Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Called Out by Jen Doyle

Jen Doyle is back with another hot and heartfelt home run of a contemporary romance. Fans of Jill Shalvis should prepare to swoon over Jack and Lola's HEA.

Jack "Ox" Oxford is used to being alone. Granted, when you screw over your friends, being alone isn't always a choice. Playing for the Chicago Watchmen is a last-ditch effort to save his career… and right some of his past wrongs. He's not expecting a warm reception, but he's also not expecting a flat tire to change everything.

Recovering control freak, single mom and semiprofessional chaos wrangler Lola Deacon McIntire doesn't need an arrogant ballplayer to swoop in and save her from anything, much less her flat tire. And she definitely doesn't need her body to betray her and decide this is the guy to wake up her rusty libido. She isn't about to upset her sons' lives for any man—much less one who so clearly doesn't think he's dad material.

Jack never thought he'd find someone who wanted to build a life with him, but the more time he spends with Lola and her boys, the more it starts to feel permanent. Even tough-as-nails Lola concedes there just might be a future here—the big, beautiful, messy future neither of them was looking for—but only if Jack will accept he deserves it.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a light-hearted romance that I didn’t want to put down – being the lover of baseball that I am, made this story even better!

Jack Oxford is a major league pitcher who made a terrible mistake and slept with his best friend, Nate’s, fiancée. Since this day, Jack’s life has completely changed. He absolutely hates himself for what he’s done and so does the entire town Nate lives in, plus it’s caused Jacks career to go down the toilet. Jack’s only option now is to beg for Nate’s forgiveness enough that he gives the okay for Jack to join his team. On his way to beg his forgiveness, Jack comes across the fierce mama bear, Lola, with a flat tire and four kids in her car. Though the attraction is immediate between them both, Lola knows exactly who Jack is and with her being on Team Nate, there’s no way she can get involved with him… right?

I love that though this is mainly a sweet story, it definitely has a healthy dose of steam as well and it makes for a real page turner! Though Lola is loyal to her friends and family, the girl has a backbone of steel and doesn’t let anyone dictate or influence her decision to be with Jack. I absolutely loved that about her character! I found myself in absolute stitches over the antics of Jack interacting with Lola’s kids… especially the way her refers to her triplets as 1, 2 and 3 – absolutely hilarious. This is a great story with an original plotline, a fast pace, and amazing characters. I loved every page!

This is probably the ultimate fantasy read for every single mum everywhere. I was drooling from the moment the handsome sports star pulled up in his Maserati and offered to change Lola’s flat tire. And the only thing hotter than the laundry room sex was the moment when the handsome sports star cared for four little vomiting boys so their mum could finally sleep.

Of all the women in these books, Lola is probably my favourite. Lola is wickedly funny, frantically busy, and insanely competent. Her parenting is honest and ‘good enough,’ and she survives with a sense of humour and good friends. She is finally a fictional parent that I actually liked.

Ox is a rich kid who became a sports star and then made a few spectacular mistakes in his personal life. His reactions to Lola’s kids are absolutely brilliant and he constantly surprises himself as he gets more involved in Lola’s life. He is a loveable rogue and I enjoyed his personal development as much as the romance. And I loved his Karate Kid references.

Together, Ox and Lola just fit. From frenemies to no-strings hook-ups to the something more that neither of them thought they wanted, these two are both big personalities, but together, they soften each other’s rough edges and make each other better. The sex is hot here, but I also loved the mum of four’s reluctance to get naked with the muscular sportsman and his bewildered response to her Spanx.

Only Jen Doyle could write such a domestic romance without it ever feeling domestic and I am once again surprised by how much I enjoy this series. The blurbs make me want to run – I don’t do charming, sweet, or white picket fences. I usually hate cute kids and their fictional parents. But there is a layer of honest and slightly dark humour in these stories that really strikes a chord with me. I love this series and I can’t wait for the next book.

This is the third book in the series, and I have to say I think it is the best one yet. I would recommend that you read them in order, as the background to the characters makes this a stronger story.

Jack is a man who did something very wrong, and has paid very heavily for it – but he is going to have make things right for his career to have any chance of being resuscitated. But as we learn, the whole story is far more complex than we might at first be led to believe. If you have read the earlier books, you will know a little more about just what happened and why. Without a doubt, Jack is his harshest critic – something about which his best friend Nate is fully aware.

Lola is the widow of an Army Ranger with four young sons, a job, and not enough hours in the day. She does have some amazingly supportive friends in her hometown, including baseball star, Nate. So it is inevitable that she meets Jack... and all those feelings that had taken flight on her husband's death come back in droves, for the very man she should feel nothing good about at all.

The rest, as they say, is history; but in the most unexpectedly intense, sincere, and super hot ways. These two have the most delicious conversations, passionate encounters, and every day moments. With their friends not really sure how to react, they find their way from their unhappy present to the possibility of a wonderful future. It is not a smooth journey, but one that they both need to take.

I managed to laugh out loud and then within minutes, also shed some tears. Always a sign of a really good book I think. Thank you, Ms. Doyle, and I am looking forward to the next installment.

Also Available in the Calling It Series

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

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Called Up Blog Tour.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Called Out (Calling It #3) by Jen Doyle to read and review.

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