Friday, January 22, 2016

Double Play by Ranee' S. Clark {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

Double Play by Ranee' S. Clark
208 pages
Published January 2016 by Covenant Communications 
Source: I received a copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4 Stars

Sophie Pope is devastated when she hears the news: her former boyfriend, college football star Anthony "Rocket" Rogers, is engaged to be married. Determined to win him back before he says I do, Sophie hatches a foolproof plan to stop the wedding. But when Rocket's best man, aspiring baseball player David Savage, thwarts her plot, she realizes the game is up. For David, though, it s just beginning . . .

David knows that Sophie is just another pretty face, and he's more than happy to save his best friend from her shallow advances. She's not his type at all, so he's baffled by his response to an awkward encounter with Donovan, another of Sophie's former flames. Despite himself, David feels driven by an inexplicable need to protect her. Pretending to be Sophie's new fiancé leads to unexpected sparks between the pair, and soon they're searching for excuses to spend time together. But when a curveball threatens to send them in opposite directions, will Sophie and David step up to the plate for the possibility of true love?


First of all, this book is a companion to Playing for Keeps (you can see my review here). Unless you want things spoiled, do not read this book without reading that book first.

 Beautiful Sophie is good at what she does. She's good at fashion, organizing, and pulling off beautiful weddings, as a wedding planner, but she's also shallow. For her, it's all about looking good, and good she always looks. I was very fascinated by all of the clothing coordination. Does Ms. Clark have a hidden talent for fashion? In an effort to win back her ex-boyfriend, who is now engaged, Sophie offers to plan his wedding for cheap. Things backfire for her in a humorous and almost pitiful way, but she's not one to be knocked down for long. Handsome David, the groom's best friend, steps in the thwart her attempts and to rescue her.

From the start, I didn't really like Sophie, but as the story progressed, she grew on me and my heart was softened towards her. I was humbly reminded through these pages that  more often than not, people are the way they are for a reason. A lot of times, walls are built and prickles emerge for protection. David is a very genial kind of guy, one who's heart is in the right place, but his actions don't always convey that message. I couldn't help but absolutely adore him though!

This couple has been friends for years and their interactions don't start out romantic at all. Much to their surprise, feelings start to develop without them realizing it. The humor, flirty romance, and growth is very endearing and sweet. Their romance isn't easy, since both characters are flawed and they have some hurdles to tackle and huge decisions to make, some of which will shatter their fragile relationship. I love a story with some depth to it and felt this book fulfilled that desire. The characters are realistic and developed in a way that I couldn't help but want to be friends with them in real life!  I can't wait to read what the author comes up with next.

Content: mild religious content; mild romance (kissing). Clean!


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About the Author:
Ranee S. ClarkDuring her early years of reading, Ranee` S. Clark devoured fantasy books, which continued into her adulthood—since she often believes that a well-written romance novel is a delightful fantasy. Though raising three boys can sometimes hamper both romance with her own Mr. Charming and her writing, she tries to get a little of both in every day. And most of the time she succeeds. 

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