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Friday, March 4, 2016

Going For Two by Laura Chapman (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Going For Two by author Laura Chapman!

Book Review

Going For Two by Laura Chapman
Book 2: Queen Of The League Series
Publisher: Marching Ink LLC
Publication Date: January 27, 2016
Format: Paperback - 320 pages
               Kindle - 947 KB
               Nook - 394 KB
ISBN: 978-0996427692
BNID: 2940157709921
Genre: Chick Lit / Sports Theme - Football / Women's Fiction

Buy The Series: Queen Of The League Series:
Book 1: First & Goal
Book 2: Going For Two
Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tour.

Book Description:

Harper Duquaine is back for another season of fantasy football! This time she’s a year wiser and prepared to dominate the league. But while she finally seems to have her fantasy life in order, reality proves more challenging.

Her plans to peacefully play house with her boyfriend come to a halt when the high school suddenly names Brook its head football coach. The promotion comes with more responsibility on the field and less time at home. It also unexpectedly means more work for Harper, who already has her hands full helping a friend pull off the perfect proposal (while dodging questions about when she and Brook are going to get hitched already). Plus, a new development at work could leave her—and half of the fantasy league—jobless.

With the complications of her career and being “Mrs. Coach” adding up, Harper wonders if she’s committed to the life she’s already building or if there is something else out there.

Book Excerpt:

With one day to go until our fantasy draft, I have a lot of prep work to do.

Last year I joined the league a few hours before the draft. My education had been a crash course from Wade on how to use the computer program and a few tips from my brother. I didn’t care at the time. I wasn’t in the league to win. I only joined in a desperate attempt to make my new co-workers at the car dealership like me. By the end of the season, my interest in the game—and Brook—had been piqued. I’d been willing to fight hard for a victory with both.

Winning Brook’s heart had been easier than winning the league championship. Even after a major late-season rally, I finished in fourth place.

Not this year. I’ve spent the off-season studying the game and planning. And I’m determined to go all the way. Even if that means humiliating the man I love when we go head-to-head against each other. The worthy, but humble, opponent he is, I’m sure Brook will ultimately forgive me when I hoist the figurative league trophy over my head. Unlike last year, I have a legitimate game plan. It’s called, “Study Up On All of the Top Players and Draft Them.” Subtitle: “Within Reason.” I still don’t feel right about having bad boys or total douches on my team, but I’ve made my peace. You have to make tough decisions like that when you’re in charge.

I plan to stock up on top-tier wide receivers and tight ends. In our league, we get points for each catch, which means I need players with good hands. Hands not unlike my ex-wide receiver boyfriend, only I put his hands to a much different, but equally important, use.

The other part, which is slightly more controversial, is my intent to plan one bad week. Theoretically, during one week—in my plans it’s week eight—I’ll have several of my top players out on bye weeks. That means I’ll likely lose, which should suck. I’ll have a total juggernaut team every other week of the season, so it won’t matter if I take a knee once.

In preparation for implementation, I’ve done a few mock drafts online. Okay, I’ve done ten, but I really want to get all of the jitters out of me before the real thing. While it’s been interesting to watch some of the trends going in these fake draft rooms—it seems like we’re in another year of the overrated running back—I’m not going to let that influence the way I pick my team. I have a wish list, and I don’t plan to stray far from it. We’re a ten-person league this year, so I’ve done a mock draft from each spot in a ten-person league. I have a good idea of who will and won’t make it on my team no matter when I draft. It’s comforting to feel this in control of my destiny.

My Book Review:

In Going For Two, the second book in the Queen of the League Series, author Laura Chapman weaves an entertaining chick lit tale that continues the trials and tribulations of Harper Duquaine as she tries to balance home, romance, and work issues, while delving into the second year of the competitive world of fantasy football leagues.

Author Laura Chapman takes her personal passion for fantasy football leagues and creates a hilarious chick lit series with a football theme. She weaves a sassy tale full of humor and drama that easily draws the reader into the continuation of Harper's story as she tries to try juggle the challenges in her life with the fierce competitiveness of fantasy football leagues.

In Going For Two, the focus is on how Harper deals with the challenges of everyday life issues, especially in her relationship with boyfriend Brook, while the fantasy football league takes a back seat. I really enjoyed the switch in the storyline as the drama of everyday life issues that Harper struggled with are realistic and easy to relate to. But I couldn't help but snicker as Harper did her homework for the new season of fantasy football, as I too prepare to take down the opposition every season in my various sports fantasy leagues.

Going For Two is an exciting and fast paced story that flows smoothly and easily keeps the reader turning the pages. Author Laura Chapman sure knows how to weave an enjoyable series that keeps her readers in stitches. You can't help but get caught up in Harper's roller coaster ride of a life full of drama and sweet romance, it's simply delightful!


About The Author

Laura Chapman is the author of Going for TwoFirst & GoalThe Marrying Type, and Hard Hats and Doormats. Her work also appears in Merry & BrightA Kind of Mad Courage, and the holiday collection All I Want For Christmas from Marching Ink. She loves Huskers and Packers football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Laura makes her home in Nebraska, where she is penning her next novel.

Contest Giveaway

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Virtual Book Tour Event

Tour Schedule:

February 22- Chick Lit Club Connect – Excerpt
February 23 – A Southern Girls Bookshelf- Review & Excerpt
February 24 – Chick Lit Goddess – Excerpt
February 25 – Living Life With Joy – Review & Excerpt
February 26 – Authors and Readers Book Corner – Excerpt
March 1 – Around the World in Books – Excerpt
March 2 – A British Bookworm – Excerpt
March 3 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
March 4 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
March 4 – Whispering Stories – Review & Excerpt
March 7 – Chick Lit Plus – Excerpt


  1. Yay! I'm thrilled you enjoyed GOING FOR TWO. Thank you for being on tour and for your ongoing support!

    1. Hi Laura! Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book tour event. I love this series, keep em coming. :)