Title: HOOPLA, Detroit Sports Network Book 3
Author: Liz Crowe
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date:January 13, 2021
Cover Designer: Jay Aheer, Evernight Publishing
The last thing LeeAnn Thompson wanted to do was interview Detroit’s hot new basketball phenom. She didn’t like wasting time on cocky, flirty, annoying athletes and this one promised to be more of the same. But when she has to cover for one of her employees at DSN, she meets him, and falls hard, although she knows better than to take her sudden obsession with Jax Hoople seriously. He's too young for her, for starters. And she has her own goals, none of which include a relationship--although getting laid might be nice.
Jax is a Michigan boy through and through. When he demands that his agent get him a spot on the flailing Detroit pro basketball team so he doesn’t have to leave the grandparents who raised him behind, the sports world is shocked. His intro to the team is tough, and he’s not settling in well when a lovely, red-headed goddess walks into his life via a “quick interview” after team practice.
He’s determined to push past her emotional barriers and be more than a boy toy. She’s determined to hook up, then toss him aside. What ultimately happens surprises them both.
Unique is the one word that comes to mind when I read this book. I was in fact drawn to the book because of the book description since I've always struggled with the concept of older woman younger man. For me I wanted to see if the author could pull it off without a cougar feel to the storyline. Having read and reviewed many of Author Liz Crowe's books I was not surprised that she pulled it off exceedingly well. This story is superbly written and believable for this reader.
Jax was refreshing in many ways and I liked that his strong character and belief system caused LeeAnn to reassess herself and think of looking at relationships a different way. For one so young his ability to say I deserve better showed a maturity that one should take serious. At one point in the book I was cheering him on and was quite put out with LeeAnn. Seriously you will want to read the book to see if LeeAnn got over herself and how. The ending was rewarding and worth LeeAnn's angst and indecision.
Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
Title: Fighting for Lorna (Badge of Honor: Tarpley VFD, Season 2 Book 4)
Author: Deanndra Hall
Genre: Military Romance
Cover Designer: Buoni Amici Press, LLC
Release Date: February 16, 2021
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
As a local domestic violence and sexual assault counselor, the respect of her community is critical to Lorna Reardon. That would be hard to maintain if they found out she was seeing a younger man.
Twelve years doesn’t matter to Gant “G-man” Meadows. Once he tells Tank Reardon that his mom is “hot,” Tank and Pops go to work on Lorna until she gives the guy a chance. For a firefighter, metalsmith, and former motorcycle club member, Gant is surprisingly genteel, spiritual, and gentle. He’s also determined to keep her safe from an unexpected threat, even though she’s relegated him to nothing more than a dirty little secret in her life.
Gant’s sworn he’ll love her forever, and he’s willing to make the ultimate sacrifice with no regret. The regret will be all Lorna’s. Regret that’s harsh. Regret that’s sharp. Regret that’s deep.
Regret that will last forever.
I love reading and reviewing contemporary books by Author Deanndra Hall they are overflowing with raw emotion that is not only realistic but heart breaking and heartwarming. Though the book started slowly for me it was worth the buildup and the tears.
Gant isn’t the typical Alpha male leading man that I swoon over but as his character opened and expanded throughout the book, I fell in love with him. His strength of character, kindness, and caring way warmed my heart. Everything about him made his character special. I wanted him to break through Lorna’s walls with a passion. I wanted him to have his HEA. He deserved it. What I didn’t expect was what he would do for love regardless if the other person loved him back!
Lorna on the other hand coming from a small town was conservative beyond belief. Like so many women she could see the value in others but not herself. Her part in this story really gave this reader a punch in the gut. Her struggle with the age difference is what many of us women go through in today’s world. Her belief on how a mother should act and how others would portray her are the same struggles many of us go through daily.
Some of key thoughts I am taking away from this book is to truly value the other person's feelings and to have the courage to break through your walls to let another person love you no matter what. That life is too short to have regrets you can never fix. And most of all to truly see a person you must get out of your head and open your heart.
What a great read!
Goodreads book link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56510802-fighting-for-lorna-police-and-fire
Deanndra Hall is a working author living in the far western end of the beautiful Bluegrass State with her husband of over 35 years and small menagerie of weird little dogs. When she’s not writing, she’s editing. When she’s doing neither of those two things, she’s having dinner with friends, spending time with family, kayaking, eating chocolate, drinking beer or moonshine, or looking for something that she put in the wrong place and can’t seem to find (which is pretty much everything she owns).