REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Places In My Heart by Sheryl Lister

Omar Drummond is a pro football superstar with a body that’s a pure work of art. But Morgan Gray is forbidden to act on their chemistry, or repeat their impulsive kiss. Proving her worth as a sports agent means securing the notorious celebrity as a client, not a lover. Yet between flowers, sweet notes and heady hotel interludes, Omar is shamelessly seducing her… 

Other agents—and exes—have tried using Omar as a meal ticket, and he’s closed himself off from emotional entanglements. With Morgan, it’s a whole new playbook. Smart and tough, she can negotiate a contract and turn him on all in one go, and he craves more. But in matters of trust, he’s just fumbled badly. To win her, he has to show her the man he can be away from the pitch and the limelight, and hope that this time they’re both playing for keeps.

“I can’t wait to sample your sweetness again. This time I think I’ll conduct a thorough taste test. I don’t want to miss one spot. Would you like that?”

Places In My Heart is the perfect book to read to escape into a world of romance for a few hours. Morgan is at a crossroads because she living the life her father wants her to live but she’s itching to follow her own dreams. And, when opportunity knocks in the form of athlete superstar, Omar, she can’t pass it up. 

Omar is perceived as a playboy and it is an image that he wants to change especially when Morgan enters his life. Omar must be on his A-game to win over her heart. Lister does an excellent job of not only developing Morgan and Omar’s romance but also showing their growth as individuals. 

Places In My Heart is a very quick read and will hold your attention from beginning to end. It was quite surprising to see the issue of soldiers readjusting to civilian life and PTSD played such a integral role to the storyline. It added a layer of depth that took this book beyond the typical cookie cutter romance book. I have now read a few books by Sheryl Lister and it’s safe to say that she is an author that I will continue to support!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Places In My Heart for review purposes. 

Sheryl Lister has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. After putting writing on the back burner for several years, she became serious about her craft in 2009. She writes contemporary and inspirational romance and romantic suspense. When she’s not reading, writing or playing chauffeur, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen creating appetizers and bite-sized desserts. Sheryl resides in California and is a wife, mother of three daughters, a son-in-love, and a proud grandmother.

Sheryl is a member of RWA, Romance Writers of America®, “The Voice of Romance Writers,” as well as the Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America (CIMRWA). She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

How hard is it come up with story after story, something that you hope will enthrall readers?

So far, I don’t have a shortage of storylines in my head, thank goodness! Sometimes, I wish I could turn my brain off for an hour or two because a plot line will come to me in the middle of the night. Like musicians hear music in everything, I hear plots. As far as enthralling readers, it is always my hope that they will enjoy the stories I write. The readers have been so supportive and I appreciate every one of them!

What one thing are you most proud of in your life?

Wow, that’s a tough one, but I’d have to say my girls. I am so proud of my three girls and am amazed watching them grow into the women God created them to be.

But she’s also very personable and humorous…

Out of all your college experiences, what was the most fun?

It would have to be going to all the home football and basketball games…screaming in the stands, riding the rooter bus…big fun!

If I came to your home and looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?

If you looked in my refrigerator, you’d find fresh fruit and vegetables (especially during the summer), lots of water (because I will drink half a gallon or more per day), some leftovers and stacks of my Sargento Balanced Break 190 calorie snacks, which is my go to food with half an apple when I’m on deadline.

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?

When I was twelve I wanted to be a pediatrician or a sports medicine doctor who worked with athletes, specifically football players. Yep, been a football fan all my life!

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REVIEW: Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino




From USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino (Before We Were Strangers), a warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she’s the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel.

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?


“Why wait if you know it’s right?”

Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino has one of the most original storylines and concepts that I have ever read. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was completely blown away. It’s a book of forgiveness, self-discovery, friendship, redemption, and love.

“We can’t go backward. There are too many regrets. Please just move forward with me?

A lot of us may not have had the childhoods that were described in the book, but there is something about both of their upbringings that we can relate to. Letting go of a lifetime’s worth of baggage is hard, but when you have someone that is willing to stand by your side as you process and work your way through then you have found someone special. Love from another person can be seen and felt in a number of ways but in my opinion there is no greater act of love than when a person helps (or sometimes forces) you to find and see your best self as they see you and this is where the true beauty of Swear On This Life lies.

I’ve said it numerous times and I will say it again: Renee Carlino is a go-to writer for me. She never disappoints and always delivers on exceptional storytelling with emotional depth and character development. I savored every single page and it is my hope that other readers will do the same!!




REVIEW: Daddy’s Girl by Ben Burgess, Jr.

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ick Johnson has always been an underachieving, borderline alcoholic. He soon finds himself in over his head when his affair with Vickie, an unhappily married homemaker, results in an accidental pregnancy. Vickie abandons Nick to raise their biracial daughter, Lynn, alone. Overwhelmed by the difficulties of single fatherhood and seeking comfort and help for himself in that stressful journey, Nick dates numerous women who will change his life forever. Will raising Lynn force him to mature? Can a single father with a challenging past teach his daughter to become a strong, successful woman? Will a Daddy’s Girl, raised primary by her father, leave Lynn destined to fail from a lack of female guidance?



The synopsis definitely piqued my attention, but I honestly wasn’t prepared for what was written. This book hit on so many issues and emotions. This doesn’t happen too often, but I’m at a loss of words and am unable to write this review in a manner that will give this book the justice it deserves.

Daddy’s Girl delves so much deeper than the daddy-daughter relationship. The content, the pace, the character development, the flaws, the conflict, the pace, the growth; all were perfect. This is by far Ben’s best work to date.




Buy Daddy’s Girl here!