Review: Blitzing Emily by Julie Brannagh
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date: 01/28/2014
Series: Love and Football Series #1
Pages (on the Nook): 314
This is better late than never, right?
I was very excited about this book. I am a sucker for contemporary sport romances, and Blitzing Emily did not disappoint. It did not completely wow me, though, either. Mostly, it was a refreshing read. It is the first book in the Love and Football series by Julie Brannagh, and the stars of this installment are Emily Hamilton and Brandon McKenna. They really are stars, too. Emily is an opera singer and is doing a favor for her sister, while Brandon is a player for the Seattle Sharks football team. You could say that Brandon knocks Emily off her feet. She falls so hard head first into the icy ground when she is startled by a perturbed Brandon. Full of charm and good manners, Brandon offers to take the conked out Emily to the hospital, and with just a few choice words, Emily and Brandon unintentionally become engaged. They decide to keep up with the act due to all of the good publicity it brings to both of their careers. Misunderstandings aren't all that fun, but I would say this misunderstanding is loads of fun!
The best part about this book is the humor. Emily devotes herself to the opera world and really has no understanding of football (she is kind of a diva that you love to hate), and Brandon is the typical "bad boy/womanizer" in the eyes of the media. Can't you just imagine how their conversations go? It was refreshing because it wasn't a "wham bam thank you mam" type of book. While it did seem to drag at points, it was nice to read about a relationship that came to fruition after a year rather than a few days or weeks like in some of the other books I read. Their relationship progressed naturally (if a little slowly) from "business partners" to friends to lovers. Their nicknames for each other are so cute (Red & Bruiser). They also don't take each other too seriously. A good amount of the books I have read lately are full of drama, and that can get old really fast. I don't want to cry or be angry at every book I read, and that is why I liked Blitzing Emily. Yes, there were ups and downs, but they weren't the kind that shrink my soul (sorry for the dramatics...). The downs come in the way of family and exes, but there is nothing totally unbearable about it. I did want to shake the crazy out of Anastasia (Brandon's ex), though, and sometimes I wanted to shake the crazy out of Emily, too. You just have to give a little to get a little. In this case, you had to give a little of your sanity to get a HEA.
If you like characters that are sweet, naughty, and playful, then you should pick this book up. If you find the fact that it drags at some points to be influencing your decision, I say don't let it! This is the first of series, and you can look forward to getting more details on Emily and Brandon's relationship in book two, Rushing Amy. But to be realistic, if you don't like slow-paced books, then you may want to pass on this one. I am not sure if I would have enjoyed this so much if I hadn't been looking for a simple, easy read.