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The Wedding Deal

(Heart in the Game #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Former quarterback Lance Quaid just inherited the most losing team in the NFL. He’s got only a few weeks until draft day to turn things around, and after firing more than half his staff, he can’t do it alone. Thankfully, his HR manager is more than capable, if only she’d stop focusing on “due diligence” and stop looking so sexy while she’s yelling at him.

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ebook, 400 pages
Published March 25th 2019 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Amara) (first published March 17th 2019)
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Kristy K
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

While I enjoyed the abundance of (accurate) sports talk in The Wedding Deal, I didn’t really care about the two main characters getting together. I wish they would have had more serious and heartfelt moments where I could really see them connect. However, I was overly excited about reading a sports romance where the author actually knew the sport she was writing about. Some may find it a little football heavy, but as the characters ran a pro football team, I felt it appropriate to so ce
A Funny, Sweet, and HOT romantic adventure
Sexy retired quarterback Lance has taken over his grandfather's team The Mustangs and all it's employees. He wants to make changes .Hi dream is to see this long time losing team become winners again. He's loud, jumps without looking and a bit of a playboy.. He starts by firing old boys club and doesn't follow the rules and uses non PC language when he does it. Charlotte is one of the long time employees and head of HR. She is a rule follower, paper pushe
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I’ve enjoyed several Cindi Madsen books and thought The Wedding Deal looked like the perfect book to feed my Contemporary craving. While I did like it, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would.

I felt the book was much longer than it needed to be. I thought there was too much repetition and the story dragged a little bit. There’s only so many times I need to hear how distracted a character is by their attractive co-wo
I really liked this book, the heroine is awesome and the hero was pretty good (he did do the cliche asshole thing of saying some mean shit because of his trust issues) but she stayed professional and didn't immediately forgive him she kind of made him work for it which I can respect!
Elizabeth Neal
What guy, especially a former quarterback, wouldn't be thrilled to learn they'd inherited a football team? It's like a dream come true, right? Well, not if they happen to be the worst team in the NFL. With the draft in a few weeks, Lance's opportunity to turn it around is tight, and firing the majority of the staff doesn't help, but he knows it's what needed to be done. Thank goodness he still has Charlotte, his HR manager. Of course, she seems to like yelling at him, and for some reason he find ...more
3.5 stars

The Wedding Deal by Cindi Madsen is a well written and entertaining read.

I enjoyed the storyline, it held my interest from start to end and I enjoyed watching Charlotte and Lance come together.

Overall, The Wedding Deal is a sweet, fun and entertaining read that I highly recommend.

*Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for the advance copy.*
Funny and light-hearted, ‘The Wedding Deal’ is an easy and entertaining read, even for those who don’t particularly follow sports or even like it. Who can, after all, resist a woman who gives as good as she gets when it comes to sports statistics?

Cindi Madsen’s witty portrayal of both Charlotte and Lance tickled my funny bone and I had more than a few snort-giggles at Charlotte’s by-the-book behaviour and Lance’s hilarious unfiltered thoughts and words from the start. What follows isn’t quite t
Bette Hansen
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I do love a great Cindi Madsen book and this one definitely fits the bill. It has all the humor, banter, and sass I've come to expect from her as well as some amazing characters and a story that just made me smile.

Lance and Charlotte are a fun couple. He says and does whatever pops in his brain. She follows all the rules frequently making up new rules as she goes. When Lance convinces Charlotte to accompany him home for his brothers wedding she requires him to sign a wedding contract to be sure
SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cindi-madsen, arc

I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*


I absolutely loved this book, and I don’t even like football. That being said, please give this book a try even if you normally not a sports fan.

I have been a Cindi Madsen fan for a while and she is one of my go to authors. I honestly think she can write a book about golf or the weather and it be super fu

Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Charlotte and Lance meet when Lance takes over his late grandfather's NFL team, immediately firing most of the team to the dismay of Charlotte. She is HR and constantly reminds him when he breaks a rule from the HR handbook (got a tad tiring I must admit).

When Charlotte accompanies Lance to his brother's wedding as his fake date, sparks fly. The book is easy to read and kind of predictable but a very nice beach read!
You can never go wrong with a Cindi Madsen book.

I requested and received an A
Johanna Montilla
Mar 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I haven't had really good luck with the last two books I requested.
I tried, I did. But this book didn't work for me. The POV doesn't help to tell the story. And the plot doesn't make much sense. Charlotte is an obnoxious character not likable at all, I mean an HR manager doesn't tell the boss what to do or what not to do. Honestly, she was kind of TSTL.
Also, the amount of time the words paperwork and form show up drove me crazy, At some point, I was just counting them.
The only good thing in th
Sara Oxton
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Wedding Deal by Cindi Madsen a five-star read that will make you want to settle. This is the first novel in the Heart in the Game series and my first read by this author and I can’t wait for more, Lance Quaid could be a rotten character born with a silver spoon and handed a football team, but he was so well written that you really felt for him. Charlotte James was another one, she could have been a rule following ball breaker, but she is great she has real depth to her. I for one can’t wait ...more
Charlotte James is the HR manager for the San Antonio Mustangs NFL team. Her job just got a whole lot harder when her old boss died and left the team to his grandson, former quarterback for the Tennessee Titans Lance Quaid, her peaceful existence was over. Lance can't believe how his grandfather allowed so many of his employees to slack at their jobs and he's not going to tolerate it on his watch, he starts by firing half the staff and using inflammatory language.

As the two of them work together
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You pretty much get exactly what this book’s synopsis spells out for you, my fellow romance book loving friends. At a very leisurely pace, this main couple single handedly attempted to end The Mustangs runaway losing streak by rebuilding it from the ground up. Having inherited this NFL team from his grandfather, Lance was looking for a way to get his mojo back after a career ending injury. What he wasn’t expecting was to find love in the form of his sassy HR manager, who is all about doing thing ...more
Candyce Kirk
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Wedding Deal is such a fun book to read. To be honest, I haven't read a lot of football romances (I mostly read hockey ones), but this was a great one to start with!

Charlotte has been working for the Mustangs for seven years now and is good at what she does. When it comes to her work the rules and paperwork are very important. Even if that means she needs to put her new boss in his place.

Lance just took over his grandfather's football team after he passed away. When an injury cost him his
Lenore Kosinski
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

3.5 stars — This book gave me some mixed feelings…there was so much I loved about it and that made me giggle and swoon! But I also totally saw the misunderstanding conflict coming from a mile away, and was kinda bummed that it played out how I anticipated. BUT! Then the ending just pulled me back in!!

The star of this book for me was the banter between Lance and C
Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am always up for a sports romance, and this one takes place on the management side of things. Lance and Charlotte had immediate heat, in that he was able to rile her up by not following procedures. This by the book girl wanted to wrangle the new owner, but instead, she fell for him. It was fun seeing these two trying to navigate this workplace relationship, while also dealing with their baggage. I absolutely loved being at the wedding with these two, because Lance's family was so wonderful. An ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
“I’m about to violate every section of the handbook.” -Lance

It was hard for me to connect with the
characters because of the writting style. I may be a little biased for first person point of view, but as I kept reading I was able to understand them better. I guess I just love it when I'm in their head. See things as they see them.

The story is cute and I enjoyed the pace. Definitely a slow burn. Also as a fellow Bookworm I loved all the other book references.

“Listen up, Edward Cullen." - Charlot
Sofia Lazaridou
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The Wedding Deal is the first book in a brand new series called Heart in the Game by Cindi Madsen. The first book is focused on Lance, the team's new owner, and Charlotte the HR manager. Lance recently inherited the team from his grandpa and he is trying to find the right combination of people in order to create a winning team and bring it back to its former glory. That's why he fired so many people and is making Charlotte crazy.

I loved Charlotte's character. There was something about h
Thuy Taylor
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lance is an ex football player who inherits his grandfather's team. The team is basically on a losing streak, and he is determined to fix it. I laughed sooo much at his firing the majority of the old team. He was relentless and so darn funny about it. Enter Charlotte, the rule follower, Human Resources, follow alllllll the rules type of girl. She basically has memorized the company handbook, and Lance just flies by the seat of his pants. Totally opposite of each other. She definitely doesn't dat ...more
Heather andrews
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lance really does enjoy teasing his girl, "she raised an eyebrow in warning. “What? You said compliments were okay. Remember how much you like my beard?” He reached up and ran his hand across it, a mischievous twist to his lips." Charlotte is just a tad bit clumsy, "Her cheeks flushed deeper as she shook her head. “it was embarrassing enough to fall asleep on you . Now I’m grabbing your crotch.” He doubted replying that he was okay with her grabbing his crotch would make her feel any better." La ...more
I'm on the fence so I'm going to say 3.5 stars.

This one took me a bit to get through. There's really not a ton of drama and it was cute how Charlotte was all rules/control freak and football stats were her jam. Lance is just not all about the rules and he was cleaning house with his team. There was some parts that I was really moving along, then other parts that were a wee bit draggy that I found myself putting it down or I started to skim. With the parts that I did enjoy, Charlotte and Lance we
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my second Cindi Madsen book and it has reinforced that I should have started reading her a long time ago. This book was more contemporary compared to the NA I first read and this book has caused me to seek out more contemporary reads. This book’s sports elements were awesome. Madsen chose to focus on a new owner and his head of HR and I ate it up. This, along with Madsen’s distinct humor she has cultivated throughout her works, was sure to resonate with me. Honestly, I feel like this bo ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. There were definitely parts that I enjoyed. There were times that just didn’t flow. I had trouble connecting. The hero seemed like a hunk. I like how family was a big part of his story. I could usually relate to the heroine. I just felt myself not being interested in parts, like the daddy drama. I don’t know why. It was an ok read.

I voluntarily read an early copy.
Isha Coleman
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Business becomes a personal pleasure for two unpredictable hearts. The Wedding Deal turns mayhem on the football field into a fiery attraction everywhere else. Cindi Madsen lightens the mood and scores points along the way. Lance and Charlotte are about to lock horns on and off the field. Can two control freaks allow themselves to relax long enough to fall in love? Madsen is the queen of witty romance. I love her.
Jill M
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot-athletes
This was a cute, easy romantic read. It was full of lots of football references to fee any sport romance reader. It was sweet and funny with a side of sexy. I loved the slow build up and all the football. Hockey romance is my first love but football is a close second. Cindi knows how to write an interesting story with intriguing characters to keep you interested. It’s a light-hearted romance to make any romantic happy.
Lissa Hawley
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ive read " the wedding deal" i ddnt like it ,, i gave it 1.75 out of 5
Sandy S
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars-

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 25, 2019

Former quarterback Lance Quaid just inherited the most losing team in the NFL. He’s got only a few weeks until draft day to turn things around, and after firing more than half his staff, he can’t do it alone. Thankfully, his HR manager is more than capable, if only she’d stop focusing on “due diligence” and stop looking so sexy while she’s yelling at him.

Charlotte James has made a life out of following the rules. But nothing could have prepa
Jackie Wright
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars for The Wedding Deal. This is a really entertaining, funny, sweet, romantic, easy to read tale and it will certainly captivate you from the very first page.
Charlotte and Lance cross paths when he takes over his late grandfathers NFL team, she is the woman in charge of the HR department and when Lance starts firing people left right and center Charlotte has no option but to read him not only the riot act but also the HR Manual......
Lance is a man on a mission he wants to turn the failin
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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, ...more

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