Monday, August 29, 2016

Called Up by Jen Doyle Blog Tour

There's one thing Max "Deke" Deacon can always count on besides his old high school teammates: Angelica "Fitz" Hawkins. But no matter how much Deke might secretly fantasize otherwise, a relationship with his best friend's sister is off limits. Until one unexpectedly smoldering encounter has Deke and Fitz giving in to the feelings they've both been fighting for far too long.

Fitz knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she'd rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.

But with Deke, Fitz feels dangerously close to falling in love. She can't risk another broken heart—especially if it means losing one of her best friends for good. Now it's up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.

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“Hey, Dorie,” she heard from above her. “Do you know where Fitz wants these bottles of water?”

Speak of the devil. Fitz brought her head up a little too suddenly, banging it on the underside of the table. “Ouch!” Her hand going to the back of her head, she came up frowning, and...

Oh, God, was he this gorgeous before? Had he always smelled amazing?

Doing everything she could to keep herself immune from his physical charms, she spun on her heel. “Back here.”

Very specifically not looking in Deke’s direction so that she didn’t give anything away, she forced herself to act exactly as she always did around him. Except she suddenly couldn’t quite remember how that was. Did she flirt with him? Did she flat-out ignore him? Did she generally just go around in a state of low-level irritation? Because right now she had absolutely no clue.

She had even less of a clue as she bent down to open up the lid to the cooler and he crouched down next to her, his head so close all he’d need to do was turn it slightly to the left and his mouth would be on her breast.

And was that…?

Oh, hell, no, her nipples had not just hardened. She slapped her arms over her chest.

Because they had. And Deke, with his superhero sex god extra sensory perception, had definitely noticed. He at least had the decency to look down at the ground as he grinned.

“It’s the cold,” Fitz snapped. “From the cooler.”

Pushing the bottles down into the ice, Deke just answered, “You’d be amazed at all the bits and pieces I can warm up with my tongue.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Even without the professional sports glamour, I enjoyed the second book in this series even better than the first. The whole town of Inspiration remains a little too sweet for me, but Fitz and Deke are thankfully a little more caustic than Nate and Dorrie in the first book.

Both of these characters are fantastic. Deke is the laid back town playboy who finally finds out some long kept secrets and actually falls for a woman for the first time ever. He is endearing as a Little League coach and uncle, and the way Fitz runs circles around his new emotions is amusing.

Fitz is Nate’s half-sister, known in town for her ugly family history. Life has taught her not to trust and not to love. Always one of the guys, she can offer casual sex, but she won’t let her heart get broken.

This second book feels a little more modern than the first. While the town is still All-American community family values, there is more awareness of differences and outsiders in this story. Fitz and Nate’s friendship/hook-up/more? relationship will feel familiar to younger readers. Fitz’s professional struggles are interesting and I really loved her as a strong female lead.

Ultimately, this story is more small town realism than superstar sportsman fantasy and I enjoyed the honesty and wider themes explored in this book. For me, there are still a few too many cute and sweet moments in this story, but I liked the slightly grittier look at the perfect hometown. This might work as a standalone, but I think readers should start at the beginning of this fantastic series.

I really enjoyed Calling It (book 1), so it was with great delight that I embarked on this newest book in the series. Nate and his friends were very engaging, so I was sure that this would be a good read.

This time we get Deke and Fitz's stories, and story. Their lives have been intertwined since Fitz (Angelica) was first fostered by the Jensens, and then adopted by Nate's Mom (Mama Gin). As we rejoin the gang and get to see much more in Nate's hometown, a number of secrets are uncovered. I love that we get both points of view, and that Deke, in spite of being involved in everything, is somewhat clueless – had he been too perfect it would have spoiled the story. I hesitate to say any more, as you need to read and learn yourself just what he learns and what it means. For all the depth, we also get some great humour, some very sexy scenes, and hope for a fulfilling future.

There are so many good characters in these stories, that I hope we get to revisit them soon.

Also Available in the Calling It Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Calling It post.

A big believer in happily ever afters, Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. Jen is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of the New England, New Jersey Romance Writers and Music City Romance Writer chapters of RWA. She is represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and, in addition to her work as a librarian, has worked as a conference and events planner as well as a Communications and Enrollment administrator in both preschool and higher education environments (although some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the “some”).

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1 comment:

  1. Wonderful reviews! Thank you for hosting CALLED UP today!

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