Monday, August 11, 2008

BELLA ANDRE - a new (to me) author!

I recently saw the cover for GAME FOR ANYTHING by Bella Andre and was instantly intrigued! I may claim that I'm much too sophisticated to be interested in a book simply because it has a hot cover but truth be told, I'm not. I didn't buy it though, because my book buying funds are in a bit of a pinch right now and I wasn't familiar with Ms. Andre - I'm simply not in a position to risk $14. on an unknown (to me) author.
My dear friend Judy soon after that mentioned this book, posting the cover on a reader loop we're both on, and gave in to temptation and bought it. I have the book on loan from her and read it in over the weekend. Yes, I'm behind on reviews and was only going to read the first couple of pages when I opened the book, but I found myself drawn in and had to read to the end.
This is one excellent book! I scurried over to Ms. Andre's website this morning and was tickled to find that she has several previous releases (leaving me to wonder how on Earth had I missed her), and upcoming releases that include another football hero book and a wildfire firefighter series.
The characters in GAME FOR ANYTHING are so very likable, and while the premise is nothing new - high school jock takes virginity of beautiful brainiac, crushes her fragile heart, the two are later reacquainted and she vows revenge - I'm pretty sure it hasn't been done this well. These characters each have issues and emotional baggage, the extent of which the other is unaware of. I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy romance with sports figures. There isn't an overwhelming amount of football or locker room talk - just enough to bring the story to life - so don't be put off by the football subject if football isn't your thing.
So tell me, have you read Bella Andre? If so, which of her books? I was tickled to see that GAME FOR SEDUCTION, the next book in this "Bad Boys of Football" series, comes out in early September - I can't wait! I'll definitely be getting my hands on a copy! I hope you'll check her out!
(And special thanks to Judy for loaning me the book - the best way to discover a new author is from the recommendation of others, don't you think?)
Have a great week!


Laura J. said...

I love this cover too and I will admit I buy books because of their cover. I also like stories with sports guys as the hero. But I did buy this one because I read one of her older books and really liked it. I haven't read this one yet and will have to move it up to the top of ol Mt. TBR. now.

Thanks for showing the cover of the next book too.

Susan said...

Bella Andre is new to me, too. Thanks for introducing her to me!

Cryna said...

This would be a new author for me as well, as I have not read anything from her, but will have to check it out. Thanks for the recommend.

Dina said...

wow, those covers are enough to get me wanting to read them. :)

flchen1 said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Laurie! I do love hearing recommendations from friends--it's a terrific way to learn about new authors!

Judy F said...

Glad I pimped to you and you liked it. I will admit I love the cover, with the bookstore discount it helps with an impulse buy. I am so glad I picked up this book. I really liked the story. The characters baggage really played out well in the story. And its as hot as the cover. I am looking for some more from this author.

Stacy~ said...

The story sounds really good. I just might have to check it out, and not just for the cover either.