Home Field Advantage

Home Field Advantage

Is the Dragons’ new wide receiver: A) a fallen NFL star looking for a comeback, B) the sexy player your boss wants you to write an exposé on, or C) the former love of your life? For Milwaukee Dragons beat reporter Natalie Griffith, he’s clearly D) all of the above. Three years ago, Natalie’s bombshell report on her ex-boyfriend’s off-the-field scandals landed her the job...

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Title:Home Field Advantage
Author:Liz Lincoln
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Home Field Advantage Reviews

  • Jacqueline Francis

    Liz Lincoln can do no wrong and is a PURE GENIUS for thinking up the Milwaukee Dragons. Once again, another 10 star winner in this series. I adored the chemistry between the hero and heroine and am a sucker for a reunited lovers story. This book was not without its fair share of drama and nail-biting situations. I loved them all and am hopeful that there are many more books in the Milwaukee Dragons series! Liz really knows how to set a scene, make you fall in love with her characters, and leave

    Liz Lincoln can do no wrong and is a PURE GENIUS for thinking up the Milwaukee Dragons. Once again, another 10 star winner in this series. I adored the chemistry between the hero and heroine and am a sucker for a reunited lovers story. This book was not without its fair share of drama and nail-biting situations. I loved them all and am hopeful that there are many more books in the Milwaukee Dragons series! Liz really knows how to set a scene, make you fall in love with her characters, and leave you wanting MORE!

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    I am all about second chances, and this story was filled with them.

    Quinn and Natalie thought they were each others' forever, but after Natalie left Quinn in the middle of the night without explanation, and then years later, wrote an expose on him, they both imagined the door to their relationship was sealed forever. But, eight years after their breakup, Quinn was making his NFL comeback, and Natalie was a sport reporter working closely with his team. Both Natalie and Quinn

    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    I am all about second chances, and this story was filled with them.

    Quinn and Natalie thought they were each others' forever, but after Natalie left Quinn in the middle of the night without explanation, and then years later, wrote an expose on him, they both imagined the door to their relationship was sealed forever. But, eight years after their breakup, Quinn was making his NFL comeback, and Natalie was a sport reporter working closely with his team. Both Natalie and Quinn found that the head and the heart were not totally in agreement, when it came to their relationship.

    Let me just warn you - there is a LOT of "we should/we shouldn't" in this one. Sometimes that makes me do a hard eye-roll, but a very plausible case was built to support both characters' reticence regarding rekindling their romantic ties in this book. At times, I just wanted them to do a sit down and clear the air, but I thought Lincoln did a good job distracting me from my wait by showing me pieces of their past, and that is one of my favorite things about a second chance romance. I love learning about the couple's history, and I got to see the good, the bad, and the ugly in this one, which were also intertwined with pieces of each characters' personal past.

    Quinn was also getting a second chance career wise. Here he was, two years after his drug and alcohol addiction was revealed, playing for an NFL team. In addition to the everyday struggles elite athletes face, he also had to fight cravings and dodge his past, which was made more difficult with his ex seemingly everywhere. I know I was rooting for Quinn to not only reconcile with Natalie, but to achieve great things on the field.

    A few other things I enjoyed:

    • I loved that Quinn and Natalie shared not only a love for classic cars, but a penchant for restoring said cars. It was fun spending time with them as they retooled a few engines.

    • I enjoyed getting to know Matt better. I already knew bits and pieces about him from the previous books, but here, a lot more was revealed of the QB. His cooking and his daughters made me smile, but the situation with his wife really grabbed my interest, and I am hoping that couple will be featured in a future book.

    • Natalie thought she was living her dream, but she was starting to see that the expectations for female sports reporters was not the same as for their male counterparts. I appreciated that Lincoln included this in the book, and I loved where she had Natalie's career heading at the end of the story.

    • I am also a fan of bromances, and the one between Matt and Quinn was great. They shared some pretty meaningful moments, and that one out on the field was probably one of my favorites.

    Overall: The Milwaukee Dragons series continues to entertain me. I found myself rooting for this couple as they worked through their past in hopes of building a future together, and cannot wait to catch up with them in future installments of this series.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Kate ☀️ Olson

    (free review copy) For this Wisconsin reader, the Milwaukee Dragons are a dream come true! I adore this series and all of the players and their love interests. This is the most emotionally vulnerable and feminist football team on earth This particular story is a whole lot of should I, shouldn’t I, and it wrapped up a bit quickly but it was so satisfying and I can’t wait for more in the series!

    (free review copy) For this Wisconsin reader, the Milwaukee Dragons are a dream come true! I adore this series and all of the players and their love interests. This is the most emotionally vulnerable and feminist football team on earth 😍 This particular story is a whole lot of should I, shouldn’t I, and it wrapped up a bit quickly but it was so satisfying and I can’t wait for more in the series!

  • Karen

    I've read a bunch of sports romances and they have a formula yet this story was a bit smarter and sharper. It was smarter because Natalie was more than a reporter for sports publication. She liked to work on antique cars. She was mechanical and loved the oldies. Quinn loved antique cars too. She also really had cared for Quinn in college.

    Quinn was an alcoholic. I bet you thought I could glam it up but he really was out of football for awhile and really took therapy and recovery seriously. I

    I've read a bunch of sports romances and they have a formula yet this story was a bit smarter and sharper. It was smarter because Natalie was more than a reporter for sports publication. She liked to work on antique cars. She was mechanical and loved the oldies. Quinn loved antique cars too. She also really had cared for Quinn in college.

    Quinn was an alcoholic. I bet you thought I could glam it up but he really was out of football for awhile and really took therapy and recovery seriously. I wondered why he didn't do the twelve step program (author?) which more of us are familiar with and maybe he would of already made amends to Natalie.....no spoilers here but point that 12 step program anyone who thinks they have alcohol problem can join. Ok.

    Well, then my PSA over....

    Quinn and Natalie break up in college and it's because of Natalie seeing similarities in lifestyle of that of her alcoholic father and that of Quinn. Quinn was an alcoholic in college or well on his way....he wouldn't of listened to Natalie probably anyway but she did "ghost" him which was awful. They were

    Ok until she wrote a tough article on his downfall. He was written up by others but he felt gets hurt more.

    He definitely grew substantially in this book. I enjoyed their characters. I felt this book was a little light on pressures of fans and groupies, agents, and public relations.

    It seemed to be less dimensional than realistic but still entertaining.

    ARC Netgalley

  • Kym

    3.5 stars

    Really enjoyed the concept here: mistakes made, struggling to regain what was lost, lots of “self-work” to get back to where one can be truly happy with themselves, etc., but...it just seemed a little too redundant. At times, the points being made by both main characters seemed too drawn out.

    Not that it didn’t have enjoyable moments. Their chemistry was off the charts. It was their connections outside of that where things seemed to falter.

    I really enjoyed the supporting characters

    3.5 stars

    Really enjoyed the concept here: mistakes made, struggling to regain what was lost, lots of “self-work” to get back to where one can be truly happy with themselves, etc., but...it just seemed a little too redundant. At times, the points being made by both main characters seemed too drawn out.

    Not that it didn’t have enjoyable moments. Their chemistry was off the charts. It was their connections outside of that where things seemed to falter.

    I really enjoyed the supporting characters (Matt and Annie) - they gave Quinn and Natalie the advice they needed (without sugarcoating it!) which was both funny and poignant.

    Kudos for highlighting Quinn’s therapy visits too! Although this is fiction, highlighting how Quinn worked at dealing with his issues using therapy, positive hobbies (auto restoration), etc., shows how much Quinn wanted to stay on track.

    Thank you NetGalley and Random House Publishing - Loveswept for an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Laura

    ***ARC Provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley***

    Writing books about addicts is a challenge. If you are too dismissive of the past, of their addiction, it feels like it's a plot point that was tossed in that the author didn't quite know what to do with. If it's too much a part of the story, it feels like the story is not a romance, but a story about life after addiction and rehab. And, while there is a place for this, it's not in a romance.

    This story gets it right. The balance is

    ***ARC Provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley***

    Writing books about addicts is a challenge. If you are too dismissive of the past, of their addiction, it feels like it's a plot point that was tossed in that the author didn't quite know what to do with. If it's too much a part of the story, it feels like the story is not a romance, but a story about life after addiction and rehab. And, while there is a place for this, it's not in a romance.

    This story gets it right. The balance is there. Quinn's past with addiction and his past with Natalie are intertwined, but also separate. His past is in the past, but not ignored and it is allowed to be a part of the way he is now.

    Natalie and Quinn, as I said above, have a post. It's an ugly one, although it seems that she was not present for the part where his life went completely off the rails into rehab and self destruction...she was there on the periphery in her role as a reporter. And, it's this past, her presence in his life now, and the things that happened that they have to work through.

    And, I thoroughly enjoyed watching them work through it. I liked the story, I believed in the authenticity of the characters, and their chemistry was scorching and appealing.

    I am looking forward to the next title in the series.

  • Ruthie Taylor

    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

    This is the third book in the series - and whilst you could read this as a stand alone, really, why would you not want to read the other two books first? Both players in those books are part of the team and the couples appear in this book too. I love sports romances, and this one does an amazing job of dealing with a difficult and danger-strewn topic in a respectful, but not preachy way. I recommend it to you.

    Quinn has

    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

    This is the third book in the series - and whilst you could read this as a stand alone, really, why would you not want to read the other two books first? Both players in those books are part of the team and the couples appear in this book too. I love sports romances, and this one does an amazing job of dealing with a difficult and danger-strewn topic in a respectful, but not preachy way. I recommend it to you.

    Quinn has been out of the game for two years after battling addiction to drink and drugs. He is back and hoping to prove his worth with a new team. He could not believe it when his first love, Natalie, who also walked out on their relationship with no good explanation and then wrote a newspaper story about his fall from grace, is the reporter attached to his new team. He has coping mechanisms for many things, but Natalie? that is going to be a stretch.

    As he and Natalie slowly come to terms with what happened when they were in college, and acknowledge the reasons why it all went so wrong, they naturally warm to each other. The chemistry has not gone, and maybe one more time to say good-bye ... yep, we all know that isn't going to work, but it is such fun watching it all come together. I really liked that even though they had a deep understanding and love of sport as a good basis for a connection, they also loved old cars and making them work again. It was a fun sideline which worked when there was a need to move away from the intensity of their working lives.

    As much as Quinn has to perform on the field, Natalie was under pressure to constantly find bits of scandal or rumour to publish for her boss. I thought the demands, and the expectations of pushing ethical boundaries - especially when attached to a team - were dealt with in a way which surely made every reader think about what are the boundaries of privacy for public figures. Using Matt to be the main subject was a great way to set up Quinn's story and give Matt a voice too.

    We get to see other members of the team too, with hints as to other possible contenders for future installments; we must all be rooting for Matt to get his family back together soon.

    Thank you Liz Lincoln for a really meaningful addition to the series.

  • Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)

    This is the 3rd book in the series and can easily be read as a stand alone. Being a Wisconsin girl, I love the setting for the Dragons and all the familiar feels that the author weaves in to the story. This one starts at training camp at Carthage College for goodness sake---wonderful college right here on Lake Michigan!

    But on to the story. Quinn Natalie have a history. In college they seemed to be destined for forever. Quinn had some substance issues and Natalie--for right or wrong--ghosts him.

    This is the 3rd book in the series and can easily be read as a stand alone. Being a Wisconsin girl, I love the setting for the Dragons and all the familiar feels that the author weaves in to the story. This one starts at training camp at Carthage College for goodness sake---wonderful college right here on Lake Michigan!

    But on to the story. Quinn Natalie have a history. In college they seemed to be destined for forever. Quinn had some substance issues and Natalie--for right or wrong--ghosts him. They meet again 10 years later as Natalie is assigned to report on the Dragon's team throughout the season.

    It takes a fair chunk of the book to get themselves sorted. There is attraction early on but so much anger and hurt. The author takes on the tough subject of recovering alcoholic. there are some glimpses in to Quinn's battle but for the most part, it is something he tries to handle in his head or with his therapist. In this day and age, I would think the league, knowing why he was booted out, would do more for support for him.

    The book follows the football season, but we don't get much action until closer to the end.

    I love the book for the setting. Great second chance romance. I liked seeing the previous couples but what the heck is up with Matt? I will read more of this team, for sure!

    *Complimentary copy copy provided for an honest review.

  • Adele Buck

    I was *really* looking forward to this book, as I liked the preceding two in this series a whole lot. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed by it, principally by the pacing. I don't mind having a second-chance couple's backstory come out in tiny little bits, having to figure it out as you read. But this book seemed to take a really long time before that information came to light in the text and it left me feeling confused a lot early on.

    It also suffers from what I call, "Didn't we deal with

    I was *really* looking forward to this book, as I liked the preceding two in this series a whole lot. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed by it, principally by the pacing. I don't mind having a second-chance couple's backstory come out in tiny little bits, having to figure it out as you read. But this book seemed to take a really long time before that information came to light in the text and it left me feeling confused a lot early on.

    It also suffers from what I call, "Didn't we deal with that?" syndrome, where the characters have a heart-to-heart and clear the air, but one or both of them is back to square one as if the conversation never occurred a few pages on. I get that things don't just get fixed with a single conversation and that when people do hurtful things to the ones they love, they're going to continue to feel guilt even after absolution. But this was more than that.

    In the back half of the book (after our couple finally gets together) the book coheres considerably, becoming the fun, zippy read I expected from my prior experience. The secondary cast continues to be great fun to revisit and see what they've been up to.

    I received an Advance Reader's Copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Heather 123

    Yawn...

    DNF 38%

    I tried, because I really liked the premise of the book, but it was incredibly boring. We're supposed to believe that Natalie and Quinn had this incredible history together, yet the author doesn't give us even a glimpse of that history. Why not show us the chemistry we're supposed to believe they have? Why not a flash back or two?

    I couldn't get into the story...

    ** ARC received from Netgalley **

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