Ink Press
Original TitleThe Obstruction of Emma Goldsworthy
Edition Language English
Series Get Out #3