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I Belong

Review: Foolish Games by Tracy Solheim

Foolish GamesTitle: Foolish Games

Author: Tracy Solheim

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: An Out of Bounds (Book 2)

Publication Date: December 3, 2013

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425266648 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425266649 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Shirene


Bridal gown designer, Julianne Marchione knows better than to lose her head at a client’s wedding. But, much to her embarrassment, a mix of migraine medication and a smoking hot football player lead to a steamy one night stand resulting in a surprise pregnancy. Julianne has every intention of leaving her NFL hookup far in the past until her son, Owen, is born with a life-threatening blood disorder that requires a transfusion—and Julianne is not a match.

Will “William the Conqueror” Connelly grew up tough, shouldering the stigma of being a bastard child born on the wrong side of the tracks. He refuses to let any child face the same discrimination. When he finds out about Owen, he’s furious that Julianne kept his son a secret. But when he sees her again at the hospital, he realizes that his feelings for her go far beyond anger.

Will insists that Owen recuperate at his home in North Carolina, and he’s adamant that Julianne become his wife—even if it’s only a temporary marriage in name only. But will their simmering attraction ever lead to a real connection?  Or are they just playing foolish games?

Quick & Dirty: Football player plus wedding designer equals a one night stand resulting in a child that needs Dad’s help to get better.

Opening Sentence: Paternity.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

There are a couple of things that have followed me around the world and back again. One of them is reading, which is how I ended up writing this review, and the other is my love for football.  One of the things my Dad and I would do after Sunday lunch had been cleaned up was to sit and watch the National Football League.  Those times still reside in my memory and continue to this day even when my father and I are half a world away, but the love for football remains strong. This book reminds me of those good feelings and joyful Sunday afternoons as we shouted at the referee for bad calls.  I wondered what happened to the men once the game was over and the television crews went home. What sort of lives did my football heroes deal with on a day to day basis.  This story is a fictionalized version of what some of them may experience and it lived up to my every expectation.

Will “William the Conqueror” Connelly is blindsided with the discovery that he may have fathered a child with a woman, Julianne Marchione, when he met her at a friend’s wedding.  If that shock wasn’t big enough then the only reason he is being contacted now is because his “son” has a life-threatening blood disorder that requires that Will provide a blood transfusion because Julianne isn’t a match.

Meanwhile, Julianne has been struggling with an unexpected pregnancy then a very sick child, and her creative muse has disappeared and taken all her ability to create one of a kind bridal gowns with it.  Not to mention she just wants to take her son and raise him by herself and not bother Will, but has no choice but to contact him and pray that he will help their son.

This story had me from the beginning.  Initially, I thought I may get this book started today and then take a break and finish it tomorrow, but there was no way that Will and Julianne were letting me go until their story had a happily-ever-after. When a story has the ability to grasp a reader’s time, energy and good intention, then the author has written a stellar work.  This book had all that and so much more.  In fact, there was a minor emergency at my home, but I didn’t even know it had happened until the last word was read and I returned to the real world.  (In case you are wondering, no one was harmed — just a small little incident.)

The woman characters in this novel were awesome and strong. There is always a need for woman who aren’t afraid to take charge when necessary and then be able to be approachable and sexy.  Meanwhile, the only man that irritated me was Julianne’s brother, Stephen, but he may even have redeeming qualities in the end.

Foolish Games is a book that could easily have been a stand alone, but I’m thrilled that it isn’t.  Don’t be afraid to dive into this book because it is just yummy, but be aware you might look up and your smoke alarm is going off.  You have been duly warned.

So this is definitely a book that you need to pick up if you love a wonderful romance or love those guys in their football gear or better yet with the football gear on the floor. I believe you will truly enjoy this book and Ms. Solheim has obtained another fan.  I wait for anticipation for Brody Janik’s story to be released in May.

Notable Scene:

He wasn’t sure who kissed who first, but when their lips met, something ignited within them both.  She tasted of coffee and smelled of tropical flowers and he couldn’t seem to get enough of her.  Their clothes melted away, giving Will’s hands and lips access to warm, soft skin.  When he entered her that first time, she welcomed him, wrapping her legs around his hips and bringing him to near-perfect ecstasy.

The thunder and lightning were winding down the second time they made love, her fingers and mouth torturing his body before he found his release.  The third time he took her, the storm had dissipated outside but continued to rage on between them as the electricity he’d felt in the hallway reached a fevered pitch. Will had never felt such an intense connection with any other woman.

Until she called out another man’s name while climaxing.  And then the condom broke.

Out of Bounds Series:

1. Game On

2. Foolish Games

3. Risky Game (May 6, 2014)


FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Foolish Games. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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