Monday, March 16, 2015
Back In The Game by Lori Wilde
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.
Back In The Game is an entertaining romance with a hint of magic. I really like how Lori used a Hope Chest to weave some magic into Breeanne and Rowdy's story. It's a small part of their story, but a unique starting point.
I really liked Breeanne. She has been through a lot in her life but she doesn't let it hold her back. I like how even though she has a safe place with her family and their business, she has her own dreams she is pursuing. She's not taking the easy way, and she is willing and wants to work hard to prove herself. Working with Rowdy on his book will help her goals, if not her love life too!!
Rowdy wants to do the right thing in life and work, but he has secrets that could hurt more people than just himself. I like his sense of loyalty even as he is so conflicted internally.
Neither Breeanne or Rowdy are perfect and there are quite a few rough patches for them. The fact that they were both so attracted to each other but took their time acting on it really worked for them and what else is happening in their lives right now. Their problems, worries, and hopes make them real. I like that they both see so much good in the other that the other doesn't necessarily see. I could feel the connection between them, and the dialogue between them was catchy, making me part of their world. Their characters really touched me.
There are various secondary characters who all have relevant roles in Back In The Game without clogging up the main plot. I liked the strong sub plot and bit of mystery surrounding Rowdy, between this and the budding relationship between Rowdy and Breeanne, Lori kept up a smooth, easy to read, flowing story.
The first in a new series, Back In The Game has me excited for the next book in this series. I'd recommend Back In The Game to contemporary romance readers.
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