Rhonda Shaw: The Ace Men of the Show #2

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To give compliments when they are due you re a funny woman he said as he eyes her with what looked like interest I mean once the boy makes his mind p on something it is gung ho to that goal done with the flirty games Jerry decided on the spot he was changing his mind He was going to test the waters with her and he absolutely was going to get his hands on her Did I mention those compliments he likes to shower Karen with Well sometimes they could be his horniness you look so hot tonigt he said in a low raspy voice It took everything I had to keep my hands off of youas much as I could Karen I think likes taking care of Jerry it s just not one of those things she wants to admit out loud well why didn t you say something She smacked his butt as she got Deanna Raybourn Lady Julia Grey Volume 2: Dark Road to Darjeeling\The Dark Enquiry\Silent Night bonus story (A Lady Julia Grey Mystery) up and reached for her panties and top Get dressed and come out to the kitchen I ll make you a snack Jerry is also one of those guys who likes to push the envelope are you going to stop me he asked as he released himself from his boxers I enjoyed this book so much all the characters were lovable snarky and pure entertainment to read Review originally posted here I had some mixed feelings about the first book in this series I was intrigued enough by both Jerry and Karen to give this book a tryJerry just signed a deal as the Ace pitcher of the Detroit Rockets but for some reason his game starts to suffer He and his coaches can t figure out what the problem is as he hasn t changed anything with his pitching arm The only thing in Jerry s live that has changed is Karen While he proposes a friends with benefits type situation little does he realize just how important Karen is to him than than just a naked buddyKaren knows that she could fall in love with Jerry but she is determined to keep her heart safe behind the wall she builtp years ago She isn t willing to risk her feelings so she struggles with her relationship with Jerry in whatever form it takes But as things go south in their relationship Karen realizes that perfection isn t possible but they come pretty damn closeWhile I thought this book started off strong it really went downhill for me It felt like Shaw was trying to add in so many different threads that I felt like the plot got a bit bogged down with everything that was going on I really wish she would have focused a bit on one or two aspects of the plot instead of throwing multiple different tropes into the book making it a little convoluted to follow toward the endAlthough I liked Karen s carefree attitude in the first book she came across as a bit of a bitch in this one She was so hurt and let down by her past that she really let that color her view of the present She would constantly lie to herself and refuse to see the truth so that she wouldn t have to face the fact that she and Jerry were in a relationship While I could Not Our Kind understand where she was coming from in the beginning her reluctance to be an adult really started to get on my nerves as the book continued Especially since shesed her attitude and history as a way to constantly push Jerry away She needed to do a hell of a lot groveling than she didThankfully Jerry was a better character in my opinion He was fun and didn t take life too seriously Yet when times got tough for him he tried to deal with it in the best way possible and never tried to just shove his head in the sand and wait for opportunities to pass him by I liked that about Jerry Even when he was seriously knocked down he gave himself some time to throw a pity party but then he dove back into whatever he needed to do to better himself In that regard he was a damn good heroThe romance however fell pretty flat I don t know if my feelings toward Karen colored their relationship a bit but I thought she was extremely immature and childish in the way she treated Jerry I really wanted her to buck p and act like an adult well before she did and the one step forward two giant leaps back romance just didn t work for meAll in all I wasn t super impressed with the second book in the Men of the Show series I would have liked to see Karen s character grow a lot sooner in the book than she did because she childish ways really started to bother me While I liked Jerry as a hero he wasn t enough to overcome the heroine and the romance that I felt needed emotional development and less physicalI give The Ace a C It had crossed Karen s mind now that her best friend was marrying a Rocket player she might finally meet Jerry Smutton Karen is a huge baseball fan and she has a little crush on him though she would never admit this to JerryFinally luck is on her side Jerry signed on of the biggest contracts in baseball history Which means he finally needs a real house instead of the condo he s been renting Who better to help him than Karen the best friend of the fianc of his teammate Upon meeting they immediately feel that physical attraction and since both aren t looking to settle down anytime soon this is the perfect opportunity to have a little fun Jerry can barely commit to house let alone a womanKaren is kind of the same she doesn t do relationships though her reasons are different She has been hurt very badly once and since then she doesn t believe HEA exists for her So this friends with benefits situation with Jerry suits her just fine Except Jerry confuses her He breaks the rules no emotions involved but he keeps asking about her past her dreams and he does all these sweet things Still he keeps claiming he doesn t want a relationship which. Gest baseball contracts in history with the Detroit Rockets Jerry enlists Karen to help him find the house of his dreams Their connection is instant and electric but neither of them is the relationship type When Jerry proposes a friends with benefits arrangement that suits Karen just fine.

35 stars After reading and enjoying The Changeup I was anxious about reading this second instalment to the Men of the Show series I wanted to see where Rhonda was going to take s with Karen and Jerry s story We met Karen and Jerry in the first book She s Maddie s best friend and a real state agent He s Chase s team mate and the ace pitcher for the Detroit Rockets They re two people afraid of commitment who deal with it in different ways She s a manhater while he has fun with different womenTheir connection is strong and hard to deny They start a fling which supposedly is just for fun no strings attached But time is passing by and Jerry becomes and attached to Karen who is hiding her heart The Deepest Roots uite well They have to figure out on the hard way if they are meant to be lovers or friendsKaren was an interesting character to begin with and I loved seeing her walls begin to crumble whenever Jerry was around The reason behind her trust issues begin with her father leaving her mother I cannderstand why she became the person she is today but she pissed me off I get that it s hard to trust someone with your heart but can t she see how good Jerry is to her I had to skim some pages because she spent Roped Into Romance (www.gIRL-gEAR uite some time in her head trying to come off with an excuse to run away and I wanted to finish the book not throw my Kindle against the wallAs for Jerry he went into this agreement with Karen because he thought it was just that He never intended to fall in love with her I loved how hesed the excuse of house hunting to spend time with her Also how observant and supportive he was Their relationship was sweet funny and cute yet so hot at the same time I very rarely read a book written in third person I actually hate it But somehow I like Rhonda s writingI m in for the potential third book Rhonda Shaw puts a very interesting spin on a new event in men and women s lives casual Quebrando Regras (Os Westmorelands unattached and friend bennies Friend beneies you ask Well it means friends with benefits You see Karen Bently has been has been hurt by two important relationships in her past an ex fianc who was deceitful to her in last year in college when they were to marry The important of the two would be her father He deserted her mother which in turn deserted her too So now she is the one woman wrecking team in the relationship department in fact she doesn t let one start Her best friend Maddie and sister Shannon are always talking to her about it but it never takes hold In fact she just never really allows a relationship to start If a guy gets to close she gives him his walking papers Sometimes cutting him off at the knees Now Jerry Smutton he could be her down fall he is the best friend to Chase which is her best friend Maddie s fianc They are getting married and Jerry and Karen have been asked to standp for them that is how they met He is the Ace pitcher for the Detroit Rockets Chase is also a pitcher for the team Jerry just signed a lifetime contract as the highest paid player in the major league They had met through Chase and Maddie and he knew she was in real estate So as a ruse to get close to her he asked her to show him some houses What he is really looking for is a friend beneies One of the times out Karen take him to this house that they both seem to like but this is what happens before he even walks in Jerry had a vision of Karen coming out of the front door laughing as a yellow dog sprinted by her and out into the yard eager to play As fast as it hit him it left him It left him Reclaim Me (McCoy Raven Brothers unsettled wondering where it had come from and if he was starting to lose his mind since he did not want to settle down at all This vision left him with a sense of loneliness that he felt every time she took him looking for houses The minute he stepped over the threshold his hairs stood on end which he had to ignore He had to fight the feeling to leave it was a feeling of something that he was not ready for but once he looked around hisneasiness was gone After a few times out looking flirting and circling they lay down the ground rules They finally go for it and have their first night but something is off They are feeling and not liking that one big time Denial in the forefront they forge ahead but their minds and hearts keep them off balance Come on the rollercoaster ride you may be surprised to see how funny nnervingly real and piercing your emotions ride the surface as these two try to figure out what is happening to them Could the tapes of old fears and old hurts cause them to not connect and stay together I give this 5 stars Provided by Net GalleyFollow s at www1rad readerreviewscom Spring time in Michigan wouldn t be complete without Opening Day for the beloved home baseball team And as a long time resident I can attest to the truth of this so I was excited to grab Moon Over Water (Deliverance Company, up this book that highlights the star commitment shy starting pitcher for a fictional Detroit baseball team and a spunky stubborn hot mess of a real estate gal who makes Jerry s commitment issues minor league These two took my onite the emotional roller coaster ride but along the way I had a good time enjoying their witty exchanges and time spent at the ball park Go Get Em RocketsThis is a follow The Reunion Mission \ Tall Dark Defender up seu I loved this book and it s characters Jerry stole the show he was so snarky he laughed as he turned back to Chase and Maddie with his arm still around her It s okay guys She s just embarrassed to show her excitement in front of an audience but believe me she s ecstatic to see me He knows when. “Love ’em and leave ’em” has been real estate agent Karen Bently’s motto for as long as she can remember She doesn’t need a man except to make her toes curl Or so she thoughtntil her longtime crush Ace pitcher Jerry Smutton sets his sights on her After signing one of the lar.

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Confuses KarenActions speak louder than words and it seems Jerry is mostly contradicting himself Thus the drama begins Karen tries to keep him at a safe distance but each time Jerry just knocks down her walls Meanwhile Jerry doesn t really know what he wants and just focuses on baseball cause at least that is safeKaren and Jerry are amazing characters and their story was a hoot to read The things that come out of Karen s mouth had me cracking Her Brooding Italian Surgeon up on multiple occasions She tells it as she sees it and that definitely keeps things interesting Her hangp on her bad relationship experience did get a bit tiresome after a while luckily she too knew it was stupid she just couldn t help itJerry was of course very dreamy Physically he s near perfection and the steamy scenes were very fun to read I loved how he kept Karen on the tip of her toes Each thing he said would get an interesting reaction and left Karen wonder who he really was So much fun to figure this outAnother wonderful novel by Rhonda Shaw Two very strong novels with plenty of humor She is going on my must read list I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review A free copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest reviewTHIS REVIEW CONTAINS SOME SPOILERSI am weary Here I am writing another review for a book that had potential but was ruined by it s characters This is becoming a habit It is beginning to feel like an epidemic maybe it is just me maybe I am just picking the wrong books maybe I am cursed I feel like half the books I am picking The Venetians Mistress up right now are full of these characters horrible people with horrible issues meant to be endearing Obviously The Ace is one of those books It is a shame really because this book h Dropped at 28%I expected to read thirty year old characters and I got three year old ones Not worth the headache I feel coming trying to make sense of this mess Review copy provided via NetGalleyWhy I Read this Book I like when a romance starts off as a friends with benefits deal I hadn t heard of this bookntil I got a review reuest for it and truth be told if I had only seen the cover I would have passed this book Two Steps Forward up Once I read the blurb the premise sounded interested enough for me to readWhat I Liked Karen and Jerry were a fun pair Karen s sass and the back and forth banter made The Ace a delightful read She speaks her mind and doesn t sugarcoat anything But there were also some intense moments I enjoyed reading it allI m not big on baseball but I did like seeing Jerry go through hisps and downs during the season It felt genuine and brought a sense of reality to the story There was one thing that happened that I m not sure would fly in real life but I m so clueless when it comes to the sport that I didn t care too muchNeutral Territory There was an interesting little twist at the end I kind of liked the twist because it was totally The Soldiers Mission (Secret Agent Series, unexpected but at the same time it felt a little manipulated It forced some time to pass without much conflict which is why I feel like it was contrived All in all it didn t bother me too muchOverall Impression The Ace was a fun romance Whenever I had to put the book down I found myself wanting to keep reading Plus it had a celebritycommoner trope which is one of my favorites Karen who gave Maddie all kinds of hell for her relationship issues with Chase in the first book has even baggage than Maddie She s prickly afraid to show vulnerability and only does hookups and flings because ain t now way she s putting herself out there for a relationship Jerry Smutton or Smutty ace pitcher for the Detroit Rockets also doesn t want a relationship but he definitely wants Karen in his bed They agree to a mutually beneficial friends with perks arrangement But Smutty s struggling with his game and when he needs someone to talk to he finds that it s Karen he wants But this is sending her all kinds of mixed messages and goes against the impersonal arrangement they agreedpon Karen likes Smutty just fine may even love him but she has to protect her heart at all costs Whew The Ranchers Surprise Marriage uel drama This is almost trainwreck in it s drama but it wasn t entertaining enough toite reach that point Karen and Smutty practically battle for control of the relationship and for dominance during sex and it gets irritating Karen is super prickly and so The Ancient Central Andes unwilling to show her vulnerable side that I m honestly surprised that Smutty could see through to it In fairness to Karen she s just trying to live by their arrangement they said just sex and Smutty is constantly reiterating that And then he calls her to listen to his problems and asks her about her background and baggage and she s justifiably annoyed because that wasn t what they agreedpon And Smutty doesn t see what he s been doing Lover Extraordinaire (Extraordinaire, until Karen is out the door because she s beyond frustrated with the yo yo act Butnfotunately Karen doesn t come across as a mature adult in her reactionshe acts like a teenager She denies she makes excuses she lies to herself and others she throws tantrums and Christmas With A Hero ultimatums She endedp feeling absolutely whacktastic as a character and I didn t like her in the end Then we throw in the amnesia trope and I just wanted it to be over They had enough on their plate without that they certainly didn t need his memory to go too This did have a strong enough start with a nice chance to catch p with Maddie and Chance But for me the romance didn t work for these two and I just couldn t really be bothered to care about either of them. Passionate sleepovers soon turn into long romantic evenings Still Karen and Jerry refuse to acknowledge they’re a couple Karen insists that she’s immune to Jerry’s heart melting charm Jerry’s not ready to settle down Denial is the name of the game ntil one pitch changes everythi.

Rhonda owes her love of reading to her mother who would read to her each night before bed and sometimes give into her pleads for than one chapter These days if Rhonda doesn't have a book in her hands it feels like something is missing While romance is her true passion Rhonda enjoys reading multiple genresBorn in California but transplanted to the Midwest Rhonda is warm weather girl to