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Dangerous Love Lost & Found, First Place winner in the 2015 Oklahoma Romance Writers of America, International Digital Award contest. The Renovated Heart won Best Novel of the Year from Love Romances Café. Lovers & Liars was a RomCon finalist in 2013. And The Marriage List tied for third place as Best Contemporary Romance from the Gulf Coast RWA. To Love or Not to Love tied for second place in the 2014 New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America Reader's Choice contest. She was chosen Author of the Year in 2012 by the New York City chapter of RWA.
Married and the mother of two sons, Jean lives in New York City. Early in the morning, you'll find her at her computer, writing, with a cup of tea, her rescued pug, Homer, by her side and a secret stash of black licorice.
Jean has 30+ books, novellas and short stories published. Find them here: http://www.jeanjoachimbooks.com. Sign up for her newsletter, on her website, and be eligible for her private paperback sales.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book from the beginning Mark and Penny are both trying to find their ways in life. Mark a NFL Player and Penny. Movie star. But will they both get their big breaks? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia Ann Blevins
I really liked this book.
I like how the main characters got to deal with the past to see if they can make a go at at a real relationship. Read more
Wonderful LOVE story. LOVED THE MAIN CHARACTERS. LOVED THE FACT THE TWO S COULD TALK TO EACH OTHER ABOUT ANYTHING. WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE WHO READS.Published 8 months ago by Theresa M. Walters
I couldn't even finish this book.
*Warning: review contains some spoilers* Mark finds out that Penny made a tough decision to earn money and get a leg up in Hollywood by... Read more
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? Read morePublished 10 months ago by Theresa F
An interesting story of life behind the scenes in both a football and Hollywood life. The reporters hound you and take every bit of your privacy as if you owe them rights to it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nana
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