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City of Champions

(Gateway to Love #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  85 reviews
How do you find the will to try, when you've spent all your life playing on a field strewn with shattered lives and broken rules?

Tragedy and betrayal taught Jenna Sutherland early on that her safest bet was to fiercely avoid any risk, whether it is in work, life, or love. Now a respected orthopedic surgical resident on the cusp of finally breaking through in her career, sh
Kindle Edition, 408 pages
Published November 10th 2014 (first published November 4th 2014)
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May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it

**City of Champions generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Releases NOVEMBER 10, 2014

4 Belleza Stars

While City of Champions could be read as a stand alone novel, I'd highly recommend you reading book one of the series, Three Rivers, before diving into Wyatt and Jenna's story.

Chloe Barlow creates unique stories with engaging characters and diverse plots richly entrenched in the setting of her novels. The Gateway to Love series opens new doors for romance readers tha
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won an advanced reader's copy of this book in a contest. This review is spoiler free.

This book is deserving of more than 5 stars! It has to be one of the best, stunningly perfect books I have ever read. When I ugly cry in the prologue, yes the prologue, I know I am in for the emotional ride of my life!

This book delivers everything a reader of contemporary romance could want: smiles, laughter, tears, angst, love, romance, trials, tribulations, a strong female lead (Jenna), a bold male lead (Wya
Jezabell Girl

This is a powerful read which covers an emotive subject. It starts extremely painfully and had me sobbing during the prologue but the story as a whole is amazing and focuses on a passion for life, love and happiness.

The story covers the lives of Jenna and Wyatt, a QB and someone Jenna has been following closely during his career. Now struggling with a shoulder injury, Wyatt must reevaluate his priorities. Does he risk surgery and his career or does he find alternatives and hope they his team wil
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided for an honest review*

So afraid of loosing anyone she starts to love, Jenna distances herself from any kind of happiness, except for her best friends, Aubrey and Althea.

Making the move to Pittsburgh when Tea needs her, she starts work at the local hospital. Nothing will stand in her way of getting the fellowship in Orthopedics. Not ever a certain football player.

Wyatt McCoy, son of a great, wants to prove to Jenna that she can love. She thinks he's a jerk.
When a injury requires so
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, sports-jock
☆ I received an ARC via LBTS PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

City of Champions has become my new favorite read from this new series!! While I loved Three Rivers so much, City of Champions managed to secrete and fortify my fandom for Chloe T. Barlow’s writing.

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In it, we re-meet Jenna, one of Tea’s best friends from bk1, who grew up around the sport of football and had later faced a harsh reality of life that irrevocably and completely altered her whole perception on th
Karrie Mellott Puskas
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
City of Champions! I've been dying for this book! And Chloe brings it in this book! It's 110% guarantee satisfaction!

Jenna is a strong will woman/doctor! Who has a hard time letting people in. Wyatt is the hot sexy quarterback/man who is hard to resist!
Jenna has put her walls up bc of failed relationships. Wyatt is the typical QB but he's wanting more. He peruses Jenna. Not only on a professional level but personal. Jenna won't fall to his hotness ways. 

Wyatt needs Jenna to help him with his sh
Linda Reed
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chloe T. Barlow knows how to write good books but more importantly, she knows how to start a book with a bang! Once again, I was blown away by her skillful handling of the prologue. I was immediately drawn to the character of Jenna Sutherland; smart, strong, yet vulnerable. In walks Wyatt McCoy, who is cocky, good looking with a chip on his shoulder and thinking he could win Jenna easily. The interaction and dialogue between Jenna and Wyatt is steamy, sweet and at times, funny.

Intertwined in th
Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
I just have to say that Three Rivers, Book 1 in the Gateway to Love series, is one of my top reads of 2014 and City of Champions is now on that list too!! I love this author, these characters and these books. The writing is outstanding and the relationships are so wonderful that I want to be friends with all of them. We met Jenna in Three Rivers and City of Champions is her story. Well, Jenna and Wyatt's story. Jenna is a doctor who comes face to face with a player she's followed since college. ...more
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 Champion Stars

This book was generously gifted by the author in return for an honest review.

This is the second book in the Gateway to Love Series from MS Barlow, this time with Jenna's story.

The prologue is Jenna's backstory and it is VERY profound. Her struggles as a little girl and then a teen define her very reasons for her guarded heart. I had my breath taken away with the truth of Jenna's past.

Wyatt has also had his share of struggles though very different from our heroine and also de
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In City of Champions the Second book of A Gateway Love Novel by Chloe Barlow..The emotional roller coaster she takes you on. It grabs you, and won't let go.

As Dr. Jenna Sutherland who is a resident of the orthopedic surgeon department is approaching a very important shift in her career she must keep a leveled head. The only thing is her boss feels she's lacking something? When her boss appoints her to review Wyatt McCoy's shoulder status it's not what she expected. She is a strong person who ha
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every once in awhile you get hit with a book that you know you will never forget. Other times books can come and go. Well, City of Champions is a book that I will never forget! First off I fell in love with the Gateway to Love series and Chloe Barlow right off the bat with TR. (If you haven't picked up Three Rivers yet I suggest you do it now!! I mean what are you waiting for it's a sexy contemporary, cant ask for more than that?)

We first met Jenna in TR and she was the one friend who is level
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Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you read my Three Rivers review which is the first book in this series. Than you know how happy I was to be able to review these books. After reading Three Rivers I had high hopes for this book and author Chloe Barlow doesn't disappoint. She's starts City Of Champions off with a bang with Jenna and Wyatt's dry sarcastic sense of humor towards each other.

I loved Jenna's character in Three Rivers. She was such a great and loyal friend to Althea. To drop everything and move to Pittsburgh to he
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
CofC is a game winner!
This book is one to go on the shelf of future re-reads. After reading and loving book 1 of this series, Three Rivers, I was anxious to see what the author would do with Jenna and her story; I was not disappointed! City of Champions was more than I could have hoped for: Wyatt is a super-sexy quarterback in the NFL, and Jenna is a no-nonsense, sweet doctor. When these two strong people meet, personalities clash and intense attraction surprises them both.
As I've come to expec
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted this book for an honest review. I was suprised by the first book by Author Chloe T. Barlow, but this one was just WOW, I loved it. We meet Jenna Sutherland or Dr. Sutherland who is guarded and only lets the people she is close in. Then we meet Wyatt McCoy NFL quarterback and his crazy funny attitude that, I loved about Wyatt. I love how these two acted around each other,but I could feel the chemistry between them it was hot. Then when they finally give in to it, I'm going to say it ...more
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Tera Lemus
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for C of C. I read and reviewed the first book in the series Three Rivers also. I must say that I really enjoyed Three Rivers, but I loved City of Champions! I don't want to give the story away so I will be brief.

Lets start with Jenna. Jenna goes through a lot of heartache as a young child. Her father is a well respected football coach and Jenna spends a lot of time with her father, therefore falling in love with the sport. She was a quiet girl that had her
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Gateway to love series.
This is Jenna's story. Jenna Sutherland
has a really sad past, not only for what happened when she was a little girl, but from someone else abusing her trust. She decided that the best thing she could do was to avoid any risk and concentrate on her job, working hard to try to obtain the fellowship in orthopedics.
What she didn't count on was meeting Wyatt McCoy, a hot, cocky and charming NFL quarterback. He needs something from the beautiful Do
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin.. Ah yes! The beginning! Just Wow! I haven't had a story reach and grab me that hard in a long time. I was in from the first page to the last. (Just so others know, that's rare for me) I cried, I got so angry at both the H/h for their actions. I don't know if I should even begin to talk about the explosive closet scene.. Yummy! Oh and this book talks about two, count em, two.. Very touchy subjects and wouldn't ya know the release of this book is going to be in the same awareness m ...more
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
City of Champions delivers on all the feels, sexy times, and suspense you expect from Chloe Barlow.
The book introduces us to Wyatt, football star and family caretaker, who meets Jenna by coincidence with her best friend from Book 1. What follows is a chase for love that neither felt deserved or had the time for, and that’s what makes it that much sweeter through the trials and tribulations. Wyatt is cocky and hard headed when it comes to his career and taking care of his family. There were times
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a male, it was a battle to get through the prologue without letting the growing need to cry like a baby break through. I kind of did it, but only because nobody spoke to me or distracted me from my 100% focus on getting through it without letting the quivering lip turn into streaming tears. Luckily that only happened a couple more times in the book. But it was a great emotional rollercoaster.

After the beautifully written prologue flashback, we get to go back into world of Chloe’s characters t
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chloe Barlow did it again! This book made me feel extremely excited, sad, thrilled, horny and hilarious - I felt all these feelings reading this beautiful story. Jenna and Wyatt are so hot together and apart as well. If you like romance, sports, family drama and beautiful storytelling then you must read this book! The chemistry between Jenna and Wyatt is so palpable I thought my hands were burning from the sizzling. This book is a stand-alone, but I recommend reading the first book in Chloe's Ga ...more
Rebecca Kemna
Nov 23, 2014 rated it did not like it

This book hit me like it was written by someone immature with a lot of knowledge about sex and cursing. The dialogue was very predictable and monotonous. It's kind of like a soap opera where you are saying oh come on. Skipped a lot of pages won't follow this author.
Kimberly (Kimmy Loves to Read)
I won a contest and received an ARC of this book. I loved the first book in the series, so I was excited to read this one. The book starts on a sad note. I mean, I can’t remember if I have ever read a book that had me ugly crying in the Prologue. Yes, the prologue. So I knew that this was going to be a good read and it did not disappoint.

We first met Jenna in the series’ first book, Three Rivers. Her path in life has been shaped by the events in the prologue and she has become a successful orth
Lorinda Hayes
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a life long Pittsburgher and a Steelers fan. We've not always come out ahead in the QB category, but we've got a winner now. I will say this: He is no Wyatt Alejandro McCoy. No QB alive looks as good as he does (no matter whose imagination is going there. . . ) On the other hand, orthopedics is a demanding specialty in the land of 4 professional sports teams plus universities plus colleges plus high school plus midget and instructional leagues. So my expectation for a contemporary romance s ...more
aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-arc

I was soooo damn glad that finally I could get to have Jenna's story. We met her in Three Rivers as one of Tea's bestfriend. And I know for sure everyone who  get read the book definitely loved those two bestfriend of her's. I AM ONE OF THEM. Who wouldn't right? The author just described them and play a role for them in the story that we can't resist to love. 
So, Jenna's life story is not what I thought it woud be, with a past that taught her to avoid risks in different aspec
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jenna is a orthopedics doctor specializing in Sports Medicine. She loves her job but not the athletes so much. However this may cause her the spot in the fellowship. After meeting Wyatt McCoy "the gunslinger", she is determined to do everything in her power to stay away from him because athletes in her opinion are no good and he tends to make her want to be with him. After her visit with her doctor for her yearly checkup however she finds out that she has lumps and will need surgery to get them ...more
Amanda Vinson
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is wow!! Chloe T. Barlow did it again! Three Rivers was a favorite for me, so I have been waiting for C of C. I was not disappointed!! This is the story of Jenna, an independent doctor who has had a sad childhood. Wyatt McCoy is the cocky football player who needs her help. When they meet, the sparks fly! This book has it all ... love, sex, heartbreak, grief! I am now anxiously waiting for my next dose of these amazing characters!! Great job Chloe!!!
All Romance
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it


We finally have Jenna and Wyatt's story. Gotta admit lovers- I was waiting for this one ever since I heard Wyatt was a sexy quarterback. I have a thing for footballs players. Like a major thing. I enjoy them. A lot. And Wyatt is a Mexican- Irish football player. I don't even know how to process that. All I know is that I like it.

Let me warn you that the prologue- dear sweet Jesus. I started reading this in an airport and had to stop because I was having to force myself t
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
City of Champions is the second book in the Gateway to Love Series. Although it can be read as a standalone, because it centers around a new couple, I would suggest reading Three Rivers first. This was a much different read than Three Rivers. Where Three Rivers has elements of suspense and mystery, City of Champions is a straight out sports romance. If you love football, you will definitely love this book!

The series centers around three close friends living in Pittsburgh - Althea (Tea), Jenna an
Southern Belle Book Blog
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Usually when I read the next in a series, I re-read the previous books, especially when it’s been a while since I read them. But with City of Champions, book 2, in Chloe T. Barlow’s Gateway to Love series, I didn’t re-read the first one. I just jumped right in. And I’m so glad I did. It felt a bit like coming home. Visiting with friends and remembering why I love them some much.
I think one of the best things about this book is that it feels so real. Real problems. Real issues. Even Wyatt and hi
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Chloe is a contemporary romance novelist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and their sweet puppy. Chloe has always loved writing and cherishes the opportunity to craft her fictional novels and share them with the world.

When Chloe isn’t writing, she spends her time exploring Pittsburgh with her husband and friends. She also enjoys yoga, jogging, and all Pittsburgh sports. She is a

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