Save My Soul
By Elley Arden
Kemmons Brothers Baseball Series, Book 1
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: March 25, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 189 Pages
Psychotherapist Maggie Collins has always been a little off the proverbial wall, but now she’s also knee deep in a delayed quarter-life crisis. With her meager paychecks devoured by student loan debt, a car payment and rent for office space, living at home with a flighty, folksinging mother seemed like a good idea…at first. Now Maggie’s not so sure. She wants space to sort things out and launch a life of her own, but she needs a cushion of cash to get there.
When an unexpected phone call brings an offer Maggie can’t , she’s one deal with the devil away from moving out of her mother’s house.
The devil of contract negotiations, baseball agent Jordon Kemmons, has a problem the usual experts can’t fix…his star pitcher is too depressed to throw strikes. Even worse, Jordon’s post-divorce grudge against women is turning him into a raging mess. If desperate
times call for desperate measures, then cynical Jordon has made the most desperate move of all. He’s hoping sexy psychotherapist Maggie Collins is the answer to all his rusty prayers.
Soon Maggie and Jordon are fighting an attraction that threatens everything they’ve ever believed. If it’s not just physical attraction…if it’s something more, maybe two wrongs can make a right.
A psychotherapist worried about her future, a baseball player with a dark secret, and a sports agent used to getting what he wants, all learn about the real meaning of life in Elley Arden’s Save My Soul. Filled with likable characters, witty dialogue and sinfully hot chemistry, Ms. Arden’s story kept me turning the pages to discover what was going to happen next. The first book in a trilogy with baseball playing brothers, Ms. Arden’s series is off to a great start.
Single and living with her mother, psychotherapist Maggie Collins is worried about her future. Raised by a mother who’s a “free spirit” and behaves like a hippie, Maggie is caught between her mother’s childhood teachings and her desire for a traditional life. When a late night phone call and job offer gives her a chance to get away and make some serious money, Maggie can’t say no even when she knows her client thinks she’s somewhat of a flake.
Baseball agent Jordon Kemmons is used to a life filled with money, power and high stakes deals. When a young talented pitcher starts to fall apart, no one can figure out what’s wrong. Realizing there’s more to player’s problems than mere mechanics; Jordon calls Dr. Maggie Collins because of her unusual approach to psychoanalysis. Falling in love with the flaky doctor was never a part of his plan.
The scenes between Maggie and Jordon are funny, witty and full of sexual chemistry. Both emotionally wounded, their mutual attraction is unexpected and sinfully hot! Worried about the client-patient/doctor relationship, Maggie is somewhat reluctant to get too involved. Ms. Arden does a wonderful job developing Maggie and Jordon’s relationship, addressing their very different pasts and outlooks on life. They are both forced to face their pasts, realize they have real emotional feelings for each other, and that when given a second chance to seize life and love – you need to reach out with both hands.
The secondary characters from Maggie’s crazy mom to Carlos, the baseball player with a dark secret are all well developed and contribute to both Maggie and Jordon’s relationship and to the story’s plot. I especially liked how Ms. Arden introduces several different approaches to life while trying to teach her characters to be careful about judgment.
Will Maggie and Jordon be successful in both life and love? You’ll have to read Save My Soul to find out. I liked it and can’t wait to see whose story Ms. Arden is going to give us next.