Thursday 28 April 2016

Release Day Tour, Review & Giveaway ~ Gripped (Prescott #2) by Joanne Schwehm

Book Description:


Dane Prescott spends his days staring at perfect holes, and knows how to use his stiff shaft to get there. He’s as hot as he is good at the sport he loves more than breathing.

Dane has one goal and one goal only, to be on the professional golf tour. It’s who he is and what he lives for. Women, although fun, aren't in his long-term plans.

Beverly Whitfield didn’t start off as the confident woman she is today. Teased mercilessly as a child and always feeling second-best, she set out to change her future and is finally putting herself first. Never in her wildest imagination did she think she’d fall for a man with stunning good looks and sex seeping from his pores. And, oh yeah, he plays golf.

To those who say golf is complicated and frustrating, Dane says, “No, that’s love.”

**Intended for readers over the age of 18**

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Never have I given my heart to anyone, but it’s yours if you want it.”

Oh Joanne Schwehm delivers another fine male specimen in the shape of Dane Prescott in Gripped. If you thought his brother was swoony in Incumbent, then be prepared to melt again as another Prescott man meets his match.

“Take it from me, don’t ever put this sport before love. Golf will always be there; love might not be.”

This was the book that initially made me seek out this series, I have worked in the golf industry more or less all my working life and it is one sport that doesn’t really make it that often into books. While this is definitely a romance I was hoping for a little more golf tour action but once again their careers are more a back drop with the relationship taking centre stage.

Dane Prescott was definitely a ladies’ man and he loves a “birdie” or two (pardon the pun). His “eagle” eyes quickly found those of Beverly and if Dane was a sailor she would have been his “Albatross”…keep reading I’m throwing them all in… Dane needed to make his “pitch” good to win Beverly over. Beverly made her friends “green” with envy when she caught the attention of Dane at a charity “ball,” especially as she didn’t need to wave a “flag” either, but would Dane be able to make this a “hole in one” or would he only make “nearest the pin?” Would this be a “drive” into the unknown for both of them or do they both still have a “fairway” to go? Will Dane still have his “balls” by the end or will Beverly chew him up like a “pro?” Would Dane be up to “par” or would he need a “mulligan” or two? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. However, while this was all new to both of them Joanne Schwehm really captured the romantic fall of Dane and Beverly and once again I was championing her characters from the beginning.

“…but stretching in golf is like foreplay before sex. You can’t just thrust right into it and not expect a bit of pain. If you’re relaxed and ready to go, it will be much more enjoyable. Trust me…I’m an expert.”

Dane was a young man sowing his wild oats, he was a player on and off the course until he met Beverly at a function. Dane was a man that had always said love wouldn’t happen to him and had constantly made fun of his brother who was well and truly whipped. He was always told that he would know when he had found “the one” and he constantly disregarded it as rubbish…that was before he clapped eyes on Beverly. Golf always had and would come first for Dane. He was on the cusp of getting his tour card and the big times were firmly within his sights. He had his eyes set on success, fame and fortune but sometimes life throws you a curve ball.

“To me, a golf course was like a woman – there were curves, plateaus and holes, each needing the proper navigation.  Being unprepared could lead to a dreadful day.”

Beverly made this book for me. She had worked hard to get where she was today. Having been victim to bullies for most of her childhood with the nickname Heavy Beverly she had shed the weight, she eats well, trains hard and has a figure to die for, much to the chagrin of the bullies. Beverly was all woman and while she still had her insecurities underneath she knew when she wanted to she could compete with the best of them. Beverly resented golf, the sport had taken her parents away from her as she was left to fend for herself while they lorded it up on the fairways. Money in this instance could not buy happiness and all Beverly really wanted was some attention. Her parents loved her though and while sometimes you felt that their priorities were wrong, they would have done anything for her.

“The man was a walking orgasm waiting to happen, and since I was overdue for one…”

This book was a fun, flirty read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved that Beverly didn’t fall at Dane’s feet, she makes him work for it. From the very beginning I loved both these characters and was with them all the way as love hits them when they least expected it. I cannot wait to read more from the Prescott family.

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About the Author:

Family and friends are the most important things to Joanne. She enjoys meeting new people, traveling, reading, relaxing on a beach and shopping. She has an addiction to Coffee and Diet Coke; you may want to stand clear if she hasn't had her daily intake!

Writing has been something that has been private and not shared until the day she decided to publish Unexpected Chance. Waking up one morning to the voices of Alex Logan and Aubrey Ryan changed everything!!

She is an avid sports fan especially when it comes to the New York Yankees & Dallas Cowboys. She also enjoys playing and watching golf.

She firmly believes when that unexpected chance comes, take it. Don't let it pass you by. You never know what you could be missing.


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