Tuesday, November 3, 2015

GUARDING SOPHIE Review & Giveaway with Julie Brannagh

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Love and Football #5.5
Julie Brannagh
Releasing Nov 10th, 2015
Avon Books

 Hearts beat and sparks fly when two people find shelter in each other

Seattle Sharks wide receiver Kyle Carlson needs to escape and Noel, Washington, is the perfect place for him to do it and figure out his next step. He likes the seclusion and predictability of the small town…until the biggest surprise of his life turns up in the local grocery store.

Sophie Hayes has her own reasons for disappearing without a trace and moving to Noel. This mountain town makes her feel safe for the first time in a long time. But her quiet routine is threatened when Kyle walks back into her life. Growing up in the same Florida town, she always had a little thing for the sexy football player. This tie to her old life, though, could mean she has to run again, even if her heart wants to stay.

When the reason she fled shows up in Noel, Kyle and Sophie, with a little extra help from his teammates, must decide to stay and fight for the life, and love, they’ve found together.


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I really do love this series and the characters. It took me a while to catch up on all the books but I am so glad I did. The story of Kyle and Sophie is a novella but I have to say I wish it would have been a full length novel.

Sophie was in an abusive relationship and had to disappear. She ended up in Noel, Washington 3 months ago and it's starting to feel like home. While working in the grocery store she runs into Kyle who she hasn't seen in 10 years but she is scared to catch up with him in fear that her ex will find her.

Kyle is a successful player on the field and has the money to show for it. He's heard about other players getting taken advantage of by family and friends but he never expected it to happen to him. Now he has bought a new place in Noel and is working on cutting people loose.

I really liked that Sophie and Kyle had the connection of them going to high school together and they weren't just thrown together in a story. Kyle had a crush on her in High school which was cute.

These two both opened up to one another about the issues they were having and they wanted to work through them together. Kyle was patient and very understanding, by him taking things slow with her won me over.

One of my favorite parts is when his team and their significant other get together. They are just one big happy family and the way they wanted to help Sophie was extra special.

I did think that there could have been more to this book and I truly would have wanted more. At about 75% the book was over and left the remaining with samples of the previous books in the series. I just wish there was more to this story and it didn't feel so rushed.

I am excited to see who the next book will be about and what new adventure the this author will take me on.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.

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