Tie Breaker by P. Dangelico
Release Date: July 25th
All is fair in love and second chances.
Professional tennis star and everybody’s darling, Maren Murphy is going home. Unfortunately, going home is the last thing she wants to do. She doesn’t know what’s worse, being named the executor of her grandfather’s estate, or having to deal with her grandfather’s business partner, Noah Callahan. That devil’s spawn may have broken her young, tender heart, but this time it’s advantage Murphy. If anyone’s calling game, set, and match, it’ll be Maren.
Noah Callahan is a screw up. Well…he used to be a screw up. Bad boy reputations, however, are not easily shed. He’s been a successful business owner for over a decade. You would think the people in his hometown would’ve forgiven and forgotten already, but alas no. Until his one shot at redemption walks into his office. Maren Murphy is the only woman he ever loved––and the one he purposely drove away.
She’s vowed to hate him for all eternity. He’s vowed to love her forever. Can a second chance be the tiebreaker.
‘In tennis, love means zero.’
The heroine in P. Dangelico’s newest release, Tie Breaker, Maren Murphy, couldn’t agree more with this sentiment, not only on the court as a professional tennis player, but also in her personal life ever since the one person she thought would be her forever, her soulmate, shredded her heart over a decade ago.
To understand Maren’s history with Noah Callahan, readers are taken back to when the hero and heroine were kids and in a series of flashbacks, we become privy to the path Maren and Noah’s relationship took…how she started as a lovesick girl who followed Noah around…to a best friend who Noah could be honest with…to a girlfriend and a lover who never wanted to be apart from Noah, but while it seems like their journey proceeded in the best way possible, all it takes is one regrettable action to send Maren running off to England and Noah left in their hometown with no way out…the same place where the memories of his and Maren’s connection never fades.
I have no doubt that readers are going to have mixed feelings when it comes to Noah and the steps he took to push Maren away. Based on the fact that Maren has barely been home in the last decade solely due to what Noah did to her, it’s clear that it was a huge mistake on his part, and when readers learn exactly what happened and what Noah decided to do, some readers will not be able to see past his mistakes and it will be a point of contention for them, even if Noah attempts to make amends and is forgiven.
I do have to say that I appreciated that Noah worked his butt off to become a better man…to become someone not only others could be proud of but who he could be proud of as well. Dangelico makes it more than clear that Noah is living with a huge amount of regret on his shoulders and he doesn’t know how to let it go and move on because he can’t give up on his first and only love regardless of the time that has passed or Maren’s current status.
I completely understand why Maren is afraid to come home because there is so much more to deal with than just the reason that brought her back to Oklahoma. The author does a great job illustration Maren’s conflicting thoughts and emotions, and while I do take issue with the situation that her grandfather put her in, I do think she needs the closure that will occur by facing her past with Noah and maybe even figure out what her grandfather meant by ‘loving without the brakes on.’
Maren and Noah’s story is definitely an angsty one, and it’s filled with a crazy amount of sexual tension. They spend a lot of the book avoiding the ‘elephant in the room’ and try their best to co-exist in a town where everyone knows what Noah did to her, and while sooner or later, these two will need to face their past, Maren has more than just Noah to deal with, which means that how everyone handles this situation will either break them all or tie them together in a more cohesive way.
I definitely intrigued with the synopsis of Risk Taker – Maren’s sister’s story – she’s lost so much but chooses to keep moving forward, which means that the risks she’s willing to take just might get her in a whole mess of trouble with a certain policeman.
4 Poison Apples
Meet P. Dangelico
Dangelico loves romance in all forms, cuddly creatures (four legged and two), really bloody sexy pulp, the NY Jets (although she’s reconsidering after this season), and to while away the day at the barn (apparently she does her best thinking shoveling horse crap). What she’s not enamored with is referring to herself in the third person and social media so don’t expect her to get on Twitter anytime soon. Oh, and although she was born in Italy, she’s been Jersey Strong since she turned six.
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