May 28, 2012

Taking Charge by Mandy Baggot Blog Tour {Review}

Title: Taking Charge

Author: Mandy Baggot

Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing

Source: ebook from publisher for reivew

Is going back Robyn’s only way forward?

American-born Robyn Matthers is going home. With her dad in hospital, his roadhouse in ruins and the ice hockey team slipping down the league, she needs to take charge. But does she have the strength to do it?

Cole Ryan is a hockey player on a personal mission. He’s tall, dark, hot and Robyn’s noticed! But can she trust her feelings - or his? And what will Cole do when he finds out the truth about her?

With an ill father, a trailer trash step-mom and ex-boyfriend Brad desperate for another chance, does Robyn have time to contemplate a relationship? Can she start again? Does she really want to? And can two people really fall in love in three days?

My take...
Robyn Matthers doesn’t date…but she will kiss random hot men in airports that come to her aid.
Robyn is heading back home to the states after spending 9 years in London. When her backpack breaks a Freddie Prinze Jr look-alike comes to her rescue. Fortunately they are on the same flight with the same destination in mind. Robyn is going back to visit her sick father and to ‘take charge’ of his failing roadhouse and hockey team. Cole is an ex hockey player who is going to work at the local pharmaceutical company. Both have a past that they are not proud of. But soon realize that together they can overcome their pasts and look towards a hopeful future and possibly a future together.
This is one of those books I didn't want to put down. Could it have been the Benadryl coma I was in earlier that afternoon leaving me wide awake at 1am? Sure. But it was also the storyline that kept my interest and the feisty characters with their witty banter that left me feeling like I was watching a tennis match. I loved it! I love when a character has a sarcastic wit to them and when you bring more than one to the table it’s a freaking party. But alas, I did have to put it down…at 2am. I took the tossing and turning of my hubby as a hint to turn off the lamp and come to bed.
Like I said earlier...I love sarcastic characters and I love the humor from all the conversations that Cole and Robyn had. The whole dialogue throughout the book was very real and natural; never forced. That was probably one reason I flew through the book. When conversations are more real the book flows better.
It seems I am leaning more towards chick lit lately...the one genre I was not overly crazy about before. I usually perfer a paranormal twist to my reads. But I adored the romance between Cole and Robyn and was loving the progression of it. My favorite thing about a book is the romance and Taking Charge was full of it. I believe you can fall in love in just a few short days. And it’s apparent the author thought so to…because she wrote a wonderful, believable story. The energy and connection she developed between these two characters was addictive. I just kept praying for the story to go on and never stop.
Thanks Amy Lichtenhan at Sapphire Star Publishing for asking me to be a part of the Taking Charge Blog Tour. I loved the book and know others will too!

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