Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review - Changing the Rules by Erin Kern @erinkern04 @ForeverRomance

Changing the Rules by Erin Kern
Series: Champion Valley #3
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Date Read: March 19, 2018
Length:  352 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★☆
This alpha athlete is about to meet his match...

Cameron Shaw knows exactly what he's doing when it comes to coaching high school boys on the football field, but caring for a six-year-old girl is a whole different ballgame. When a gorgeous, highly opinionated woman shows up with his niece in tow and claims he's Piper's new guardian, Cameron's first response is "hell no." But he can't abandon a little girl who just lost her mother....

Audrey Bennett wasn't planning to stick around town, but Piper's gruff, way-too-good-looking-for-his-own-ego uncle clearly needs help. The longer she stays-watching Cameron teach Piper to make pancakes and tie her sparkly pink shoelaces-the harder it is to leave. Especially when he stops arguing and gives Audrey the most toe-curling kiss of her life. But just as she thinks he might be the one, a secret he's been keeping threatens to tear apart their happy little family.

My Review

I liked this romance quite a bit.  I decided to read this book because I was in the mood for a romance even though I was in the middle of two mysteries. I really didn't know a lot about the book but it ended up being one of those books that I didn't want to put down.  It is the third book in the Champion Valley series but I read it as a stand alone without any difficulty.  I am really glad that I stumbled upon this sweet romantic story.

I loved the characters in this story.  Audrey and Cameron were both wonderful on their own and even better together.  They both have had some things to deal with in their past which really still affects the way that they approach relationships.  I thought that the chemistry between was very well done.  Piper was such a fun kid and incredibly resilient.  I thought that the Bee Hive gang were all great characters that added just a touch of humor at just the right times.

The story starts with Audrey bringing Piper to her new guardian.  Audrey's best friend and Piper's mother recently died and Piper's uncle is to be her new guardian.  Cameron was not close to his sister and the idea of becoming the guardian of a 6 year old girl is more than frightening for him.  Audrey is fiercely protective of Piper and plans to stick around until everyone is comfortable with the situation. 

I really enjoyed watching this trio figure things out.  Cameron didn't know his niece until everything happened but he seemed to be a natural with her right from the start.  Audrey has a hard time letting others take control but she is willing to try things Cameron's way at times.  Cameron and Audrey had a ton of chemistry from the start but they are both very focused on putting Piper's needs first.

My biggest issue with the story was the whole guardianship issue.  In this story, Piper's mother knows she is dying and has time to make plans.  It didn't make sense that she would leave her daughter with a brother she really didn't know over a best friend that has been there with her every step of the way.  I also had a few moments in the story where I wanted to tell the adults to stop talking about certain issues in front of the child.  Young kids are sponges and will pick up every little thing you say whether you want them to or not.  I had no problem putting those issues aside and just rolling with the story so it really is a very minor issue.

I would recommend this book to others.  This was a really sweet romantic story with very limited heat.  There are some adorable moments in the story, some great chemistry, and a few laughs.  This was my first experience reading any of Erin Kern's work and I do hope to read more in the future.

I received a review copy of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing).
About the Author

Erin Kern lives in north Texas with her husband, two kids and their dog. She loves BBQ, Texas sunsets, antiquing and high school football games. The Champion Valley series was inspired by Erin's love of Texas football, small towns and happy endings. When she's not at the computer working on her next tale, she can be found spending time with her kids or curled up with a good book.

Author Links: Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

22 comments:

  1. I almost requested this, but I had way too many books to review. If the kid is written in the right way, I love romances with kids. They usually bring something cute and fun to the story, and often bring out an interesting side of the hero/heroine. This sounds like one I would enjoy since I kept saying "awww" as I read your review.

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    1. I really liked Piper in this story and you are right both Cameron and Audrey were wonderful with her.

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  2. I love these cute 'coming together to make a new family' ones. Thanks for putting it on my radar, Carole!

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  3. Aww this definitely sounds like cute romance and sweet family story! Also, sometime plot holes must happen for the sake of love? Haha. Glad you enjoyed this! Great review, Carole!

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    1. I am okay with the plot hole but it did make me scratch my head at first.

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  4. This sounds like a sweet book. I like when they can still be read a standalone but part of a series. Great review!

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    1. It was really sweet and worked great as a standalone.

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  5. Before I read what you said about the whole guardian aspect I was wondering why the child was left to the brother who really didn't want her at first. It does sound like a good romance though.

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    1. It didn't make any sense to me, Mary, but it was still a good book.

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  6. I get it is do make some drama but yes she had time to think about her choices and then she gives the kid to a virtual stranger?

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  7. Sometimes it's nice to read a sweet romance. I don't know how I would feel about the kid situation, but overall it looks good. Nice review.

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    1. I thought that it was pretty well done overall. I had fun with it anyway.

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  8. Oh yay! I have this one on my consideration pile but had been nervous. I'll have to dive in now :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did if you do get the chance to read it, Anna!

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  9. Sometimes it's nice to slip a romance in between those mysteries. :-) I am glad you liked this one, Carole. It sounds like fun!

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    1. It was really the exact kind of story that I was in the mood for when I read it.

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  10. I think some people think that they need to leave kids to family. I'm of the belief of the best person for the job. Sounds like a great story.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. I get that but I would think that she would have made an effort to see her brother and make sure that her daughter had a chance to get to know him.

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  11. I've been in a romance mood lately and I do love the sound of this one. The uncle/niece setup reminds me a little bit of Lisa Kleypas's Friday Harbor series which is one of my favorites. Definitely adding this to my TBR.

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    1. I read the Kleypas series but don't remember it all that well. It may be time for a re-read.

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