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Necessary Roughness book review

Published October 17, 2017 by francesothomas

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I was so saddened to read of the recent death of Julie Brannagh. As a fellow football fan, I have read several of her previous books and enjoyed them.

What I particularly liked about this one is the internal dialogue the burly football player uses to describe the heroine. Beneath that crabby exterior lurks an unexpected whimsy. The description of Jordan’s roommates adds to the metaphors.

The contrast between Tanner’s lack of a plan for his inevitable exit from playing football and Jordan’s very clear path for her life’s work is nicely done.

R.I.P., Julie. We’ll miss your voice.

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Tanner Cole’s football career was over in less than thirty seconds one Sunday afternoon. After a lifetime playing the sport he loves he’s been forced into an early retirement. Between figuring out his plan for the rest of his life and dealing with the pain of his injuries, this grouchy hottie isn’t in the mood for the perky physical therapist who makes him in ache in more than one place. Jordan Mueller doesn’t have time for a sulky ex-NFL player, even one who looks like Tanner. She’s done with falling for the bad boy without a heart. When she’s forced out of her apartment and offered an opportunity too good to pass up, she agrees to move in with Tanner. She’s only there to speed up his recovery. No funny business, even if her body is telling her otherwise. As Tanner and Jordan spend more and more time together, they begin to see each other in a new light that threatens to change everything. But when the ghosts of girlfriends past reappear, Tanner must decide if he’s willing to put everything on the line for a shot at a future with Jordan.

BOOK INFO

Necessary Roughness by Julie Brannagh

Series n/a; standalone

Genre Adult Contemporary Romance

Publisher Avon Impulse

Publication Date October 10, 2017
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ABOUT JULIE BRANNAGH
USA Today bestselling author Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.
AUTHOR LINKS
Website http://www.juliebrannagh.com/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JulieBrannagh Twitter http://www.twitter.com/julieinduvall Goodreads https://goo.gl/LXENC6 Amazon http://amzn.to/2gmgbH9

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Guarding Sophie book review

Published March 28, 2016 by francesothomas

I like football and I like the writing of Julie Brannagh, so choosing to read Guarding Sophie was a no brainer. I knew I’d enjoy it. But I also had an ulterior motive. You see, I finally finished a romance novella of my own and I wanted to read Brannagh’s with a writer’s eye, not just a reader’s eye.

Her premise was good. Sophie has run away from a physically abusive boyfriend and gone into hiding. Kyle is also in hiding. In his case it’s from the emotional abuse of family and friends who glommed onto him and his wallet from the moment he hit the big time in football.

Sophie’s ex tracks her down with help from her smart phone. Note to others who may be fleeing from domestic violence: turn off the tracking system in your phone if you don’t want to be found. It’s not enough to stop using the phone without deactivating it.

Soon, the whole team of gentle giants rally around to protect Sophie. The whole thing gets resolved pretty quickly. This is a novella, after all, not a full length book.

I really appreciate the way Brannagh incorporates sex into her work without going into explicit description. I’m also a sucker for stories set in quirky small towns like Noel, Washington, where this series takes place.

Thanks, Ms. Brannagh, for a good lesson in novella plotting.

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Julie Brannagh

Julie Brannagh has been writing since she could hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading–or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.

Holding Holly review

Published March 11, 2015 by francesothomas

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.

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Covering Kendall cover reveal

Published August 27, 2014 by francesothomas

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.

When is a player not a player?

Published February 15, 2014 by francesothomas

As a lifelong Steelers fan, I was excited to read Rushing Amy by Julie Brannagh. It didn’t disappoint. Both Amy and  ex-NFL  player Matt are enormously appealing: good-hearted, funny, folks you’ d want to be friends with.

Neither of them is perfect, however, and that makes their story believable.

Along the way are some nicely written scenes that made me smile. The cast of characters that surround the twosome are colorful and charming. This book is a winner.

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