Friday, May 31, 2013

Blog Tour: Skin in the Game by Jackie Barbosa - Interview, Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Skin in the Game by Jackie Barbosa from Entangled Publishing's Brazen imprint.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  My stop today features and interview with Jackie, my review, and Jackie is also giving away a Kindle Paperwhite, which you can read more about below.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Title: Skin in the Game (Play Action, #1)
Author: Jackie Barbosa
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 252 pages
Release Date: May 27 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-793-2
Imprint: Brazen

Source:  eARC provided by publisher for tour. 

Angela Peterson was always the quiet, shy kid growing up in Harper Falls, crushing on the high school quarterback and honing her football strategy skills. Now grown up and coaching the high school team, she’s shocked when that same sexy quarterback returns to Harper Falls asks her back to his hotel room. And then tries to steal her job.

Injured NFL quarterback Cade Reynolds is in Harper Falls to take over as interim head coach, and he never thought the tall, blond bombshell he propositioned would offer up any resistance. Not to a repeat of the amazingly wild night they shared and certainly not to his coaching position. 

But the Harper Falls High Eagles are Angie’s team, and even the hometown hero won’t take that away from her, no matter how hot he is. As the two engage in a battle of wits and wills, this is one game neither is prepared to lose.

Author Jackie Barbosa:

Hi Jackie, thanks so much for stopping by today.  

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I could, but then I’d have to use one of those devices from Men in Black to wipe your memory. Okay, not really. I wish I could claim some cloak-and-dagger secret super-heroine identity, but the reality is a bit less exciting. Well, unless being a mother of two teens and a tween requires superpowers (and sometimes, I think it does!).

So yeah, I’m a wife and mom (of both children and pets). I have a day job as an instructional designer in the software industry. (Instructional designer is a fancy way of saying I write courseware.) We live in Southern California, where both my husband and I were born and raised.

Can you tell us a little bit about Angela and Cade?
Angie Peterson is a high school math teacher, but her first true love is football. Well, football and Cade Reynolds, the star varsity quarterback she crushed on back in her awkward teenage days. When Cade shows up unexpectedly in the local coffee shop and asks her back to his hotel room, she has no idea that his presence in their hometown represents a threat to her position as interim head coach of the Harper Falls High Eagles.

In the final stages of rehab for a shoulder injury that almost ended his NFL career, Cade Reynolds has come back to his hometown at the request of his high school football coach and mentor. He has no idea that helping out his former coach means stepping on Angie’s professional toes. Cade’s a guy who wants to do the right thing, but it’s hard to know what the right thing is when getting Angie back in his bed means breaking his promise to a man who’s like a father to him. 

Is the story based on your own experience and/or people you know, or is it purely fictional?  
That’s a great question, and I’d actually say it’s a little bit of both. Mostly, Cade and Angie’s love story is a work of pure fiction, but some of the things Angie struggles with in her life--a widowed parent, sexual harassment at work--are issues I’ve had to deal with in my own life as well. As a woman, I think it can be hard to be taken seriously in any profession that’s dominated by men, and that’s definitely something I encountered, particularly when I was in graduate school.

How did you come up with the title?
Originally, the title was going to be Unabated to the Quarterback. That phrase, which is a specific rule violation in football, was what inspired the entire story line. I realized pretty quickly, however, that that phrase would only be meaningful to pure football geeks like myself, so I decided about midway through writing the story that I needed a different, more relatable title. I don’t know exactly how I came up with Skin in the Game as an alternative; it just popped into my head one day and I thought, “Eureka!”

What is your favorite scene or quote from Skin in the Game?
I think my favorite scene would have to be the one that inspired the cover art. After a couple of weeks of keeping their hands to themselves, Cade and Angie go back to his hotel room and let’s just say they don’t make it to the bedroom.

One of my favorite quotes from the book also comes at the end of that scene, when Cade thinks the following:

He’d never really understood math before, he realized. One plus one didn’t equal two at all. One plus one equaled one.

You have written quite a few books.  Which character in your books has been your favorite to write, and what character has been your most challenging?
My favorite character to write thus far is the heroine of an as-yet unfinished Edwardian-set urban fantasy novel called Incarnate. She’s a ghost who’s capable of assuming solid form, and she’s both funny and kick-ass, although she’s the latter in more of an intellectual than a physical way.

I’d have to say at the moment that the most challenging characters to write are the ones I’m writing now—Warren and Rachel, the hero and heroine of the next Play Action novel. But that’s just because I’m deep in the trenches with them, trying to figure out exactly what makes them tick. 

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
Probably that I am so not a romantic in my personal life. My husband’s friends are always shocked to discover he’s not expected to bring me flowers on Valentine’s Day and anniversary, and that I’d much rather have a new vacuum cleaner or washing machine than jewelry or chocolates. (Well, okay, I’d like the washing machine AND the chocolates, but you get the idea.)

If you could ask the author of your choice (living or dead) any question you wanted, who would you ask and what would your question be?
I’d like to corner Plato and get him to tell me how much of what he wrote about Socrates was really true.

What TV show/movie/book is your guilty pleasure?
I don’t believe in guilty pleasures, only pleasures. 

My current obsession, however, is Criminal Minds. I didn’t start watching it until recently, so I’ve been DVR’ing and watching back episodes. Why? I have two words for you: Shemar Moore. 

What is next on your to read list?
I’m about halfway through Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and I’ll probably slide right into the sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, when I’m done. That said, I’m cheating a little on Hilary with Megan Mulry’s A Royal Pain.

This or That:

E-books or print copies? Generally, I prefer ebook, but if it’s something I’m going to pass onto my husband, like the aforementioned Mantel books, print is better.

Facebook or Twitter? Twitter, please.

Coffee, tea, or Coke? Coffee and tea.

Theater or DVD? Netflix, lol.

Beach or Mountains? Mountains. There’s too damn much sand at the beach.

Truth or Dare? Dare.

Talk or Text? Text. (Hey, I’m a writer. That’s the only answer for a writer, surely!)

Thank you so much for stopping by today Jackie. It's been great talking with you.,

My Review: I love Entangled Publishing's Brazen books, so I was excited to be able to read Skin in the Game. This is the first novel I have read by Jackie Barbosa, and I really did enjoy it and look forward to reading more from her. When Cade Reynolds, former high school football player and NFL superstar finds himself back in Harper Falls to help his old coach out for a few weeks while recovering from an injury, the last thing he expects to see while at the local coffee shop is a beautiful blonde who definitely could be a supermodel, and is most possibly the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. The last thing Angie Peterson expects when she walks in the coffee shop is to see Cade Reynolds, NFL superstar, and her secret crush when she was in high school, and she certainly doesn't expect him to ask her out. Cade obviously doesn't remember her, and Angie wants to keep it that way, thinking if he remembered the geeky, ugly girl she was in high school he wouldn't want anything to do with her. Cade has always remembered a geeky girl from high school who knew football and was quite the strategist when it came to plays. In fact, he credits her as playing a big part in his getting into the NFL to begin with. After a night of passion, Angie sneaks out while Cade is asleep, having convinced herself that is the best thing to do because their worlds are too different for it to be anything else. When Cade shows up at "her" high school as interim coach of "her" team team, things really begin to get interesting, and they both find themselves part of a game that has a whole lot more to do with it than just football. Who will be the victor, however, is something that remains to be seen.  

Skin in the Game is a hot, sexy, romance, and also a really great story. The plot was great and Jackie Barbosa certainly knows how to deliver the sizzle. Cade Reynolds was one of those dream guys you would just die for. He's is super hot, oozes with sex appeal, and knows how to talk dirty in the best of ways. Angie Peterson is beautiful, smart, talented, and knows football better than most men. She doesn't realize just how beautiful she is, which makes her that much more attractive to Cade, who has dated more than his share of supermodels. Their relationship on and off the field is intense, to say the least. The sports them combined with the romance makes Skin in the Game a interesting, fun, and really sexy read, and one that I would definitely recommend to all romance fans.

Read an excerpt here.

Author's Bio: I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer when I grew up, but there were plenty of times when I wasn’t sure I ever would be. As it turns out, it just took me about twenty years longer to grow up than I expected!
On the road to publication, I took a few detours, including a stint in academia (I hold an MA in Classics from the University of Chicago and was a recipient of a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities) and many years as a technical writer/instructional designer for a data processing company. I still hold my day job in instructional design, but my true passion is writing steamy romances–both historical and contemporary.
I learned to believe in love at first sight when I met the man of my dreams twenty years ago and to believe in happily ever after when I married him. I live in Southern California with my husband, our three children, and an ever-changing menagerie of pets.

Enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite here.


  1. Aw, I wanted to review this, but had no time! I love Entangled Brazen and this sounds like another fabulous book!

    1. It is really hard to fit them it. I just love all the Brazen books.

  2. I haven't seen this one around and it looks really good so I am so happy that you posted about it today Ellen. :)

    I loved the interview and how some of the things the main characters struggles with in this are based on experiences from the author. I love personal things like that added to books, it always seems to make them feel for real to me.

  3. This one is on my wish list! I am so behind on these Brazen books. I just realized some of my favorite books have something to do with sports. I think I would really like this one :)

    1. It is really good and you'll love Cade, he is really naughty.

  4. This sounds good and heck yes raising teens and tweens requires super powers, wine and lots of coffee!

  5. I really liked Cade and Angie. Nice review Ellen!

  6. This sounds good! I like that she's a high school teacher, we don't see that in books much.
    And geez, raising kids does require you to be a superhero!


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