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Billiard Buddies Paperback – December 26, 2016
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About the Author
Cassandra Ulrich was born on the beautiful island of St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, located east of Puerto Rico. Living in the tropics fueled her imagination and day dreams. For years, she wrote poetry and entered competitions. However, only many years later did she discover joy in writing stories longer than a few pages. She published her first young adult novel, A Beautiful Girl, in April 2011. The inspirational novel has already touched many hearts ranging from teens to adults. Her second novel, Love's Intensity, a teen paranormal romance, was released on July 11, 2013.
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“I hear you play a mean pool game,” Sean started. He couldn’t help but agree that she was cute, her round 1920’s features hugged by blond curls that bounced just above her jaw line when she turned to face him. Her smile accentuated her sparkling eyes.
The pool game between Gina and Sean in Chapter Two is a masterful depiction of luring, foreplay and seduction. The detailed description of the billieard game is the proof that the author, Cassandra Ulrich, knows extremely well this interesting game.
Cindy and Hank are obstacles in the path of a burgeoning feeling. Gene the gay cousin is a character that counter balances the turmoil of emotions Gina and Sean pass through.
It is a typical story, girl meets boy, but at the same time a very interesting one. The hero was so lovable and funny and he kept a high spirit throughout the story. The heroine was strong and with a big heart. The sexual chemistry and romance are good. The romantic tension between the hero and heroine is the best I have seen lately. I liked heroine's grit combined with her innocence. I loved it all. Definitely going to look out for this author in the future. All said, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
“Billiard Buddies” by Cassandra Ulrich is a contemporary romance built around the game of billiards. The heroine, Gina, regularly plays pool with a bunch of guys down at the local bar. She’s good—so good none of them can beat her. So one of them, named Pete, brings in his friend, Sean, who’s also excellent at billiards, thinking Sean might be the one to win a match.
Sean proves to be “the one” all right, but it isn’t just at billiards. The attraction between him and Gina is immediate and goes beyond the game. The problem is Sean’s already in a complicated relationship with a woman who has both emotional and health problems. And Gina’s been badly hurt before, so she’s not ready to take chances.
When I began reading, I loved the premise of this story—something different, with the added interest of the game of billiards thrown in. Whether you’re familiar with the game or have never played, it’s fascinating. I also liked the idea of Gina as a strong heroine, toeing up with the guys at the billiard table, hanging out at the bar and carrying on her father’s legacy (he even presented her with her jeweled cue stick).
Unfortunately, for me, the interest didn’t last throughout the book. The promised spark between Gina and Sean seemed to fizzle out. Once they’d formed a nice friendship--since neither of them felt free to begin anything more—Gina lost her edge. The chemistry that was so promising in the beginning never built into a conflagration.
There aren’t a lot of heavy-duty love scenes here, and to me it felt like the story climaxed a little too soon. There could have been more “showing” as opposed to “telling” on the part of the author. But if you’re looking for a pleasant read with a unique setting, you will no doubt enjoy this one.
Sean is her match, in more than just billiards, but he’s not available. The book takes us through a game of courtship while playing out the world of billiards. Gina’s a strong woman, and she knows what it’s like to be hurt by the wrong relationship, so even though she wants Sean and recognizes her feelings for him, she won’t become the thing that ruins another’s relationship.
The story kept my interest and was a light read, with some romantic scenes, that didn’t go too far into the erotic. It plays out like a smooth billiard game and anyone that has played, or knows anything about the game will see and enjoy the parallels in the story. There is a good amount of tension and the reader is left wondering if the two will get together and if love will prevail almost all the way to the end.
I liked almost everything about this story. My only issue was the story slowed a bit more than I like in the middle. This is a good relaxing read for a cold winter’s night, or a hot summer day at the beach. Romance readers will enjoy this book start to finish.
Only reason for the 4stars was that I found myself skimming the last couple chapters after the "good guy wins". But, I would still recommend because getting to that point was well worth the read.