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His Leading Lady (Hollywood Hearts Book 0) [Kindle Edition]

Jean Joachim
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Book Description

How does a rookie quarterback react when faced with the truth about his leading lady? Is his play for her a touchdown or only a false start? A chance meeting with gorgeous actress, Penny Thatcher, has Mark Davis smitten. Luck breaks his way weeks later when he meets her on a blind date. After an all-out blitz to win her affections, the public revelation of an ugly secret intercepts his forward progress. Will Mark get tackled by the humiliation? Is he in the game to win or will he walk away from her, chalking it up to a fumble on the goal line? Spicy romance. Caution: Locker room language

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About the Author

Jean Joachim, wife and mother of two sons, is owned by Homer, a rescued pug. She’d been writing non-fiction for what seemed like forever until she got up the nerve to try fiction. It was love. Now she spends her days in New York City in the company of her characters, with a cup of tea and a secret stash of black licorice. Connect with Jean through email: sunnydaysbook@gmail, her blog: or her website: She’d love to hear from you.

Product Details

  • File Size: 290 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495972992
  • Publisher: Moonlight Books; Series Starter edition (January 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,585 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great prequel to the Hollywood Hearts series! January 6, 2014
By Renee
Format:Kindle Edition
What a wonderful prequel to the Hollywood Hearts series. This is the story of two of the characters from the first book in the series, If I Loved You. Mark Davis, brother of the Megan in ILY, and Penny Thatcher, the love of his life, and how they met.

Mark is an up and coming quarterback playing second string to an arrogant and trouble-making first stringer. Penny is a beautiful young starlet, trying to make her way in the Hollywood jungle. She has risen above a not-so-pleasant past to a promising career in films when her life, quite literally, collides with Marks' in Beverly Hills.

Mark returns to Las Vegas with his team and begins to search on line to find out who the beautiful woman is that ran into him on the sidewalk on Rodeo Drive. He never got her name, nor did she get his, even though the attraction between them was immediate and strong.

Mark and his first string counterpart find themselves going on a blind date, back in Vegas, and one of the girls turns out to be Penny. Naturally, the first stringer wants his date to be the hot young starlet, but he is so arrogant and boorish that Penny rejects him and is afraid that Mark will be the same type. He proves her wrong and they begin seeing each other.

Issues from both of their pasts rear their ugly heads and do their best to destroy the fragile new relationship. Will their love prevail? That was one of the things I liked best about this novella, even though I knew they would end up together, I found myself wondering if the roadblocks really could be circumvented and get them to the little house with the white picket fence that Penny dreams of.

The book is well written, flows smoothly, and includes a little back story on Marks' sister, Megan. The characters are all strong and draw you easily into their world. Once you start it you won't want to put it down.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roller Coaster Romance January 5, 2014
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How could life be anything but joyous and untroubled for an up-and-coming football quarterback and a gorgeous and equally up-and-coming TV and film actress when they meet and find pleasure in each other's company? Read Jean Joachim's His Leading Lady and find out.

Joachim blends the sweet and sour elements of this couple's past and present with extraordinary skill and understanding of the challenges that face even the most seemingly gifted and fortunate protagonists. These challenges are represented by subsidiary characters that are finely etched and woven into the narrative in a way that heightens suspense born of genuine concern that the central couple will achieve the happiness they both so earnestly seek. The couple's troubles also seem grounded in some social mores that the reader may find occasion to question.

Those who like their sex scenes tasty but tasteful will find great satisfaction in the well seasoned sugar-and-spice approach of veteran author Jean Joachim.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing love story. January 5, 2014
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His leading lady is amazing.Jean does it again and ruins my day off,lol.Had tons of housework to do,was going to read just one chapter.But ended up finishing it in one sitting.No housework got done,but I have a smile on my face.I loved Mark and Penny.Mark is a up and coming quarterback,which had me wanting to read it because I love football.Penny is his leading lady,or maybe not.When I write a review,I don't want to spoil the story line for you.I will tell you this,when Jean writes a book,I just buy it because she grabs you with her unique storyline.So pick up this intriguing love story and see for yourself,don't forget to show the author some love and write a review.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His leading lady January 5, 2014
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This was so cool to read.... it was heart warming to read Mark and Penny story. I was transported back to the first book of the series.... if I loved you. Jean you had my emotions flying when Mark's team mate was being a totally douche bag creating screens thru out the book..... sadness hit me when Penny was telling him her pass. How parents don't know what damage they cause by having addiction to something. I could fell Mark's emotions in the dinner scene. I would have done the same ...had to laugh when I read who Penny star in the first movie..... Nice added touch......Awesome book...... keep writing
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His Leading Lady January 22, 2014
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Was a very sweet read. I really enjoyed it. My only qualm was the ending just lead into another book. But Mark and Penny got their happy ending. I love happy endings.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great short story January 18, 2014
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I enjoyed this book very much. It is a shorter story so it doesn't take days to read. It's about Penny who is an up and coming actress and Mark a second string quarterback for a football team. Both are 24 and have had hard lives, so now they are both paying back debt for their families. They meet by accident but Mark can't forget her. Sometime later he is set up on a blind date with her. Join them on their journey of ups and downs and dealing with family and work issues to see if love survives
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47 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible January 26, 2014
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Edit: The author considers this review to contain spoilers, so I am adding a "spoiler alert" at her request.

While the romance itself is just pretty bad (hero is a jerk with retrograde idea, heroine is a whiny doormat), the lack of knowledge the author brought to the football setting was so wrong that it was difficult to get through a chapter without laughter. It appears she got a brief description of how football works from a fan of the game, so the games weren't that bad. But she didn't understand anything about the BUSINESS of football. A few of the major howlers:

* In the middle of a winning season, the owner decides to attend a single practice in order to make decisions about who to cut. Why are you doing this in the middle of the season? Everybody cuts at the beginning, when it can actually make a difference.

*A major part of the plot involves the team's excitement over a scout coming to a pro game in order to decide who to sign. Everyone wants to get playing time so they can impress the scout. Just . . . no. Once you reach the NFL, you aren't going to get scouted like that. Even if another team is interested in you, they can watch tape of your games. Because, you know, you're in the NFL and all your games are televised.

* There are rules and guidelines about how to approach a player who is signed to another team. You can't just go up to him in the area outside the locker room and offer to buy him lunch. Once a team is interested, the conversations are going to be between an agent and a team (not a "manager"). Even if scouts did attend NFL games to find players, they would never ever ever be empowered to offer someone a starting QB position.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Heart warming story, the kind most of us girls dreamed about in high school. If you love short stories then this is one I would highly recommend!
Published 9 days ago by Lisa Dowd
1.0 out of 5 stars Bi-polar?
Really? What did I miss? I'm sorry, I totally commend the author for putting herself out there, but it reads like a bad teen essay... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Erin
4.0 out of 5 stars refreshing, down-to-earth couple
One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the refreshing, down-to-earth characters. Any the beginning of the book I was a little irritated by how they both flew off the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ruth Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet
Penny literally runs into Mark and he can't forget her. Months later a surprise encounter during a blind date has them meeting up again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by chocolate lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Her wasn't happy with any women he had met
Mark was a professional football player for the Nevada Gamblers and had literally ran into someone named Penny and she was a hottie. Her wasn't happy with any women he had met. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Terry Scarangella
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Interesting turns
Kept me interested
Great characters
Easy to follow
Looking forward to more to come
Love that it's on Kindle
Published 3 months ago by Alan J. Kriz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 3 months ago by Snookumz
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth my time
I really wanted to like this. But so many things about the story, the characters and even the drama were just plain terrible. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Careers or happiness
Penny had survived a modeling career
and was now acting but was it enough
She had dreams of being a designer
but each time she took the steps to going
to school... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pamela Reveal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great prequel to what is going to be a great series!!
What a great read! I absolutely loved this story.

This is a prequel to the Hollywood Hearts series and can be read as a stand alone. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sassy Beta Reading & Review
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More About the Author

I didn't start writing until about 17 years ago. I had two small children and used to get up at 5:30am to write for two hours before they got up.
No one believed I could be a writer...least of all me...but I was driven to do it anyway. Like an addict I was compelled to write.

I started out writing 500 word articles on advertising, business and parenting, based on my own experience. Lo and behold, after my first article failed, everything else I wrote got published.

This was exciting and encouraged me to attempt my first book, "Beyond the Bake Sale, the Ultimate School Fund-Raising Book."

I got an agent from a friend of mine and she found a top publisher, St. Martin's Press, with a fabulous editor, Elizabeth Beier and I was off.

After six more non-fiction books were published, I tried my hand at fiction. One cold day in January, while I was recuperating from loss and illness, Callie and Mac landed in my head and told me their story. I flew to my computer to get it all down, just the way they were telling me.

"Now and Forever 1, a Love Story" was born. The characters have no resemblance to anyone I know and, least of all, to me. They are completely formed total strangers that leaped out of my head and onto the page.

It was a wonderful experience, listening to their story. I fell in love with them. After the book was done, I couldn't let them go. They were kind enough to bring another character to the forefront, Danny Maine who told me his story and "Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny" was born.

After that I became a writing machine, writing seven days a week as many as seven hours a day. I finished "Now and Forever 3, Blind Love", the first two books in the Moonlight Series: "Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights" and "April's Kiss in the Moonlight". And the first two books in The List series: "The Marriage List" and "The Love List". I have completed two more series, "Hollywood Hearts" and "The Manhattan Dinner Club". I'm currently working on a football romance series.

I'd like to thank my readers. I hope you will keep reading as I intend to keep writing until the stories run out, which doesn't appear to be soon! Thank you for buying and reading my books.

Best wishes,

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