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Calling the Shots (You, Me and the Kids #22)

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  17 reviews

Bryan James knows everything about hockey. That's a passion he and his daughter Allie share. What he doesn't know is how to be a single father. And the way he's scrambling to hold his thirteen-year-old's world--and his--together kind of proves that.
So does the fact they're in community mediation after Allie's run-in with another player on her own team There's probably som
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Harlequin Special Releases
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This was just okay. I liked the kids Allie and Tim. Allie was more well developed than Tim. He could have used more time on screen. I liked the hero, Bryan more than the heroine, Clare. Clare didn't open up at all until the last 2 or 3 pages. She was very closed in and stand offish. Her sudden turn around was a little unbelievable.

There was so much time spent with the kids and their problems that the romance was given very little page time. They were basically never together alone. I didn't see
The fourth star is for Bryan, who was such a great character. If only Clare had been as great. Her walls stayed up for too long, to the detriment of her and the story. Things should have started happening at least a fourth of the book earlier than the did. She ended up coming off as a real bitch instead of someone emotionally hurting. But Bryan was an awesome lead and an awesome dad and I loved to read his and Allie's scenes. He deserved better than Clare!
Got this as a freebie from Tell Harlequin. I'm just not into books with heavy "kid" influence.
(2,5 étoiles) L'histoire en elle-même est sympa. On passe un bon moment avec Bryan qui tente de faire face avec une fille difficile et Clare qui refuse de s'engager sur le long terme. La relation se concentre essentiellement sur le relationnel avec les enfants, la manière dont ils se rapprochent et gèrent leur problème. Je regrette toutefois que du coup la romance passe complètement à la trappe et n'arrive que vers la fin tel un bon et gros cheveux sur la soupe. Du coup, ça manque vraiment de cr ...more
Great read, I guess I'm on romance wave right now.
Delaney Diamond
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If it weren't for the hero and the two pre-teens, I would have given this a 2.5 out of 5, because I found Claire, the heroine, seriously annoying. She moved around every year and seemed shocked when her son suddenly found that upsetting. Also, while I'm not much of a sports fan myself and can certainly understand Claire's lack of interest in hockey, I was VERY upset that she would read a book during her son's games. During practice is fine, but during his game?!?! It's obviously something import ...more
Harlequin Super Romance which is truly a romance. They do have a short time in the back of a car but do not have interccourse.
Calling the Shots is less a romance and more a story of parents dealing with teenage children. Because of this, the romance did not feel right; the two adults even acted like children at times. There was too much hurt and too much past angst to fully embrace this story as a romance. This book is not a bad story if you are looking for a tale that centers on teenage angst and growing pains. I could never get into either Bryan's or Clare's psyche and was much more sympathetic to the kids. I could n ...more
A little end of semester light reading. Not too bad, not amazing.
Beth - ;)
This was not a book I would have chosen to read; it was sent to me for a survey. It was ok, I enjoyed the premise and the fact that it involved hockey added to the story. To me though the story was about the suddenly-single father trying to bond with his 13-year-old hockey-playing daughter and the romantic aspect with the new lady in town could have been left out entirely.
I rate it a B. I really enjoyed the book. It just took too long to get to where they were going and it seriously needed to be longer. The character's lives, their world, completely changes and the book ends one second later. Not fair. I enjoyed the hockey theme.
Maureen Osborne
Brayan and Clare were strong characters and just damaged enough to make their encounters/conflicts interesting and honest. Ellen Hartmann captured teenage angst and snowy hockey country perfectly.
Overall I enjoyed this, but couldn't really relate to the heroine's hangups. Good story overall though.
I thought it was kind of slow and the charachters just a little stiff but that's just me
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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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