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Books on Sale: Sports-Themed Contemporaries for Your Catnip Cravings

Book All Line Up

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack is a newly released new adult romance. It's $3.79 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and is $3.99 at All Romance. Set within a football-loving university in Texas, this book features a romance between a player and the coach's daughter. SCANDALOUS! Readers have praised the writing, though some found it a bit young for their tastes. Is this on your TBR list?

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter. And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

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Book Taking Shots

Taking Shots by Toni Aleo is 99c and is a hockey-themed contemporary romance. This is the first book in The Assassins series and was featured in some cover snark. Many readers loved the relationship development between the heroine and hero and it holds a 4-star rating on GR.

Elli Fisher has never thought she was good enough, let it be her job, her weight, her love life, nothing. That is until she meets Shea Adler. After doing a promotional shoot for the NHL team, the Assassins, she meets the hunky hockey player who shoots a puck, shattering her world.

Shea Adler was tired of the life he was living outside of the rink. The girls, the money blowing, the drinking, everything had to stop and it all did when he met Eleanor Fisher. He had never met anyone like her. She was feisty, witty, shy, and simply gorgeous. When he laid eyes on her, it was as if he was taking the hardest hit of his life into the boards, and he had to have her. Elli is a little skeptical of Shea, but he knows that they were meant to be together, and he needed her in his life.

Can Elli throw her insecurities out the window and love Shea with everything inside of her, or will she let a past relationship, and her family ruin any chance of her being happy.

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Book Ride with Me featuring a waxed chest and a bright red bicycle

Ride with Me by Ruthie Knox is 99c! The books revolves around a cross-country cycling event (Mm…cycling shorts). Readers loved the humor in the book and found the hero to be sweet and adorable. Sarah reviewed this book in March 2012 and gave it a B. She loved the setting, but felt the ending was rushed:

There were a number of extraordinary features to this book. First, Knox describes the changing American landscape in such a way that you never feel the monotony of biking. Every chapter and each state is different, and the descriptions of how the rolling hills and endless plains of one state vs. another are the opposite of boring.

When Lexie Marshall places an ad for a cycling companion, she hopes to find someone friendly and fun to cross the TransAmerica Trail with. Instead, she gets Tom Geiger—a lean, sexy loner whose bad attitude threatens to spoil the adventure she’s spent years planning.

Roped into the cycling equivalent of a blind date by his sister, Tom doesn’t want to ride with a chatty, go-by-the-map kind of woman, and he certainly doesn’t want to want her. Too bad the sight of Lexie with a bike between her thighs really turns his crank.

Even Tom’s stubborn determination to keep Lexie at a distance can’t stop a kiss from leading to endless nights of hotter-than-hot sex. But when the wild ride ends, where will they go next?

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Book Blitzing Emily

Blitzing Emily by Julie Brannagh is $1.99 and is the first book in her Love and Football series. The second book, Rushing Amy, is also $1.99. With a 3.9-star rating, readers thought this was a great debut novel, though some said the pacing could have used a jumpstart. Have you read this one?

Emily Hamilton doesn't trust men. She's much more comfortable playing the romantic lead in front of a packed house onstage than in her own life. So when NFL star and alluring ladies' man Brandon McKenna acts as her personal white knight, she has no illusions that he'll stick around. However, a misunderstanding with the press throws them together in a fake engagement that yields unexpected (and breathtaking) benefits.

Every time Brandon calls her “Sugar,” Emily almost believes he's playing for keeps—not just to score. Can she let down her defenses and get her own happily ever after?

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General Bitching...

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    Jenns says:

    I’m reading Blitzing Emily right now and I agree with both sides. It’s enjoyable and fun, but the pacing is a little sluggish. I think it’s a really good debut though, and I’ll definitely be snapping up Rushing Amy.
    Thanks for the headsup, Sarah!

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    Becky says:

    I read both Blitzing Emily and Rushing Amy.  The third in the series, Catching Cameron, just came out and it’s 2.99 on Amazon.  It’s been a few months and rather a lot of books since I read them so I might be a touch fuzzy but I enjoyed both.  The pacing and plots reminded me a great deal of a Hallmark romance movie or one of those romance series that all take place in the same charming seaside town.  I wanted to finish them and didn’t veer into other books while reading but I also wasn’t cursing the fact that I was expected to make dinner and do the laundry…  In at least one they take a while to actually have sex and I remember wondering if the heroine was going to turn out to be a virgin (she didn’t).  There tend to be a lot of scenes like you used to see in romance novels where they get to say, 2nd base, and then Wacky Hijinks!  You mostly have to be prepared to be reading what is structured more like an old school romance if you’re coming straight out of your pretty standard romantica.  Also of note, the first hero is actively considering ending his football career for announcing and the second hero has switched over to broadcasting.  The logistical problems that come with dating a pro player are actively explored.  Also of note, there is a first wife in the second book and she’s not demonized.

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    Dread Pirate Rachel says:

    Any bakers around? The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is on sale for $2.51 at Amazon and $2.99 at Barnes & Noble. Not sure about other retailers. I bought it because it has good reviews, I’m a cookbook collector, and I find Southern food endlessly fascinating.

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    LauraL says:

    @Dread Pirate Rachel – the Lavender Shortbread Cookie recipe is wonderful. My garden club is a bunch of shortbread junkies and they loved them! Everything I’ve tried has been good and I love the layout of the book.

    I’ve been eyeballing Ride With Me since I saw the review. May be time to head over to Amazon …

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    DonnaMarie says:

    It’s Stanley Cup time, and since Rachel Gibson did not come through for me this year, Taking Shots it is!

    Also scored the Ruthie Knox based on Sarah’s review, and the fact that my cousins are long distance bikers. They’re actually my mother’s first cousins and 81 and 86 years old.

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    Amber says:

    I love Ruthie Knox, so would highly recommend “Ride with Me.”  It has an abrupt ending but I enjoyed the ride enough (see what I did there?) that it wasn’t a big deal.

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    Kelly S. says:

    So I went to buy “Taking Shots” at BN and could the pricing bizarre.

    Nook: 99¢
    Paperback: $12.38
    Nook 5 book series: $9.99
    Audiobook: $86.39 on sale, normally it is $95.99

    Who did they get to read it? Fabio? Nope, Lucy Malone.  I’m thinking it isn’t worth it even if she does have “the best voice in the biz”

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    janedoe says:

    I’ve tried reading Toni Aleo books a couple of times and I just can’t get through them. The dialogue is cringe-worthy to me. It sounds so fake—as if the author has never actually had a conversation with someone before. “Edgy” late twenty-something women saying “good golly”? Sure . . . Her books are never realistic to me because I just can’t get over the dialogue. She’s an author who also tells instead of shows. Step by step, she checked her email. Then she emailed people back. Then she answered the phone. I think the author is a lost cause for me.

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    elisa says:

    I bought and read the Cora Carmack book after this post, as I’ve been going on a sports-themed glom lately.  I’ve also read Cora’s other books (Losing It etc) and liked them.  I did like All Lined Up, although there wasn’t as much about the hero’s background as I’d like (there was a little early on, then that aspect disappeared).  But I enjoyed it, and I will be reading the next Rusk University book Sidenote: the heroine is a coach’s daughter, and in the author’s note at the end, the author is also a coach’s daughter (from small town Texas). 

    I did not buy the Toni Aleo b/c, same as janedoe, I have read another book by Aleo and…it was not horrible, but it was not good either.  No desire to read another book by her.

    Also bought Rushing Amy as I bought and liked Blitzing Emily last time it was on sale.  Actually don’t remember much about BE but I remember I liked it, and I’m on a sports glom, so…

    These posts are so bad for my wallet, but I’m addicted and can’t stop! :)

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