Making the Play review


This time of year, Sundays find me cheering on my beloved Steelers. I would have swooned at the opportunity to meet one of the players back in the day.

Unlike me, Bethany, the heroine of Making the Play, gets that opportunity. She’s the single mom of a hearing impaired son who worships Grant, an injured player trying to get back in shape so he can return to his career. Also unlike me, Bethany is not impressed by Grant’s celebrity and tries to keep her distance. Her adorable son, however, has no such compunction.

Grant does his best to  resist Bethany and her son James. Once he’s cleared by the team physician, he’s leaving town.

It all “plays” out under the watchful gaze of his salt-of-the-earth family and the typical small town where nothing goes unobserved.

My post-game analysis: Kline scores a touchdown.


About the author:

T. J. KLINE was bitten by the horse bug early and began training horses at fourteen as well as competing in rodeos and winning several rodeo queen competitions but has always known writing was her first love. She also writes under the name Tina Klinesmith. In her spare time, she can be found spending as much time as possible, laughing hysterically, with her husband, teens and their menagerie of pets in Northern California. That is, when she isn’t running around the Gold Country of California researching new stories.

First Star I See Tonight book review

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Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my favorite authors and football is my favorite sport, so I couldn’t wait to read the latest in her Chicago Stars series. First Star I See Tonight didn’t disappoint.

Cooper Graham has retired from football, but the competitiveness isn’t going anywhere. He’s trying to establish a new career when he crosses paths with Piper Dove and discovers someone every bit as competitive as he is. Though he is more accustomed to Hollywood glamour girls, something about this out-there woman who can’t be bothered with makeup, hairdo, or anything else “girly” grabs him. Oh, and she’s right when she tells him things aren’t as they seem at his brand spanking new night club. What can he do but hire her?

Besides the chemistry, these two share  essential goodness and ethics. Rarities nowadays.

The dialogue is snarky; the other characters are both colorful and warm; the plot is well-structured. I would say Susan has hit it out of the park, but that would be mixing my metaphors. Let’s just say she’s earned a Super Bowl ring.



Holding Holly review

I really wish Julie Brannagh’s Holding Holly had been a full length novel instead of a novella. This story had so much potential that wasn’t fulfilled.

Don’t get me wrong. I loved the characters. The hero is a gentle giant of a football player with old-fashioned manners ingrained by his Southern mama and grandma. The heroine is a hard-working nursing student who also happens to have a cute grandma.

The plot is G-rated, but that’s not a drawback as far as I’m concerned. This is set at Christmas, so the sweetness is appropriate.

But I do question how an interracial romance seems to raise no conflict whatsoever. I know we have come a long way in America, but I also know prejudice still exists on both sides of the color line.  The only real conflict here is over revealing a secret concerning who is answering letters to Santa.

I’ve enjoyed Brannagh’s previous books. I wish she’d added more meat to the bones of this one.

Julie Brannagh
Julie Brannagh


Covering Kendall cover reveal

COVERING KENDALL by Julie Brannagh

On sale: 10/21/2014

Kendall Tracy, General Manager of the San Francisco Miners, is not one for rash decisions or one-night stands. But when she finds herself alone in a hotel room with a heart-stoppingly gorgeous man-who looks oddly familiar-Kendall throws her own rules out the window…and they blow right back into her face. Drew McCoy should look familiar, he’s a star player for her team’s archrival the Seattle Sharks. Which would basically make Drew and Kendall the Romeo and Juliet of professional football…well, without all the dying. Not that it’s an issue. They agree to pretend their encounter never happened. Nothing good can come from it anyway, right? Drew’s not so sure. Kendall may be all wrong, but he can’t stop thinking about her and he finds that some risks are worth taking. Because the stakes are always highest when you’re playing for keeps.

All Lined Up

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As a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers’ fan, I certainly could not resist All Lined Up. Plus I already knew I enjoyed the writing of Cora Carmack.

You wouldn’t necessarily think a quarterback would feel an immediate attraction to a dancer. But they are both athletes trying to prove themselves. Dallas, the heroine, wants to dance in a more prestigious place than the small school she attends. The school, however, is a step up for Carson. He just wants to play well enough to get a scholarship. Oh, by the way, her dad is the football coach. Complications ensue.

My college days are far behind me, but this book was a sweet way to relive how it was to want to make a mark on the world and how it was to find a soul mate.