Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Making the Play by T.J. Kline - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Review by Suze
Bethany and her son James have moved to Hidden Falls to make a fresh start. Bethany's strategy is to keep to themselves, so nobody will be able to hurt their feelings again. When she and James go to the park one afternoon they meet Grant, the local football hero James likes so much. Grant is happy to spend time with both James and Bethany and goes out of his way to make them feel comfortable. Unfortunately he's also a public person and soon the press knows all about the beautiful teacher and her son, which is exactly the opposite of what Bethany wants. While Grant is falling in love with her she's fighting an inner battle, will she be able to let the football player into her life while seeing him might break her heart? And what about James, when Grant has to leave it will devastate the little boy. Can Bethany risk that?
Grant doesn't know if he can play football on a professional level again. After an injury he needed time to recover and there's a chance he might be forced to retire. There are a lot of uncertainties in his life and he has no idea what his future will look like. He knows he doesn't want to work at the family ranch, but he doesn't know if there will be opportunities to do something else. Before a visit to his doctor, to talk about his condition, he can't make any plans either. When he meets Bethany and James his feelings are becoming more mixed up. Will Grant's future be with them or will he continue being the well known football player who doesn't have time to come home? Do Grant and Bethany have a chance or is life too difficult for them to be together? 
Making the Play is a wonderful romantic story. Bethany is stiff and closed off at first, but Grant knows exactly how to get through her barriers. He's great with James and he loves spending time with him. James is Bethany's weak spot. When her son is happy she melts. Bethany is a gorgeous woman who loves kids. She's caring, kind and patient and while she's a little frosty at first she secretly has a warm personality and a lovely sense of humor. Grant is a serious, but cheerful guy who's used to go after what he wants. He's trained hard to be a football player his entire life and before he met Bethany and James it was his first love. He didn't plan to fall for someone and the love he feels surprises him. That was amazing to see. I enjoyed reading about the instant bond between Grant and the young mother and her son. It's natural and sweet, which is something I liked a lot.
T.J. Kline's writing flows easily. She writes about emotions in a matter-of-fact way, which is very appealing. I loved Hidden Falls, it's a charming setting for a story. Bethany and Grant are easy to like, but James really steals the show. I enjoyed reading the adorable dialogue and it was heartwarming to see how Grant forms a connection with the little boy. Making the Play is a versatile and captivating story. It's a delightful book that put a big smile on my face. 

Making the Play

Hidden Falls #1
By: T.J. Kline
Releasing September 27, 2016
Avon Impulse


T.J. Kline launches a brand new series with the charming story of an NFL player who finds love when he least expects it…

Grant McQuaid has dedicated his entire life to his football career. Now an injury threatens his place on the team and he’s forced to return home to rehabilitate. But when he meets his “biggest fan,” a precocious, blue-eyed, hearing impaired boy named James—and his beautiful mother, Bethany—Grant begins to question whether football is the future he still wants.

Bethany Mills has been doing just fine since her husband walked out on them… and she definitely doesn’t need another man to disappoint her—or her son. But when James runs into his hero at the park, Bethany admits there is a void in her son’s life that she just can’t fill. Her attraction to the handsome football star is undeniable, but a man in the limelight is the last thing she wants for herself, or James.

Grant doesn’t want to subject Bethany to the chaos of dating a professional athlete. But the more time he spends with her and James, the harder it is to resist making a play for her heart…



Bethany watched from the doorway as Grant McQuaid, star running back, lay on her bathroom floor repairing the seal on her toilet. Thank goodness she’d cleaned the tile after the water had soaked it.

“That should do it,” he announced, standing up and handing James the wrench he’d purchased. “Go put that in a safe place so your mom has it when she needs it next time.”

His shirt had several wet spots on it from his less-than-stellar handyman skills, plastering it to him in several places and making it difficult for Bethany to keep from staring at the way the muscles of his upper body shifted, flexing with his every movement. Her fingers itched to run down the lines of his rib cage where the shirt clung to him like a second skin.

“Ice cream time,” James announced, running past her into the hallway.

“Put it into the drawer by the phone, baby,” she called after him.

Grant washed his hands at the sink and wiped them on the towel sitting on the counter before he turned toward her. “Ice cream time,” he repeated, his voice low and husky.

It didn’t sound like a fun outing when he said it. It sounded like a dark promise of sweet, sinfully dangerous things to come. He took a step toward her, eliminating any distance between them and looked down at her, his dampened chest only inches from her face. Her fingers twitched, desperate to reach out and touch his skin, to see if it was indeed as hot and hard as it looked.

“Are you ready?”

Bethany glanced up at him, the heat from his skin warming her without a touch, setting every nerve ending in her body on high alert. She felt his breath wash over the top of her head. “Are you sure you want to do this? You don’t have to.”

The smile that spread over his lips was warm. And slightly wicked. “Bethany, there is nothing I’d rather do right now.”

His eyes met hers and he lifted a finger under her chin. His hand was cool and still slightly damp from washing up but his gaze was hot. Bethany felt the sizzle of electricity from his touch as it stole her breath. She licked her lips, wondering what she could say, if she could even form words to speak.

His gaze fell to her lips and she felt her knees weaken, her breaths coming in shallow pants. “I take that back. I can think of a few other things I’d rather do with you.

About T.J. Kline

T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and Rodeo Queen competitions since the age of 14 and has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She writes contemporary western romance for Avon Romance, including the Rodeo series and the Healing Harts series. She has published a nonfiction health book and two inspirational fiction titles under the name Tina Klinesmith. In her very limited spare time, T.J. can be found laughing hysterically with her husband, children, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.

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