Thursday, February 19, 2015

review || BACK IN THE GAME { blog tour }

Back in the Game by Lori Wilde

Publisher: Avon (2/24/2015)
Series: Stardust, TX, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Tasty Book Tours / Edelwiess
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Rating: ★★★★

New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde welcomes you to Stardust, Texas . . . where dreams come true and love is always right around the corner

Wanted: ghostwriter. Must be female, a baseball fan, and have a great pair of legs.

Ex-pitcher Rowdy Blanton never saw a woman he couldn't conquer or a team he couldn't beat. And now that he's off the field he's ready to tell all about when he played the field. So he chooses Breeanne Carlyle to do the job—she's got the requirements, but more important, there's something about her that makes him want to be a better man.

Convinced there's more to Rowdy than a good fastball, a wicked smile, and a tight pair of pants, Breeanne can't help but be tempted. After all, it's boring always being the good girl, and Rowdy dares her to be just a little bad. The stakes are high, but win or lose, this time Breeanne's breaking all the rules playing the game of love.

about Lori || New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses. Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas. A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. She's won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic.

{ review } .
This was a cute-sy kind of love story with a bit of magic thrown in.

Breeanne wants nothing more than to stop being babied by her family. She had a heart defect that sent her to the hospital more times than she can count, but finally she's had her last surgery and wants to start living. She feels she in the most naive twenty-five year old there is -- she just wants to experience life.

At an estate sale, she meets her big crush, Rowdy Blanton. Rowdy is from their town and made the big leagues when she was just a preteen. He's home and looking for a ghost writer for his autobiography.

It was a chance meeting. After being embarassed, Breeanne never thought she'd see him again. When her agent sends her to his house to try and get the ghost writing gig, she's hopeful but doesn't want to be too hopeful.

These two were cute. Total opposites -- she's nerdy and closeted, he's worldly and gorgeous. There are parts of his past he doesn't want her to know -- but those parts are also the ones that make him want his story told. He's afraid, though, that when he shares his past with the wholesome Breeanne, she'll see him differently -- exactly what he doesn't want, because when this frumpy-ish, plain jane starts to matter to him, he can't quite pin point.

I enjoyed their story. I really enjoyed the interactions in the Carlyle family, as well. I love that he calls her 'Breezy' (because if you've ever paid attention behind the bench, most athletes end up with some sort of 'zy' nickname: a Porter becomes Portsy, in example), I love that he loves her scars... She is the last person he would ever be seen with, but for some reason (magic) he's completely drawn to her -- so says the scratchy scarf that to them and them alone, is the softest material.

I'm excited to see the rest of the series and visit with the other sisters. I'm curious as to who opens the hope chest next and what she will fine. And a part of me wants Warwick to find a happily ever after too... He's given up a lot yet doesn't complain. I want to see him happy.

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