Thursday, January 19, 2017

Book Club Thursday: Free Day January 2017

Hi Readers! Welcome to this week's Book Club Thursday and our Free Day. This is where each  BCT Blogger can discuss whatever subject we want as long as it is book related. 
     This week, I picked CRUSHING IT by Jennifer Bernard. It is from her Love Between the Bases series and she let fans pick who she should write this novella about. The majority selected Crush Taylor and Kilby mayor Wendy Trent.
       Now you might think I was in for a sports-themed romance and you would be partially right. Crush owns the Kilby Catfish Triple A  baseball team in Texas, where it is warm. I'm in the midwest and not a fan of cold weather. Brrr! And Wendy is thought by many to be an ice queen.
        Nope, I was mainly drawn to this story is about a man an woman who are older than the regular romance story H/h. Well, except for paranormals. They age really well. My last paranormal hero was 4,500 years old and still hot!

Romance Featuring an Older Couple

Jennifer Bernard
Published November15, 2016

In this sizzling novella in the fan favorite Love Between the Bases series, love is about to throw a serious curveball… 

For Hall-of-Famer Crush Taylor, retirement is for sissies. Even owning the Kilby Catfish baseball team has lost its edge. In fact, the only thing that fires him up these days is ice queen Wendy Trent, mayor of Kilby, Texas and official thorn in his side. She thinks he’s a player—and she’s right. But the stunning, smart, and unattainable Wendy gets under his skin like no other woman. 

Wendy hasn’t risen to her position of mayor by chance—she’s worked incredibly hard to succeed, and knows the pain of being burned. So when the brash, irrepressible, heart-meltingly gorgeous Crush turns his attention her way, she’s definitely not interested. Okay, maybe a little…but he’ll never know. 

Then a brilliant, young female pitching phenom—and Wendy’s long-lost daughter--shows 

up in Kilby. Finally Crush and Wendy want the same thing -- to give Teri a chance at a pro 

baseball career. Making baseball history would be a home run. Temporarily giving in to 

their wild attraction in the process? Grand slam. 

There’s only one problem: falling in love could be the biggest game changer of all. 

They may be older, but the tension and chemistry between Crush and Wendy has been sizzling throughout the Love Between the Bases series. In this story, you get to see the layers between these two vital people.
     Crush lives and breathes baseball. It is what his life has been all about, and no one knows that more than three ex-wives and his estranged children. When he gets a call telling him that he was picked for the Hall Of Fame, it does something to him and he starts to reevaluate his life and his priorities.
     Wendy escaped a horrific event when she was younger and sacrificed knowing her child to protect her. Since running to Texas, she healed and made something of herself, including becoming the town mayor. She's proud of her life, but there is something missing.
       These two have been circling each other through the series and driving each other crazy. Crush and Wendy stop fighting the attraction when her long lost daughter tracks her down and Crush helps the girl, Teri, with her talent in baseball. There is plenty of spark and sizzle to spare and more misunderstandings to come.
      Jennifer Bernard rights fun and real characters (I still crush on a fireman and ballplayer or two). With Crush, she creates a man who is wondering about his future and is willing to change to bring it about. He may be older, but he is vital and yes-sexy as hell! Wendy is smart and strong, but she takes longer to break through her protective shell. Watching how she processes her part in a couple of misunderstandings makes you feel happy to read about a likeable and more mature couple who are meant to be together, even if they are over 39. The story is fun and sexy, but also has some serious moments as well, blended together to give you another signature Bernard read.

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     Now I haven't read any of these stories...yet. Roxanne St. Claire has her popular Barefoot Bay series and its spin-offs. A few weeks ago I saw some promo for her Barefoot Bay Timeless trilogy which is calling to me. It features heroes that are older, have some silver in their hair, and want a second chance at finding their soul mate. I don't know the ages of their heroines, but if they are too young, I'm not interested. I would prefer a heroine who would be mature, but not necessarily his exact age. If I can fit the time in, I hope to try to read the first book BAREFOOT AT SUNSET and will feature it in the future. If anyone has already read it, please give me a shout out here with your thoughts.

Introducing Barefoot Bay Timeless...a new trilogy celebrating the sexy silver fox hero! Set 

on the sun-washed sands of Barefoot Bay, these contemporary novels tell stories of second 

chances and redemption.

     When forty-eight year old widower Mark Solomon arrives in Barefoot Bay for his high school reunion, he's not quite prepared for the onslaught of memories or the attention from interested single women who've gathered for the annual event on the beach. He's ready to ditch the whole thing and resume his life as an adventure-seeking world traveler until he discovers a woman sobbing on his doorstep...and has an idea.
      By her own admission, advertising copywriter Emma DeWitt is jaded, jilted, and jobless, but she goes over the edge when she learns that the resort villa that was supposed to be the site of her romantic honeymoon is occupied by a single man. But when the sexy silver fox whose staying in the villa surprises her with an irresistible offer to pose as his fake fiancée, Emma sees a way to have her week in paradise and begin healing her broken heart.
     Mark believes every person has only one soul mate...and he's met, married, and buried his. Emma believes that love is a marketing concept created to sell fairy tales and expensive weddings. What if they are both wrong...and completely right for each other?
     Don't miss a minute in Barefoot Bay!

Barefoot at Sunset
Barefoot at Moonrise 
Barefoot at Midnight

Reading Challenge: January 26, 2017