Monday, May 9, 2016

Review: Love of the Game (Stardust, Texas #3) by Lori Wilde

"I've been a bad boy simply because I find you attractive?" - Axel Richmond

Love of the Game
Series: Stardust, Texas #3
Author: Lori Wilde
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Source: Purchased

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A sexy sports superstar discovers his body isn’t the only thing that needs healing in this newest Stardust, Texas novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde…

With major league good looks and talent, Dallas Gunslingers relief pitcher Axel Richmond was living the good life. Even if the roar of the crowd could never distract him from the loss of his young son. But now with an injured shoulder and his career on the line, Axel is stuck recuperating at a ranch in Stardust, Texas . . . striking out only with his gorgeous physical therapist.

Kasha Carlyle has one week to get Axel back in action or she can kiss her much-needed job with the Gunslingers goodbye. And any chance to seek custody of the orphaned half-sister she never knew existed. She quickly learns that Axel’s guarded heart also needs healing . . . requiring all kinds of sneaky plays and sexy moves in extra innings.

Welcome back to Stardust, Texas! Or if you're like me, this will be your first visit. Yes, I know that Love of the Game is the 3rd book in the series. And yes, I have the previous books in paperback. And no, I do not know why I haven't pick them up yet. I think I'll just hide over here...

Joking aside... I loved every moment in this book. Love of the Game was a swoon-tastic romance that made me as giddy as a school girl. There is just something about Lori's writing style that I love. You get a little bit of everything... Adorably sweet romance with just a hint of sexiness and whole lotta fun. I adored Axel and Kasha. I could sit and watch Axel talk his way out of trouble all day long. The way he smooth talks Kasha into letting him into her life was amazing. Kasha is a strong, independent woman that'll do anything for her family. She's determined to do right for her half-sister, even if it means putting her own life on hold. I loved how sweet and innocent the romance began. It all started with the first glance that ignited the sparks of chemistry between Axel and Kasha. I loved how they teased and flirted with each other. The banter flowed effortlessly between all of the characters. I can't get enough of Lori's writing. I know that when I start one of her books I'll be welcomed with open arms to a world of fabulous characters from a wonderfully built small town. I'm still not quite sure how I missed books 1 and 2 from the Stardust, Texas series, but that is something I need to fix.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses.

Her first NYT 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.

A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. She's won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic.


  1. Thank you for featuring LOVE OF THE GAME today! Wonderful review!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

  2. What a great review! You made my day! Thanks so much for featuring Love of the Game today!