Thursday, July 11, 2019

Home Field Advantage by Liz Lincoln

Is the Dragons’ new wide receiver: A) a fallen NFL star looking for a comeback, B) the sexy player your boss wants you to write an exposé on, or C) the former love of your life?

For Milwaukee Dragons beat reporter Natalie Griffith, he’s clearly D) all of the above. Three years ago, Natalie’s bombshell report on her ex-boyfriend’s off-the-field scandals landed her the job she loves, but she still feels guilty about destroying his career. Now Quinn Lowry’s back, and he’s taking over her locker room, flashing his charming smile and reminding her exactly how hot they were together.

After two years out of the league, Quinn is sober and on the field again. He’s worked his ass off and he’s not going to blow his second chance, not even for the woman who broke his heart—twice. Having Natalie around is the last thing Quinn needs while he’s trying to prove he deserves to stay on the team.

Maybe one final night together will give them both some much-needed closure. But with Natalie’s boss pressuring her for another headline-grabbing scoop, can she admit to herself that she’s falling for Quinn all over again?

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This was an emotional book for me. It gives you a firsthand view of what it’s like to not only acknowledge your addiction, the things you have to do to fight that addiction, but to see yourself the way the world sees you.

Quinn Lowry is living that life. The life after coming clean to his family, his friends, and his teammates. He's also looking for a second chance at the football career he threw away because of his addiction.

Being clean and sober is only as good as it lasts. As much as Quinn wants back on the football field, he knows that he will sacrifice that dream if he has to choose between sobriety and football. He's hoping that the life lessons he's learned in that year will give him the confidence to make the team and to play well.

And he's handling training camp like an old pro – until he sees her. Natalie Griffith. One-time lover and the person who was responsible for airing his dirty laundry in such a way that he had to deal with it. A little resentful, yes. But not entirely because she wrote the article, but because she broke his heart, not once but twice. And the second time wasn't anything to do with him, it was because she wanted to make a name for herself as a sportswriter.

Natalie didn't realize how seeing Quinn again would affect her. She knew that he was trying to make the team, but what she didn't know was how her boss was expecting her to write an expose on Quinn, to dig up dirt on him.

Quinn and Natalie try to resolve their past differences but the more they try to put the past behind them, it’s the present that realize they want to make better.

This is the third book in the series and whilst you could read this as a standalone, really, why would you not want to read the other two books first? Both players in those books are part of the team and the couples appear in this book too. I love sports romances, and this one does an amazing job of dealing with a difficult and danger-strewn topic in a respectful, but not preachy way. I recommend it to you.

Quinn has been out of the game for two years after battling addiction to drink and drugs. He is back and hoping to prove his worth with a new team. He could not believe it when his first love, Natalie, who also walked out on their relationship with no good explanation and then wrote a newspaper story about his fall from grace, is the reporter attached to his new team. He has coping mechanisms for many things, but Natalie? That is going to be a stretch.

As he and Natalie slowly come to terms with what happened when they were in college and acknowledge the reasons why it all went so wrong, they naturally warm to each other. The chemistry has not gone, and maybe one more time to say good-bye... yep, we all know that isn't going to work, but it is such fun watching it all come together. I really liked that even though they had a deep understanding and love of sport as a good basis for a connection, they also loved old cars and making them work again. It was a fun sideline which worked when there was a need to move away from the intensity of their working lives.

As much as Quinn has to perform on the field, Natalie was under pressure to constantly find bits of scandal or rumour to publish for her boss. I thought the demands, and the expectations of pushing ethical boundaries – especially when attached to a team – were dealt with in a way which surely made every reader think about what are the boundaries of privacy for public figures. Using Matt to be the main subject was a great way to set up Quinn's story and give Matt a voice too.

We get to see other members of the team too, with hints as to other possible contenders for future installments; we must all be rooting for Matt to get his family back together soon.

Thank you, Liz Lincoln, for a really meaningful addition to the series.

Also Available in the Milwaukee Dragons Series

Book 1
Buy Links

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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our On the Line post.

Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Swagger post.

Liz Lincoln has been concocting stories as long as she can remember, and from the beginning they involved two people falling in love. When she’s not writing, she spends her time rooting for the UW Badgers and the Green Bay Packers (or yearning for the return of football season), cross-stitching sassy sayings or nerdy characters (Wonder Woman is her favorite), and drinking too much Diet Coke. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, two kids, two cats, and a turtle.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Home Field Advantage (Milwaukee Dragons #3) by Liz Lincoln to read and review.

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