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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Mills & Boon Blush series brings you moving, true-to-life romancesDeacon Fallon has made something of himself. Yeah, it wasn't easy becoming a successful - now retired - pro basketball player, but he did it. In the process, he made his brother's life better. That's always been Deacon's goal.

This latest effort to help, however, may push Deacon too far. He's been roped...more
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Published May 1st 2012 by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
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Kay
4 Stars! ~ When Deacon was ten his brother Weston was born and Deacon was no longer lonely. Two years later, Deacon made a promise to his dying Mom that he'd always look after Wes. As early as twelve, Deacon was a talented basketball player and he knew the game was his only chance to keep his promise. Separated by the foster care system, Wes went from home to home, while Deacon had a place with the town's basketball coach. At 18, the first thing he did when he signed that NBA contract was to get...more
Susan
Very good book. I liked the way that Julia worked to keep her girls' basketball team going. She was somewhat devious in the way that she got Deacon to help out, but I was glad to see that he kept his word and stayed to help. It was pretty obvious from the beginning that Julia is a "fixer" and has a tendency to go for what she feels is right without always listening to the "fixee". I really enjoyed the interactions between Wes and Deacon and Wes and the team. I liked the way that Wes was trying t...more
Carrie
Grade B-/C+

The Long Shot is an enjoyable book with some depth to the story. The characters were fairly well developed and writing is decent.But unfortunately, there is too much going for this relatively short book. In fact, I can't figure out which is the main storyline. With several parallel plot lines to juggle, none of them get the attention needed to be fully developed. The emotional impact of the book ends up being diluted by so many sub-plots.

Overall this feel-good story is decent, if a bi...more
babyfishmouth
This is a 1.5 stars for me.

I don't remember why/how I ended up with this book in my TBR list but I really wish I had read some reviews before I bought it. It would have saved me a few dollars and several hours.

The writing isn't awful. In fact, it's quite adequate. The story and characters, though, aren't as adequate. Julia is dull, dull, dull. Deacon has a "big" secret, one of my least favorite plot premises (right behind "big" misunderstanding). The romantic/sexual tension is virtually non-exi...more
Dawn
This short book was long on issues. It dealt with so many difficult topics.

The heroine of the story is Julia, a high school counselor. She has a bad habit of trying to fix people even though it is really a result of her deep caring and compassion.

The hero, Deacon, is 4 years her junior and was a senior during Julia's first year as counselor. He has lots of issues. He came from dysfunctional family. His father was a drunk. When his mother died when he was 12, he and his younger brother, at 2, we...more
Katrina Patton
Thank you for giving me this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaways. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to review it!

I actually *loved* this book. I mean, as romance novels go, it was actually good. The characters were well developed and their motivations and actions seemed very much in character throughout the novel. I actually cared what happened to them and hearing about their backstories really made the characters. In some stories, hearing the back story is kind of just filler, but in this boo...more
Emily
May 14, 2012 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: SBTB
I received a copy of this book for free through FirstReads.

Guidance counselor Julia Bradley, when faced with budget cuts for her girls’ basketball team, bets the smarmy principal that if he restores her team, she’ll get a winning record and enough funding for them to make it to States. She calls upon former student-turned-NBA-star Deacon Fallon to help coach, because Julia’s a lot better at counseling than coaching. Deacon seizes upon the opportunity to provide his younger brother Wes with commu...more
Heather Stanton
I'm giving this 3 stars but only because it isn't unreadable. So many elements related to the plot bothered me. I found the premise of a high school guidance counselor becoming involved with a former student icky. Julia isn't the most likeable heroine I've encountered and her tactics to get her way are off-putting, such as asking Deacon to coach the basketball team, yet lying by omission by not telling him it's the girls' team. I'd like to say that the subject of Deacon's inability to read was h...more
Liz Talley
Really enjoyed this book - great tale of two brothers and the woman who loves one of them. Realistic portrayal of a counselor who harbors regrets over not seeing one of her first projects go to college but rather take the road to fortune with the NBA. Little does she know but Deacon can't read. Years later, she must face Deacon and his younger brother Wes who volunteer to help her girls basketball team through community service. She gets a second chance to make a difference and in the process fa...more
Tressa
I liked The Long Shot. The characters, Deacon and Julia, and the secondary characters were likeable. I think I was sold on the book when Ellen Hartman described Wes practicing his basketball skills as if those skills were ingrained. Instead of doodling on a piece of paper like I would when I'm working on a problem, Wes unconsciously worked on his basketball skills, which I thought was impressive research done by Hartman. It felt as if she understood the sport on a deeper level. I look forward to...more
Leah Madsen
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Rebecca
Very sweet story and I loved the girls' basketball team. I liked the hero's issues with literacy and how his friend/agent called him on them. I also appreciated that more than one person called the heroine on her own issues. Would have liked to see the principal get a good kick in the pants, but c'est la vie. Definitely recommend this one!
Lady Lioness
Internet still down at work. Still using phone. So, some uneven pacing & characterizations, but I liked heart of it & the small glimpses of sport. Would've been a good ABC Family TV movie.
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Jane
Loved the hero's struggle with dyslexia. A little frustrated with heroine's myopia.
Sol
Good book, but I did not like the ending.
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Ellen wrote much of her first novel in the back of a preschool classroom while she was trying to ease her younger son's separation anxiety. She had agreed to stick around for a day, maybe two. Somehow—the exact chain of events is hazy—one day turned into a full year of scribbling in a notebook on the bench in the corner. Her son is now a completely independent middle school student (phew!), and th...more
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