OK. Some of us kind of were befuddled when a tearful Jessica Simpson tacked up "lost" posters after her beloved maltipoo was carried off by a coyote.  Horrific, to be sure, especially to those of us who love our pets.  Yet we understood the odds against little Daisy's escaping unscathed - and undigested -- were slim.

Yeah, it was mercenary reasoning, but I remember thinking, "Heck; at least she's still got Tony Romo."  Then I realized, well, no, I think the studly Dallas Cowboys QB went MIA from Jessica's life earlier this year amid rumors of his possibly going for an HEA run at his college sweetheart.

Now, that way there be monstrous romance-novel fodder, no?  Hot pro-football star heads back to, oh, I dunno, his 10-year college reunion, maybe, to score the one who got away: the fresh-faced young girl who helped him pull his act together to go pro, but whom he dumped by email on his way to first-season training camp.

That's the deal with fictional retired Dallas Cowboys superstar Terrence Franklin, hero of Pamela Yaye's great-way-to-spend-the-weekend read, "Passion Overtime," part of Kimani's Hollington Homecoming series.  Terrence is back on campus at prestigious Hollington University to decide whether he'll sign on as head coach for his alma mater.  Charged by the U to woo him toward signing is smart, sexy and hell-on-pretty-heels competent H.U. p.r. director, Kyra Dixon.

Kyra's jazzed about Terrence's taking the job; the team and University need him to raise morale and attendance for the U's once-strong football program. Yet Kyra's thrown off kilter by her still-happening feelings for Terrence, the lightning-strike hot sensual attraction between them and the seeming fact that Terrence has grown into a stand-up guy whom folks respect for more than just his wicked-stellar success on the gridiron.

Despite this, Kyra's so not gonna' trust that Terrence won't play her like the women she's seen him love/leave in living media-saturated color for the past ten years.  And while Terrence knows he's made big mistakes he's set to make up for, he thinks it's time he made Kyra his - but not before she understands the role she played in their breakup, and how history repeating itself could spoil their reunion and chance at hot, heavy and happily ever after.

Kyra's and Terrence's story will heat you up for more Hollington Homecoming, a series that doesn't just explore relationships between strong women and the respectful, powerful men who have the right stuff to love them.  It also gives the reader a peek at the relationships built between women who shared goals in education and service while at university, then continue their friendships into adulthood through trials, triumphs and along the road to love.

What do you love about novels that include "girlfriends" backstories?  If you did the sorority thing, how did it affect your life?  What do you think of pro football stars as heroes?

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by PrincessBumblebee on ‎11-13-2009 01:12 PM

Hey, QB! I just love stories about old girlfriends. There seems to be a major lack of them in romance, too. Which, I believe, as you pointed out, are important in your future relationships. It only makes sense that if you're a good girlfriend to your girlfriends, you would be a good girlfriend to your man, hehe. If that makes sense.

Sorry to say I never attended college (and still don't want to) and so cannot contribute anything on a sorority thing.

As for football players as heroes, haven't really read one, but am surprised there aren't more. Just as there aren't more rock stars and things. But, hey, it would work for me, hehe. Big gus with big...padding is right up my alley, hehe.

by Author MonicaBurns on ‎11-13-2009 04:22 PM

This book sounds really good, Michelle. As for jock sports guy, I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of these types of stories (although you have definitely made this one sound interesting enough to demand a second look).  I was the geeky gal in school (Four Eyes) and had a huge crush on the captain of the football team when I was in 7th grade. Yep, he was tall, dark and handsome and didn't know me from Adam. Bu t I do love the idea of gals from the past coming to the forefront. In most cases, it's like the underdog type of story where the geeky gal gets her man in the end, or a duckling to swan type of story. It's romantic.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎11-13-2009 05:23 PM

Hot, hot, hot Michelle.

I usually don't go for the larger than life hero and heroines in my reads, but with one exception. Early this year I read a debut novel by a wonderful new author Marie Force, her first novel was called Line of Scrimmage and it was one of the BEST romances of the year. So there are exceptions to all the rules. And as far as backstories go I believe you can never have too much information about one of your starring characters.

BTW the read above looks very interesting and I think I'll have to tackle my TBR pile so I can fit in one more.


by Moderator becke_davis on ‎11-13-2009 05:49 PM

Oh, yeah - the one who got away? Reunions? Second chance at love? The one he/she loved since they were kids? I'm a sucker for those, every damn time.

by Author Eva_Gale on ‎11-13-2009 07:09 PM

I don't care if the hero is a spackler, I want the author to make me care about him. So, a QB is good. :-) I love knowing about the protagonists lives, and who thier realtionships are with. We don't live in a vacuum, a void of personal relationships, and neither should our characters. I lie to see how the characters act in and outside of their romantic arc. It makes the story fuller for me, something to sink my teeth into. 


by 1lovealways on ‎11-14-2009 01:39 AM

Hi Michelle!


I'm a big football fan!  Love the game!  Those heroes in the spotlight have always appealed to me.  It's surprising that the football QB theme and other sports themes aren't seen much in romance.  Because of the notoriety and the image they exude it would be interesting to explore.  Is what they present a facade or the real thing?  I did read one earlier this year about a ex-QB.  Play Dirty by Sandra Brown was really good.  Since I'm a Sandra Brown fan from way back, I knew it would be hot and it was!


I didn't have the college experience, so no comment there. I love the old girlfriends, the back stories and reunions that effect the present day relationship of the hero or heroine.  There is nothing better than conflict and tension to add spice to a story.  It makes the book so much more satisfying when these conflicts are resolved, but it's even more interesting digging into the old stuff that remains unresolved before the final resolution. :smileyhappy:




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