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Blitzing Emily (Love and Football Series #1)

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

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    Fun & Flirty, But Prdeictable

    As a fan of sports-themed romances I was immediately drawn to this story and its charming hero, entertaining cast of secondary characters and enjoyable storyline that though familiar was still satisfying. From its slowly building romance to the witty banter between two very opposite characters this was a fun journey to HEA that leaves me looking forward to the next installment.

    Brandon's exactly what you picture a star football player to be.....charming, handsome, a bit of an egotist, and definitely popular with the ladies. He's not attracted to Emily at first but when a misunderstanding leaves them engaged he realizes how good of a boost it is to his career and for one month they spend lots of time together before their "break-up". During this time we see a sweet Brandon in his interactions with Emily and I found her more likable in his presence. Ultimately Brandon was an enjoyable, if predictable, hero who won me over as he slowly learned the importance of substance over style.

    As an opera singer, Emily is a bit of a diva. She has a bit of an ego but when it comes to her sister she'll do anything. Her love for her sister leads to a chance encounter that changes her life forever as she crashes into and becomes "engaged" to the playful Brandon. Even though I enjoyed her and Brandon together, I never really warmed up to her. I found her a bit too serious and hard-headed at times. In his presence though she became more fun and I could see the freeing and naughty nature being with Brandon gave her.

    Their relationship evolved from friends to lovers which allowed plenty of time for their bond to grow. Their sexual encounters were hot but not steamy with not much time spent scorching up the sheets though. Roadblocks intruded on their burgeoning relationship courtesy of an unhappy ex and family who think they know what's best. This led to a drawn out conclusion that caused me to lose interest for a bit until Emily's sister made her realize what's really important. On a whole though this was a fun story. It was a comfort read that was predictable but guaranteed me a HEA that was immensely satisfying. The secondary cast of characters was equally strong and have me greatly anticipating the next installment in this series and another fine addition to the sports romance genre.

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

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    Blitzing Emily (Love and Football #1) by Julie Brannagh  4 of 5

    Blitzing Emily (Love and Football #1) by Julie Brannagh 
    4 of 5 stars

    Opera Diva, Emily Hamilton, helps her sister, Amy, out by making a Valentine delivery to the Seattle Shark’s headquarters.  

    NFL star, Brandon McKenna, is annoyed when he sees balloons with his name on them being delivered to the stadium from his stalker ex-girlfriend.  He startles the delivery person who falls, getting a concussion.  Feeling responsible he takes her to the emergency room.   

    Only family is allowed with the patients, so the nurse calls Brandon Emily’s fiancé.  The next thing they know the rumor spread making the news.  Discovering that being “engaged” is helping both of their careers the two decide to play along for a month and then stage a break up. 

    Blitzing Emily is a really cute story.  It is fun and hard to put down.  These two opposites make a fantastic pair. The more they learn about each other; they discover they are good for each other.
    I love the bantering dialog between Emily and Brandon.  Their conversations are very entertaining and will have you laughing.

    Julie Brannagh did a great job with this story.  After reading the preview of book Two, Rushing Amy, I am intrigued to read the next book.   I have a feeling this is going to be a successful series.

    ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2015

    Another of Julie's books

    Really enjoy this author...her stories are so real and interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    Really good

    Good book.

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

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    3 1/2 stars - Football player with yummy abs, you know it! First

    3 1/2 stars - Football player with yummy abs, you know it!
    First Impressions...

    I love football.  I love romance stories with football players.  I love pretend relationships that become more.  So, yeah, this one sounded great.

    The Characters...

    I love Brandon.  Never saw his player side just the sweet side.  He may not have been looking for a relationship when he scooped Emily up and took her to the hospital after her fall but he sure found one.  He took care of her.  He made her laugh.  He stood up to her diva ways.  What really won me over was how he was always so quiet and controlled when he was angry.  I actually think that's more scary than yelling and it impressed me.

    Emily really is a diva but her opera singing ways are pretty fun mixed with an NFL defensive end.  I did want to shake her a few times but she got over it eventually.  She does need to learn some football though.  This football lover was not pleased with her lack of plays.

    Emily's parents where strange.  Her dad mostly annoyed me but I did love her sister.  She's the star of book two so that should be fun.

    The Story...

     Mostly I enjoyed this story.  There was this strange quality to it that had me tilting my head and staring at my iPad.  Honestly, the story felt like it was a month long but actually spanned about a year.  The story was stretched to fit and I felt like I missed things along the way.  Two weeks would go by and the only real indication was the phrase "two weeks later".  I just found it odd that this couple in this situation would have nothing noteworthy in two weeks.  I guess I either wanted it to last a month or wanted to know the details.

    Could I Put It Down...

    I raced through the first half of this book.  It's a long one at 496 pages but the first half zipped by.  The second half was a little harder.  That's the time when I noticed the passage of time issue I was having.  I'm thinking that the book could have lost a hundred pages and been a lot better.  But in the end, I did read it in two nights.

    In The End...

    I enjoyed Brandon and Emily's story.  The incident where the boy scouts found them was pretty darn hysterical.  People who love sports players with yummy abs mixed into their romance will love this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Good book

    This is my first book by this author, and its a good one, although it has a hokey ending. Very real, likable characters, decent storyline, plenty of chemistry. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

    BLITZING EMILY is a fast, fun read for a winter day - the witty

    BLITZING EMILY is a fast, fun read for a winter day - the witty dialogue, unexpected character development and happily-ever-after combine to make this story a definite pick-me-up story.

    Emily Hamilton isn't a huge fan of relationships. She's failed at her own and her parents' divorce was a mess. As she was the one to break the news to her mom that her dad was cheating, it took a serious emotional toll on Emily.

    Fast-forward to the present day, and Emily is a successful opera singer. She loves performing and everything that goes along with it, but she works hard to be the exact opposite of a diva; she's trying to repair the damage to her reputation caused by a nasty ex, and doing a fairly good job at it.

    She runs a simple errand for her sister - deliver a bouquet of balloons and some chocolates to a guy at the football stadium. She slips on the ice and gives herself a significant concussion...and she's brought to the hospital by the balloon recipient, Brandon McKenna. As Emily doesn't follow sports, it's funny to watch the way the two of them interact. 

    Brandon's used to females fawning all over him, but hedoesn't have a big head about it. He's tired of the one-night stands, vapid arm-candy girlfriends, and the fast life. With the end of his football career approaching, he's looking to the future - a wife, family, and perhaps a picket fence.

    I loved Emily's ignorance about football (I admit to my own!) and how she comes to understand what it is that Brandon loves about the game (not the plays, but more the cheering crowd and euphoria that comes along with it). I really enjoyed how Brannagh broke the stereotype of dumb jock. If there were any idiots on the football team, she (thankfully) didn't give them much page space. She also created an alpha male who was protective in the sweetest, most relaxed way, and that was a pleasure to see. Also, Emily's influence over the guys on the team, getting them to listen to opera? Brilliant - and gave depth to a slew of secondary characters that I wasn't expecting, but was pleasantly surprised to find.

    The most moving part of this story was Emily's own transformation, which I refuse to spoil for you. It involves an ex-girlfriend, a whole bunch of rumors, so overly gossipy sports casters and...well, read it. You'll see. :)

    Four and a half stars - I look forward to more from this author, and her next book, RUSHING AMY, will be an automatic pre-order for me.

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    Posted March 15, 2014

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