Virtual Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Called Out (Calling It #3) by Jen Doyle

Posted June 5, 2017 by Kim in 5 Stars, Blog Tour, Giveaway, In Review / 1 Comment

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Jen Doyle’s latest, Called Out. I love love love this series and this just might be my favorite book in it so far! So flipping good!

Virtual Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Called Out (Calling It #3) by Jen DoyleCalled Out by Jen Doyle
Series: Calling It #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 29, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: eARC, 276 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
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Jack "Ox" Oxford is used to being alone. Granted, when you screw over your friends, being alone isn't always a choice. Playing for the Chicago Watchmen is a last-ditch effort to save his career…and right some of his past wrongs. He's not expecting a warm reception, but he's also not expecting a flat tire to change everything.

Recovering control freak, single mom and semiprofessional chaos wrangler Lola Deacon McIntire doesn't need an arrogant ballplayer to swoop in and save her from anything, much less her flat tire. And she definitely doesn't need her body to betray her and decide this is the guy to wake up her rusty libido. She isn't about to upset her sons' lives for any man—much less one who so clearly doesn't think he's dad material.

Jack "Ox" Oxford is used to being alone. Granted, when you screw over your friends, being alone isn't always a choice. Playing for the Chicago Watchmen is a last-ditch effort to save his career…and right some of his past wrongs. He's not expecting a warm reception, but he's also not expecting a flat tire to change everything.

Recovering control freak, single mom and semiprofessional chaos wrangler Lola Deacon McIntire doesn't need an arrogant ballplayer to swoop in and save her from anything, much less her flat tire. And she definitely doesn't need her body to betray her and decide this is the guy to wake up her rusty libido. She isn't about to upset her sons' lives for any man—much less one who so clearly doesn't think he's dad material.

Jack never thought he'd find someone who wanted to build a life with him, but the more time he spends with Lola and her boys, the more it starts to feel permanent. Even tough-as-nails Lola concedes there just might be a future here—the big, beautiful, messy future neither of them was looking for—but only if Jack will accept he deserves it.

Jack "Ox" Oxford is used to being alone. Granted, when you screw over your friends, being alone isn't always a choice. Playing for the Chicago Watchmen is a last-ditch effort to save his career…and right some of his past wrongs. He's not expecting a warm reception, but he's also not expecting a flat tire to change everything.

Recovering control freak, single mom and semiprofessional chaos wrangler Lola Deacon McIntire doesn't need an arrogant ballplayer to swoop in and save her from anything, much less her flat tire. And she definitely doesn't need her body to betray her and decide this is the guy to wake up her rusty libido. She isn't about to upset her sons' lives for any man—much less one who so clearly doesn't think he's dad material.

Jack never thought he'd find someone who wanted to build a life with him, but the more time he spends with Lola and her boys, the more it starts to feel permanent. Even tough-as-nails Lola concedes there just might be a future here—the big, beautiful, messy future neither of them was looking for—but only if Jack will accept he deserves it.

Jack never thought he'd find someone who wanted to build a life with him, but the more time he spends with Lola and her boys, the more it starts to feel permanent. Even tough-as-nails Lola concedes there just might be a future here—the big, beautiful, messy future neither of them was looking for—but only if Jack will accept he deserves it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’ve gotta be honest — I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. Since I totally fell in love with Nate in Calling It, I figured I would have a hard time with Jack as the hero in this book. Granted, him sleeping with Nate’s fianceé is what allowed him to meet Dorie, who I absolutely loved, but still. I didn’t like the guy on principle alone. I shouldn’t have doubted Jen. She delivered redemption and a totally swoony hero where I least expected it.

I absolutely adored Lola. One of my best friends is a single mom with three boys and I think I saw quite a bit of my friend in her, so that made her especially relatable to me. That’s not an easy task, since I do not have kids. I felt like I had some special insight into Lola’s character, even if her situation was vastly different than my friends. I admired her strength, independence and devotion to her kids. Later on in the story, I understood why she was so torn about her feelings for Jack — and not just because of the situation with him and her friend, Nate. How do you move on when the person you were building a life with is gone? How do you honor their memory, but have a chance at happiness again? Needless to say, this book delivered some feels as Lola struggled through this. I was with her at every turn.

Jack was so NOT what I was expecting. He was a decent guy, despite what he did. There’s never really a good excuse to betray a friend, but once I learned a little more about his motivation, I have to say I was at least slightly sympathetic. While his need to apologize to Nate was originally driven by his desire to play baseball with him again, I think it was pretty clear there was more to it than that. He and Nate had been close. He might not admit it at first, but he obviously missed him — on and off the field.

Lola and Jack were wonderful together. I won’t say she needed “fixed” because that’s an insult to her strength in overcoming a truly terrible situation, but he did bring out a side of her that was long lost. Though I hadn’t known her for long, I appreciated seeing her become herself again. And her kids? Oh. My. God. So cute. Jack’s interactions with them? Goodbye, ovaries. Especially with Silas. My heart melted all over the place.

Despite some of the heavier themes with this book, I still I basically cheesy-grinned the entire way through it. Ok, there were definitely some tears along the way. I’m not even gonna lie. But this isn’t a maudlin book. It’s charming and sweet and sexy. It’s a book about redemption and second chances. I loved every little thing about it. Jen delivered everything I want in a romance — feels, hot sexy times, swoons — with Lola and Jack. I love the series and I hope Jen has more books planned. I’m not ready to give any of these characters up just yet.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“Don’t you dare think you have a right to tell me how to move on with the rest of my life.” 

She was glad she’d chosen to wear a formfitting tank top underneath rather than one of the ratty T-shirts she typically pulled on for a morning at the house. Not bothering to move the fabric aside, he bent down and took her nipple in his teeth and tugged.

Holy. Lord. She almost came right there. If she’d been able to breathe she would have grabbed his hair and held him there. That alone would have been enough. But before she could catch her breath, he’d sunk down to his knees and begun to pull her sweats and underwear down over her hips.

If she’d been in her right mind, she might have been worried about the stretch marks—she’d carried triplets, for God’s sake—or the not-tight-enough skin or, well, everything. But none of that seemed to matter as he pushed up the hem of her tank top and placed an open-mouthed kiss on her stomach. Trailed his tongue to her hip. Brushed his fingertips down her legs as he leaned in to kiss the back of her knee, the inside of her thigh.

He pulled back slightly and for a second time stood still. She was trembling. Quivering. Tears were falling from her eyes from the sheer perfection of it all. And then, as if she weren’t already so turned on she was about to explode, he made one of those eminently male, you-are-mine growls before he leaned in and undid her.

That was the only word for it. He held her to his mouth and feasted. He lapped at her clit, thrust his tongue inside, pressed against her with his chin… She arched up into him, grabbed the sides of the dryer for all she was worth, and bit down on her lip so she didn’t give away to the whole house that Jack had just shown her the true meaning of bliss. He coaxed her through every single second of the most glorious orgasm she’d ever had. She wanted to roar. She wanted to scream and cry out to the whole world that she’d just found the Holy Grail and they hadn’t even had sex.

At what point she finally collapsed she had no idea; just that she could feel Jack bring her pants back up over her legs, pull her tank top back down, and wrap the sweater around her again. Then he pulled her into his arms and tucked her head into his chest and held her as, still shaking, she came down.

She was mentally present enough to realize he was still hard—even to register that she not just needed to return the favor, but that she desperately wanted to. Except, oh, for Heaven’s sake, she was crying.

“I’m not sad,” she said into his chest.

He chuckled. “No, babe. I got that.”

“And I’m not about to go all crazy clingy,” she added, despite the fact that she couldn’t physically remove herself from his arms yet. “I’ll let go as soon as I can walk again.”

“No rush.” The smile was still in his voice. “We can stay just like this for as long as you like.”

Using the principle of gravity, it was actually possible for her to let her hand drop down between them and at least get a little bit of a feel. Despite his appearing cool and calm, he sucked in a breath as her hand tightened around him.

“Maybe not quite as long as originally thought,” he said, his voice cracking a little.

To the contrary. “Longer.” And thicker, come to think of it.

 

Calling It (Calling It #1)
Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

Called Up (Calling It #2)
Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

About Jen Doyle

A big believer in happily ever afters, Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. Jen is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of the New England Chapter, New Jersey Romance Writers and Music City Romance Writer chapters of RWA. She is represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and, in addition to her work as a librarian, has worked as a conference and events planner as well as a Communications and Enrollment administrator in both preschool and higher education environments (although some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the "some").

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