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Foolish Games

(Out of Bounds #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,762 ratings  ·  131 reviews
A Hail Mary play for the heart.

Bridal gown designer, Julianne Marchione knows better than to lose her head at a client’s wedding. But, much to her embarrassment, a mix of migraine medication and a smoking hot football player lead to a steamy one night stand resulting in a surprise pregnancy. Julianne has every intention of leaving her NFL hookup far in the past until her
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Published December 3rd 2013 by Berkley
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Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of cranky sports heroes
Like the previous book (Game On) the football hero in this book (Will Connelly) was a little bit too much of an ass with a huge chip on his shoulder and huge trust issues for me to fall in love with him. Not until late in the book did he wise up so that was just a little too-little-too-late for me. Otherwise, a pretty good story with some hot moments, and a secondary romance between the hero's still young (mid forties) mother and (view spoiler) almost ...more
Sheryl C. Nash
Apr 03, 2013 marked it as to-read
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted here:

I have a love of all things sports romance. Add in a secret baby and I’m a puddle. When I first read Solheim’s debut novel I was so excited about the opportunity to get pulled into another football family.

Julianne never expected to get knocked up from her one night stand with Will, and when she did, she had zero desire to tell the father. Right up until the only thing that could save her son’s life would be his father’s blood
Jacqueline J
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
A satisfying contemporary romance read. Gotta wonder though about the author's grasp of English and indeed that of every beta reader, editor and proofreader. These were not typos. The phrase "She brooked no argument," was used incorrectly TWICE.

When she'd told Carly that she and Owen were staying there, the relief in her friend's voice had been palpable. Worse, her friend hadn't brooked any argument.

What she meant to say was Worse her friend hadn't offered any argument. Two entirely differe
Cocktails and Books
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
FOOLISH GAMES is a fast paced, engaging story about a hot, football player and a successful wedding dress designer. Will and Julianne have a chance meeting and it changes their lives forever.

Will Connelly is known as William the Conqueror in the NFL, he is a linebacker for the Baltimore Blaze football team. Will is a domineering, opinionated alpha male, but has always felt insecure about his upbringing. Julianne Marchione, is a wedding dress designer to the stars, she is a strong, independent w
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-arc
I thought this was a great contemporary romance. I enjoyed the first book in the series, but I liked this one even better. Julianne and Will both quickly captured my heart, and I loved seeing the relationship between them develop. I thought they were both wonderful characters. There were also some very good and engaging secondary characters. I enjoyed the setting, and was kept engrossed in the storyline of these two getting to know one another and forging a bond together as they care for their s ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: C-

After a one night stand leads to a pregnancy, the mom-to-be Julianne feels isn’t necessary to tell the father, Will. The baby is born but now needs a blood transfusion and his only hope is Will since Julianne isn’t a match. Will is told about his son and is rightfully furious since he vowed to never father a bastard child and goes storming to the hospital for answers. After Will’s blood is used to save his and Julianne’s son, Will has his o
I was SO glad I didn't have to read the first book of the 'Out of Bounds' Series to enjoy this book... also glad about that cause I want to read the third book ASAP so the first one wont be read anytime soon. *giggles*

as for this book, at first I wasn't liking Julianne's because I thought she was kicking her self in the ass TOO much about what she tried to do to Will without reminding herself she WAS doing what she thought was best... I was like GET OVER IT already. Will on the other hand I love
Deborah Greenberg
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I have to admit I am a Tracy Solheim fan. I really enjoyed the first book in her Out of Bounds series: "Game On" and I loved this one even more! Like her first book, this story focuses on a Baltimore Blaze football player - in this book it's Will Connelly aka "William the Conqueror" who is baffled when a meeting with a US Senator that he thought was a fishing expedition for information about an alleged bounty payments for hits scheme leads to the revelation that he had fathered a son with an int ...more
Jan 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap
I have been into sports based romance lately. so when I saw this at my local library, I gave it a try. And that is all it was. I tried to read this book Jan 28 but put it down several times. I don't like stupid women heroines. Half of the things Julianne did in this book was enough to make me slap her. I knew my interest would fall when I read Will's proposal and her response. I like some reality in my books, make it seem as if it could happen. It make me invest myself, I normally want to know h ...more
Anne OK
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Second installment in Tracy Solheim's "Out of Bounds Series' was sassy, sexy and fun-to-read. I neither loved or hated it -- but just relaxed and enjoyed having a sports-themed (football) contemporary romance book to read. Wasn't taken by either leads in this one. Both were a bit extreme for my taste. And, secret babies aren't one of my favorite tropes either.

I will, however, be continuing on with the series. Brody Janik has my interest piqued.
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was a nice book!!!
Susan Carlisle
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The sports background only added to the characters who loved and fought passionately. Well worth a read.
Dark Faerie Tales
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Football player plus wedding designer equals a one night stand resulting in a child that needs Dad’s help to get better.

Opening Sentence: Paternity.

The Review:

There are a couple of things that have followed me around the world and back again. One of them is reading, which is how I ended up writing this review, and the other is my love for football. One of the things my Dad and I would do after Sunday lunch had been cleaned up was to sit and watc
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

Bridal gown designer Julianne Marchione is the consummate professional. But combine migraine medication with a terrifying storm and even a pro like Julianne can lose her cool at a client’s wedding…particularly when a hot football player is involved. Although Julianne wants to put her foolish one night stand behind her, she finds she can’t for long. Nearly a year later, Julianne’s infant son needs a blood transfusion
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Rating 4 1/2 Stars

I have been meaning to get Foolish Games by Tracy Solheim read before release day. However, it didn't happen, but I was able to finish today. So, let's get started.

When I started reading this book I wasn't expecting to be an emotionally draining story. I was thinking a football hero this should be good. Granted Foolish Games was a great read, but really draining. Here's why:

We have a one nightstand that creates a baby. Now Julianne Marchione was never
Christi Snow
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
My Review:
I'm not usually a big fan of hidden baby stories, but this one really worked for me and I think the reason it worked so much for me was Will's character. This is a guy who came from a small town where he was ostracized for not having a dad. As a result, bringing a bastard child into this world is about the worst thing that he could imagine so he's completely appalled when he finds out he has a one-month old baby in this world. His pain is palpable as is the crushing blow to his own sel
Book Reading Gals
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Title: Foolish Games

Series: Out of Bounds Book #2

Author: Tracy Solheim

Genre: Romance

Blurb: This Hail Mary play for the heart is the latest sports romance in the sizzling Out of Bounds series. Bridal gown designer Julianne Marchione knows better than to lose her head at a client’s wedding. But, much to her embarrassment, a mix of migraine medication and a smoking hot football player lead to a steamy one night stand resulting in a surprise pregnancy. Julianne has every intention of leaving her NFL
Moon Love
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Will Connelly also known as "Will the Conqueror" is not having a good day. Being called into the Senator's office whose in charge of the committee looking into a bounty hunting NFL scandal, and finding out instead of being asked to testify you're involved in a paternity suit is surprising for a man who knows first hand how a bastard is treated and would never want his own child to experience that. Julianne Marchione thought she was doing the right thing by keeping Owen's existence from Will but ...more

Foolish Games (An Out of Bounds Novel)
By Tracy Solheim
Berkley Sensation
December 2013

An Out of Bounds Novel ~ Number Two

Julianne Marchione, the sexy bridal gown designer readers met in Game On, had a turbulent one-night stand with a total stranger approximately nine-months ago. She had not planned on having to contact the man about his paternal situation, but she has no other choice since their baby son was born with medical problems, and needs a transf
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Foolish Games, Out of Bound #2, by Tracey Solheim
Grade: B+

“That’s right, Owen. Tell Mommy she can do it. Tell her we’ll protect her.”

Julianne Marchione has sold her business and has spent every last penny she has to get the medical help her new baby boy Owen needs. When the doctors tell her Owen needs a blood transfusion from his father, Juilanne suxks it up and reaches out to pro football player and her only one night stand Will Connelly. Will is shocked to learn he has a son and that he never
High Plains Library District
May 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, meagan
This could potentially be seen as a bit of an odd duck of a review. I’m giving it only two stars, but I suspect that a lot of you out there will probably like it a lot. Which probably has you asking why, if I think it's not bad and will even be popular, did I rate it two stars? There are two answers to that question.

First: This is a football book. I don’t particularly like football, so this isn't really my book from the get-go. (I know. It’s weird that a non-football fan would pick this football
Dec 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Love a sports romance and have mixed feelings on this one. After I was done I decided I more or less liked it. Eye candy Jed Hill on the cover doesn’t hurt either. The meet between Will/H, the Baltimore Blaze football team’s linebacker, and Julianne/h, a wedding gown designer, is very lame. Julianne is a drama queen and the story is high drama. I’m talking eye rolling now and then. Ok, I like drama but at times this bordered on too much especially fragile Julianne who’s referred to as Scarlett O ...more
Kathy Martin
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting story that explores the "secret baby" trope. Julianne had never intended to let Will know that she had had his baby. But when the baby suffers a medical emergency that can only be solved by a transfusion of parental blood and Julianne's isn't right, she has to let Will know he is a father. Will who grew up as an illegitimate child in a small town has always been determined that no child of his would suffer the same fate.

This one night stand will have life-changing consequ
Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore
Stubborn as all get out. That's Southern slang. Look it up in Wikipedia and you just might see a picture of Will Connelly and Julianne Marchione. Big tough William the Conquerer is easy to anger and just as likely to turn to putty - both, of course, when in close proximity with his lovely in-name-only wife.

Much of the book is set in the cozy little town of Chances Inlet, where I kinda wouldn't mind living (and I'm not normally a fan of 'cozy' settings). Will, however, obviously feels differently
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed-books
Foolish Games (Out of Bounds, #2) by Tracy Solheim

I was able to get an ARC of Foolish Games which made me ecstatic.

Will "The Conqueror" Connelly was raised as an illegitimate child in a small town in North Carolina, thus he is a bit sensitive about having kids out of wedlock. When he finds out he had a child after a one night stand he loses it. Julianne Marchione has such a guilty conscience about hiding Will's son from him, she allows herself to be pressured into marrying Will for the sake of their son Owen. What starts out as a marriage
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, reviewed
Loved this book! It's a well-written love story about two people who unexpectedly get together on a dark and stormy night which ends up with unplanned results that change their lives forever. It kept my interest from start to finish and I can't wait for the next book in this series to come out.

Both Will (our very sexy, studly, alpha hero) and Julianne (our sweet, carefree and somewhat naïve heroine) come from hard childhoods that have left them damaged and untrusting. They start off at each oth
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites
4.5 stars. Another fantabulous read in the Out of Bounds series. I loved everything about this book: from the gentle love that developed between Will & Julianne to the gorgeous atmospheric setting of Chances Inlet, everything was perfect.

Will & Julianne: The first thing that captured me about these two was their love for their son Owen. Both Jules and Will demonstrated time and time again that their priority was Owen's happiness and well being (even though he caught them by surprise). I love bo
Tori Meskell
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Tracy Solheim has done a fantastic job of writing another page-turning novel. She really had me hooked by the end of chapter 3. Her style is such that the story unfolds with pictures in my mind as opposed to just words on a page. I truly enjoy that about her writing. As with her first book, Game On, there were moments that I laughed out loud and others where I had tears in my eyes. I did want to slap both characters at different times in the book, but I think that was the point. The very root of ...more
Maria Franco
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was a cute read. I really enjoyed Will and Julianne together. Julianne seemed a little scattered at the beginning but I honestly understood all the reasons behind her decisions after she explained them. I honestly didn't feel like she deserve how badly Will treated her at the beginning of this book (and even how Carly treated her at the end. It made me not like Carly at all because it just seemed like she was constantly judging her friend. But she was there for Julianne so there's something), ...more
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Tracy Solheim writes books with shirtless men on the cover. Some of them are actually best-sellers. The books, not the men. When she's not writing, she's practicing her curling. . . bottles of wine, that is. She's been known to cook dinner but no more than two nights in a row. Most days, she'd rather be reading, which to her is just necessary research. She lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her ...more

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