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Back in the Game

(Stardust, Texas #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,273 ratings  ·  192 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde welcomes you to Stardust, Texas...where dreams come true and love is always right around the corner

Wanted: ghostwriter. Must be female, a baseball fan, and have a great pair of legs.

Ex-pitcher Rowdy Blanton never saw a woman he couldn’t conquer or a team he couldn’t beat. And now that he’s off the field he’s ready to tell all ab
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Avon
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

3 ‘I wish she hadn't gone there’ stars!

Back in the Game is the first book in Lori Wilde’s newest series, Stardust, Texas. It’s one of those stories that has all the makings of a 5 star read, except for… well, I’ll cover that in a bit.


Wanted: ghostwriter. Must be female, a baseball fan, and have a great pair of legs.

Ex-pitcher Rowdy Blanton never saw a woman he couldn't conquer or a team he couldn't beat. And now that he's off the field he's ready to tell all about when he played the field.
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
2/24/15: Now Available!

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

4 Stars!

What a fun start to a new series this book turned out to be! Once I had a chance to sit down with this book, the pages flew by quickly and I couldn't stop until I knew everything that was going to happen to Rowdy and Breeanne. It was just so much fun to sit down and read this impressive story.

This book did a lot of things really well. I loved the characters. Rowdy was a professional baseball player until an inju
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rating~ 4 stars

ARC was generously provided by the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Rowdy Blanton is the Gunslingers team’s ex-pitcher. After a horrible attack from a jealous husband (or so everyone thinks) his career is over. Now he has decided that a little payback is in order for the person responsible for ending his career by writing a all tell autobiography written by a ghostwriter since Rowdy is dyslexic.

Breeanne Carlyle was born with a congenital heart def
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

In this brand new series by Lori Wilde, BACK IN THE GAME features a previously injured baseball player who is wishing for a strong comeback after a horrific beating in an alleyway that took him down for awhile. The pitcher Rowdy Blanton discovers that the person who beat him may be associated with someone in the league and he wonders if the random attack was actually due to someone hiring another to take him down. In an effort to expose this information to the masses, Rowdy wants to write a
Back in the Game gives us a heavy dose of fun and flirty with heart but then you’ve got to add a dollop of paranormal happenings on the side.

Trying to break free on her own terms, Breeanne Carlyle dreams of becoming a published writer. When the hometown hero, ex-pitcher, Rowdy Blanton is looking for a ghost writer for his autobiography Breeanne grabs at the chance.

Rowdy sees that Breeanne brings out the best in him while Breeanne thinks there more to the pegged playboy, bad boy of baseball. Som
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
Review also posted at My Book Snack

Lori Wilde takes her readers to Stardust, Texas in book 1 of her latest series. In Back in the Game, Breeanne Carlyle is a dreamer, a budding writer, and believer of romance. She’s been a baseball fan since she was a little girl. Through a series of fortunate (and somewhat funny) events, Breeanne ends up as Rowdy Blanton’s ghostwriter, and now she will need to work in close proximity with her long-time crush and hometown baseball hero. Will she be able to resis
Ann Lorz
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can say that every time I read a Lori Wilde book I have a fan girl moment. I just love her books and have for a long while now. This is the first of a new series and it doesn't pull its punches and starts the series with a bang. You'll love it!
Lover of Romance
Review will be posted closer to release date.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF pg 62. Not for me. After the third time the heroine said "nut bunnies" as a curse, I just couldn't stomach it.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a slow go for me but then it picked up. The H is quite the comedian and very handsome. The h is also humorous when she starts to open up. Together they make a very funny and fated team.
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just love this new series by Lori Wilde. Back in the Game is the first book in the series. It is a fast paced hard to put down romance. I had to keep reading to see what would happen next. Breanne is trying to be a writer. She is a dreamer and believes in everlasting true love. Rowdy is a baseball player who is recovering from an injury. He does not believe in everlasting true love. They are thrown together so that Breanne can be the ghostwriter to his autobiography. Sparks begin to fly as the ...more
Rob. C.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second book by Lori Wilde (the first one being Christmas At Twilight) and I’ll admit she surprised me with this one. Whereas Hutch and Meredith’s story was intense, poignant and deeply emotional, this one was lighthearted with a little bit of magic too. Not that it wasn’t emotional, because in some parts it totally was, but there were lots of scenes when I couldn’t help laughing out loud.

Breeanne is awesome, in her nerdy and a little klutzy way. Being a dreamer, a writer and bookwor
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
I have to admit that this is the first Lori Wilde book I've ever read, although I own quite a few books of hers I've just now gotten around to being able to pick one up and I'm kicking myself for having waited so long, I loved this book!

Back In The Game is the first book in an all new series Stardust,Texas, this story has elements that I love in a book, a famous sports star Rowdy Blanton famous for his many conquests, who is finally brought to his knees by the virginal Breeanne Carlyle.

Rowdy a b
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back in the Game is a wonderful story. It introduces us to the town of Stardust Texas. Where baseball is lived and breathed for most of the town folks. They love their hometown baseball hero Rowdy Blanton who playing days came to an end when he was brutally attacked by a would be jealous husband and he has come home to recover from is injury. He meets by chance or is it, Breeanne Carlyle, who knows just what goes in to recovery from surgeries. It's not injuries that bring them together, but a le ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Back in the Game is the first book in a new series for Lori Wilde and it is so very good – heartwarming, heart-wrenching, funny, and beautiful all rolled into one book. She introduced us to Breeanne and Rowdy and told their sweet, sweet story. Both Breezy, as Rowdy calls her, and Rowdy have things in their pasts that they need to deal with in their own heads and only then can they have their HEA.

I loved that Breeanne was smart and funny and held her own against women that she thought were much m
Under the Covers Book Blog
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it

In this brand new series by Lori Wilde, BACK IN THE GAME features a previously injured baseball player who is wishing for a strong comeback after a horrific beating in an alleyway that took him down for awhile. The pitcher Rowdy Blanton discovers that the person who beat him may be associated with someone in the league and he wonders if the random attack was actually due to someone hiring another to take him down. In an effort to expose this information to the masses, Rowdy wants to write a

Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to Lori Wilde's new Stardust, Texas series. And deliver she did. There is Rowdy Blanton who is now an ex-pitcher after he was in a violent ambush. Granted he has plenty of money but has decided he is going to write his autobiography.

This is where Breeanne Carlyle comes in. She is an up and coming journalist and she is going to be his ghostwriter. Being in such close contact with each other feelings start to enter the picture.

She has been sickly all her life due to a h
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I haven't read a book by Lori Wilde that I haven't loved. It was a real honor to be among the first to read Back in the Game, the first book in her Stardust, Texas series. Breeanne has spent her life fighting a congenital condition. Rowdy was a kid from the downtrodden part of town who became a much loved baseball player. Then Rowdy is attacked and can no longer play. He's decided he has a story to tell and after interviewing a number of people, chooses Breeeanne to be his ghostwriter. As the bl ...more
Loved it, loved it, loved it! Lori does a great job starting this new series. It has humor, romance, mystery, and even a little magic. I happen to love baseball, so Rowdy was the perfect hero for me. He was a good guy underneath his player persona and he really helped Breeanne spread her wings. The way he makes her feel special in a good way is priceless. Breeanne is tougher than even she thinks she is, she is a survivor who doesn't know the meaning of the word quit. There were so many funny mom ...more
Blushing Reader
DNF at 70%. I just couldn't anymore. Something about these two annoyed me. I may try and read it another time but for now I'm moving on.
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lori Wilde does it again with BACK IN THE GAME! Loved this book!
IMPORTANT: Transgender women are described as "men dressed in women's clothing" and "trannies" in this book.

What I thought this book was about: a small town sports romance. Cute, quirky, hopefully funny, almost definitely sexy. But, uh...unfortunately Back in the Game was not that. Not even close. Also it’s just not well-written, but even if that wasn’t a consideration, the story is kinda hokey all on its own. It did start off okay at least! Breeanne is a sheltered, virginal bookworm with a long
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Back in the Game is the first book in a new series by one of my favorite contemporary authors, Lori Wilde. It is her new Stardust, Texas series. As the name may imply the story is sports-related and features an athlete as the hero of the story. A baseball player named Rowdy Blanton.

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Tiffany Reads It All
I liked this book, but I had some issues with it that prevented me from loving it more.

Breeanne is an avid reader and aspiring writer. She self-published a book that didn't sell very well, and in the meantime works at her parents' bookstore. Breeanne was born with a heart defect which has caused her adoptive parents to be extremely overprotective of her throughout her whole life.

Rowdy Blanton is a former superstar pitcher whose MLB career came to an unexpected halt. He agrees to write an autobio
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Review also found here

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Avon via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is February 24th 2015.

I have to say the book started out strong for me. How could I not identify with a character who cherishes books and cannot stand to see dog eared books or broken spines on a book? I could seriously see myself and appreciate this trait in Breeanne.

Although this story fol
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lori-wilde
"Back In The Game" by Lori Wilde. Once again, Ms. Wilde has captured my heart. This story is fun and light yet still filled with a bit of heartache and yearning. Rowdy, a former major league baseball pitcher, and Breeanne - one of his biggest fans, meet officially when she becomes a ghostwriter for his autobiography.(They had met twice before) I loved how, despite her sheltered upbringing, she could read people and understood him and how deep his hurts went. Together, they were amazing! It was r ...more
Ruthie Taylor
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads."

If you like sweet, meaningful romances, then this is a good read, and full of story. It is also the start of a new series, and that is always an exciting event!

When a Baseball player, with a less than pristine reputation, and a sweet small town girl, with medical issues, but a healthy love of books are matched up to get his autobiography ghost written - well we just know the path it is likely to take. The journey is thoro
Margaret Sholders
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am not a baseball fan but I could be after reading this first book in a series. Lori came up with a really different story line. This story has a lot of strong people making this book special. Breeanne loves reading fantasy. She didn't have a normal childhood because of her health. Spoiler. She finds an old chest, a strange old lady and a mystery. She gets it open, finds a scarf and realizes it is strange. She also has a major crush on Rowdy Blanton, a pitcher recovering from a beating. He is ...more
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
After Rowdy Blanton’s attack has taken his beloved baseball away from him he wants to write a tell all about his career. He has found the perfect ghostwriter, Breeanne Caryle. There is something about her that makes Rowdy want to be a better man so he decides to figure out what that is and gets more than he bargained for.

Breeanne has had a crush on Rowdy since the time she was 12 and now that she has met the man she has decided there is more to him than baseball and his happy go lucky smile. Sh
Donna Flint
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Breeanne had been a sickly child, living out most of her time either in the hospital or on a couch because of a heart condition. Now she's all fixed up and ready to spread her wings both with her writing career and with her personal life. Rowdy is an ex baseball pitcher and needs a ghost writer to help him with his autobiography. Breeanne gets the job, but they both agree to keep things on a friends only basis. Rowdy has some secrets in his past that come out when Breeanne researches his past. W ...more
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Lori Wilde can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to write. She even went to nursing school so she could have a schedule flexible enough to allow her to write on the side. She nursed for 20 years, working in a variety of settings from the newborn nursery to the recovery room, to dialysis. But she never lost her desire to write.

She sold her first book in 1994 to Silhouette Romance but later dis

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