Suspended Game features everything I look for in a romance; an intricate plot, characters I want to know and I care about, interesting dialog, just enough drama to make it interesting without bogging down the story, steamy intimate scenes and a relationship that develops out of respect, communication and deep feelings. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
After five years spent proving his innocence in a gambling scheme, Jimmy Doyle Walker is back on the field for the Washington Diplomats. Given one season to demonstrate he can still contribute to the team, he guards his secrets well, knowing exposure of his unorthodox sex life would create a career-ending scandal. When he meets Evelyn Gardner, she tests his resolve, and he risks everything to show her the delights to be found in his arms.
Living day-to-day as a switchboard operator, Evelyn Gardner loathes the sexual cravings that cost her the home and family she’d always dreamed of. When she meets Jimmy Doyle Walker, the sexy first baseman for the Washington Diplomats, at a church revival meeting, he challenges her beliefs and her expectations. Determinedly, he seduces her through erotic letters, sensual gifts, and sexual play, until she dares dream she can have satisfaction and respectability.
Too bad her father, the preacher, seems set on ruining not only their reputations but also their lives.
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Sometimes it is so hard to write a review for a book that just engulfs you and that is Suspended Game by Roz Lee. Honestly I don’t read very many historical romances and while some might not consider this historical it takes place in 1940 so to me it qualifies because it takes place before I was born. I wasn’t sure what to expect in this book other than from the cover it was obvious it featured some BDSM elements and from the synopsis it was about a professional baseball player back after a scandal that banned him from the game and a woman who had lost her family because she didn’t fall into line with her father’s preaching. What I got was a well developed, well written story of two people who meet in the most unlikely place and spend time learning not only about each other but themselves all while exploring their darkest desires. Suspended Game features everything I look for in a romance; an intricate plot, characters I want to know and I care about, interesting dialog, just enough drama to make it interesting without bogging down the story, steamy intimate scenes and a relationship that develops out of respect, communication and deep feelings. Author Roz Lee offered all of that and more in this book making it one hell of a story.
Jimmy Doyle Walker is happy to be back playing baseball after he was cleared of charges of illegal betting and he plans on letting nothing get in his way of playing the best he can during this year so he’ll get offered a contract to play out the rest of his career. Meeting Evelyn Gardner as a revival of all things should tell him to stay far away but there is something about her that makes him decide to take a chance even if it is obvious to him something in her past is holding her back.
There was so much I loved about this story including that fact that Jimmy Doyle was a gentleman to the core but he was also a dominate man. It was so interesting watching him with Evelyn from the start and guessing she not only was interested in him as a man but also that she had submissive tendencies. As this was a time when people didn’t discuss sex and were taught in most churches that there was only one reason for sex I was fascinated by this story. I admired Jimmy for not only seeing things in Evelyn she wouldn’t admit at first but also for taking a chance and enticing her through his letters and gifts. I’m not going to lie; I LOVED the aspect of him wooing her with his naughty thoughts and explicit instructions through his letters. (Think long distance domination.) Yes at times the verbiage made me giggle but I also had to remind myself that back then language was not as coarse as it is today especially at the beginning of a relationship. Despite that this book was H-O-T with a lot of self love going on and when they did finally get together it was scorching, not to mention fascinating as Jimmy showed Evelyn that her needs were not sinful or bad but beautiful and natural.
I could go on and on and on about my love for this book but I’m going to stop and just say, please buy it and read it. If you appreciate well written romances that cover all the bases then Suspended Game is a home run; a well written story with intriguing characters and a love that knows no bounds this is one you do not want to miss.