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Lucky 17

Win every game. F*ck every fan.
“Leo Tate! Leo Tate!”

It’s been a while since I heard them chant my name.

I play by the rules on the field, but in the bedroom, I break them all.

But one day, I screw my life up. I throw a game. I lose. I’m no longer the golden boy – I’m the black sheep.

When recruiter Nicole Robertson picks me as her team’s last chance, I know it’s Win every game. F*ck every fan.
“Leo Tate! Leo Tate!”

It’s been a while since I heard them chant my name.

I play by the rules on the field, but in the bedroom, I break them all.

But one day, I screw my life up. I throw a game. I lose. I’m no longer the golden boy – I’m the black sheep.

When recruiter Nicole Robertson picks me as her team’s last chance, I know it’s a gamble – for her and for me. But I’m going to prove myself. I’m going to come out on top. I have to.

I don’t want to fall for her, but I do.

I don’t want her to mess up my game, but she might.

She plays by one rule only – don’t mix business and pleasure.

Too bad for Nicole, because I’m coming for her.

Lucky 17 is a steamy romance with an alpha bad boy who has a heart of gold! Perfect if you like your romance HOT and your heroes dreamy! HEA with NO CHEATING and NO CLIFFHANGER! . more

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I was really excited for this read but found it lacking. Leo Tate made some poor choices and lost his job in his football team and no one wanted him. He’s now started a plumbing company but it isn’t going very well. Nicole is a recruiter for a football team and needs a new player. She learns about Leo and after taking to him, she’s sure he won’t show up. But he does and impresses the coach. Leo and Nicole have an immediate attraction but have to keep it professional. I found Leo to not fit the b I was really excited for this read but found it lacking. Leo Tate made some poor choices and lost his job in his football team and no one wanted him. He’s now started a plumbing company but it isn’t going very well. Nicole is a recruiter for a football team and needs a new player. She learns about Leo and after taking to him, she’s sure he won’t show up. But he does and impresses the coach. Leo and Nicole have an immediate attraction but have to keep it professional. I found Leo to not fit the bad boy persona. he was overall too nice. At times, the author described one thing but the character would say another, which I found confusing at times. Overall it was an okay read.

*My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read. . more

Oh my gosh

This book is amazing.
Nichole has to find a quarterback fast for her team. She calls her friend Sarah for help. They go through the names but only one is possible. Leo Tate
Leo is tainted because of gambling and throwing a game, but when they all show up to practice, Leo is hands down the leader.
This book has so much passion, pain, anger and love. You will fall in love with Martin. Leo and Nicole are perfect together.
I volunteered to read an advanced reader copy of this book.

It’s his second chance at a football career and his first chance at love. Great debut novel!

Leo Tate has felt the extreme highs and lows of being a football superstar during his short lived pro career. When it was good, it was really good. Rolling in cash, friends and women. When it was bad, it was really bad. Spending too quickly, getting into debts and then gambling with shady characters to get out of debt. He left football in a ball of flames after being accused of throwing a game. Disgraced It’s his second chance at a football career and his first chance at love. Great debut novel!

Leo Tate has felt the extreme highs and lows of being a football superstar during his short lived pro career. When it was good, it was really good. Rolling in cash, friends and women. When it was bad, it was really bad. Spending too quickly, getting into debts and then gambling with shady characters to get out of debt. He left football in a ball of flames after being accused of throwing a game. Disgraced and humiliated, he moved home with his ill father and started a plumbing business.

Nicole is a football super fan and has turned it into her life’s career. She’s a recruiter for the Seahawks and after her starting quarterback gets wooed to another team, she’s in a scramble to find a suitable replacement. Her best friend, a sports reporter, suggests that Nicole looks up Leo Tate. He was a superstar, but has hidden himself in obscurity since his scandal. He’d likely come cheap and with skills unmatched, if she could convince him to take a second chance on a pro career.

He’s grouchy, reclusive and very skeptical, but at his father’s urging, Leo goes to the QB tryouts and of course outshines all of the competition. Nicole puts her neck on the line, ignores the rumbling gossip about him blowing a second chance, and quickly offers him a contract with the team.

Nicole has always kept business and pleasure completely separate. She has to when she works with a locker room full of men who look like Greek gods and flirt non-stop. But something about Leo draws her in and they feel an almost instant kinship and connection. She wants to help him succeed and he absolutely doesn’t want to disappoint her.

They start to decide dating in secret and quickly come to care for each other. Can Nicole keep him on the straight and narrow long enough to prove that he’s a changed man? When faced with impossible decisions about his father’s life and illness, can Leo resist the temptation to fund treatments by gambling and breaking not only the law, but Nicole’s trust? What happens when the team gets wind of Nicole and Leo’s relationship? Can they survive the fallout?

I thought this was a great short, sports novel. This is a really good debut novel, well written and with more heart and depth than many sports romance novels. A steamy, heartbreaking, hopeful and touching love story about second chances and trusting your gut.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. . more

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Lucky 17, Q and the ‘tippy top’ White House: How conspiracy theories are being turbo-charged in Donald Trump’s America

Thursday November 22, 2018, 12:01 AM

There are some riddles about America that I never imagined I would have to unravel.

In fact, there are many conspiracy theories that exist in the dark recesses here that I never knew about, even after reporting from the US for more than a decade.

Until recently, I was blissfully unaware of the significance of the number 17 to many Americans.

I had never pondered the letter Q as a political force.

I would have struggled to tell you why thousands of people were exhilarated when Donald Trump used the phrase “tippy top” from the White House balcony.

Today, having spent a month researching and filming American conspiracy theories for a documentary for ITV’s Tonight programme, I feel more informed and more confused at the same time.

I have a better grasp, certainly, of why Americans are drawn to the idea of conspiracies and secret plots.

But as these theories are turbo-charged by the internet, talk radio and social media, I don’t know where it ends.

Does America become increasingly paranoid and suspicious, seeing shadows and threats everywhere, or does it eventually rediscover its equilibrium and return to a belief in reason and science?

Let me explain those riddles.

Q is the name that many Trump-supporting Americans give to the secretive figure they believe exists inside the government, who is helping the president defeat his enemies.

They believe that Q will not only ensure Trump’s survival but that he – or she – will turn the tables and destroy the Democrats and the Deep State.

And since Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet, his followers attach special significance to that number.

In the eyes of Q believers, his credibility was enhanced when a follower asked Q to get President Trump to say “tip top”.

Sure enough, Trump did use those words, although he had used the phrase before and there is no evidence of a link between the president and the Q conspiracy theory.

America has always been awash with such ideas.

From the hysteria of the 17th century Salem witch trials, through to the paranoid McCarthy era, to the JFK assassination and 9/11, there is a direct connection.

All have fuelled Americans’ obsession with conspiracies and raised doubts about whether official explanations are accurate.

But today something much more remarkable has occurred.

Suddenly, the conspiracy theorist-in-chief is on the inside.

He works from the White House. He is the President of the United States of America.

Donald Trump has weaponised conspiracy theories for his own political benefit.

Indeed, he came to political prominence by riding on the back of the Birther Movement, the pernicious lie that claims that Barack Obama was born in Africa and therefore was an illegitimate president.

Whether it is believing votes have been deliberately miscounted in the mid-term elections, or that there is a Deep State conspiracy against him, Trump is playing to the anxiety of millions of Americans who already have a profound distrust of the government and mainstream sources of news.

Many recent acts of violence have been triggered by those who believe in wild conspiracy theories, including most recently the gunman who murdered 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

So there is grave danger ahead if the battle for truth is lost.

In our film, we speak to those who believe passionately in the existence of Q; we hear from those who have been traumatised by conspiracy theorists; and we speak to scientists and intellectuals who are fighting back.

Besieged by talk of Fake News, with a president who portrays much of the media as the Enemy of the People, America is at a crossroads.

Trump and the Truth: America’s Conspiracy Wars – Tonight airs Thursday on ITV at 7.30pm.

Until recently, I was blissfully unaware of what the number 17 meant to many Americans and had never pondered the power of the letter Q.