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Release Date & Publisher:
October 15, 2014 by The Wild Rose Press
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“When a retired professional football player returns home to sort out his life, he finds his future in the girl next door.
Jason Black is a newly retired professional football player. Forced off the playing field due to an injury, he returns to his hometown to contemplate his future and finds solace in his relationship with his best friend, Samantha O’Brien.
Sam has spent the past five years caring for her younger brother. Home from college for Thanksgiving break, he parties hard and bullies his sister. When Jason comes to her defense, protecting her from a crowd of drunken college kids, Sam begins seeing him as more than a friend. Yet, she fears acting on their attraction could ruin the friendship she’s grown to depend upon.
Just one kiss changes everything for Jason. Sam is no longer the girl next door but the woman of his dreams. Now, he just has to convince her that his feelings are real. But when the football world comes calling again and career decisions are on the line, both sacrifice all to put the other’s needs first. They must decide whether to follow their hearts and make the catch of a lifetime.”
From the first paragraph of the opening chapter, readers can see and understand that Sam is a strong, charitable woman. She is the quintessential big sister, friend, and girl next door. When it really mattered, she has willingly made the tough choices to benefit her brother.
I related to Sam because I am a Mother. Regularly our roles as mothers necessitate making sacrifices for our children. Our challenge becomes balancing our own personal needs with those of our sometimes unappreciative children or in Sam’s case – a sibling.
Did I always like Kevin, Sam’s little brother? Not at all! In the story he came across as an angry, troubled young adult. Yet again it is similar to the dynamics between Mothers and their children. We surely don’t always love their behavior, but we do always love them and act accordingly.
The Authors wrote emotionally charged scenes between Sam and Jason without feeling pornographic. One kiss left you hanging on the edge of your seat waiting for more. That kiss naturally connected Sam and Jason in our minds and flowed seamlessly into seeing them as a couple.
“Did you ever experience something in a completely different way than you’d ever experienced it in the past?” — (excerpt from Tackled By the Girl Next Door)
Now having given Tackled By the Girl Next Door all of that praise, it would only be fair to tell you my least favorite part. That is is a novella! I devoured the ebook is one morning sitting with two cups of coffee. We have been so masterfully introduced to these characters, but it came to an end. I wanted to be engrossed in their lives and witness them experiencing more firsts in their relationship.
Who knows…maybe if we begged long enough, Susan Scott Shelley and Veronica Forand will return with a follow-up novel that will quench our thirst for more.
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Susan Scott Shelley
“Susan Scott Shelley is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense who spends her days writing about tough heroes, smart heroines, and love being the strongest magic there is. In addition to writing romances, she is also a professional voice over artist. Her favorite things include running, sports, hard rock and old Hollywood movies.
Susan is represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.”
“A Bostonian by birth, Veronica Forand regrettably lost her Boston accent while moving from state to state and country to country…The allure of spending mornings in her pajamas homeschooling her children and writing fascinating fiction caused her to change careers. Now that the kids are out of the house (in school), she writes romantic thrillers by day and is the perfect wife and mother at night.”
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