MVP by Rhonda Laurel is a short contemporary, interracial romance about a newly married couple adjusting to the perils of marriage in the celebrity spotlight. Morgan Reed-Blake learns that being the wife of an MVP quarterback, Seth Blake, has its perks. She has the heart of a man who truly loves her and will stand up for her against anyone who speaks ill of her. Even though she is reluctant to use it, she has the financial means to fund the literacy program that she wants to establish in the community. And she has a new set of immediate family and close friends who accept her in Seth’s life without question or hesitation.
But being married to Seth Blake has its challenges, as well. The main one being his ex-girlfriend Penny, who is described as an “uptight, middle class, bourgeois, social climbing, prissy bitch.” Seemingly everything Morgan is not. Seth realizes that he has found a treasure in Morgan and will do nothing to lose her.
A sequel to Ms. Laurel’s story, For the Love of the Game, MVP highlights the author’s great writing style. However it is not without a few problems. The main characters aren’t deeply drawn or given a lot to work with in terms of plot. The interracial aspect of Morgan and Seth’s relationship is never dealt with nor does this reader get a true sense of what brought these two together in the first place. Or why they mean so much to each other. Scenes involving the secondary characters, such as Morgan’s family dynamic, seem to depend highly on details or back story from For the Love of the Game. I would have enjoyed MVP more if I were given a better understanding of Seth and Morgan as characters first. Perhaps I’ll go back and read For the Love of the Game.
– Reviewed by Angela