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Spatzle Speaks: Her One and Only (Book Review)

My mom’s been incredibly busy so imagine my surprise when she actually sat down to read a book that wasn’t part of work. She said she’d been wanting to read Becky Wade’s novel Her One and Only for months but hadn’t had a chance to get to it. She fell in love with Becky’s writing style when she read My Stubborn Heart which she dared to review without me. Anyway, she did it. Once she picked up the book and settled into her favorite chair I had to bark to remind her that I needed some of her attention as well.

Gray Fowler is an NFL superstar but death threats have led to his team putting him under protection. The only problem is that Dru Porter, a former marine, is too beautiful a woman for Gray to not be interested in…and she is assigned to him for several shifts every week. He tweaks her and she slowly starts to understand the secrets he’s hidden even from himself. As attraction grows between the two, the threat escalates and Gray finds that he can’t stand the thought this woman whom he’s come to admire, could possibly die to save him.

When Dru realizes she’s too close emotionally to her client she takes the high road and tells her boss, knowing that she’ll be removed from protective duty. She’s determined to find the person threatening him even as their relationship steams up. Her family is not on board with a Mustang tight-end dating the youngest child in the family (since they are Cowboy fans), and Dru becomes afraid her heart is going to get hurt if Gray can’t settle his issues with God and admit to his real feelings. I won’t say anything more lest I spoil the journey these characters take to their happily-ever-after.

Mom loved how these two strong characters bantered and grew in their relationship. Doesn’t hurt that Dru also has a dog, Fi (as in Semper Fi, she was a Marine, remember?). That alone makes the book five bones from my perspective. But you should read it yourself to see if you agree or not. 

Spatzle Baganz, book reviewer for the silygoos blog because that’s how we roll.

Spatzle Speaks: Catch of a Lifetime (Book Review)

downloadMom likes football, but only watches the Packers. She’s not big into sports but said she really enjoyed Candee Fick’s novel, Catch of a Lifetime. She must have because she stayed up late reading it instead of snuggling with me for sleep.

Cassie has come to Colorado from Alabama, but not with a banjo on her knee. More like with a weight of sorrow and unforgiveness in her heart. She’s going to be an athletic trainer but is dismayed to find out that she has to work with football players. Initially Mom didn’t know why this was a problem for Cassie but it does get revealed later in the story.

Reed lost his career in football to an injury so now he’s coaching but this is his first job and his best player isn’t doing well in academics. Cassie has to be the bearer of the bad news and the one to tutor the guy. Reed soon realizes she has her own lost dreams and is really good at what she does in helping players recover from injuries. Pretty soon he think he might wanting more of a relationship with this young woman, but she’s a student and employed by the department. A higher authority gives him permission as long as they keep it hush-hush.

Not an easy thing to do. Challenges abound as the season wears on and love grows. Disaster strikes but God brings some wonderful things out of that including proof that the hard work Reed has done in instilling values and integrity in the majority of his players proves that some things are more important than winning a game. Faith plays a key role as well and is woven in seemlessly.

Because Mom couldn’t put the book down and finished in less than 24 hours, it earns a five bone rating. Because I’m a dog. I don’t do stars.

Spatzle Baganz, book reviewer for the silygoos blog because that's how we roll.

Spatzle Baganz, book reviewer for the silygoos blog because that’s how we roll.

 

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From the Start (Book Review)

from the startMelissa Tagg has scored a field goal with her newest offering, From the Start.

Kate Walker may write romantic screenplays but a broken heart in her past leads her to believe that happily-ever-after is a dream she’ll never achieve. When her career hits the skids she runs back to her hometown of Maple Valley to help out with the aftermath of a tornado.

Colton Greene managed to sideline his own rising star on the football field with one disasterous play leaving him physically unable to return to the game that made him a star. He’s haunted by flashbacks he can’t understand as he tries to work with Kate to write his autobiography. Maple Valley becomes a safe place to heal and sort out his next steps in life.

Neither Kate or Colton were looking for love and direction for their lives and Maple Valley is the flash point for a budding friendship and romance. With starts and stops, working together and time apart, they realize the depth of their love. It’s happily-ever-after you’ll enjoy reading.