Sunday, March 1, 2015

Blog Tour: Review of Sidelined by Emma Hart

24279519Rating:  ★★★★ stars
Date Published: March 2nd, 2015
Publisher: self published
Synopsis: Three people. Three motives. Three reasons. 

When the game leaves the field in the second book in the USA Todaybestselling By His Game series and mixes with sex, lies, and betrayal, the future isn't the only thing on the line...

Macey Kelly has sworn off men. 

Unless they’re going to zip in and out of her apartment—and her vagina—quicker than they can give her an orgasm, she’s not interested. Finding out her boyfriend of three years got her cousin pregnant was a total confidence knock. Luckily for Macey, confidence is something she has in abundance, so all Mitch’s asshole move did was make her pretty cynical toward men.

The last thing Jack Carr needs at the start of the season is for a dark-haired, sexy as sin, gyspyesque beauty to be consuming his thoughts. Football is his life, which leaves no time for girls. Unless they’re the love ‘em and leave ‘em girls. Becoming one of the best running backs the league has ever seen by racking up the yards is his top priority… not bedding Macey Kelly, despite her affinity for blow jobs and total sexual abandon.

Avoiding each other is the perfect solution, but when your best friends are in a serious living together kind of relationship, that isn’t always an option. Sometimes, sex on tap is the easiest option. 

And the sweetest. 

Until Mitch shows up with a bombshell that could shatter Macey’s perfectly carved out life. It’s been a year, but he isn’t giving her up, not now he has a chance at winning her back. And he knows her buttons. Every single one of them.

Unfortunately for him, Jack Carr isn’t a loser. The star running back has his eye on the Vince Lombardi—and on Macey. But seeing her hanging between them both isn’t something he’s down with, not when he discovers why she’s so against anything more-ish, as she puts it. 

Macey quickly realizes she’s the ball being passed between two desperate yet opposing teams, and that only one of them can score the touchdown. But will the winner be the guy she lived with and loved for three years, or will the winner be the guy who understands her and makes her body come alive?

In this game, someone will be sidelined, and calling the play isn’t always as easy as it seems. 

Sidelined is a full-length, standalone novel. It's not necessary to read Blindsided before this book, but it is advised.

What I Thought:

I knew Macey was hurting when I met her in Blindsided.  I had no idea how much.  I also never thought she and Jack would be anything other than bed buddies, but I was wrong about that too.  And most of all, I never knew Jack would be the biggest surprise of all.

Macey had herself together.  She'd gotten over the blow she'd been dealt by her ex and her cousin, until her ex decided to try and re-enter her life.  I for the life of me couldn't figure out why she'd even give him the time of day to try and make things right.  He'd done the unthinkable and broken her heart and trust.  He didn't deserve a second chance. I know she wanted closure, but when Mitch, the scumbag couldn't explain, I think she should've let him go.

I really liked seeing Macey and Jack together.  They had scorching chemistry and really brought the heat to this book.  I also liked seeing how Jack supported Macey.  He let her go do what she needed to get closure and figure out what she wanted, even when it hurt him.  He also figured out when he made a mistake and tried to quickly rectify it.

Coming to Jack, I wasn't expecting someone who was portrayed as a hit-it-and-quit-it kind of guy to be so sensitive.  Granted he really liked Macey's mouth, but he really supported her, with her love life and with her family.  The situation with Macey's father broke my heart, but so did learning what Jack had dealt with when it came to his own father.  I liked seeing Leah and Corey again.  I also really liked the role Cal, Macey's brother played in this book.  He also provided Macey with a lot of support.  

Emma Hart has done a wonderful job at showing how first loves can sometimes mess us up.  She's also shown that love isn't always fast and deep, but can also take time to develop.  I'm really looking forward to Reid's story being told in Intercepted.  For someone who didn't know much about American football, British author Emma Hart has done a wonderful job at writing about it.  

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About the Author
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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