Friday, June 29, 2018

Going for the Hole by L.P. Dover Blog Tour

Grip it softly.
Stroke it smooth.
And you’ll sink right into the hole.

That’s my motto both on and off the golf course. The women come in full supply everywhere I go and there are no complaints. Maybe it’s the size of my driver that gets them going.

I’m Lucas “Ace” Montgomery, professional golfer and world record holder for the longest drive in golf history. The PGA Tour has been my life, but it’s time for a break. A few relaxing weeks of drinking and golf with friends in Myrtle Beach is what I need. However, when a bright pink ball knocks me out on the course, and a blonde beauty comes to my aid, I expect to see a gallery girl, a.k.a a member of the Party Groupie Association. Trust me, those girls know how to have fun. Although, to my surprise, it’s not what I get at all.

Dr. Ashley Locke is beautiful and everything I’d want if I was ever to get serious about someone. Unfortunately, she has no interest in me whatsoever which only makes me want her more. All she wants is to get through her friend’s bachelorette weekend and go back to her life, but after injuring me on the course, I’m not letting her run away so easily. When I want something, I get it.

I’m not competing for money this time. All I want is to win her heart.

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“When can I see you again?”

I shook my head. “I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

“I took a needle in the ass for you. Surely, that deserves more of your attention?”

Why did he always have to give me that devilish smile of his? As much as I wanted to hate it, I couldn’t. “Why are you doing this? Can’t you find someone else?”

“Of course I can, but I want you. We can have secret meetings in here if you’re still embarrassed to be seen in public with me.”

I rolled my eyes. “I’m not embarrassed. You’re you, and I’m a respectable member of society.”

He burst out laughing. “Okay, I see how it is.”

“I just don’t want the publicity,” I added. “You can understand that, right? You of all people should know what it’s like not to have privacy.”

His smile faded. “You’re right, I do, but it’s my life. I can’t change who I am.” My body shivered with the intensity of his stare. “For once, I thought I’d found someone who wanted me for me and not my money or fame.”

Guilt racked my body and I sighed. “Okay, I give in. I can see you tomorrow, after I get out of the spa. Maybe we can order in room service.”

Eyes twinkling, he went over to the door and opened it. “Now that’s a plan I can get behind.”

Before I could walk out, he stood in my way, body close to mine. “I’m going to break through that ice wall of yours, sunshine. One way or another.”

I batted my eyelashes in an innocent matter. “Good luck with that.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a lovely standalone novel that delivers more than just one successful romance – I just can’t decide if the correct terminology would be a double bogie or an eagle! Suffice it to say, it is very satisfying, and I really enjoyed the golfing elements, even though I’m not a fan per se.

Given the relationship started with fake names and an expensive bet, this may well be one to tell the grandchildren, but actually the latter causes quite a lot of pain later on. From their first meeting, Lucas has no doubt that Ashley is the one for him, now he just has to make her understand that too.

I found the story about Lucas’s mother’s unusual illness to be really moving, and liked how Ashley commemorated her and made a difference for other sufferers. What I didn’t know until I read the author’s notes was that she too suffers from the condition. This made it even more poignant, and I felt, it was very brave to address the issue.

A fun, lighthearted, and enjoyable read about two people prepared to compromise and adapt because they recognise the other person is worth the world.

This is a fun, light romance between two impossibly beautiful and incredibly privileged young people. With most of the story taking place at an exclusive beachfront golf resort, there is a Spring Break feel to the encounters between Ashley’s bachelorette party and Lucas’ mates.

I like that Ashley holds down a serious job, but her somewhat mindless and entitled approach to her inherited wealth is aggravating at times. Who is actually given a plot of land as a university graduation present? She feels fluffy and somewhat vapid. With every spa treatment, glass of champagne, and night club experience, I became less convinced of her medical career.

Similarly, Lucas is the son of another famous golfer. I’m not sure golf celebrities can actually afford private islands and jets, but it is a nice mindless fantasy. And like Ashley, Lucas is nice. This is a book that will be enjoyed by sorority girls, country club ladies, and women who lunch. It is a light and fun read; it's an implausible yet cute story that will appeal to white privilege and irritate everyone else.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L.P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Going for the Hole by L.P. Dover to read and review for this tour.

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