Quickie Book Review-Love Of The Game

Posted April 6, 2016 by Loverofromance in Book Reviews / 11 Comments

Quickie Book Review-Love Of The Game

I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Quickie Book Review-Love Of The GameLove of the Game by Lori Wilde
Also in this series: Back in the Game, Rules of the Game (Stardust, Texas, #2)
Series: Stardust Texas #3
Published by Avon on April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Avon
ISBN: 0062311441
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A sexy sports superstar discovers his body isn’t the only thing that needs healing in this newest Stardust, Texas novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde.
With major league good looks and talent, Dallas Gunslingers relief pitcher Axel Richmond was living the good life. Even if the roar of the crowd could never distract him from the loss of his young son. But now with an injured shoulder and his career on the line, Axel is stuck recuperating at a ranch in Stardust, Texas . . . striking out only with his gorgeous physical therapist.
Kasha Carlyle has one week to get Axel back in action or she can kiss her much-needed job with the Gunslingers goodbye. And any chance to seek custody of the orphaned half-sister she never knew existed. She quickly learns that Axel’s guarded heart also needs healing . . . requiring all kinds of sneaky plays and sexy moves in extra innings.
Praise for Lori Wilde’s Stardust, Texas Series and Love Of The Game
“Amusing, passionate, and rampant with sexual tension, this magic dusted escapade is just plain fun and a wonderful harbinger of things to come. Wilde is an expert at developing endearing Texas communities and here gives fans another one to savor.”—Library Journal
“[A] sweet and sexy story of first love, small towns, and family.”—Booklist
“Wilde brings readers to Stardust, Texas, where baseball and romance are the name of the game . . . Wilde has another winner.”—RT Book Reviews

My Review Updated

Love Of The Game is the most recent installment of the Stardust Texas series by Lori Wilde. We are introduced to Axel Richmond, who is the pitcher for the Gunslingers…his goal is to keep playing the game that he loves. When his shoulder gets injured, he has two choices: undergo a dangerous surgery that has no guarantee or go through a yoga themed exercise with Kasha Carlyle. He is doubtful at first, but his attraction to Kasha is undeniable. Kasha needs this job, when she discovers that she has a long lost sister with down syndrome….she will do anything to gain custody of her.

The chemistry between Kasha and Axel steaming hot, but both of them have reasons for not submitting to their desires for each other. As they work together in healing Axel’s injury, they bond to each other at first on a platonic level. Learning each other, and helping each other with emotional diffuculties and their friendship turns into passion. But their relationship is forbidden unless Kasha quits a job she loves and the means to support her sister Emma. I enjoyed this story but not as much as the two previous books. Mostly because the flow of the story seems a bit harder to get into at times. But I had such a fun time with these two. They were so sweet together, and there were many memorable moments in this one. And I did get a bit teary eyed at certain times. Definitely a fun and charming romance to read.

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About The Author Updated

About Lori Wilde

Lori Wilde can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to write. She even went to nursing school so she could have a schedule flexible enough to allow her to write on the side. She nursed for 20 years, working in a variety of settings from the newborn nursery to the recovery room, to dialysis. But she never lost her desire to write.

She sold her first book in 1994 to Silhouette Romance but later discovered she had a flair for comedy and branched out to Harlequin Duets and now, to Blaze.

Lori is an adventuresome soul who loves to travel. She’s taken flying lessons, completed two marathons, rode in a hot-air balloon, performed with a professional jazz band, traveled Europe as a teenager, hiked volcanoes in Hawaii, trod on glaciers in Alaska, shot white-water rapids, water-skied, snow-skied, raced all-terrain vehicles, bodysurfed in the Gulf of Mexico, and photographed grizzly bears in Yellowstone.

She lives in her native Texas, with her own real-life hero, Bill.

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  • Michele H

    Sounds like a pretty solid story as with most of Lori Wilde’s work. I’ve got this one to read/review as well, so glad to hear you thought it was a sweet one. Looking forward to it! 🙂

  • I enjoy a good sports romance. I haven’t read any of hers yet, but this series does sound good.

  • This series has such great covers! I need to read a couple of these books by the author. I’m sorry to hear the flow of the story wasn’t as great, but I’m glad you enjoyed the book overall. The romance seems sweet for sure. 🙂
    Lovely review!

  • I definitely want to read this book. Well, the whole series actually. The covers are JUST SO PRETTY, aren’t they?

  • I’d read this

  • Ann Lorz

    This is on my list to read soon. I enjoy her books.

  • Glad you were able to enjoy even though the flow of it was harder to get into!

  • I love baseball and I’ve had my eye on this series and haven’t gotten around to it. Both these characters sound sweet with him in mourning his son and her trying to get her half-sister.

  • Sometimes, it’s really worth continuing through a difficult start… If the flow makes it very complicated to get a feel for the story and the characters I am likely to just give up, though. I may still try this one day 🙂
    I hope you’re having a fantastic week, Renee!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  • This looks nice and sweet perfect for the season. The cover is just stunning. I like that they are waiting before hooking up, it adds nice tension.

  • I’m gonna see if my library has any of the books in the series. Great review!