Sunday, June 21, 2015

Man On by Liz Crowe


Bad boy of European football, Nicolas Garza is about to hit American shores with a vengeance. Signed by the Detroit Black Jack Gentlemen as lynch pin for their expansion club, Nicco only half believes he’s making the right move. But with a past full of ghosts and rotten behavior chasing him from his homeland, he has no real choice.

Parker Rollings is a college soccer superstar, but his parents’ plans for their only son do not include professional athletics. When the Black Jacks approach him to finalize their roster, Parker leaps at the chance to keep playing, leaving behind medical school, stability and his first and only college sweetheart.

Nicco and Parker face off as bitter rivals for a coveted starting spot at midfield and are forced to channel their negative energy into something positive for the sake of the group—and themselves.

All eyes are on the fledgling team in its debut season. It’s crucial that the Black Jacks prove all the doubters wrong. They must make a good showing in the league and with new fans. But player drama, club dynamics, and misplaced priorities may tear it apart before it even begins.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Shannan☆☆☆
Nicolas (Nicco) Garza comes to America to play soccer for the Black Jack Gentlemen. He's been forced into retirement after being a star in Europe. The love of his life, Leandro, died in a plane crash. His wild ways are exposed by his now ex-wife. It has his agent and his team giving up on him. He's signed to the Black Jacks in their first season in hopes of drawing attention. They know he's the bad boy of the game but they are willing to take the chance. Nicco doesn't care if he's with a woman, a man, or a combination of the two as long as he has a good time and gets off. That's the high he's after.

Parker Rollings's life was planned out for him by his parents, graduate college head to medical school, marry his college sweetheart. Parker follows along with the plan until he just can't anymore, it isn't who he is. He's young, confused, and naive. He gives up everything he knows to sign with the Black Jacks. Nicco has him questioning everything he thought he knew.

Man On was a good read, but I hated the jumping in time that happened. I wish there was more of that inner story that was skipped. I know the author used it to move the story along in time but I found the story lacking when this happened, but I enjoyed the author's voice. I look forward to reading the next two books in the Black Jack Gentlemen series.


Rachael☆☆☆☆
I don't think I've read a book about soccer players before and this one was a good one to start on.

Nicco and Parker have a unique chemistry that really shines through in their interactions. I would say that both are bisexual, although they are more portrayed as gay. Both have been married to women and randomly hook up with women, but in the end they only want to be together and only have real feelings toward each other.

While the plot was pretty good, I had issues with so many time jumps in the book that weren't always so clearly stated and felt like we were missing so much that happened to create these feelings and situations that ALL of the characters were in.

Also, I had issues with Ashley calling Nicco at the end of the book when it didn't make sense as to WHY she would call him over Parker.

The sex scenes were fast and almost unnecessary as they weren't hot and didn't really add anything to the book in my opinion (and we all know I love the sex scenes normally).

All in all, I can't wait to read more of this series and see which other characters we get to meet.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is one really hot, enjoyable and addictive start to a series read. I know a fair amount about football (European style), and the bad behaviour of the players such as Nicco, isn't really a surprise – but is fascinating to see from the inside. For Parker, the US educated player, things in his repressed world have been somewhat different than for Nicco – but those differences force them both to reevaluate what is important to them.

I have the rest of the series on my Kindle, and can't wait to get to them. I enjoy sports series, and as always the first one tends to have a world building element and settle down in the future books. I also look forward to seeing the story of the leads being references in later story-lines.



Also Available in the Black Jack Gentlemen Series

Book 2
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Book 3
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Book 4
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Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction hybrid, “Unconventional Romance. Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Man On (Black Jack Gentlemen #1) by Liz Crowe to read and review.

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