Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Tour: Forward Passes Review

Forward Passes
by Jami Davenport
Published October 5, 2012 by Borough's Publishing Group
284 pages

Quarterback Tyler Harris is about to find the woman who can get past his defensive line and reach his heart.

With two championships in as many years, superstar Tyler Harris is the best quarterback in the league. Gorgeous and rich, he's at the top of his game. But everyone's looking to take him down. There's a building media frenzy around an unfortunate accident, and the only safe place seems a rundown mansion deep in the San Juans and owned by his late great uncle. There, Tyler gets sacked by the sassy redhead next door. It's more alive than he's felt in years.

Lavender Mead has a good reason to dislike jocks, namely an absentee father who deserted the family to coach college football. Maybe that explains her penchant for bad boys who play ball for a living and break hearts for a hobby. Her new neighbor seems just the type. Yet, something is different about Tyler, and sometimes love requires a Hail Mary. you draw back your arm, pray... and give it all up to fate. And sometimes you win your ring.

Forward Passes is about this mega-sports star, Tyler Harris, who is said to be the best quarterback in the NFL -- and the hottest. He's won two superbowls in two years, and he's in his prime. Except for some reason, he's losing his touch with the game. After his uncle dies, he goes to San Juans to find he's been left a broken down mansion. Here he finds more than just a mansion as he meets Lavender Mead -- his next door neighbor who has sworn off all jocks due to her father who abandoned her family for his love of the game of football.

I absolutely loved this story. Being a romance, it was steamy and had me falling for Tyler. But the thing I didn't expect it to have was depth. The story was very well developed and in something that could have turned out predictable and cliche was surprisingly heartwarming and complex. I really liked all the aspects of the story that kept you entertained. Both characters were well developed and had pasts that were different and intriguing. I'd have to say though, my favorite character ended up being the cat. He was so sassy!! Definitely someone I would get along with.

The world of San Juans was so disconnected that it really made you want to go there and exile yourself for some peace. I became extremely jealous of the type of world they got to live in so cut off from everything. I liked the growth that both main characters went through and I think their location attributed to it a lot.

Both of their voices were funny and entertaining. I liked their character quirks and I liked the story a lot. I definitely think that you guys should check it out because Forward Passes is a really enjoyable story! This is the second one, Tyler's story, and the first one was Derek's I believe. You don't need to read Derek's to read this one (although I'm really thinking of doing it!!). I really loved the writing style.

My rating: 4/5
Buy it:  Smashwords  or  Borough's Publishing Group

About the Author: Jami Davenport

There are two things I've always wanted to do since I was a young child: to write books and to ride horses. The riding I've been doing for years. Until recently, I only dabbled in writing.
I completed my first story at the age of five. I titled it "Wildfire" (about a horse, of course) and illustrated it myself. I still have the book stowed away in the attic somewhere.

I've written stories all of my life. They were my secret garden, my escape from the realities of the world. I never shared them with anyone. I'd hide them away and bring them out when the mood struck me.

I frequented several fan fiction sites on the Internet. As I was reading those stories, I thought I can do that. Four years ago, I posted my first two chapters on a fan fiction site. My hands shook. My stomach lurched. NEVER had I let anyone read my stories before. What if my writing was garbage? What if everyone hated it? It was a soul-baring moment. Fortunately, they loved it. It became quite popular. Several people who'd befriended me on that fan fic site encouraged me to pursue my writing on a more professional level.

Being a devoted reader of romance and an advocate of happy endings, it was only natural to choose romance as my focus. I joined the Romance Writers of America, and the Olympia RWA chapter.

Six months and 105,000 words later, I finished my first manuscript, The Dance. Named after Garth Brooks' popular song, the original ending wasn't happily ever after, but I quickly changed that small detail. I started my second single title on Thanksgiving Day and pushed myself to see how long it would take me to finish it. I finished it the middle of February and was very proud of myself for being so fast.

To date, I've published four novels and two short stories in an anthology.
A few years ago, I married a wonderful man. You can bet my Green Beret turned Plumber will be an inspiration for a future book. In my spare time, I show the above-mentioned Hanoverian mare, in dressage. I'm also a rabid Seattle Seahawks and Mariners fan through thick and thin. Lately, I've developed an interest in gardening.

An avid boater, I've spent countless hours in Washington State's San Juan Islands, the most beautiful place on earth, and the setting for "Who's" and "The Dance." You'll see more books in the future set on these islands. My banner and several other pictures on this site were taken in that area.

Currently, I'm a PAN member of RWA and three RWA chapters: Peninsula, Greater Seattle, and Olympia. I'm co-president of the Olympia chapter with fellow writer Anthea Lawson. I spearhead the annual Elizabeth Kistler Memorial Retreat in Port Townsend at Manresa Castle for the Olympia chapter.

Happy Reading!!

1 comment:

  1. Maureen, Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog and for hte wonderful review. I'm so glad you enjoyed Forward Passes!