Reuben’s dream of playing for the New Zealand rugby team is almost coming to fruition. Then he meets proud Cameron who’s a nurse. With Reuben hiding his sexuality and eyes on the prize, does Cameron have a place in his life?
I know nothing about rugby. Literally, nothing. I’ve never seen it, I don’t know anybody who watches it, and yet I had little problem following the sport in this book. It is written interestingly and easy to follow. Some terms are a bit lost on me but it didn’t really impact the story. Reuben’s story is heartbreaking. From his abusive father to his love of his nephew. Cameron hasn’t had an easy road either. When the two men meet there’s such a feeling of hope and beautiful possibilities. However, nothing’s ever that easy. My only reason for not giving this book five stars is the jumping first person point of view. That threw me out of the story a few times and also made me lose track of characters. The ending is really satisfying and it makes me hope this is the start of a great new series!
Crossing the Touchline is a must read for those that enjoy sports romance novels!
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Prize List book: Avril, Joy and Linda
DANGER: THIN ICE, THICK BOOK.
Julie Lavoie, the widow of an RAF pilot is marking time at her accounting job, the loss of her husband still a painful memory. A holiday visit from her son, 18 year old junior-A goalie Thierry LeBeouf makes life bearable, but when Thierry goes missing enroute to a tournament shortly after Christmas, Julie learns what you still have is more important than what you've lost, and that moving forward is the only way to let go of the past.
This novel is a complex read, the author weaving a rich tapestry of plot lines into the work. While quite enjoyable, the extreme level of detail made it difficult to decide in which genre it belongs, or who the story is actually about. A good plot is essential to a good story, but twists and subplots are a bit like salt in a recipe. The right amount makes it flavorful. Too much and all you taste is the salt. I was drawn to the book by its hockey theme and enjoyed the admirable hockey knowledge displayed in the writing, but in the end discovered it was more about Julie and her budding romance with FBI agent Luke Lucas.
That said, Thin Ice is a tremendous accomplishment in storytelling and an engaging read. The love story between Julie and Luke is heartwarming, and Thierry's upstanding personality and desire to do the right thing amid scary circumstances are admirable. Every hockey mom would want him as a son.
Those who like a bit of romance along with intricate multi-layered crime dramas will enjoy it. The rest of you, keep a pencil and scorecard handy.
Ms. Marlo is giving away an ecopy of her book Thin Ice!
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Wyatt is a football player and if he wants his career to go in the right direction he needs a miracle. The miracle comes in the form of a sexy good luck charm, a woman he hit in the face with the ball. He’s willing to do anything to keep her nearby for his luck but that soon gives way to desire…
I really, really (yes a third) really enjoyed this book. Wyatt is a former bad boy who never stuck with a woman. He starts to fall for the English accented Piper and I liked watching the transformation. Piper isn’t as sweet as everyone thinks, she’s got a sexy side that’s so much fun to read. Their romance is a beautiful story and if you’re into sports you’re going to absolutely love this book!
To Win her Smile is a charming tale of romance in the world of sports!
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Copy of To Win Her Smile: Marlenez
Prize List book winners: Linda and Lisa
No dope is no joke.
For a star of the Columbia Gems baseball franchise, sustaining a cruel and deliberate injury on the field isn't the worst thing that can happen. Being accused of steroid use puts a permanent seal of death on Tag Gentry's bright career. Chef "Skye" Schuyler is hired to prepare Tag's meals during his recovery, but didn't plan on falling for the man as hard as she did in the process. When Tag's jealous ex-lover pulls a vindictive stunt that implicates them both in the steroid scandal, Skye's budding catering business is literally blown to bits by the resulting public outcry. The womanizing Tag has fallen just as hard for her, but can he convince Skye, or even himself? Her fiercely independent nature and sense of betrayal won't allow her to feel the way she once did for him, and it will take more than his money and his lame proposals to change her mind or rebuild her trust.
I was attracted to this book because of its sport theme, but because it is the last in a series, much of the sport side of the story seemed to have already happened in previous instalments. Mask of the Queen (a title that makes no sense at all to me) does sketch out enough of the past events for it to stand on its own, but the motivations and backstory of the characters seems to have lost a little lustre by the time this part of the story takes place. The characters are now dealing with the aftermath of these events and how they resolve their issues both on and off the baseball field.
Despite these few shortcomings, the writing style is entertaining and kept me reading until the end.
Max Ashford thought he made it. He is living his dream and is playing in the National Hockey League. In an instant, his dream is over. A hit from defense man Misha Samarin ends his career playing hockey. Fast forward five years and they meet as the new coaching staff for the Spartanburg Spitfires. The worst team in the league. Can the guys work together? Can they make the team a winner? And if Max has forgiven Misha for the hit, can he get Misha to forgive himself?
Power Play is a lovely, enjoyable story about guys who should have been enemies, but went beyond coworkers and friends to lovers. The author writes a great look into the world of minor league hockey and the relationships that form within a team. As a hockey mom, I know better than most how real this book is written. The practices, the games, the nonsense in the locker room. All of it is very real. The cast of characters that make up the roster of players adds so much to this book. This book is part of a series, but each book can be read as a standalone.
Sports Blogger Gracie Gable finds herself in a strange custody battle over her nieces with football star Jake Malone. They have to abide by a will to follow all rules or forfeit custody. Jake is fun and flirty and is easily to fall in love with. Gracie is upbeat and a little more on the serious side. However, Jake tends to bring the fun out of her. Both must learn to live with one another and raise twin girls while trying to keep up with strict rules, paparazzi, a crazy dog, and the pull of attraction that the two of them have.
This story has a lot of twist and turns from the start. Jake and Gracie together have some really funny times together. The interaction between Jake and his sisters are a great added addition to the story that shows that Jake is a really good guy even though he tries not to show it. I would have liked the characters to have a little more heat in their more “passionate” moments but still Jake and Gracie had magical chemistry together. The story has a great plot with lots of surprises, is well written with lots of fun banter between the characters in the story. Throughout the whole story the author had me guessing on “who” it was and this kept me on the edge when the build-up finally ended. The story went off with a Bang! All in all a great read!
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