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Save My Soul (Kemmons Brothers Baseball #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Psychotherapist Maggie Collins has always been a little off the proverbial wall, but now she’s also knee deep in a delayed quarter-life crisis. With her meager paychecks devoured by student loan debt, a car payment, and rent for office space, living at home with a flighty, folk-singing mother seemed like a good idea . . . at first. Now Maggie’s not so sure. She wants space ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 25th 2013 by Crimson Romance
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May 30, 2013 Ellen rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this book right away, for one simple reason: the first scene was entirely too funny, too clever and too enchanting for me to walk away from this book. I'm not sure exactly how Arden came up with that idea, but it's absolutely brilliant.

Maggie has a unique view on life, one that I don't necessarily agree with, but the more that I read, the more I found it fit her personality like a glove. She is sweet, smart and ever-so-slightly naive, but enough so that it's charming. At fir
May 09, 2013 Tara rated it liked it
Unorthodox is the word that comes to mind when I think of this original story. It describes the characters, the situations, the treatments, everything. Elley Arden has dared to go where no author has gone before -- well, at least from my experience anyway.

Maggie is an unusual heroine. Raised by a free-spirited crack-pot of a mom, she craves and rejects anything that resembles normal. Even though she seems lost herself, she's a psychotherapist, giving hope and help to others from an oddly jaded v
Jennifer Hines
Jul 23, 2014 Jennifer Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

Maggie is quite the unique person. On the surface she seems kinds of flakey, but she’s sweet and caring and she knows how to love like no one else…even if she doesn’t realize it. Jordon, on the other hand, is like her polar opposite. He’s intimidating and sometimes cold, but she’ll call him on it every time.

When Jordan offers Maggie just the job she needs to get out of her financial problems and away from her wish
Flirting With Romance
May 18, 2013 Flirting With Romance rated it really liked it
Wow! I absolutely loved this book! There was something deeper and meaningful about the characters and the obstacles they had to face. I love how Elley knew the insides and the outs of each character and how she delved deep into their “souls” to make the readers feel like we really knew the characters. I made connections – and that’s what reading is about.

The story begins with a funny scenario that had me giggling and cringing at the same time. What I loved was that Maggie seemed real yet unique
Illustrious Illusions
Jun 13, 2013 Illustrious Illusions rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Save My Soul is a unique story that has a little bit of everything sprinkled in. It is witty, funny, full of tension, and sweet all at the same time. The characters that Elley Arden has created are likable and believable yet have just enough angst to be really gripping.

The opening of Save My Soul will hook you and make you really feel for Maggie. Her bad date experience will top almost any story you have heard before! How Maggie presents her professiona nd deals with her patients is unique and a
Katie Kenyhercz
Mar 14, 2013 Katie Kenyhercz rated it it was amazing
Save My Soul opens with heroine, Maggie, on a date from hell. She’s immediately sympathetic, relatable, smart, and considerate. She struggles to combine her years of schooling in psychology with the alternative, “natural” lifestyle her mother raised her in. The result is charming and funny. When she gets the opportunity to counsel a star pitcher, she butts heads with his agent. Jordon Kemmons is “spiritually retarded” but challenging and charismatic.

The supporting characters are just as awesome.
Beth Cutwright
May 22, 2013 Beth Cutwright rated it liked it
The strong points of this book were the well developed characters and the well written story. This reader could certainly identify with Maggie Collins. When first love happens, how does one distinguish between true love and lust? Maggie travels to North Carolina to help a distressed baseball player and finds herself lost in a soul searching struggle with his she sexually attracted? has the agent, Jordan, displaced feelings of love for her as a therapist? Has she made a terrible ...more
Peggy Bird
May 25, 2013 Peggy Bird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Save My Soul" is a quick trip around the bases touching on an opposites-attract romance, an athlete with a personal challenge, a mother-daughter relationship that provides much of the book's humor and a happy ending at home plate.

Maggie Collins is a PHD psychologist who's consulted by baseball super agent Jordan Kemmons. His star pitcher has fallen into the slump from hell and needs help. Maggie, who has been living with her hippy-dippy mother Crystal, is almost relieved to have an excuse to go
Lola Karns
Apr 03, 2013 Lola Karns rated it really liked it
If you like your dark and broody heroes to have a pulse, you are in luck. Elley Arden created a memorable if initially menacing figure of the highly successful sports agent Jordon Kemmons. I didn't like him at first, but over the course of book, Arden made his hard exterior both it believable and sympathetic. Of course it helps that he is aided in his story journey by Dr. Maggie Collins, an innovative psychologist. Jordan needs Maggie to help his top client, Carlos, break through a slump. Maggie ...more
Monica Tillery
Mar 29, 2013 Monica Tillery rated it it was amazing
Gosh, I loved Save My Soul. It was such a fun, warm, insightful read. I myself am a vegetarian who doesn't kill spiders, so maybe that's why I found myself instantly identifying with Maggie. She's much more enlightened than me, but I loved going on her journey with her. She's convinced that romantic love is a myth and she avoids attachment. I knew she'd need help changing her mind about that, and I relished watching Jordon help ease her out of her faulty thinking. Jordon was the kind of guy I ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Maggie tries to combine two worlds into one and manages quite successfully in her professional life. Her personal life however is in a bit of a mess as you find out immediately. It starts with her on a date and the guy turns out to be a polygamist. Jordan is a no-nonsense sports agent who has cultivated quite the reputation over the years as being hard nosed and edgy. How on earth can these two get together?

This story is well written and full of humour and wit. There is an interesting diversion
Elizabeth Meyette
Apr 01, 2013 Elizabeth Meyette rated it really liked it
When psychotherapist Maggie Collins agrees to help a struggling pitcher, she becomes embroiled in the high-stakes negotiating life of Jordan Kemmons. He thinks she’s sexy, but flaky; she thinks he’s cynical and cold. Their attraction is overpowering, and their sexual encounters come as fast and hot as Carlos’s fast pitch. Maggie’s fears of spiders and commitment, and her earthy philosophy (the product of her quirky mother) make her someone you’d like to hang out with. Jordan’s tight grip on ...more
Jul 06, 2015 Crystal rated it really liked it
I came across this series when it was on sale, and given my love of baseball, I thought there was no way I could go wrong with 4 baseball centric romance stories. I was pleasantly surprised to find when reading this first completely surpassed my expectations. There was humor and heartwarming depth, and the conflict wasn't outrageous. I found the words resonating with me, reminding me of every day things that were taking place in my life. I love when a book has the ability to suck me in ...more
May 23, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
The characters in Saving My Soul were so vibrant, they just about shouted at me from the page, and I loved it. The chemistry between Jordon and Maggie - especially in the first few chapters - was great fun, and even as their deepening connection toned down some of the snarky back and forth, they stayed true to themselves. The supporting characters were real and quirky, and Ms. Arden deftly recreated the world of big-league baseball. This is a very entertaining book, and one I can easily ...more
May 16, 2013 Christina rated it liked it
Overall, I enjoyed this book and its unconventional characters. Maggie was fascinating and I enjoyed her interactions with people.

The writing style, however, sometimes annoyed me. The POV changed were sometimes random and the inner monologues tended to get confusing. I also thought most of Jordan's issues were forced into the book and weren't really necessary (especially the brother, who I am guessing was just added so he makes sense for another book).
May 23, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Elley pens"Save My Soul" in an unique and original plot that is full of hardships and romance with a touch of humor. With strong, well developed characters that had some great chemistry throughout, I fell in love with this book from the very first chapter. A really enjoyable read that will captivate you from the start and should be on everyone's TBR list.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Jun 02, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Loved this therapist meets sports agent love story as much for the main characters as the secondary characters. The new age mom was hilarious and the baseball player's issue, when finally revealed (no spoilers) is heartbreaking and beautifully written. The subplots here were terrific. Fast paced, romantic, and funny. Highly recommend!
Jun 22, 2016 DE ANN ALLEN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arden has written a great read for baseball fans

When I began reading this book , I wasn't sure if I would finish it. As I read further. It was interesting to follow the twists and turns the characters would make. Great read.

Cherie Olivas
Dec 29, 2013 Cherie Olivas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I have read in a long time.

kept my interest the whole time. loved that it discussed human behavior and most of all did not get bogged down with descriptions of scenery like most books. would highly recommend to other readers.
Jan 09, 2016 Koren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Maggie and Jordan are a complicated, hot, hopeful, intense match that I fell in love with. I love the other members in their story, the push and pull of want and desire - I loved it all!
Nicole Helm
I'm Elley's critique partner, so any review from me is biased, but I love Her writing style and am always eager to read more from her.
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Kate Phoenix
It's not the authors fault I didn't like it. Just picked it up at the wrong time.
Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith rated it it was ok
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Shelves: first-reads
Got this as a first reads for my wife. She loved it. I'm going to tackle it sometime soon.
Sarah rated it it was ok
May 26, 2015
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Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.

Elley writes provocative, emotional, contemporary romances, where Mr. Not-My-Type ends up being Mr. Right.

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