Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Back in the Game (Stardust, Texas #1) by Lori Wilde - Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

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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.

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.

Loved it, loved it, loved it!  Lori does a great job starting this new series. It has humor, romance, mystery, and even a little magic. I happen to love baseball, so Rowdy was the perfect hero for me. He was a good guy underneath his player persona and he really helped Breeanne spread her wings. The way he makes her feel special in a good way is priceless. Breeanne is tougher than even she thinks she is, she is a survivor who doesn't know the meaning of the word quit. There were so many funny moments that I found myself constantly smiling as I was reading. I also really enjoyed the magical element with the hope chest and I can't wait to see what it has in store for her sisters! 

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.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for featuring me and for the kind review. I truly appreciate it.