Monday, May 29, 2017

Called Out by Jen Doyle

Title: Called Out
Author: Jen Doyle
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Calling It #3
Main Characters: Jack and Lola
Release Date: May 2017
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Jen Doyle is back with another hot and heartfelt home run of a contemporary romance. Fans of Jill Shalvis should prepare to swoon over Jack and Lola's HEA.

Jack "Ox" Oxford is used to being alone. Granted, when you screw over your friends, being alone isn't always a choice. Playing for the Chicago Watchmen is a last-ditch effort to save his career…and right some of his past wrongs. He's not expecting a warm reception, but he's also not expecting a flat tire to change everything. 

Recovering control freak, single mom and semiprofessional chaos wrangler Lola Deacon McIntire doesn't need an arrogant ballplayer to swoop in and save her from anything, much less her flat tire. And she definitely doesn't need her body to betray her and decide this is the guy to wake up her rusty libido. She isn't about to upset her sons' lives for any man—much less one who so clearly doesn't think he's dad material. 

Jack never thought he'd find someone who wanted to build a life with him, but the more time he spends with Lola and her boys, the more it starts to feel permanent. Even tough-as-nails Lola concedes there just might be a future here—the big, beautiful, messy future neither of them was looking for—but only if Jack will accept he deserves it. 

This book is approximately 100,000 words 

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you're looking for with an HEA/HFN. It's a promise!

My Review: 
Every time I go into one of these books, I kind of expect this to be the time that Jen Doyle lets me down...not because I want her to, but just because this entire series has been so good and that isn't an easy level to maintain. BUT she did it again. I adored this book and fell in love with Jack and Lola...seriously...LOVED THEM!!!

Both these characters have an angst-filled background. Jack was the child of a very well-to-do family. His parents are cold and callous and he was basically raised by the help. Knowing that he's their offspring, he's always been really hard on himself. He tends to keep himself apart from others and really doesn't connect. The exception to that is Nate, his former best friend until last year when he slept with Nate's fiance and got her pregnant. (But don't judge the book by that one act...there's so much more to that story that just made me fall in love with Jack more.)

The other main character in the story is Lola. Lola is a widow. Three years ago, her Army Ranger husband was in an accident that killed him leaving her as a single mother to their four boys...three of which were 1 yo triplets. She also helps manage and works in the family restaurant with her brother Deke. To say she's a little overwhelmed with her responsibilities is putting it mildly. 

The other main thing to know about this set-up...Nate is one of Lola's absolute best friends, and she downright hates Jack for how he hurt Nate. (There are a lot of dynamics at play within this tight-knit group of friends that is just one of the many reasons this series of books are all so good.) So, needless to say, Lola is pretty ticked off about the sizzling chemistry she has with Jack. And Jack is trying to get back on Nate's good side so that Jack can play pro ball again...the entire league hates him for what he did to Nate. The only way to recover from that is through Nate. If Nate can get over it, so will everyone else. Although, sleeping with one of his best friends that Nate has warned Jack off of probably isn't the best way for that to happen. 

But guess what happens when fate and true love come to got it...there are some HUGE fireworks in this book...AND some really sizzling sexy scenes. Everything about this story and the characters worked for me. I loved them all so much. I loved how Jack kept doing all the wrong things with the boys, but his heart was always in the right place...the puppy scene absolutely killed me. 

It's an absolutely great book that's part of a great series. You can easily read any of the books as stand-alones, but they are all excellent so I wager once you read one, you'll want to read all three of them. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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