Blitzing Emily by Julie Brannagh
A Love and Football Novel
Published: January 7, 2014
All is fair in Love and Football…
Emily Hamilton doesn’t trust men. She’s much more comfortable playing the romantic lead on stage in front of a packed house than in her own life. So, when NFL star and irresistible ladies’ man Brandon McKenna acts as her personal white knight, she has no illusions he’ll stick around. However, a misunderstanding with the press throws them together in a fake engagement that yields unexpected (and breathtaking) benefits.
Every time Brandon calls her “Sugar,” Emily almost believes Brandon’s playing for keeps, not just to score. Can she let down her defenses and get her own Happily Ever After?
Romance novels for those who “don’t read” romance
By Julie Brannagh
I wasn’t always a romance author. I didn’t actually start reading romance until about ten years ago. As a result, I LOVE meeting people who have never read a romance novel and wonder where to start. I’ve recommended the following over and over and over. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy them too!
BET ME, Jennifer Crusie
There is not enough time to discuss why I love this book so much, other than the fact I think it’s the definitive contemporary romance. Whenever I sit down in front of my computer, I aspire to write anything nearly as charming, funny and enduring as Jennifer Crusie’s work.
Short synopsis: Min Dobbs needs to find a date for her sister’s wedding. Cal Morrissey needs a glass of Scotch and a few minutes’ peace. Min and Cal meet. Sparks fly!
LORD OF SCOUNDRELS, Loretta Chase
It is hard to explain how much I love this book. I reread it every year now. Loretta’s prose is gorgeous, the characters leap off the page, and I’m in love with Lord Dain. And, yes, I hope to be a fraction as talented as Ms. Chase.
Short synopsis: Jessica Trent needs to rescue her brother from the dissolute Lord Dain. Lord Dain needs to be rescued from Jessica Trent. You won’t be able to put it down.
THE SPYMASTER’S LADY, Joanna Bourne
One sentence: James Bond set in 1800’s London. Amazing writing, wonderful characters, and it’s a series. Don’t tell your male relative it’s a romance novel, and watch him devour it!
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, Susan Donovan
It’s a funny, thoughtful contemporary that highlights second chances. I can’t imagine how any reader will not fall instantly in love with Thomas Tobin the hero. You’ll also meet a Chinese Crested.
I could name hundreds and hundreds of other romances that are on my “keeper” shelf, but I’d like to hear about yours. What books and authors do you recommend to potential romance readers?
About the Author
Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.
Julie hasn’t quite achieved the goal of owning a pro football team, so she created a fictional one: The Seattle Sharks. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of four contemporary sports romances.