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!

See all of Sheryl’s published books by visiting her Books page.

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  1. Thank you so much Tiffany for hosting Sheryl today!

  2. Sheryl Lister says:

    Thank you for hosting me today, Tiffany! ????

  3. Toni Bonita says:

    Now I know why we get alone so well together, the written word and football. Another great interview.

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