"Important life lesson about love and passion."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted April 26, 2016
LOVE OF THE GAME is actually the third book in the
Stardust, Texas series by Lori Wilde. I had no idea it
was part of a series. Didn't know until I read it as part
of the foreword. Why am I mentioning it -- well quite
simply -- if they are as wonderful as LOVE OF THE GAME you
wouldn't want to miss them. I've read lots by Lori Wilde
whose writing is lovely and varied. LOVE OF THE GAME
captures some wonderful moments on the page and proves
once again that Lori Wilde is an exceptionally gifted
Get ready to absolutely fall in love with one of the
genuinely crazy great guys. By the first dozen or so
pages Axel Richmond will have you laughing out loud. You
can't help it. Axel can't keep his eyes off Kasha Carlyle
the physical therapist who brazenly asserts herself into
his care. His mind is preoccupied with this gorgeous
exotic woman he just met. Axel and Kasha will be spending
plenty of time together to get his pitching arm in shape
for the baseball season and hopefully avoid season and
possibly career ending surgery. Kasha is confident she
can get Axel back on track without any additional harm to
his already questionable status. First order of business
is to get this highly charged active major league pitcher
Relax is the one thing Axel can't seem to do whenever
Kasha is around. His attraction is strong. Ethically
Kasha is bound to keep her relationship with Axel
professional and detached. Usually an easy thing for her
to do. Kasha is used to being in control of her emotions
-- perhaps a little too controlled. Axel sees that
immediately and as a highly competitive being he begins
to think that while Kasha can work on his arm problem, he
can perhaps get her to open up a little.
Kasha has good reason to keep emotions carefully bottled
up. Her childhood taught her what unleased passion can do
to people. Her adoptive parents and sisters gave her a
safe haven and love. Kasha deeply loves her family but
even so maintains her control mantra.
As the book continues my love affair with Axel grew as
understanding of his past becomes clear. This is a very
good man. Kasha would be lucky to call Axel hers. But
Kasha has many secret she keeps deeply hidden. She is a
survivor. Now the issue is whether she can finally see
herself as passionately in love with a man who has come
to mean a great deal to her.
The Stardust, Texas series has a little bit of fairy dust
component in each of the stories and LOVE OF THE GAME is
no exception. Lori Wilde is a believer of the power of
love. That power has never been stronger than in this
warmhearted tale of people getting on with life, handling
all those hard balls that come their way and batting a
thousand. LOVE OF THE GAME definitely hits one out of the
park. Lori Wilde brings all her characters to life
through sassy, funny, heartwarming scenes and dialog.
Some of the best ever in LOVE OF THE GAME.
A sexy sports superstar discovers his body isnâ€™t the only
thing that needs healing in this newest Stardust, Texas
novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori
With major league good looks and talent, Dallas
Gunslingers relief pitcher Axel Richmond was living the good
life. Even if the roar of the crowd could never distract him
from the loss of his young son. But now with an injured
shoulder and his career on the line, Axel is stuck
recuperating at a ranch in Stardust, Texas . . . striking
out only with his gorgeous physical therapist.
Carlyle has one week to get Axel back in action or she can
kiss her much-needed job with the Gunslingers goodbye. And
any chance to seek custody of the orphaned half-sister she
never knew existed. She quickly learns that Axelâ€™s guarded
heart also needs healing . . . requiring all kinds of sneaky
plays and sexy moves in extra innings.
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