Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Review: Back In The Game

Back In the Game Stardust, Texas # 1
By: Lori Wilde
Releasing February 24th, 2015


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.

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He tilted his head, squinted, imagining her without the glasses, a better haircut, and several helpings of his famous spaghetti carbonara inside of her. Nope. Still not seeing the appeal. Except it dawned on him for the first time that she was wearing a Gunslingers’ baseball jersey with number eleven emblazoned on it. 
His number. 
C’mon, was his ego that big? He wanted her just because she was wearing his number?
“Rowdy! Rowdy!” 
He looked down to see an exuberant gap-toothed eight-year-old tugging on the hem of his T-shirt, and clutching the autographed baseball he’d just signed for the kid.
“My dad says I can throw a screwball better ’an you,” the boy bragged.
“No kidding?” 
“Wanna see? Wanna see?”
“This might not be the best place to throw a ball around what with—” Rowdy didn’t get to finish the sentence because lightning-fast, the kid cocked his left arm, and slung an impressive screwball that bobbed sailed over a table burdened with collectable glassware.
Sending people gasping, scattering and ducking out of the way. Except for Plain Jane standing against the tree reading her book. 
She never looked up.
The baseball smacked into the tree trunk above her, and then plopped squarely on top of her head. Her eyes rounded, her mouth curled into a startled O, the book fell from her hands…
And she keeled right over.
“Jimmy, what have you done?” the boy’s horrified mother exclaimed.
The crowd turned to gawk.
Rowdy was already in motion, instinct shooting him toward the woman as fast as he could run.

Review Rating: 4 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review:  Here comes another fantastic series starter from one of my favorite authors, Lori Wilde. I get lost in her stories with her beautiful writing, great setting, and memorable characters. With charm, wit, and sass, her stories stand out.

I'm excited for more in the Stardust town! Back In the Game is a perfect beginning. I really loved Breeanne and Rowdy. Such opposites, but right from the start, their chemistry zings. They have one thing in common right off the bat, and that's baseball. I loved watching their love story unfold as two souls unite into one. This was a hard book to put down, as I wanted to finish the book in one sitting. Granted, that didn't happen, but when I wasn't reading, my mind wandered back to this little town and charming characters.  If you haven't read a book by Ms. Wilde, you're missing out. Looking forward to the next one! Bring it on!

Author Info  
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.

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  1. Good Morning, thanks so much for featuring me today and thank you for the great review. I really appreciate it!