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Back in the Game: A Stardust, Texas Novel Mass Market Paperback – February 24, 2015

4.5 out of 5 stars 162 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Stardust, Texas Series

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“Wilde’s first book in the Stardust, Texas series is a sweet and sexy story of first love, small towns, and family.” (Booklist)

“Amusing, passionate, and rampant with sexual tension, this magicdusted escapade is just plain fun and a wonderful harbinger of things to come. Wilde is an expert at developing endearing Texas communities and here gives fans another one to savor.” (Library Journal)

“First in a brand new series, Wilde brings readers to Stardust, Texas, where baseball and romance are the name of the game. Not just a run-of-the-mill bad-boy-meets-good-girl story, there’s more depth to be found. Wilde has another winner.” (RT Book Reviews)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lori Wilde has sold seventy-nine works of fiction to four major New York publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Her first New York Times bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club, has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas, is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas.

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Product Details

  • Series: Stardust, Texas (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (February 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062311263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062311269
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Back in the Game is the first book in Lori Wilde’s newest series, Stardust, Texas. It’s one of those stories that has all the makings of a 5 star read, except for… well, I’ll cover that in a bit.

Okay, so… I absolutely loved this story (almost) start to finish. The writing is great, the characters are awesome, and the happily ever after is just the way I like it – slow, hot, and well deserved. The way things were going I was sure I was looking at a 5 star read, but it didn’t turn out that way for me – and I’ll give spoiler free details in a minute. The thing is, I’ve come to expect great stories from Ms. Wilde. I’ve adored every one of her stories I’ve read, and was more than a little excited to begin this new series. Were my expectations too high? Maybe – but an author of her talents can do better than the “I saw that coming” twist we got.

Here’s my spoiler free beef - There are some poignant moments as Rowdy shares his difficult past with Breeanne, trusting her to keep the secrets. Breeanne is an honorable woman, but apparently not too bright – or so it would seem given the way she totally blows something this extremely sensitive. I feel as though Ms. Wilde came up with an easy out – an eyerollingly convenient happening to propel the story to its inevitable conclusion. The minute a certain character was introduced along with the situation she was introduced in to, I knew she was up to no good and had a feeling how things would pan out. But all was quiet for awhile which had me breathing a premature sigh of relief, and then “it” happens. Too fast, too easy, too coincidental and too, too convenient… and I was disappointed that the author chose this way to move a situation.

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Back in the Game by Lori Wilde is the first book in the Stardust, Texas series.

Rowdy Blanton was a successful major league baseball player until he was attacked by a jealous husband. He decides to write a book about his career but he needs a ghost writer to do so. He also insists that the ghost writer must be a woman.

Breeanne Carlyle has suffered from a heart condition since birth and has spent all of her twenty-five years undergoing surgery. Her family has kept her extremely sheltered throughout her life. She has finally been given a clean bill of health and wants to pursue her dream of being a published author.

I have always loved Lori Wilde's books and, in the past, have been hooked from beginning to end. Back in the Game, however, just didn't cut it for me. Rowdy was an interesting character and I was eager to learn about his past and the circumstances surrounding the attack. I also enjoyed the baseball trivia at the beginning of every chapter. However, I found Breeanne's character to be most annoying because she acted far too immature for someone her age and I grew weary of being reminded throughout the book that she was a virgin.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Jane Austen meets the modern day baseball player, who has game both on and off the field.
I had to laugh the first time Rowdy called Breeanne Jane Austen, since that's what I had in my mind, as well. The story has a light and fun tone, Rowdy is a ladies man with no relationship or commitment ideas. Breeanne has not experienced much of a life, because of her health issues. Together they go on a magical tour into love, life, and living to the fullest. The characters are charismatic and likable, the tight family loving, the sisters sticking together and supportive.
You have to believe in a bit of a magic, faith, soul mates and destiny to let this tale take you for the ride. 'Rookie rules' was so refreshing, kind, loving, and tender way for Rowdy and Breeanne to immerse to the relationship. By working on the book, they slowly get to know each other, share their intimate, most hidden secrets and built something strong and lasting in between them. They have the true connection, passion, and fire between them, every time they look or touch each other, it is like the fireworks going off. I loved how in the love scenes, the author describe their feelings instead of the act itself, giving the moments the magical, powerful, energetic feeling.
The conflict that comes between them, after the perfectly dreamy weekend, is serious, and cuts deeply. But it's not dragged on, both taking their responsibility in the matter. I did wish a bit more on the solution how the problems were solved, but the story focuses more on the relationship instead. And it clearly shows the depth and growth of the characters through the story, making me want to cheer for them.
Delightful, alluring, and magical story of soul mates, living to the fullest, and looking deeper than the first appearances
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side

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I was given the book, Back in the Game by Lori Wilde’s review crew in exchange for my honest opinion of this book. I have loved every book I have read by Mrs. Wilde but honestly I did not like this book. For me it took getting to the 18th chapter before the story became interesting enough for me to want to finish it. I did not like the character, Breeanne…a naïve, virgin was not very interesting to read about for so many chapters. I did like Rowdy though, the other main character. He was sweet, a tad bit on the naughty side and interesting enough for me to keep reading. The ending of this book is super sweet and made it worth finishing the book.
I would rate this book a “C”…be prepared for some boring chapters... but a sweet ending.
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