Review, Excerpt & Giveaway! Chasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway! Chasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway! Chasing Jillian by Julie BrannaghChasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh
Series: Love and Football # 5
Also by this author: Guarding Sophie
on July 7, 2015
Format: eARC
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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?

CJBannerThere were so many things I enjoyed about Chasing Jillian, the flirty banter, the friends to lovers journey but most of all,  I really loved the spotlight on foster children.

I love when famous authors use their platform to bring awareness to a cause.  Jillian was such a caring, self-less character, you couldn’t help but love her.  Her struggles in life made her who she was, she was one of the lucky ones to make it out of foster care and make something of her life.  What is so wonderful about her is that she gives back. She gives her time, her extra money and her love to a charity that is close to her heart.

Seth brings the sexy into the story. I love how he instantly likes Jillian and how he makes her feel about herself.  They bring out the best in one another. His super star status has no effect on Jillian and that is one of the first thing he notices and appreciates.

Seth and Jillian have a fun friendship that turns into a hot romance.  Their slow build to love was a joy to read. I loved how they followed their hearts and how it lead them back to each other.

Chasing Jillian was entertaining, engaging and enjoyable!

4 Sexy Seth Hearts!

4hearts (2)A portion of the sale of this book will go to Treehouse, the charity mentioned in this book for foster children.

tagexcetShe 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.

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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.

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Comments

  1. Margie, thank you so much for your kind thoughts on my book, but most especially the mention that I’m donating a percentage of my proceeds to Seattle’s Treehouse. I believe in their mission and I believe that foster kids deserve that little bit extra from all of us.

    Again, thank you!
    Julie

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