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Chasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh

July 20th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

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I’m super excited to be taking part in the Chasing Jillian blog tour.  Check out the excerpt and blog tour giveaway below!

Chasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh

About the book:

Jillian Miller likes her job working in the front office for the Seattle Sharks, but lately being surrounded by a constant parade of perfection only seems to make her own imperfections all the more obvious. She needs a change, which takes her into foreign territory: the Sharks’ workout facility after hours. The last thing she expects is a hot, grumbly god among men to be there as witness.

Star linebacker Seth Taylor had a bad day-well, a series of them recently. When he hits the Sharks’ gym to work out his frustration, he’s startled to find someone there-and even more surprised that it’s Jillian, the team owner’s administrative assistant. When he learns of Jillian’s mission to revamp her lifestyle, he finds himself volunteering to help. Something about Jillian’s beautiful smile and quick wit makes him want to stick around. She may not be like the swimsuit models he usually has on his arm, but the more time Seth spends with Jillian the harder he falls.

And as Jillian discovers that the new her is about so much more than she sees in the mirror, can she discover that happiness and love are oh-so-much better than perfect?

Love and Football # 5

By: Julie Brannagh

Releasing July 7, 2015

Avon Impulse

Excerpt

She hurried over to the laptop on the little desk in the kitchen, pulled up Google, and searched on Seth’s name. She sank into a chair while she read. He was six foot four, and she practically weighed as much as he did. Well, not quite, but still. She let out a long sigh. He was two years younger than she was. It also seemed Seth had been busy: He was single. “Very single,” according to one of the most recent fan websites she looked at. In Google Images, she found a series of photos of him with multiple tall, dark-haired women, each more gorgeous than the last.

Jillian shut the laptop lid with an irritated “click”, got up from her chair, and hurried into the bathroom. She’d stood in front of a full-length mirror so many times, but it always showed her the same thing. She wasn’t unattractive, but she could use a little more self-confidence and a lot more toning.  She wasn’t asking for physical perfection, but she’d like to make some changes. If she made a plan, started slowly and kept at it, she’d see a difference.  The biggest changes needed to start on the inside, though. Maybe if she got out a little more, she might meet a guy that was interested in her. Seth was gorgeous, but he wasn’t really in her universe. Jillian went into the kitchen, grabbed a frozen low-calorie dinner out of the freezer, ripped the cardboard lid off, and shoved it into the microwave. Dinner would taste a whole lot better if it was accompanied by half a bag of chips and some Ranch dip. But that wasn’t an option right now. She opened the refrigerator door to look for a fresh vegetable of some type.

She pushed the fridge door shut after a fruitless search and rummaged around in her apartment’s tiny pantry. She located a can of peas. Peas were good. Plus, there weren’t many calories in peas. Maybe she could fill up on them if the diet dinner didn’t cut it.

Jillian’s love-hate relationship with her body and food had started when she was little.  Most of the time, there wasn’t enough to eat. She ended up in a foster home at three years old after her mother died in a car wreck, and she was moved a few times before she entered elementary school. Things got a little better for Jillian when she was placed in a more permanent foster home, but she was still so hungry. No matter how much she ate, she wanted more.  When she was old enough to make her own money, she made sure there was more than enough, and that’s when the problems began. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, she needed to focus on the great things in her life. She’d build a healthier lifestyle as a result. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, change from the inside would last a lot longer. She wanted to build on the goals she’d already achieved and reach out for more of the things she wanted in life: A husband. A family. To belong.

My Review:

This is my first time reading a book from Julie Brannagh but after reading Chasing Jillian I do want to go back and read the other books in the series. It can be read as a standalone but the glimpses I got of the other characters has peaked my interest. I really enjoyed this one except for a few points.

I could definitely relate to Jillian and her self consciousness over her body (though I did find it slightly irritating that despite her body being described as fleshy and overweight enough to have lost 40 lbs, the cover shows a super skinny woman. I guess that must be the after photo? lol). It was nice to see an athlete who actually looked beyond the surface and was kind to Jillian even before truly knowing her. I loved seeing the relationship between Seth and Jillian build and though the story was relatively drama free I still had fun reading it. The only small bit of drama is because of what really is a silly reason but again I could relate to Jillian and while logically her over reaction seemed overdone I can see where she was coming from.

All in all an enjoyable read. The main reason I didn’t rate it higher is that while it was fun to read it wasn’t truly memorable. It was missing the dark moment where we usually get to see the couple really figure out how much they belong together and grow individually from this realization. Everything in this story seemed almost too easy and neither character had to stretch outside of their current personal outlook to really realize the other person was perfect for them.

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About Julie:

USA Today Bestselling Author, Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.

Find Julie Online:

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2 Responses

  1. Tasty Book Tours

    Thank you for hosting CHASING JILLIAN!

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