I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Back In the Game by Lori Wilde
Published by Avon on 24th February 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Romance, Sports, Western
Rowdy Blanton is the Gunslingers team’s ex-pitcher. After a horrible attack from a jealous husband (or so everyone thinks) his career is over. Now he has decided that a little payback is in order for the person responsible for ending his career by writing a all tell autobiography written by a ghostwriter since Rowdy is dyslexic.
Breeanne Carlyle was born with a congenital heart defect, after having more a couple of surgeries and at 25 years of age, she is finally ready to experience life. Breezy as Rowdy calls her, is a bookstore owner and a writer. She’s a huge baseball fan and a daddy’s girl.
Both the characters are extremely likeable. Breeanne is a total sweetheart, how can you not like someone who read books. Rowdy, I was a bit leery of him at the start because of the fact that Breeanne had a crush on him when she was a teenager and I felt like it would make their relationship’s power out of balance with Rowdy being in control but he won me over, he didn’t take advantage of her instead he cared for her and loved her for geekiness and inexperience.
Breezy and Rowdy were great together. They become friends and understood each other before they decided to be together, even though they were both attracted to each other from the moment they met. They had a great chemistry and their relationship was sweet, soft and funny at times. In other words they were adorable together.
Breeanne’s family dynamic was also interesting and I really liked them all. Breeanne and her three sisters were adopted and they all have very different personalities yet it’s clear to see the love between them all.
The book has a hot ex-baseball player, a awkward and adorable writer, a crazy PTSD cat and a magical chest with the ability to bring true love and soul mates together. How can anyone not enjoy that?
Quibbles: I wanted the climax to be different, it was predictable ever since we meet that woman in the book. And after the climax (the eventual separation of protagonists/couple), the book felt a rad bit rushed.
Random note: I really liked the names of the characters, some of them to me were pretty unique and not used that much in Romancelandia.
Overall,it was a delightful read and I’m looking forward to the next book of the series which from the looks of it might be about Jodi, the sister who got left at the altar. Happy Reading!
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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.