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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review: Stealing Home by Lori Ryan / @Loriryanauthor


Title: Stealing Home
Series: Hope Falls: Kindle Worlds Novella
Author: Lori Ryan
Publisher: Kindle Worlds
Release Date: January 28, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Sports, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Lori Ryan


Jason Denali hadn't planned the trip to Hope Falls. It was thrust on him, but he couldn't argue that the change was needed. He'd turned into someone even he couldn't like anymore. Unfortunately, he didn't know how to fix it. He was truly lost, and it wasn't the first time he'd felt that way. He'd been lost since he was ten-years-old. Since the day his sister died.

Laken Sky didn't need the distraction of the bad boy baseball player staying in the next room over at her B and B. She'd come to Hope Falls to search for her past, to find a link to family she desperately needed in her life.

Somehow, though, that bad boy next door finds his way into her heart, and she's not sure what she'll do when she has to give him up.



Other books in Melanie Shawn's Hope Falls series

Other books in the Kindle Worlds Novella Hope Falls series


Jason has no idea who he is anymore. Pretty drastic realization for a man who's got the world at his feet and women in his pockets. But his discontentment is obvious in how he's living and how much he's drinking. That bad boy attitude is nothing more than a clever mask for the emptiness he feels inside. Fed up with his antics as of late, his team's Mama drags him to Hope Falls to repay a debt. It's there he meets Laken.

Laken, on the other hand, knows who she is but wants to know more. Her mother is gone, taking with her the name of the father Laken never knew. Sorting through her mother's things uncovered an old picture that led her to Hope Falls. She hopes he's there, hopes he'll want her, hopes even when doubt seeps in and she questions her decision to come.

Meeting and falling into attraction with one another wasn't in either of their plans. They were in Hope Falls for different reasons, which brought them together and put their lives in perspective. Laken was willing to put down roots in Hope Falls after meeting and getting to know her father. Jason found purpose in mentoring kids at the high school and discovered he was at his happiest now when he wasn't on the field in front of hundreds of thousands of fans.

I haven't read any of the books in this series, and I love that this was an introduction of sorts to the small town of Hope Falls. This is a lovely romance that is short, quick, somewhat predictable, but completely fulfilling. Ms. Ryan's balanced the shadows in Jason and Laken's lives with humor, quick wit, and escalating attraction and desire. And isn't just a romance. It's also about finding yourself and your place in this world, accepting that some things are not your fault, learning to move on, and letting yourself be happy.



Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She lives with an extremely understanding husband, three wonderful children, and two mostly-behaved dogs in Austin, Texas. It’s a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn’t change a thing.

Lori published her first novel in April of 2013 and has loved every bit of the crazy adventure this career has taken her on since then. She is a hybrid author, publishing both as an indie author and through SilverHart Publishing. She also has a new side hobby of creating coloring books for adults! Lori loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog. Oh, and if you’ve read Lori’s books and loved them, please consider leaving a review with the retailer of your choice to help other readers find her work as well! It’s a tremendous honor to have her work recommended to others or written up in reviews. Lori promises to do a happy dance around her office every time you write one!

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