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Today, we're playing host to a TLC Book Tours promotion starring the latest release from author Stephanie Evanovich. Perhaps you've heard of her? In order to avoid to much stress on the memory, she's the writing force behind Big Girl Panties and The Sweet Spot. ...both of which managed to scorch their way into readers hearts in the not so distant past. This time around, she's taking us into familiar territory while fleshing out (pardon the pun..*ahem*) another potential couple to be and she's not afraid to play hard ball. So, if whether you're mildly curious or perched on the edge of your seat, join me as we explore today's book of choice and blog tour guest...
About the book...
Heartthrob star quarterback Tyson Palmer has it all: a million-dollar arm, a winning season and the promise of a Superbowl ring. But more importantly, football’s biggest star is the ultimate comeback kid. After an addiction to painkillers nearly derailed his career, Tyson got sober and went from zero to hero in the eyes of the public.
But one person remains unconvinced: Dani Carr, a sports commentator with high ratings and following of her own.
Dani can’t forgive Tyson’s transgressions or forget a single passionate night with him back in college. To make things worse, Tyson doesn’t realize that the bombshell with huge ratings is the cute co-ed whose heart he once broke.
But can a sports journalist trying to claw her way to the top and a quarterback who knows all about rock bottom make it to the Super Bowl without destroying each other? And what will happen when Tyson—riding high now that he’s revived his career—realizes he needs to make an even more important comeback with Dani? Can he use his million-dollar moves to get past her defenses—or will she sideline him for good?
I gotta admit, I was surprised by this one. Book one introduced us to the spicy writing style of this author with book two delving a bit deeply into an area I'd rather not, but book three...this one was a good balance. It walked the line between proper and naughty allowing readers to enjoy the sizzle without getting burned...much. (*wink*) Initially, Tyson was a complete a**. Sorry but there's not other way to describe him. He may have had his reasons but to the extent he allowed himself to be pulled down the dark and twisted roads of addiction, partying, drugs, and one night stands, I stick with my one word assessment. Dani on the other hand was a diamond in the rough...not in the sense that SHE was rough around the edges (though she could definitely talk her way through a locker room with nary a stare), but that she had a good head on her shoulders and convictions to which she stuck. Did she land herself in trouble when her heart completely lead the way? Oh most definitely, but you can't blame a girl for trying and the unexpected rewards reaped were certainly worth the heartache.
Along the way, we meet up with Holly and Logan (congratulations to them both! You'll read why...), and Angela and Chase (still going strong...no additional comment necessary), the two couples from the start of the series. The connection adds depth to the story for those faithful followers while inserting a streak of curiosity for those just discovering what they've been missing. Much like the previous female leads, Dani is strong but with a past that she carries every day. She cares for her family and friends, wants to reach her dreams, and won't let a simple man stand in her way (okay, so he's definitely not simple or JUST a man but I'll let you discover that more on your own). In the same vein, Tyson is a bit locked in his own mind, getting in his own way time and again, but with the somewhat aggressive help of a particular high roller, he's about to have some sense knocked into him...quite literally. No pain, no gain...right? Yeah...he just has to keep telling himself that and he'll be just fine, though keeping his eyes on the prize (whomever or whatever they might be) will definitely go a long way.
In summary, it was a great addition to the unofficial series that will sweep readers away whether new or familiar to the territory. It was wonderful to catch up with the couples from the previous books thus making our connections that much deeper, but I can definitely see a newbie just coming into the set on this release enjoying it just as much. Dani and Tyson were certainly not a match made in heaven initially but by book's end, they were indeed "the total package". Recommended for adult readers of Women's Fiction, Fiction, and Contemporary Romance for some content - think sexy times and innuendos but not as much action as The Sweet Spot.
About the author..
New York Times Bestselling Author, Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York’s School of Film and Television and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.
Special thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours for the ARC for review and chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
Until next time...happy reading!