Home Run (Boys of Summer Novel) by Heidi McLaughlin
Overview by Publisher:
LOVE ISN’T A GAME . . .
I’ve given up everything for the chance to play major league baseball. Everything. Now I’m so close I can practically hear the crowd chanting my name. There’s nothing that could take my dream away from me . . .
Unless I lose focus. And Ainsley Burke is the most beautiful, distracting woman I’ve ever met. When I’m with her, I can’t think of anything else.
But no matter how much I want Ainsley, there’s no room for love in my game plan. I can give her a quick tour of the bases, but that’s it. Then I have to let her go. If she wants to think I’m a love ’em and leave ’em player, fine.
All dreams require sacrifice. I just wish this one didn’t mean tearing out my own heart.
Get the kleenex ready for this book. While it is a sports themed contemporary romance, it strikes a chord that transcends the genre. Ainsley lives in Fort Meyers and is caring for her mother who is sick with cancer. The reality of what it means to care for a loved one who is fighting for their life is a large part of this story. At times, this story had me in tears. As crazy as this sounds, I love books that make me cry. It means that I connected with the story and my emotions are fully engaged.
Ainsley and Cooper meet at the zoo where she works. He is smitten right away and even though he is only in Florida for spring training, he pursues her. I found his attempts charming and I was rooting for him. Ainsley plays hot and cold with him, which was frustrating, even though I understood her indecision. They have a hot romance for a couple of weeks. Lusty sex and moonlit walks on the beach bring them closer together. All things must end and thus begins the big challenge for the couple.
The author is really great at writing baseball stories. Cooper is the new rookie to the team. She captures what it is like for a newbie to come to a well established team and fight for his place. Heidi really emphasizes what it is like to struggle with the transition to the big leagues and deal with family pressures. Cooper really struggles with balancing a life and baseball. His challenges were understandable.
This is a very emotional story. It was a very realistic story and I found myself drawn into the story of Ainsley and Cooper. If you are a fan of baseball, definitely add this to your list!
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