Review and Release Blitz: Challenge by Amy Daws

Posted September 23, 2016 by Angie in Blog Tours, Release Blitz, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review and Release Blitz: Challenge by Amy DawsChallenge by Amy Daws
four-half-stars
on September 23, 2016
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**Releasing September 23**

He’s her patient. She’s his doctor. They shouldn’t. But God, do they want to.
Camden Harris, the famously hot, hulk of a footballer is laid up in a London hospital. But his busted knee doesn’t stop him from running his well-practiced game on Indie Porter—his redheaded spitfire of a doctor. She’s not his type, not even close. But she could be the perfect distraction from the soul-crushing damage this injury could cost him.

Indie’s tired of her naivety putting a target on her back. As a gifted child, she’s let her education take the front seat her whole life. But a fling with a footballer like Camden might be just what she needs to grab life by the balls.

And he could be the perfect guy for the plan she’s been sitting on for over two years.

But when feelings make a final play, there’s no amount of medicine that can heal the damage to their hearts.

REVIEW

Amy is one of my favorites and a one clicker for me.  I don’t care what her book is about, I’m reading it, no matter what.  You should do the same, BTW.  When I heard that she was branching out to do a sports rom-com, I was thrilled!  Like, really thrilled.  I met Amy through a friend who raved about her book, Not The One, part of the Lost in London series (A series you must read!! They’re all standalones.) I was done for after that book and wanted more.  That’s where we meet all the Harris brothers, in That One Moment.  Do you need to read them, no, but you should.  Amy is amazing at what she does, so amazing that London has been bumped up on my bucket list. Also, when I read all of her books, I read them in an British accent. Don’t you? No. Just me? AGH! STOP. DIGRESSING. FOCUS!

I want to talk for a hot second about her covers, all of them are beautiful and hold meaning, not only to Amy herself but to us, the reader. I don’t know about you but I’m a cover whore, I love staring at them and trying to figure out what it means, what is the author trying to say with it. I know, deep.  I love all of her covers but this one was really close to knocking off the “Not The One” cover which is my favorite one of Amy’s.  This is a spin off and centered around sports so, I love that it’s different but at the same time, so Amy.  I mean, what’s not to love?! A muscular male specimen that is covered in dirt, holding a soccer ball…..yes, please! For me, it’s about the cover, not JUST the story.  Like people, you’re just drawn to a cover to pull you in deeper you know?

Ok. Camden Harris. A cocky little bugger BUT how can you not be when you’re a famous, talented, and gorgeous footballer?  He’s a twin and one of four brothers, all of whom play soccer errrrrr, I mean football.  Again, we meet Camden in the Lost in London series and I’m so glad that he got to tell his story.  There are things that make everyone tick, things that we do to keep people at arm’s length and you see that in both of the characters.  Cam surprises even himself at how he changes when he meets his new doctor, Indie Porter. I saw the transformation unfold and I loved that he tries so hard.  I absolutely loved Cam’s persistence and tenacity from beginning to end. The banter between Cam, Indie and with his brothers was truly comical and refreshing.  The thing that I loved the most about Cam was the relationship with his father.  That itself is a whole ‘nother story but we see more of the backstory and some of the why’s that I had in the previous series are answered here. And, no, you don’t HAVE to read the London series.  You’re not getting skimped on info, I’m just saying.  Not only does Cam grow, but so does his father and their relationship.

Indie.  I love her, and going back to what I said about things that make people tick, I get it and I get her. Let’s just say, I’m just glad that Cam’s fierce personality gets through to her and that she has a friend like, Belle.  She’s got a lot to prove to herself and the hospital that she works for, I love her tenacity as well. She stands her ground which I admire and seeing her finally let go was when I felt like I could exhale while reading.   They were both leaning on each other for “distractions” but it turned into so much more.  I can see why it would complicate things and cause a raucous of feelings they were both not used to, especially Indie. There was a particular scene that I won’t spoil but will say that I’m glad that Indie didn’t back down.  I think anyone else would have cowered a bit, but she didn’t and I’m happy that she stood her ground.  It was great watching both characters grow and blossom into more than what they were at the beginning of the book, especially Indie.

This was my first football themed book and I loved it. I was laughing even before the book began, her dedication was epic. Amy is epic.  There isn’t a genre she can’t tackle. She does angst like a gangster and nails the punny in this book.  I did punny on purpose. *WINKS*  Are you intrigued yet?  Just go.  Go and one click and happy reading.  Speaking of gangster, with every release she raps, yes, she raps.  They’re glorious.  You should follow her on social media.  It’s one of my favorite places to be.

 

Angie

**An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

We arrive at my building and take the lift up to my fourth floor flat. As I’m unlocking the front door, she asks, “Are you a good dancer, Camden?”
This question is odd, even for her. “Why do you ask?”
She sighs and leans against the wall just as I open the door. “I envisioned you were tonight when I was dancing with some bloke.”
My jaw clenches. “I don’t need to hear about you dancing with other guys.”
She smirks. “But I was thinking about you so it shouldn’t count.”
“It counts.”
“I think I like this jealous side of you. I might have to use it to my—”
Her snarky comment is cut off by a satisfying yelp as I wrap my arms around her waist and throw her over my shoulder.
“What are you doing?” she squeals as I savour the feel of her bare legs in my hands.
I turn and walk her inside, kicking the door closed with my foot. “Do you think you’re smart, talking to me like that?” I ask, completely unable to hide the smile on my face.
Her hair tickles my back as she giggles. “I am quite smart, actually. I skipped three whole grades in primary school. Did you know that?”
“I didn’t know that. Tell me then, what did they do to punish clever girls with smart mouths in boarding school?”
“Oh, naughty, naughty things.” She giggles again and I have a momentary desire to put her down just so I can see her face when she does it.
“I might need a demonstration.” I walk down the hallway and straight to my room, forgoing the polite flat tour, the offering of drinks, and the inane small talk. Our arrangement is for sex and sex alone.
“I might be inclined to oblige.” Her voice is breathy when we reach the quiet darkness of my room. 

 

four-half-stars

About Amy Daws

The Vanilla Bio: 

Amy Daws lives in South Dakota with her husband, Kevin, and their miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy’s first book, Chasing Hope, and her passion for writing. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their little miracle.

The Shades of Gray Bio:

I’m a big goof most days. I love making dumb videos and releasing a rap video with all my new releases. I think I should have tried my hand at improv theater but I decided to learn how life looks behind the lens of a camera first.

I make TV ads by day and write books by night. My family is my whole world. My husband, Kevin is the ultimate “nice guy” and my curly-haired daughter, Lorelei is the yin to our yang. Lorelei is named after Gilmore Girls. If you don’t know what Gilmore Girls is then you have not yet lived.

We enjoy dance parties in our living room and jam-fests in the car with the windows down.

My contemporary romance novels are a part of my London Lovers Series. There are currently three installments out with more on the way. My infatuation with all things British inspired my American Girls in London idea. Reading a book set overseas is another level of fantasy that I crave in a romance novel. What could be better than London Bloody England?
My writing style takes emotional and comical and makes them have a really cute batch of ugly-crying/snort-laughing octuplet babies. I want to make you cry. And I want to make you LOL. If I can do both in one chapter, I’ve accomplished my goal.

My inspiration for writing is and always will be my six precious angel babies and my daughter, Lorelei. They inspired my memoir, Chasing Hope and my passion for writing.

Everything I do…is for them.

Random Facts:

–Chasing Hope was my first published book and is a true story.
-I wrote my first fictional romance book, A Broken Us, in two weeks.
-I’ll be releasing another memoir in my Chasing Series.
-I hung out with Abbi Glines for a whole day.
-I am Samantha Young’s biggest fan.
-I am Author BFF’s (that’s a thing) with author, Sarah J Pepper, who lives three minutes from my house.
-I collaborated on a college romance novel with said author BFF.
-I like cheese…like, a lot.
-The more words I write, the bigger my double chin gets because no one told me that writing isnot exercise.
-The first three books in my London Lovers Series were all written before I ever visited London!
-London truly is the most magical place on earth. Forget Disney.

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