The Sidelined Wife

bookpeel*****Janice Moore is the winner of this giveaway*****

January was a good month for books for me. I read so many stellar books I want to share. Today’s feature is by Jennifer Peel, a prolific writer who is one of my writing heroes. Seriously. She writes the perfect romances, in my opinion. Now that I write my own books, I realize every reader has different tastes. Some books I love, others think are meh. Some books that don’t jive with me, other readers think are the It’s just how life is. None of us are the same in our tastes and preferences…and I like the diversity of thought and opinions (unlike some on FB who have to bash anyone who dares think differently than them–ahem…Hitler?)

But to get to my point 🙂 I love Jennifer’s books. She has like 20 or so out there now (I’m too tired to go count right now, but it’s a lot). Another thing I like about Jennifer is she’s just a genuinely kind person. I’ve emailed her for over a year or so, and I’ve beta-read her books, she’s beta-read some of mine. She used to post to another blog I ran, and we emailed about normal non-writerly things. She’s super sweet, and willing to help others when they ask. When she was in Utah this past fall, we even got together for lunch to meet face-to-face, and had Hawaiian food with her 2 married daughters. They’re the nicest family ever. I count myself blessed to know her a little bit even though she lives on the other side of the country (Alabama). So let me tell you about her newest book!

Book Blurb

She’s getting back in the game, one blog post at a time.

Samantha Higgins never thought driving her husband’s car would forever change her life. But one conversation later, heard through his Bluetooth, and Samantha is changing her last name. While trying to figure out who Samantha Decker is, she writes what she thinks is one final post on her blog, announcing her divorce. When the post goes viral, she finds herself with a new title, The Sidelined Wife, and an unbelievable following.

To make matters more interesting, her younger brother’s best friend, Reed Cassidy, who was a thorn in Samantha’s adolescent side, moves back to town as the new head football coach for her son’s high school team. Unbeknownst to Samantha, Reed has harbored a crush for his old babysitter all these years. But, Samantha isn’t keen on dating anyone, much less a younger man that used to booby trap her bedroom with firecrackers.

While Samantha is doing her best to learn and even make up some of the rules of single life and being a semi-celebrity, Reed comes in and changes the game. Now Samantha must decide if she should get back on the field or if she prefers the sidelines.

My review

5 Yummy 2Perfect 5 on all rating scales. This romance has the perfect amount of spice and zing so that it isn’t boring or unrealistic like a lot are. I love Samantha and Reed in this book. They’re super adorable. When Sam discovers that her husband is not only cheating on her, but will soon be a father with his little twenty-five year old bimbo, Sam calls it quits. But being divorced leaves her feeling all sorts of vulnerable and worthless. On a whim, she writes a blog post about being the sidelined wife, and becomes an overnight celebrity. When she runs into Reed, a boy she once babysat two decades ago who is six years younger and is definitely all man now, she learns he is her son’s new high school football coach. As he tries to catch her attention, she doesn’t know what to think. Why would a gorgeous guy like him want her—the sidelined, rejected ex-wife?

I love the cute ways Reed would try to capture Sam’s attention. He was seriously so swoony. All women will want their husbands or boyfriends to read this book for ideas. Ahem. Cards on aisle 8! Lists have never made my heart go pitter-patter like that before.

Sam is a hoot. I laughed all the time when her family got together, from her crazy grandma to her blunt mom, to her two funny brothers and their wives. This book made me smile non-stop. There are some serious funny scenes in here, and some great heart-melting ones too. Let me end by saying grocery shopping has never seemed so sexy. 🙂

Here’s the Amazon link to buy this awesome book if you want it (which why wouldn’t you?). It’s also available on Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe to that service.


Also, because I want everyone to read Jennifer’s books, I’m giving away an ebook of The Sidelined Wife to one lucky reader. No rafflecopter’s to enter. Just leave me a comment below so I have your name and email (I’ll need that to gift the book to you through Amazon–I don’t use or save emails for anything else but to gift copies occasionally to a commenter). I’ll choose a random winner on January 31st.

Happy Reading!




34 thoughts on “The Sidelined Wife

  1. I have read a few of Jennifer’s books (thanks to your recommendations) and I have loved every one of them. This one sounds like another winner!

  2. Wow! Do you ever read a book description and think, “I need to read that, now?!” This is a great example of that situation!

  3. Jennifer Peel has amazing talent. My version of the! I have heard so many good things about this book, I cannot wait to read it.

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