Calling It, Jen Doyle and Broken Down, Amanda K. Byrne
Genre: Romance, Sports
Sometimes I want fantasy and sometimes just a straightforward romance – but even then it needs to have an edge, something special, a story behind the romance and Calling It delivers all that. It was a really fun read, I know nothing about Baseball other than it reminds me of our UK rounders….and yet it was easy to follow the story, easy to get swept along with Nate’s sport, the training, the managers and the way the top players really are like Stars and treated as such by the media.
Nate and Dorie individually were great and together were perfect, I felt her fears and worries, after all up to now he’s been engaged to a wealthy and beautiful lady. Sure things went wrong, and before that he was like many of them, a real playboy, but Nate knows Dorie is different, that she means more to him yet Dorie can’t see herself as more than a fling in his life. She’s always waiting for the other shoe to drop and trying to get out of the way before it does.
Dorie was a great character, I really admired her grit, her determination to make her own place in the world, even though her six brothers and her parents saw her as their little sister/girl and in need of their protection. Moving far away was the only way she could get independence.
The first meeting with Nate – I wear glasses too and have worn contacts and like Dorie if I’m not wearing them I can see very little, so I wasn’t at all surprised she couldn’t recognise her childhood hero/heartthrob! I love the little touches, the library and the way they all rallied round, the time Nate joined Wash and the others at the school, the Trivia quiz where Dorie was on the girls team, and of course That poker Game. ” never trust a pair of ti ts” Yep, she did that so well!
It’s a great read, full of fun, very real feeling and the drama was perfect for me.
Stars: Five, a really satisfying story and a fantastic debut novel
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.
Genre: Romance, General Fiction (adult)
A rock star romance,a weakness for me…so I had to request it 😉
I really enjoyed this, very full of emotion, flawed people, problems that affect many people and Krista and Shane were such great leads. They’d had a past sort-of romance, but it was all very quiet, Shane thinking he was keeping Krista safe from the paps, Krista feeling she was just a friends with benefits person for him. Finally something happens and she stops seeing him.
Now its a few months later, and he’s just been through the death of his brother from drugs, the band is rocked by the loss of a key member, and they’re all taking time out. Shane’s just not certain he wants to continue, music seems to have left him, and before whenever he felt down, felt the need of someone real he’d go to Krista. This time he’s unsure he’ll be welcome, but he needs her so much one night he drops everything and lands on her doorstep in the early hours. . Krista is still in love with him, moved far away to be close to her friends, to try to forget him, or at least get past him and pick up her life, and now he’s there she’s plunged back. She sets rules, friendship only, no sex, she can’t go back down that route, its taken her so long to recover from last time. She’s got her own issues too, with her only brother going through rehab yet again. Shane’s changed though, realised what he lost and is determined to get it back. He hadn’t realised how heartbroken Krista was, even though she instigated their breakup. He works hard at supporting Krista emotionally and physically with her brother, at trying to help her when something happens that leaves him needing her help too. In a way that’s a blessing as it keeps him close to her, gives him an excuse not to go back, and time to try to convince her that he loves her, loved her before and hasn’t stopped. Krista though is hiding a secret that could change his feelings and the need to tell him is wearing her down.
Its a great read, some hot and sensual sex,a good story, and characters and issues that were believable. I really like them both, wanted to shake them at times and say “ just talk, dammit!!” but of course if they did the book would be a lot shorter 😉
Its a story I enjoyed reading, a good realistic tale that wraps up well. I didn’t feel the drama was sufficient for a five for me, but of course everyone is different and its perfect for other readers.
Stars: Four, a realistic and moving story
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