Swagger – book review

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Swagger
by Liz Lincoln
Release Date:  September 18, 2018
Publisher:  Loveswept
Book #2 in the Milwaukee Dragons series
Number of pages:  258
Kindle Edition
Source: ARC from Net Galley
Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F
Rating: XXX
Read 9/7/18 to 9/8/18

As much as I’m loving this series, I’m really not a fan of the covers.  The bodies of the men used are amazing, but the poses just seem awkward and unnatural.  So as with On the Line, the first book in the Milwaukee Dragons series, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Liz Lincoln really has her meet cute moments down.  The clumsy embarrassment and instant attraction.  I love it! I really cannot wait to read more by this author.

Bree is such a relatable character.  I’m sure most of us haven’t gotten our PhD in physics, but her emotions and anxieties and self-doubts…all those things make her so down to earth.  On the other hand, Marcus is a high paid, highly recognized, professional athlete.  Yet the author made him very relatable, too.  He has the same doubts as us “normal folks” and the same issues with his parents as a lot of people have.  Marcus is really quite down to earth.  Although Bree could see that pretty quickly, she still had a hard time thinking she was anything special to Marcus.  How could she be when he could have anyone he wanted and she’s a mess?  But Marcus NEVER did anything to make her feel that way, Bree did that all on her own.

The issues Bree has to deal with at the university with her adviser are all issues that are so in the spotlight these days.  The author handled them really well without turning the story into a lecture.  She had her characters explain to the guys in their lives why their “trying to help” wasn’t always the best thing and that, in itself, is sexist.  It was great to see the give and take Bree had with her friends and their willingness to be open to what their women friends had to say.

I’m excited to see who will get the next story in this series.  As I said before, I’m loving this author and this series.  The connections her characters have (both romantic and friends) are amazing.  The emotions I experience when both Bree and Marcus speak to their parents is a testament to the author’s skill.  I was so invested in those relationships and conversations.

4.5 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is 24 and living at home while working. He just finished trade school for media arts and is looking for a job that will be a career so he can get out on his own. In the meantime he's got a steady job with benefits. Our youngest, Griffin, is 20 and in the Army. He just got married so I have also gained a daughter. Unfortunately, he is stationed in Washington so they're across the country from us. I was lucky enough to have the option of leaving the work force a few years ago, but recently went back part-time to learn a new trade working at a small family owned coffee shop.
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