Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Tackled by Love by Rachael Duncan

Landon Stone has it all. He’s the star quarterback for one of the powerhouse teams in a professional football league, has a beautiful supportive wife cheering him on, and plenty of money to support him for the rest of his life. In the blink of an eye, it all comes crashing down as every player’s worst fear unfolds right in front of his eyes. With nothing left, he finds himself going back to where it all started. 

Autumn McCray has lived in the same small town her whole life. Being tormented and bullied throughout high school, she has those constant reminders surrounding her every day. Having put most of those demons behind her, she’s forced to confront them once again and find her inner strength in order to move forward. 

With Landon and Autumn’s paths crossing, they both are faced with obstacles they never imagined they would have to overcome. Will they help each other with their struggles, or be left to tackle them on their own?

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3.75 Star Review by Jennifer Hagen

Landon is a star quarterback for an NFL team when he unexpectedly hears the words no young athlete wants to hear – “retirement.”  He has suffered too many knee injuries to continue in this full contact sport.  His wife has been with him throughout his career, from their time in high school to his draft pick following college graduation.   Landon is now seeing a new side to his wife that either he was blinded by love to see before or she was good at covering her tracks.  Landon has no choice but to return to his hometown and share a living habitat with his parents.  Landon is back nursing both his knee and his heart.  His wife didn’t like the way their life was heading – down a road that didn’t include a lot of zeros—so she is making his life a living hell. 

I’m quickly losing control over everything in my life right now, kind of like a domino effect.  Everything seems to spur the disaster on.

While he is back in town, Landon is able to get to know Autumn in a new light.  In high school Landon was the popular guy dating the head cheerleader, and Autumn was the girl trying to get through each day with her dignity still intact.  Autumn stays away from anybody and anything that reminds her of those horrible years.  Landon sees something in Autumn that he wants more of – an easygoing relationship that isn’t based on his bank account balance.  Landon is starting to piece his life together again after losing everything he thought he would have forever.  He sees a bright future…

This is going to be a good thing for me, I can feel it.  I thought my life was over after football, but this is just a new beginning. 

You know the entire book can’t be sugary and sweet, right?  Of course there’s going to be some misunderstandings and lies told.   Landon was a very sweet guy and I enjoyed the chapters that were told in his point of view.  Autumn was a very nice girl, but I didn’t bond with her.  She did have a very hellacious adolescence so I need to cut her some slack.  Overall, it’s a good quick read that is a great filler between angsty reads.   
In a quiet, husky tone, Landon says, “I don’t know what it is about you, but I can’t help myself. I want to devour every inch of your skin every second I’m with you, and I think about all the places I want to feel you when I’m not.” And if I didn’t need new panties before, I definitely do now. I’ve never had a guy turn me on like this with simple words. His eyes remain on the road, but each syllable has left a hot trail straight to my most intimate parts. Because my brain has completely fizzled out, I’m left speechless. “Did I scare you?” He glances over at me with a sexy grin on his face.

“No, just processing. I’ve never had a guy talk to me that way before.” I look out my window, nervous to meet his eyes.

“And how am I talking to you?” His tone is commanding, like he wants to hear exactly what he does to me.

“Like you’re going to eat me alive and do things I couldn’t possibly recover from.” My voice comes out breathy as my own desires become quite obvious.

“I wouldn’t mind eating something, but I promise you’ll survive it, sweetheart. Barely.” My eyes widen and my skin instantly heats up all over. He gives me a knowing look and responds with a wink. My mouth goes completely dry and I suddenly have a very vivid imagination that runs wild with all the things he could do to me.



Rachael Duncan is an Army wife living in North Carolina with her husband and two kids. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in political science. After working on Capitol Hill for a short time, she realized that a career in politics just wasn’t for her. A couple years later, she rediscovered her love for reading and writing. She’s co-author of the books The One Left Behind and Shattered Lives Mended Hearts by Lena Nicole.

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