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Series: New York Leopards

Friday, April 18, 2014

Review + Contest: Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr

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Review + Contest: Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr

Review + Contest: Imaginary Lines by Allison ParrImaginary Lines by Allison Parr
Series: New York Leopards,
Also in this series: Rush Me, Running Back
Published by Carina Press on 14 April 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, New Adult, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 237
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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three-stars
Also by this author: Rush Me, Running Back

Place(s) Traveled To: Los Angles, California // Burlingame, California // New York, New York // Lake George, New York

First Line(s): I splashed cold water on my face before bracing myself on the sink’s edge

 

Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr is the third book in her New York Leopards series and follows Abe who we first met in Rush Me and saw briefly at the start of Running Back. I’ve always been a fan of the friends to lovers story line and Imaginary Lines had that and yet it didn’t. Tamar and Abe were childhood friends and though she had feelings for him, Abe never reciprocated. Partly because he was young and partly because it was what his family and hers would have loved to happen. Then one day, Tamar confesses her feelings to Abe and because he’s young he makes a hash of it and as a result the two part ways and don’t speak for years. Its an even that haunts and effects them both in different ways.

Years later, Tamar and Abe’s paths cross again when she moves to New York to being a new job as a sports reporter and Abe just happens to be on one of the biggest sports team in the city. Sparks fly and the rest is romance story history. As with most romance novels there are no real surprises to be found in Imaginary Lines but its more about the journey and this is a journey that I enjoyed taking. I liked Tamar and Abe and more than that I liked the secondary characters that Tamar surrounded herself with. There were times I rolled my eyes and sighed a bit but overall this was an enjoyable story.

My main issues with Imaginary Lines comes from the ending as it just seemed too quick, too rushed and the proposal horribly unromantic. I just wanted more from these two characters who had gone through so much and come so far that it was a bit of a let down. But of the three books in the New York Leopards series Imaginary Lines is my favorite so far. I just felt that Tamar and Abe had so much chemistry and they were genuine characters. There was nothing forced about them and I was glad that they had found their HEA. Imaginary Lines isn’t a perfect book but its a fun way to spend a few hours. I like the world that Allison Parr has created and I look forward to seeing what she might write next.

irishdarkblue

 

 

Imaginary Lines Synopsis:

Tamar Rosenfeld has been in love with New York Leopards linebacker Abraham Krasner since they were twelve years old. She’d always considered it destiny that they’d end up together…until Abe was drafted and she professed her feelings in a moment of blind excitement. The sting of his rejection was like nothing she’d ever felt before, and it’s nothing she’ll ever forget.

Older and wiser, Tamar has landed a dream job as a reporter for one of New York’s premier athletic websites. Determined to stop being the safe, boring girl she’s felt like for most of her life, Tamar makes a list of all the things she wants to do and see in her new city, and Getting Over Abraham is priority number one.

But destiny has finally chosen to interfere. Just as Tamar’s decided to move on, Abe’s realized she’s the only woman for him. When he confides the truth, Tamar has to decide if she can put her crush behind her, or take a chance on the very man who’s been holding her back all these years.


Allison Parr Bio:

Allison Parr is the author of Rush Me, Running Back, and Imaginary Lines. She grew up in small town New England, where she developed an incurable case of wanderlust. After graduating with degrees in archaeology and creative writing, she spent the next several years living in San Francisco, Paris, Boston, and New York. When she’s not traveling or writing, she’s making a mean chocolate cake or bad historical jokes. She’s also amassing enough books to rival the library in Beauty and the Beast.

To learn more about Allison’s books and travels, visit her at www.allisonparr.com

 

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Review: Running Back by Allison Parr

Posted by Irish in 3.5 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Running Back by Allison ParrRunning Back by Allison Parr
Series: New York Leopards, Book 2
Also in this series: Rush Me, Imaginary Lines
Published by Carina Press on 21 October 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, New Adult, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 229
Format: eARC
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three-half-stars
Also by this author: Rush Me, Imaginary Lines

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Dundoran, Ireland // Paris, France

First Line(s): Three archaeology professors sat before me, frowns on their faces as they decided whether or not to give me the most important grant of my life.

I was excited when I first heard about Running Back by Allison Parr as I enjoyed her debut new adult romance, Rush MeRunning Back featured Mike O’Conner who we first met in the Rush Me and I was interested in reading his story as he seemed like a fun guy. Running Back was also partially set in Ireland and so I thought that this one would be a total win. Only I found that I had a hard time getting into it. I just didn’t connect with Natalie’s voice right away and it took several attempts before I made it past the first chapter. Then when I did it didn’t seem like Mike was as pleasant as in the first book and it made me a little sad.

While I liked that there were more layers to Mike they just didn’t always ring true and his reasons for not letting Natalie dig on his land seemed a bit over the top. Though once he stopped being a jerk to her he was actually pretty nice and I enjoyed their story. However, it was the side characters that held most of my focus in this story. I was glad to see cameos of Rachel and the team but I loved the scenes with Mike’s sisters and his mother. His aunt’s nephew also added some entertainment into the mix as well. These scenes made me wish that this was a dual POV story so that 1) we’d learn what Mike was thinking and 2) we’d get more time with his sisters and other family.

As a character, Natalie annoyed me at times. I liked that she was smart and she fought for what she believed in but she seemed to let others in her field walk all over her. She did so much just to get the project up and running but others often took the credit. That is until things didn’t go as expected and then they were quick to pass the blame. So I was glad that Mike saw her worth and told her the things that he saw in her that made her great. I liked how this book was more about Natalie and her job than it was about Mike being a football star. It was refreshing change just as it was nice when Mike was a nice guy for most of the book. Its easy to forget that there are nice guys out there when the ones you read about all tend to be a-holes or fit into the bad boy mold.

Once, I really focused on Running Back I found that I enjoyed the story. Natalie and Mike fit well together and I liked how they balanced each other out. I liked the change of pace in a sports story to focus on something other than the career of the male lead and yet it still kept it relevant to his story. This was a fun read and it can be read independently of Rush Me since the bulk of it takes place outside of New York and that world. Running Back is also currently free to download from Amazon and BN (and maybe at other ebook retailers as well) so you should go DL it if you are looking for a few New Adult sports themed romance.

irishdarkblue

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Review: Rush Me by Allison Parr

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, New Adult, Review6 Comments

Review: Rush Me by Allison ParrRush Me by Allison Parr
Series: New York Leopards,
Also in this series: Running Back, Imaginary Lines
Published by Carina Press on 08 April 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, New Adult, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 246
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars
Also by this author: Running Back, Imaginary Lines

Place(s) Traveled to: New York, New York // Brooklyn, New York // Ashland, Massachusetts

First Line: The invitation arrived at 8:37 on a Friday, right before Eva and I left for a party.

Rush Me by Allison Parr is the first New Adult title to be offered from Carina Press and once I read the description of it I knew that I had to read it. Seriously this book had me at “when post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gate-crashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL’s most beloved quarterback.” In recently months, I’ve come to love these sports themed romances. As I was joking about with a friend on Twitter the other day I am a bookish sort and prefer my interaction with sports to come via a book.

From the start, I quickly fell into this story and really loved Rachel’s character. Ryan Carter, on the other hand, took a bit more convincing. Not that Rachel is perfect. She’s far from it and there are times, especially at the beginning where she comes off as a total bitch. But there is no denying that there are sparks between the two main characters. The first meeting of the hero and heroine is less than ideal and one can see why they wouldn’t have the fondest initial thoughts of the other but they each kinda take it to the extreme. Thankfully though, fate (or in this case author Allison Parr) has plans for them to kind of have a redo.

There was much about this story that I loved. I really liked Rachel and Eva’s friendship. I loved how Rachel sort of gets swept up into the world of various NFL players. And there were many humorous moments when she’d totally not get a football reference much to the pain of her new set of friends. Those were situations that I, as a non-sports person, could relate too. However, all was not sunshine and roses with this book. As there were scenes that often left my cold and as these were often the sex scenes this wasn’t a good thing. This was mostly in the set up and how the scenes were portrayed (like the one at Rachel’s reunion for example) and if you’ve read the book then you might understand what I mean.

Its those moments that kept me from falling completely head over heels in love with Rush Me. But its all the other moments in the book that made me wish that it didn’t have to end. A big part of me is hoping that this is just the first in a series of books about this fictional NFL team as I really liked most of those characters. They were just so lovable and I’d like to see more of them in the future.

If you are a fan of sports themed romances or of the New Adult category or both then Rush Me by Allison Parr is a book that I can easily recommend to you. There is much to like in this story, even with its occasional blips of discord, plus with the current price of $2.99 you really can’t go wrong.

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