Sunday, July 12, 2015

Forward Pass by Desiree Holt Blog Tour

Get Ready to Play Rough

Shay Beckham grew up idolizing her brother’s best friend, star quarterback Joe Reilly. There was no one in their Texas town who had the moves to match Joe on or off the field. Years later, he’s still a player who has what it takes to drive any hot-blooded woman wild. But Shay isn’t a kid with a bad case of hero-worship anymore. She’s grown-up and independent, with her feet on the ground and a serious head on her shoulders. If she could just say the same for Joe.

It’s been fifteen years, but Joe Reilly hasn’t forgotten the skinny little kid who used to follow him around like a shadow. What he can’t get over is that the skinny shadow has grown into one hell of an incredible woman. One any man in his right mind would kill to get his hands on. And one who seems to be completely immune to him. He knows he and Shay could have something special together. If he could only convince her he’s about more than just the game.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Joe used to be one of the best quarterbacks in the game. He had women hanging on his every word from high school to the NFL. Shay has been in love with Joe since they were kids, but she has seen how much of a player he truly is. When they both end up staying at her brother's alone Joe realizes she's not the brat she used to be and Shay still thinks he's a player. Can Shay see he's changed? Will Joe show her all his secrets?

I have to say the first couple chapters yanked me into this read. I loved the idea of the unrequited love from the older brother’s best friend, the tag-a-long little bratty sister. But then they dropped the ball somewhere and I started predicting the story line. No surprises, it was straightforward and a little boring. The secrets that were kept would have a normal man bragging from the rooftops to show his worth, Joe not so much.

I have read others by this author and really enjoyed them, this one just fell a little flat for me.

Being a huge sports romance fan, seeing the cover reveal for the book, and a definite follower of Ms. Holt's writing, I was delighted to be able to read this story.

It engaged me from the beginning and as frustrating as I found the inner musings of the two lead characters, it was amusing to read both their POVs. My desire to bang their heads together a few times was palpable! It worked though; the plot fitted together; the romance was seductive and steamy as well as somewhat cute and hesitant. The twist was almost inevitable, but at the same time was good for its lack of excessive drama.

I liked that it was about a football star post retirement, who stayed in the game, and yet suffers no angst, and gets on with the future (with the odd curveball, obviously). There was plenty of humour – mainly provided by Shay.

I am looking forward to more about this group of players.

Known the world over as The Oldest Living Erotica Author, Desiree Holt proves every day that she is more than the sum of her years and more than the grandmother who plays with Barbie and Ken dolls: She is The Hardest Working Erotica Author, producing one novel or more each month and receiving rave reviews.

She is twice a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award, a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award for best BDSM book of the year, winner of the Holt Medallion, multiple winner of the Whipped Cream Book of the Week Award and is published by five different houses. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail and numerous other national and international publications.

“Get out the ice water and fan…Desiree Holt delivers smoking hot alpha heroes and red hot romances.” Lea Franczak, USA Today Happy Ever After blog

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Forward Pass (Game On #1) by Desiree Holt to read and review for this tour.

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