RELEASE DAY REVIEW: BACK IN THE GAME by Meghan Quinn

Single dad and hockey star, Calder Weiss has put his love life on the back burner for the past five years, raising his daughter and keeping up with the demands of his profession.

But all that changes the minute Rachel Perry runs into him in the most unlikely of places, right outside the men’s bathroom. Vibrant and enchanting, she captures his attention, making it impossible for him to walk away without scoring her number.

Their connection is immediate, their attraction palpable, and their relationship undeniable. But Rachel isn’t the only girl in Calder’s life which scares him, because Calder’s daughter already lost her mother. He doesn’t want Shea to lose someone close to her again, making Rachel’s task of breaking through Calder’s wall that much more difficult.

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Review

Back in the Game is one of the sweetest and swoonworthiest novellas that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Calder Weiss (aka Wanda the Fairy) is quite the charmer, not only because he’s one heck of a single dad despite the crazy schedule that comes with being a professional hockey player in the NHL, but also because he gives so much of himself to everyone around him, and while it leaves him a bit lonely and stuck in a rut, he has his priorities set and he works his butt off to ensure that Shea is healthy, happy, and truly understands how much he loves her. Rachel is just the ray of sunshine that Calder need, so the fact that he instantly knows she could be a ‘contender for his heart’ doesn’t surprise him, but what does make him a bit anxious is getting back into this whole dating game that he’s been out of for almost 6 years. Calder is definitely a bit rusty when it comes to ‘proper’ dating techniques and his nervousness over a phone call and what he should wear during it made me laugh out loud, but these moments also show just how genuine and conscientious he is, which will definitely have readers rooting for everything to work out for him and his daughter, Shea.

Rachel is quite the quirky, witty, and energetic woman, which is exactly what she needs to be as a kindergarten teacher, and it’s also the qualities that catch Calder’s attention right from the start. She’s used to corralling a group of 30 little kids, so her sense of humor and her easy going personality make a lot of sense and those traits are also what allow Calder to feel more at ease with Rachel than he thought possible since he’s been so far removed from a romantic relationship.

Calder and Rachel’s text exchanges are EPIC! And, it gives them both a medium to take a few more risks than they ordinarily would if they were talking to someone face-to-face. They keep one another on their toes and prove just how good they could be as a couple despite their hectic schedules because of how quickly they’ve managed to steal each other’s heart.

Even though Back in the Game is only a novella, there’s a lot of depth to it. Meghan Quinn does a great job of developing not only Calder and Rachel’s personality but also illustrating the progress of their relationship and what that means, not only for the two of them but also for a little 5 year old girl who means the world to Calder, and if he allows it, I’m sure Rachel will feel the same way.

Calder and Rachel’s story is a great read; it’s hilarious and heartwarming and it’s definitely a feel good novella that all romance lovers should read.

4.5 Poison Apples

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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