Updated: Apr 4
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.