The Playmaker Series by K.L. Brady

Playmakers seriesIt’s almost fall which means football and I couldn’t think of a better want to prepare than with The Playmaker Series by K.L. Brady. Read below to learn more about the three books in this very fun series!

Her Perfect Catch

img_3371.jpgMelanie is a struggling, nerdy sports writer with the power to change Jet’s image.

Jet is a bad-boy NFL star receiver with the power to change Melanie’s career.

Dylan, Melanie’s sexy best friend, has the power to throw a monkey wrench in everybody’s plans.

When the three connect in a chance meeting at the Super Bowl, none of their lives will ever be the same.

img_3372.jpgHow could I not adore a book centered around a woman who loves football??? In typical Brady fashion, there were plenty of chuckles along the way. This is a novella so there is no need for a long drawn own review because it will tell all of the details. So, I will simply say that “Her Perfect Catch” is a quick and entertaining read that left me looking forward to the forthcoming books in the series.

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The Player's Option

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C.J. is a sports agent on the rise on the heels of saving his brother’s football career, but to stay business, he needs more star clients—and he’s got his eye on the perfect pick. With his love life in a major slump, he’s got all the time in the world to entice the candidate to his side.

That is until he meets Ty Baker.

Also a sports agent, Ty reluctantly assumed leadership of her father’s sports management agency, taking over the reigns after he died to run it. But little did she know, she’d have to save it. Her father’s secret financial struggles landed her in a losing game and in desperate need of signing a superstar football player to help turn it all around.

When Ty and C.J. meet at a pro-football conference, sparks fly, and they can both see love in the end zone…until disaster strikes.

When each learns the other is trying to steal their biggest client, chaos ensues, and cut-throat competition threatens to tear them apart.

In the game of professional football, only one side can win.

Will love survive?

img_3372.jpgK.L. has done it again. I don’t know if there’s another author out there that writes as realistic dialogue as her and that’s why she is one of my favorites. I wanted so much more, but then I remembered this was a novella and promptly moved on to the last book in the series!

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The Eligible Receiver

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Now that star wide receiver Jet Jamison has overcome his personal and professional struggles, he’s ready for love—but he can’t find it.

Anywhere.

Although he’s hot, successful, wealthy, and can have any woman he wants, the one he truly needs still eludes him, that is, until Veda enters his life.

She’s a school teacher, leading a small, safe life, wishing for a love that does not come with the kind of heartbreak her son’s father delivered—and yet scared to death she’s going to find it.

A chance meeting with Jet begins with a sparring match and ends with love at second sight. Jet changes her perspective and her world. But she’s got a secret that threatens to tear them apart, one that will force Jet to choose between his honor and his heart.
Which will it be? And can they live with his choice?

In the game of love, sometimes giving in is better than giving up…

img_3372.jpg“I know the feeling. At the end of the day, we all crave to be understood, right? We want someone to think enough of us to learn every mundane detail, yet still love us as we are. I’ve never had that.”

OMG, isn’t this what we all want? Someone who desires to see what lies beneath the surface and know the “real” us. I absolutely adored Jet and Veda’s story. I read two books by K.L. this weekend and I want more. I love, love, love her writing style. Romance is K.L.’s bread and butter and she is definitely better than most that write in this genre. If you’re looking for realistic situations and dialogue, then check out any of K.L.’s books. You won’t be disappointed!

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What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

What We Lose

 

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From an author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age—a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country

Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love.

In arresting and unsettling prose, we watch Thandi’s life unfold, from losing her mother and learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence, to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood. Through exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after loss. An elegiac distillation, at once intellectual and visceral, of a young woman’s understanding of absence and identity that spans continents and decades, What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.

 

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“American blacks were my precarious homeland – because of my light skin and foreign roots, I was never fully accepted by any race. Plus my family had money, and all the black kids in my town came from the poorer areas. I was friends with the kids who lived on my block and were in my honors classes – white kids. I was a strange in-betweener.”

What We Lose is a very telling coming of age story of a young woman that is of mixed race, and whose parents are from different continents which leads her to have identity issues. We get some insight on how hard Thandi worked to fit in amongst the different groups and to find her own voice. The death of her mother added another layer to this book as we got to see how she dealt with the grief.

I was extremely excited to read this book because of the early buzz, but I honestly felt let down. What We Lose had the potential to be excellent but the timeline jumped around too much for my liking. It is my belief that Clemmons had amazing talent and she will have a very successful writing career, but this book just didn’t do it for me.

 

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Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Fitness Junkie

 

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When Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffin–the delicious lovechild of a brioche and a muffin–her best friend and business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: Lose thirty pounds or lose your job. Sure, Janey has gained some weight since her divorce, and no, her beautifully cut trousers don’t fit like they used to, so Janey throws herself headlong into the world of the fitness revolution, signing up for a shockingly expensive workout pass, baring it all for Free the Nipple yoga, sweating through boot camp classes run by Sri Lankan militants and spinning to the screams of a Lycra-clad instructor with rage issues. At a juice shop she meets Jacob, a cute young guy who takes her dumpster-diving outside Whole Foods on their first date. At a shaman’s tea ceremony she meets Hugh, a silver fox who holds her hand through an ayahuasca hallucination And at a secret exercise studio Janey meets Sara Strong, the wildly popular workout guru whose special dance routine has starlets and wealthy women flocking to her for results that seem too good to be true. As Janey eschews delicious carbs, pays thousands of dollars to charlatans, and is harassed by her very own fitness bracelet, she can’t help but wonder: Did she really need to lose weight in the first place?

A hilarious send-up of the health and wellness industry, Fitness Junkie is a glorious romp through the absurd landscape of our weight-obsessed culture.

 

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“But to be divorced, over forty, without kids – that made Janey something different altogether.”

Any woman of a certain age that has been through something and then went on a journey to “find” herself will be able to relate to this book. There are parts that are lighthearted and completely over the top in a funny way and others that hit on the serious measures some women will go to for their happiness. All of those things make this an almost perfect chick lit book. My only issue is that the ending seemed rushed and I wanted more details about the progression of the characters. Overall, I predict this book will be a HUGE hit and a perfect companion for the beach this summer!!!

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