Review: Saving Grace by Katie Graykowski

Posted November 22, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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Review: Saving Grace by Katie Graykowski
Saving Grace

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Series: The Lone Stars #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on June 19, 2014
Pages: 230
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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The Delight

I read a previous book from a different series by this author and loved the feisty banter paired with spicy sexy encounters which had some warm-hearted charm added in.  What surprised me most was the deeper subject matter that should have been an utter angst-fest, but turned out to have a wryness, down home quality to it that kept me deeply interested instead of fleeing in my usual way.  I wanted another helping of that so snatched up this book when I wanted a sports romance.


Saving Grace is the second book in The Lone Stars series.  It read standalone easily though I was well aware who the previous couple were.  I do want to go back for the first story and more of the series now that I’ve met them all.

Grace Kelley wanted to be a music sensation, but a wardrobe malfunction on The Voice got her kicked off.  Each time she found a good job and a career opportunity, her uncle, who is also her adopted dad’s failing health forced her to quit or be let go.  She has fifteen dollars to her name, is singing on the street outside the big Austin music festival, and needs to come up with the rent payment on her uncle’s care facility.  Who knew a Good Samaritan act saving a young teen girl from a pervert would land her a cushy position as the pro football team coach’s nanny or that she’d be swapping witty comebacks and fighting not to jump into the man’s bed.  She goes it alone.  It’s better that way.

Chord Robbins had his own great football career and now coaches a Superbowl Champion team.  He wanted a family and he got one.  Too bad his wife was operating from an entirely different playbook and left him for her yoga instructor.  His kids are out of control and he needs help.  Sub in feisty Grace Kelley who is no Mary Poppins though he has a few fantasies about seeing her in the costume.  If only he can believe that he can have something real and permanent with her without it going sour like it did with his ex.

This one for the first half was loaded with great repartee of the witty, sarcastic, and sexual innuendo sort that had me chuckling several times.  It cruised along quickly, but not so fast that I couldn’t buy it.  The book swapped back and forth between Grace and Chord, filled in their backgrounds which included their hang-ups over long term relationships and enduring love.  I saw where it was headed and worried a tad bit as they started to self-sabotage their chances, but, like the earlier book I read, the conflict flared up, but after a wake-up call, a conversation cleared it up.

The pace trotted along smoothly in a romcom way and it got spicy with the build up and then the bedroom antics.  But, there’s a sparkle even when they are going about family or work stuff.  It was an easy, engaging read that brought the country charm to the suburbs.  Not really any on field action, but Chord did deal with a lot of behind the scenes, off season stuff that a coach has to tackle so the sports element was there in a different way.  I definitely want more of the author’s sassy writing style, the fun group of characters in this series all centered around the football team, and more spicy football romancing.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #77
Romance-opoly #62 Sports Romance


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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2 years ago

This sounds delightful. I enjoy with and and sarcastic dialogue so this would be right up my alley.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yay, glad to put you onto it, Nadene!

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

That story sounds really good. I love great characters like these.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

They were such a hoot, Mary. I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Very fun! I love sport romances. I must read more. I read so few.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It certainly was that. 🙂 Yes, read more, Carole!

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I love stories where the dad falls for the nanny. Grace Kelley, what a name! Princess Grace was such a classic beauty and I loved her movies. Kind of got off topic there, but this sounds like a wonderful romance and I like that it’s only 230 pages. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I thought of Princess Grace when I read her name, too. Love her movies!

This was a hoot. I think you’d get a kick out of it, Rachel. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

This sounds like a fun and sexy sports rom-com! I love witty and sexy conversation/banter, and the characters sound fun as well! Wonderful Review Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It really was, Lindy. I had such a good time. Thanks!

Anne - Books of My Heart

What fun this one was! Fantastic review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh yes, it was a riot at times, Anne. 🙂