Beneath the Stands

Beneath the Stands

Beneath the Stands

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In “Beneath the Stands,” the second installment of the Sugarlake Series by Emily McIntire, readers are immersed in the captivating story of Elliot “Eli” Carson and Rebecca “Becca” Sanger, whose tumultuous relationship defies expectations.

Beneath the Stands is a touching love story that follows Becca and Eli as they navigate a journey of self-discovery and overcoming obstacles to find what their hearts truly desire. These two have known each other all their lives but never truly connected, fighting to resist their undeniable chemistry and attraction. They live inauthentic lives for understandable reasons, but will they have the courage to reveal their secrets and set themselves free to fully embrace each other?


Eli Carson, once hailed as a basketball prodigy, sees his dreams shattered by a career-ending injury. Determined to leave his past behind, he accepts a coaching position at Florida Coast University. However, fate intervenes when Becca, his sister’s best friend and the town’s disappointment, becomes the new team manager.

Becca, the preacher’s daughter, defies her family’s expectations by pursuing her own path. Cut off financially, she takes on the role of team manager to stay enrolled at FCU. Despite her resolve to avoid Eli, the person she despises most, their paths inevitably cross, leading to a passionate affair.

But their happiness is short-lived as tragedy strikes, tearing them apart. Years later, Becca finds herself back home, living a mundane life under her parents’ control. When Eli reappears with a fiancée, Becca is tasked with planning their wedding, reigniting unresolved feelings between them.

As they are thrust together once again, Becca and Eli confront the lingering emotions that have defined their relationship. Despite their tumultuous history, they discover that the line between love and hate is thinner than they realized.

Their love story is filled with emotional highs and lows that will leave you breathless, urging you to continue reading without shedding a tear. The narrative is breathtakingly beautiful, captivating you from the very first page. While there are moments that will leave you frustrated with Becca and Eli, overall, you’ll find yourself rooting for them to succeed. This story tackles themes of overcoming guilt, insecurity, and family secrets while fighting for a happily ever after.

I was completely engrossed by this book, which left me with a book hangover. The drama and situations felt realistic and relatable, without relying on contrived third-party interference. Some of the family scenarios resonated deeply, even bringing me to tears.

Ultimately, this book offers a raw and authentic love story featuring two flawed yet relatable characters and a narrative that hits you right in the heart. I highly recommend it, and I’m eagerly awaiting Jax’s story!

Filled with emotion, drama, and poignant moments, “Beneath the Stands” explores the complexities of love, forgiveness, and second chances. McIntire skillfully weaves a compelling narrative that keeps readers engaged from start to finish, rooting for Becca and Eli to find their way back to each other despite the obstacles in their path.

Beneath the Stands

Elliot Carson left Sugarlake and has never looked back. Revered as the next big thing in basketball, Eli’s a star until an injury ends his career, sending him spiraling with no direction. But he won’t go home. He can’t. Instead, he accepts a coaching gig at Florida Coast University, determined to leave his past behind. But fate has other plans when Becca, his sister’s best friend, shows up as a student and, even worse, becomes the new team manager. Rebecca Sanger is the preacher’s daughter and the town's disappointment. When she ignores her family’s demands to come home, she’s cut off and needs a job so she can stay enrolled at FCU. She thought she had everything figured out, until Eli Carson—the person she hates more than anything in the world—ends up being her new boss. Forced together, Becca and Eli’s hatred turns to heat, and they start an affair. But disaster quickly strikes, ripping them apart. Years pass, and Becca’s back home, under her parent’s thumb, and living a mundane life. When Eli shows up out of the blue with a fiancée in tow, Becca is tasked with planning their wedding. There’s only one problem. Becca still loves Eli. And he hates her. For the second time in their lives, they’re forced together, and they’ll find out just how thin the line is between hate... and a love that lasts a lifetime.