Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Blog Tour: Love from Left Field by Megan Ryder

Can Miranda and Lucas let go of old grudges and hold on to their new love?

Knights of Passion #2
Megan Ryder
Released Sept 13th, 2016
Tule Publishing

She wants to save the Knights…

When Miranda Callahan’s father, principle owner and hands-on dictator of the Georgia Knights, has a heart attack, the responsibility to make the team an independent success becomes solely hers. Though everyone expects her to fail in her new role, Miranda is determined to take her team to the top and earn her father's love and respect on the way. The only other obstacle is the League's consultant – a secret crush from her past – the man trying to take over the team, and the one person who can save them all.

He wants revenge…

Lucas Wainright is a turnaround consultant, hired by the League to save the Knights and so many other teams – only this time it’s personal; before being ousted by Seamus Callahan, Lucas' family had been the owners of the team. Now, he has the perfect opportunity to regain his rightful position with the Knights, if he’s willing to suppress his scruples and his attraction to Miranda Callahan.

Can Miranda and Lucas let go of old grudges and hold on to their new love?

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"Really? So you think that I'll be here, ready to kiss you whenever you want?"
The smile that crossed his face was one of pure male arrogance, confident in his own sex appeal. "Oh yeah. No obligation here."
He stood and stalked around the desk. Too late she realized that she'd poked the tiger and he was deadly serious about his intentions. He swiveled her chair so she faced him, her chair bracketed between his knees. He braced his hands on the arms, trapping her neatly so she couldn't escape. Only she had no intention of trying to get away. That kiss had replayed in her mind several times in the few days since the event and she wanted to see if it was exhaustion that had made it so great, or something else.
She tilted her head to the side and relaxed her body, allowing a small smile to spread across her lips. "So now you're going to prove it was a good kiss? Give it your best shot, lover boy. Let's see what you got."
He leaned forward and gently brushed his lips across her, lightly, as if drawing a feather across her skin. She shivered and he chuckled, a low male sound deep in his throat. His lips skimmed her jaw line, brief, barely whispers of a touch, designed to tease, to taunt, to increase her desire. She moaned and went to reach for him.
"Oh no. Stay still for this." He grabbed her hands with his, and placed them on the arms of the chair, imprisoning them with his own.
He nudged her face up with his nose then rewarded her with a deep kiss, soul stirring yet innocent. After a moment, his tongue slid along the crease of her lips and she opened them, welcoming him in. The kiss quickly turned deeper, hotter, their tongues entwining and exploring. His mouth tasted of coffee and sweetness, like the butter-cream frosting of cake, and she couldn't get enough of it.
Slowly, chest heaving with exertion, he pulled back, resting his forehead on hers while they both caught their breath.
"Still think it was obligation?"

Love From Left Field is more than a sports romance, it's also more than a love story at heart. 

Miranda thought that she would be able to prove herself to her father and he would extend more duty to her where the team was concerned, so she worked hard when she could, but he rejected idea after idea and refused to allow her greater access to certain aspects of team ownership. Now the team is struggling, and the League is sending someone in and Miranda has one final chance to prove herself. 
I really liked Miranda, she's smart and savvy but also knows when to fight and when to hold back. She knows everyone expects her failure and that makes her strive even harder to prove everyone wrong.  But Miranda doesn't expect an old crush to show up, and she doesn't expect the feelings he inspires either. 

Lucas came back into the picture with his own personal struggle, that of trying to keep his personal feelings out of his work. But seeing the team his father had owned, seeing the ruins it is currently in is hard for him for many reasons.  It would be so simple to just step aside and watch Miranda and her father and the rest go under, if only it could be that simple.  Lucas was a good guy, but a man hurt by the past, hurt by actions of someone he thought of as friend, as family in a way.  

There's a lot of history between Lucas and Miranda and their entire families, some good memories, some not-so-good.  The tension is strong between these first because of their clashing with regards to the team and how to proceed once Lucas steps in for the league and later tension of the sexual variety.  The banter between these two really shows their connection, there is a hint of animosity from both at the start. 

I loved the connection between these two, the fact that there was a hint of forbidden love between them, because of the tension between Lucas and Miranda's father. You could see the sparks from the first moment they see each other again, but you could also see that their path to love wasn't going to be easy or something they simply gave in to, though they couldn't fully ignore their feelings either. 
The story beautifully balanced the working relationship with their personal one, fulfilling both sides and making the transition natural and evenly flowing.  

The warring parts of Lucas, his personal feelings towards the Knights and their owner and his professional feelings toward the team and doing what needed doing really highlighted the changes within Lucas from the start of the book to the finish. 

Don't miss book one in the Knights of Passion Series

Ever since Megan Ryder discovered Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught while sneaking around the “forbidden” romance section of the library one day after school, she has been voraciously devouring romance novels of all types. Now a romance author in her own right, Megan pens sexy contemporary novels all about family and hot lovin’ with the boy next door. She lives in Connecticut, spending her days as a technical writer and her spare time divided between her addiction to knitting and reading.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting and reviewing LOVE FROM LEFT FIELD today!

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