Thursday, February 15, 2024

Back Against the Wall (Lindell #1) by Marie James ~ Book Review


Title: Back Against the Wall
Series: Lindell #1
Author: Marie James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Small Town/Single Dad/Enemies to Lovers
Cover Design: Qambar Designs
Models: Michael Scanlan & Josie Fox
Release Date: February 15, 2024


A small town, single dad, enemies to lovers romance.

Crawling back to this small town was never in hockey star Chase Woodson’s plans.
From hitting hockey pucks in front of thousands to selling urinal pucks at his father’s hardware store, coming back home is his worst nightmare.
But being a (newly) single dad of twin boys means making sacrifices. His boys need stability and his dad needs his help in the store.
Now he needs her.

Except, Chase has been the bane of Madison Kelly’s existence since high school.She just so happens to be the only available nanny in town.
Besides, high school was ten years ago.
People don’t hold grudges that long, right?



(US only)

3.5 Cupcake Stars

This book is so very different from the other book by Marie James that I have read in the past, where those books are filled with action and tattooed bikers or Mercenaries this book is based in a small town and moved at a slower pace, but the sexy times were just as hot. 

Chase Woodson is returning home after splitting from his wife and his hockey career on the same say it was a bad day for Chase would be an understatement and returning home although it's the last thing he wanted to do turns out to be the best possible thing he does.

Madison Kelly just has rotten luck with men, it started in the eighth grade when Chase...well lets just say he left a lasting impression and it wasn't a good one, then it ends with her former fiance that destroyed her interior designer business. Now back home she is desperate for a job and it looks like the only one available is as Nanny to Chase's twin four year old boys, Cole and Cale.

I enjoyed this book, though at times I felt it was too repetitive and the constant miscommunications were getting to me because of it. If the book was trimmed down by 30 or so pages I probably would have rated it higher. The chemistry was good and I really enjoyed the twins and the way they loved spending time with Madison, the twin vibe they had was adorable and I am a sucker for a dad that would do anything for his children so this had everything I look for in a Single Dad Romance. I even liked the way they labeled their relationship or non relationship as a Boss with Benefits Arraignment. The boy's mom left a lot to be desired so I was thrilled with her outcome, and the secondary characters have me looking forward to more of this series. 

I would recommend this book to readers that enjoy STEAMY Contemporary Romances, Small Town Romances, Single Dad Romances, Boss/Nanny Romances, or Enemies to Lovers Romances.

Happy Reading!!!

**I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**


Marie James is a full-time author, mother of two boys, and wife of 18+ years. Dog Mom to four great danes: Maximus, Sassy, Kiki, and Hargid.

She has spent almost my entire lifetime living in central Texas, with only short stays in South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. She is currently residing in a sleepy little town in East Tennessee.

Writing is her passion, and she absolutely loves being able to sit down and put all of her thoughts and emotions into her stories.

She loves dogs, coffee, making handmade cards, and reading steamy romance novels!

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