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False Alarm is a female Jerry Maguire story about Kate McCabe, a dedicated but somewhat neurotic woman trying to juggle her career at a sports management firm with her marriage to a lawyer-about-to-quit-his-job-to-become-a fireman husband, who seems more interested in hoses than a home life. Things get complicated when Kate enters an office bonus race to sign the dashing football player Pedro—throwing her competitive all-male colleagues in chaos—and even more complicated when Pedro falls for Kate. Will Kate land Pedro before Pedro lands her? False Alarm shows us a world of not only colorful athletes, but the dog-eat-dog financial management world that surrounds them. The first edition was called “Humorous and lively” by Publishers Weekly and Rod Gilmore of ESPN said “..this one really peers into the character of agents and professional athletes so that you understand their insecurity and motivations. It is absolutely dead-on.”

Customer Reviews

False Alarm

Funny and smart! False Alarm is enjoyable from start to finish.

False Alarm not to be missed

False Alarm is an inspiration for all women in the workplace. This is a "laugh out load" story and a must read. A triumph!

An unexpected delight

Going into False Alarm I was venturing into territory I rarely visited, straight up fiction. What I found was a very enjoyable very human perspective on the life of a working woman in all of her roles. I'm not a huge sports fan and yet Stallings provides witty insight into a side of the sports world to which I'd never given much thought. The book makes all of the personal crises that arise from trying to be even moderately successful at fulfilling all the roles Kate has as Mother, Wife, professional in a male dominated field, who has barely any time or energy left for taking care of her own needs. What I particularly enjoyed is how Stallings was able to use Kate's observations of the people in her life as a lens through which the reader could understand all of those things that Kate couldn't understand about herself.

Stallings style comes across as light and elegant, and yet very down to earth. I will definitely be recommending this to some folks I know - men and women both.

Stallings keeps the chit chat to a minimum, but it is very enjoyable chit chat which enhances the enjoyment of the story.

My only complaint is that the books ends too suddenly and too neatly, but Stallings has plenty left to explore in Kate's life.

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