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Paradise for a Sinner

16129398by: Lynn Shurr
Published: March 2013 by L & L Dreamspell
ISBN: 9781603185301
From Goodreads: When Samoan cornerback Adam Malala and two children in need show up at Joe Dean Billodeaux’s house on the first day of the off season, Joe knows he isn’t going to get any relief.

Adam, jilted by his island fiancee, has no desire to go home until he meets Winnie Green, a nurse called in to help the abandoned little boy.

When the chaos of Joe’s place becomes too much for them, Adam and Winnie take off for American Samoa and an unexpected adventure awaiting them there.

This book was very entertaining and a great escape from reality. What I love about these books is that they can appeal to any audience, not just those that love sports. Because while there is a sports theme that is tied into this series, it isn’t the main plot of each story. I’m not a big sports fan myself, but I find myself enjoying these books. I love the Louisiana setting, especially because it’s written by someone who knows what they are talking about. Another theme I would say plays heavily into these books is love and acceptance. I love that this family is made of kids that come from different places. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot away. (because I kinda think that while you don’t need to read the other books, you should go grab those as well… and I don’t want you to get so excited about this one that you don’t give the other ones a fair shot. :P) But I liked this book even more than the last one and thought that Adam was an awesome hero and Winnie a fantastic heroine. She’s strong, kind, and compassionate and that type that you can relate and look up to. I love how deep and well written the characters are. It makes it that much easier to get sucked into their story. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE that this was a multicultural romance. I think that fans of any genre could find something about this book they appreciate.

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Kicks for a Sinner

by: Lynn Shurr

Pages: 283

Published: February 2012 by L & L Dreamspell

ISBN: 1603184406

From Goodreads: Redhead Cassie Thomas is all grown up and certain she is in love with Joe Dean Billodeaux, star quarterback for the Sinners and adoptive father to the son she gave away at birth. Joe only wants to expand his family with his wife, Nell, and deflect Cassie’s advances that threaten his marriage. So, why not set Cassie up with the Sinners new kicker and possibly the world’s nicest guy, Howard Howdy McCoy?
Cassie sees through Joe’s attempt and insults Howdy, telling him he is not a real football player and possibly even gay. Howdy knows neither is the case. Regarding Cassie to be as challenging as a sixty-yard field goal, he sets out to prove her wrong even if that involves a personal makeover and a tough new attitude. But will he be able to convince a woman who believes she can love only bad boys to give a nice guy a chance?

Wow, this book was a lot different from what I expected. I liked it though! It was interesting to read, especially because I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. This is the third book, and I could tell at certain parts that there were pieces of backstory that I was missing. But I didn’t think that kept me from enjoying the story. This novel was very well-written and I definitely felt the spirit of Louisiana throughout it. I like when a book really brings me into the setting, especially when that setting has a culture as rich as this one. I loved that this was a romance, but that it wasn’t just about Howdy and Cassie’s relationship. They fell in love in the midst of everything that was going on around them with their friends and family. I’ll admit that I’m not much of a sports person, so some of the descriptions of games were lost on me, but I still caught on to the drama of it all. I liked that this was a story about all of the characters that were obviously in previous stories, and that their storylines developed as well. I like when a romance series doesn’t just focus on the main characters of that romance and barely show how the previous relationships are developing. I loved the chemistry between Howdy and Cassie. It’s fun when the characters aren’t initially interested in each other. It’s more fun than when the attraction is instant. I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to anyone looking for a well-written romance with lots of drama.

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Shooting Star

by: Michael Embry

Published: April 5th, 2011 by Wings ePress

ASIN: B004VFV7UW

From Goodreads: Jesse Christopher finds out that it’s not easy being the new kid in school, no matter how well you play basketball. When discovered shooting hoops at a school playground by a high school coach, Jesse seems to be the missing piece to the puzzle for a team that aspires to win the Kentucky state championship.

But Jesse faces an array of problems in his new environment as he tries to make friends in the classroom and become part of the school’s close-knit basketball team. Can Jesse overcome the obstacles and lead his team to a state high school basketball title?

The thing I liked most about this novel is that it teaches moral lessons to kids and young adults that might be reading this. Jesse is a main character to admire. He is the picture of what parents hope their kids can become whether they are talented in sports or not. There are many different conflicts that Jesse has to deal with over the course of the novel, including jealousy, prejudice, and injury… and he does it all in a mature way that makes you have hope for future generations. I’m normally not a big fan of sports stories, but this kept me entertained and wanting to keep turning the pages, especially when things got down to the wire for the Pioneers. There were times that I found the dialogue and characters in this novel to fall a little flat, but this novel isn’t so much about individual character development as it is about team development. I think there are a lot of great lessons to learn including ones on teamwork, responsibility, and forgiveness. As well as important lessons about standing up for oneself and not letting other people’s negative attitudes bring you down. Overall, this was a very uplifting story and I think if you’re looking for a light and fun read, especially if you’re a basketball fan, then you won’t be disappointed in this novel!

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