Blitzing Emily (Love and Football Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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All's fair in Love and Football . . .

Emily Hamilton doesn't trust men. She's much more comfortable playing the romantic lead in front of a packed house onstage than in her own life. So when NFL star and alluring ladies' man Brandon McKenna acts as her personal white knight, she has no illusions that he'll stick around. However, a misunderstanding with the press throws them together in a fake engagement that yields unexpected (and breathtaking)...

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Overview

All's fair in Love and Football . . .

Emily Hamilton doesn't trust men. She's much more comfortable playing the romantic lead in front of a packed house onstage than in her own life. So when NFL star and alluring ladies' man Brandon McKenna acts as her personal white knight, she has no illusions that he'll stick around. However, a misunderstanding with the press throws them together in a fake engagement that yields unexpected (and breathtaking) benefits.

Every time Brandon calls her "Sugar," Emily almost believes he's playing for keeps—not just to score. Can she let down her defenses and get her own happily ever after?

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Mallery
“An irresistible combination of humor and heart with a fun, sexy edge. This fantastic debut will have you cheering for more.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062279712
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Love and Football Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 2,725
  • File size: 940 KB

Meet the Author

Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons, and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.

When she's not writing, she's reading—or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart® finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.

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  • Posted January 25, 2014

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    I always enjoy a good football romance and this is the perfect t

    I always enjoy a good football romance and this is the perfect time to read one! Blitzing Emily is the first book in a new series called Love and Football by Julie Brannagh.
    Emily Hamilton is an opera singer who does a favor for her sister Amy and delivers a big bouquet of balloons, candy and a teddy bear to Brandon McKenna, player for the Seattle Sharks. During the delivery she takes a header on the icy parking lot thanks to Brandon and ends up with a concussion and a temporary roommate. Due to a mistake at the hospital, the media thinks they are engaged and so they enter into a "fake engagement". Yes, it's been done before but this was a delightful story that keeps your attention from first page to last.
    Emily is a sassy diva who knows nothing about football and Brandon is an infamous "horn dog" who needs to clean up his image. He is also funny and smart and basically a gentleman. They are perfect for each other but past baggage rears its ugly head and problems occur. Both Emily and Brandon have to come to grips with past and present mistakes before they can get their hearts desire. There is just the right amount of spice blended with humor to make this story really enjoyable.
    This is an excellent debut novel from an author who I look forward to reading more from in the future. Her next book, Rushing Amy, is due out in February with a third book later in the spring.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Baby

    :p

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    This book is by far my favorite in the series!!! But with that b

    This book is by far my favorite in the series!!! But with that being said they are all amazing and I recommend you read all of them! Julie Brannagh does a great of combining just the right amount of romance, humor, and football to each book. I enjoyed the story line and througholy enjoyed the characters!

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    Posted June 15, 2014

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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 April 8, 2014

    Loved it

    I did not think I would like this book' not a football person but it's a great romance. I stayed up way past normal to finish it. 295 pages. Loved Brandon. WOW what a great guy, not sure there really are that kind on this earth. Getting ready to read Rushing Amy. GJRA

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

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    This fun, sexy and romantic book took two people from totally di

    This fun, sexy and romantic book took two people from totally different worlds and put them them together in a way that was incredibly charming. NFL star and notorious playboy Brandon and opera diva Emily have a perfect meet-cute as she attempts to deliver a ridiculous Valentine's gift from his ex to him. Well maybe not-so-perfect since it lands her in the hospital and leaves him masquerading as her fiancé so she's not dealing with it all alone, but it was a great way for these two characters to be introduced to one another. After their fake engagement makes the news, the benefits to both his and her career are apparent and they decided to stick with it for a month. A month stretches into longer, the fake engagement leads to friends with benefits and eventually some real feelings and they each find themselves face-to-face with something they weren't looking for, but find increasingly difficult to deny. 

    Emily was a strong and likable character. She was closed off to the possibility of love thanks to her jerk of an ex. It was a little difficult to relate with someone whose career was an opera diva, with a female that knew nothing about football, but I still liked her. Brandon was hot and sexy and had a genuinely good heart underneath that player (football and otherwise) exterior. They had a ton of chemistry right from the start and I enjoyed how their relationship grew slowly, naturally, while they maintained their fake engagement. I couldn't help but root for them to find something real together... and admit it. 

    The only bad thing about this book was that it was just a little longer than I thought it needed to be for a light and fluffy romance. I enjoyed the writer's style and I liked the characters, but by the time I made it halfway through, even I was anxious for it to get the show on the road, so to speak. It left me with a big smile on my face though, so I suppose it was all worth it. If I gave half stars, this would be a 3.5. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Great read

    Loved this book and characters. Read it in one day as I couldn't put it down! Loved the second book as well. Fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Loved both books in the series so far!

    Loved both books in the series so far!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Great Love Story!!

    This is the First Book in a new Love and Football Series and it is a real winner!!! PLEASE read this one first because Book Two follows the story line and both are really great reads... Quick, funny, at times a little sad, well written and fast paced I loved both of the stories of two sisters and their search for the men of their dreams... This is Emily and Brandon's story and I loved them both... Supporting characters are also very important to the story... Don't worry if you are not a football fan because that doesn't even come into play here... Read and enjoy!!! Book Three will be out in May and the title is Catching Cameron...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    SUPER cute story!!

    I loved this one! Brandon & Emily's story is funny, witty, sexy, and just enough drama. A great read! Can't wait to start Amy's book!!

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  • Posted February 23, 2014

    I don't even know where to start on this book.  It was fantastic

    I don't even know where to start on this book.  It was fantastic!!  I sat down and read the entire book in less than 24 hours.  It was so so so good.  Emily goes to deliver some balloons for her sisters floral shop and ends up falling down and hurting herself.  But Brandon is helping her through it all by staying with her until the rumor starts that they are engaged.  It can only get worse before it gets better by staying engaged to keep the problems behind them right??  This is a book you need to pick up and check out!

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Characters you want to root for

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Good

    Great

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    I am happy to found this start of a new Football Romance Series

    I am happy to found this start of a new Football Romance Series set in Seattle.  




    This first offering gives us a pretend relationship between a defensive lineman and an opera diva. Very cool unusual professions in Romanceland.




    The gradual romance is very satisfying and I liked both leads a great deal.  We get to see the managing of fame and two very busy careers. 




    The center of this love story is very good but there are lots of trails that don't lead anywhere or aren't woven in at least. We get hints of what happened with the ex boyfriend and some resolutions but not enough emotionial depth for me to feel comfortable with the heroines bout of stupidity during the book.  His ex girlfriend is better handled but she is a type rather than a person.  The sister has lots of different boyfriends in the book that are kind of hard to keep track of--she is crying of one guy, then dating another, then someone's interested in here, then...the next book is about her and this tangle in this book doesn't make me want to read it.  The parent stuff is odd at times and good at others.




    However, this didn't make me dislike the book. I still love the interplay between the leads and am just hoping for cleaner writing in the future. 

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Great!

    I really enjoyed this book, and have already preordered the next one! Looking forward to more from this new author!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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