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Love Story

Love Story (Love Unexpectedly) by Lauren Layne

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Overview by Publisher:

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

I was so thrilled to find out that a new Lauren Layne book came out!  I have a serious crush on her books.  They all feature sexy and witty dialogue, amazing characters and terrific plot.  The Oxford and Stiletto series are just spine tingling good, so I had expectations for this new book.

She did not disappoint!  This book can be read without reading any of her previous works, but really, if you haven’t read any Lauren Layne you are missing out!  This story features so  many tropes that work really well.  Reunited lovers, first love, enemies to lovers, this story has it all!

The story is told from alternating perspectives, which is something that the author does really well.  I find it hard at times when a male perspective is presented by a female author because it doesn’t always go well.  Never fear!  In this story, Reece’s frustrations, energy and thoughts leap off the page and make the story well rounded.

Reece and Lucy grew up almost as siblings.  Reece, a year older and best friends with her brother, has wanted Lucy for a long time.  Three weeks before she leaves for college, they finally hook up.  Things don’t end well and they both nurture deep seeded grudges that make the two week car trip to California sheer torture.  Once again, the brilliance of the author shines in this story by the method of how she reveals what happened in the past.  Every few chapters, we get a glimpse of Reece and Lucy as children and as teenagers and slowly learn more about what happened for them to go from love to hate.  It is such an effective tool that it kept me hooked the whole time I was reading.

You know a book is good when you start it and don’t put it down until it’s done.  It was so clear that Lucy and Reece were meant for each other.  Their snipes and digs at each other just ratcheted up the ferocious attraction between them.  Both characters have flaws which makes them believable and relatable, but still immensely likable.

Sexy scenes?  Check.  Witty, biting dialogue?  Check.  Great plot?  Check.

Mr. President

Mr. President (White House Book 1)by Katy Evans

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Overview by Amazon:

He’s won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?

I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.

He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.

Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I’m determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.

Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I’m helpless to resist.

We’re stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt’s chance at the presidency on the line.

Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.

This book came out in the fall.  I must have been so wrapped up in the reality show of the campaign for President that I missed this book.  To be honest, I found this book hard to read at times.  It was nothing to do with the writing or the story.  It was a sadness because we are not living in normal times.  This book was like an alternative reality where the good guys win and the government isn’t a kakistocracy or kleptocracy.

What works well in this book is the writing.  Katy Evans alternates point of view which is very effective for understanding the relationship between Matt and Charlotte.  Charlotte has admired Matt and his father, the former president for years.  It would be so easy for this book to have transgressed into Fifty Shades of Grey territory with the ‘inner goddess’ subconscious comments.  Charlotte’s girlish remembrances are used effectively to further the plot and her commitment to the campaign, rather than detract from the story.

In my mind, I saw Matt like JFK Jr.  A charismatic and charming leader who is unfailing in his energy, passion and love of country.  Running as an Independent candidate, his bachelor status makes almost as much news as his platform.

Charlotte is the daughter of a Democrat Senator.  She is from the appropriate pool of women that Matt should be dating from, yet he remains single.  Many hot looks and late nights at the campaign office turn Matt and Charlotte into more than work colleagues and former children of politicians.  I totally enjoyed how they had to sneak around to be together and find moments alone to have some pretty passionate encounters.

What also works in this book is the campaign trail.  With the recent election so fresh for the world, the nuances of primaries, debates and campaign speeches, it was not foreign to read about it.  Anyone who watches the news knows how grueling the campaign trail can be and this book really highlights the rigors and stresses of the job.

There is a second book in the series, which I have not read yet, but will be getting to as soon as possible!  This book was really enjoyable and make me wistful for a man like Matt in the White House.

Endurance: A Sin Series Story

Endurance:  A Sin Series Story by Georgia Cates

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Overview by Amazon:

I’m a doctor. Mobster. Killer.
My hands are covered in filth. I don’t have the right to touch anything as clean and pure as Ellison MacAllister.

I distance myself … always remaining obscure, composed, restrained.
Careful to never allow my eyes to linger too long.
Careful to hide my interest.
Careful to keep my burning desire buried beneath the surface.

I do it for her—suffer in silence—because it’s what is best for the woman I love.
And she has no idea.

She’ll be initiated as a Fellowship member soon. One of my mafia brothers will go through endurance so he’ll earn the right to claim her.
Make her his wife.
Kill. Me. Slowly.

I’m running out of time. Only a month remains before she’s beyond my reach forever.
I want to taste her. Share sleepless nights. Ride out her storm.
I want to give her the kind of nights she will still feel between her legs the next morning.
I want us to share the kind of passion that forms on our skin and drips down to saturate the sheets.
Between the sweat and the moans and the messy hair, I want her to know how hard she’s been loved.

To have her is to taint her.
I should stay away. But I won’t. I can’t.
I’m a selfish bastard.
A selfish bastard in love.

I am deeply disappointed that I didn’t realize this book was out.  I have adored Georgia Cates’ writing and the Sin Series and was hoping for another book about the Scottish Mafia, The Fellowship.  I probably shouldn’t be to surprised that I missed this release as it came out November 11th, which was a few days after the US election and the whole world was reeling.

However, I found it and am grateful.  You don’t need to read the three books featuring Sin and Bleu before reading this book, but I highly recommend it.  The Sin Series features the story of Sinclair, the heir to the Fellowship mafia organization.  Bleu has infiltrated the organization with the mind to kill Sin’s father as retribution.  It’s a fascinating series set in modern day Scotland with lots of sex, violence and danger.

This story is about Jamie and Ellison.  Jamie is Sin’s best friend and the doctor for the Fellowship. This is how he has chosen to serve instead of being a fighter.  He’d rather save lives than take them.  He has met Ellison, as she is Bleu’s sister from America.  She has been hidden away from the Fellowship until Sin is ready to initiate her into the family.  A man, a brother, must step up and take responsibility for Ellison.  It sounds so old fashioned, but the rules of the Fellowship are fascinating.

Ellison is a nurse.  She has no family left and has moved to Scotland to be with Sin, Bleu and the babies.  If you have read the Sin Series, you will love spending more time with all the characters from the previous books.  Ellison is beyond frustrated with Jamie.  They make a great team, if only he could see it.

Jamie desperately wants Ellison, but he worries for her safety as he won’t always be around to protect her due to his role as doctor.  He has reason to worry as the women of the Fellowship are often targeted by their enemies.  Ellison doesn’t care and embarks on a month long fling with Jamie hoping that he will change his mind.

That is what makes this book so good.  We spend the month watching Jamie and Ellison work as a team in the Fellowship infirmary and also as lovers.  They are falling hard and fast, yet as the reader you have no idea how things will end up.  Georgia Cates is one of those great authors who isn’t afraid to take the plot to places you didn’t expect.

I really enjoyed this book and was beyond excited to find out that Jamie’s sister, Westlyn would be getting her own book very soon.  I have high hopes that Leith and Lorna will get their happily ever after as well.  This series and Endurance are must reads if you like contemporary romance novels and men with Scottish accents.

Q and A with Sara Rider

Sara Rider came to my attention with her awesome book Going for the Goal.  I am so fortuante that she answered all the questions I had while reading the book!  If you are a fan of hockey/sports themed contemporary romance novels, you must check out her books!

Bio

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Sara Rider writes contemporary romances full of heart and heat about strong heroines and the men who can’t resist them.

Growing up, Sara Rider dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. When that dream was squashed by her extreme dislike of running, she decided to do the next best thing: write about professional soccer players. By day, Sara spends her time working in the field of research ethics and daydreams about plotlines and character arcs. She spends far too much time at public libraries and never leaves the house without a paperback or an e-reader stuffed into her purse. For the Win is her first novel.

Check out her website here…

Going for the Goal

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Book 3 in The Perfect Play Series available February 2017 from Pocket Star.

In this perfect book for romance and sports fans, professional sports agent Jillian Nichols knows how to play the game to get what she wants. But admitting to what she needs has always been a challenge. Will she ever let her guard down long enough to let someone in? Or will the bad boy hockey player Nick “the Punisher” Salinger have to fight harder than ever for a chance to win her heart?

Q and A

 

  • Was there a particular hockey player you based Nick on?

 

Nick wasn’t specifically based on any single hockey player, but I did draw a lot of inspiration from John Scott since I started writing this book right around the time of the NHL All Star controversy. For those not familiar, John Scott is a 6’8 enforcer who had a solid but unremarkable career in the NHL. For some reason, he became a joke candidate for the Fan Favourite pick for the NHL All Star game, and ended up winning the slot. The NHL pushed back hard, calling him an embarrassment and urging him to step down, but he decided to play anyway and ended up scoring two goals, proving he actually did belong in the game after all. He was traded right afterward in what many believe to be a revenge move, and sent down to the minors, effectively ending his career.

Jared Boll, John Scott

On the surface, it would have been easy to dismiss Scott as a goon, but he wrote an article about the experience that really stuck with me. The articled talk about how he stumbled into the enforcer role despite never expecting to make it in the NHL at all, and how he decided to play in the All Star game to make his daughters proud. I had initially conceived of Nick as a hotshot superstar with a bit of a temper problem, but after reading Scott’s story, I ended up changing his character to be someone who has a deep sense of loyalty and a lot of unexpected layers. Once I added in his brother, Ben, to the mix, Nick’s character developed really organically from that point.

 

  • Which team do you cheer for?

 

The Winnipeg Jets, though I will support the Vancouver Canucks when they aren’t playing against my hometown team.

 

  • The book Going for the Goal is full of really interesting information about the process of sports agents and contract negotiations. What research did you do?

 

Much more research than I anticipated! I read a lot of legislation and policy documents to understand the scope of practice for sports agents, and supplemented that with blogs by sports agents who talked about the dark side of the profession. I was fascinated by the fact that there are some agents out there who engage in practices so much sketchier and more immoral than anything I could have dreamed up.

There are a lot of small, true facts thrown into the book, like the fact that anyone in New York can pay $100 and call themselves a sports agent, but there were a few things I made up for the sake of the plot, like the New York Association of Sports Agents, which doesn’t actually exist. Also, while there are a lot of agents who represent athletes from a big variety of sports, most agents involved in the NHL tend to stick to hockey exclusively.  

 

  • What interested you in writing sports themed contemporary romance novels?

 

I’ve always been fascinated by the challenges faced by women in the world of professional sports—the financial hardship, the sexism, the constant need to prove themselves. Focusing on the less glamorous side of sports lets me write about determined, passionate women who are willing to fight for their dreams in spite of the obstacles and sacrifices. I also love the inherently high stakes of professional sports. The goals and desires of the individual characters are often bound up with the hopes and dreams of so many other people, like their fans and teammates. But most of all, as someone who has always loved playing sports but didn’t quite have the talent to make something of it, writing these books is a form of wish fulfillment.

 

  • What’s next?

 

I’m not sure. My contract for the Perfect Play series was only for three books, so I’m working on some new ideas that will hopefully get picked up.

Check out the book here with links to all sites to purchase!

 

Roman

Roman (A Cold Fury Novel) by Sawyer Bennett

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Overview by Publisher:

In a league full of troublemakers, Cold Fury defenseman Roman Sýkora stands out—at least when it comes to negative publicity. When he’s not chilling in the penalty box, the sizzling Czech skate demon is racking up tabloid headlines for his scandalous behavior with the ladies. But now Roman’s feeling the burn from management to clean up his act, or else. Luckily he’s got an enticing distraction: a fun-loving barista who plays the ukulele and brings out a side of Roman he didn’t know he had.

Lexi Robertson came to Raleigh, North Carolina, to finally meet her father, Brian Brannon, and her half sister, Gray, both of whom work in the Cold Fury’s front office. That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game. Feeling hurt and foolish, Lexi’s ready to quit while she’s ahead. Trouble is, Roman’s not ready to quit on her.

I adore this series by Sawyer Bennett.  Well, to be honest, I adore ALL books by her!  This book was another hit for the Cold Fury Series!

Roman is one of the bad boys of sport.  He plays hard, he parties hard and he pushes the limits.  His boss is trying to reign him in and threatens him with a trade if he doesn’t change his bad boys ways.

What is different about this book is that the Brannon family is featured heavily.  We meet Lexi as she is telling Brian Brannon, the owner of Cold Fury, that she is his long lost daughter.  We get the perspectives of Lexi, Roman and Brian in this book.

Lexi is searching for family.  While Brian accepts her right away, her new half sister Grey, is a harder sell.  The family dynamics are fascinating and I really enjoyed seeing Brian find love for a second time.  For those who loved Ryker and Grey’s story, there is a lot of time spent with them in this book.

Lexi is a free spirit.  She works at a coffee shop, plays the ukulele, and dresses how she likes.  She isn’t after the Brannon money, she just wants family.  Lexi meets Roman at the start of the book and the sparks fly.  She likes her men on the bad side and Roman fits that bill.

The relationship between Lexi and Roman is a good fit.  Roman is a loner.  He needs someone like Lexi to give him a chance at a real relationship.  The romance is going all well until Lexi’s new family interferes, which creates some great dramatic moments and pushes the relationship along.  The two of them have incredible sex – not surprising since Roman is as intense in the bedroom as he is on the ice and Lexi’s free spirit extends to her sex life.  This is one of Sawyer Bennett’s great strengths.  She writes loves scenes that are titillating but also emotional.  Each time the characters slide between the sheets, it furthers the plot and the evolution of the relationship.

If you like hockey and contemporary romance novels – you HAVE to check out this series!  The next character Luc was briefly introduced and I was so relieved there would be another book in this series!

Going for the Goal

Going for the Goal (The Perfect Play Series) by Sara Rider

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Overview by Publisher:

Sara Rider returns with the third book in the Perfect Play series—a fast-paced, icy hot romance featuring a sports agent fighting an attraction to the NHL’s bad boy…and his ability to melt her heart.

In this perfect book for romance and sports fans, professional sports agent Jillian Nichols knows how to play the game to get what she wants. But admitting to what she needs has always been a challenge. Will she ever let her guard down long enough to let someone in? Or will the bad boy hockey player Nick “the Punisher” Salinger have to fight harder than ever for a chance to win her heart?

It’s hockey season in North America.  We desperately need this distraction and I would much rather read a hockey book than watch the game on tv!

This book was great!  It has all the things you want in a contemporary sports romance novel.  Jillian is a sports agent in an industry that is almost exclusively male.  I really adore when the character is strong and principled in their beliefs.  She is the ultimate feminist – fighting for what she believes.  The story takes place at a time in her life when she is at crossroads in her career and struggling to find her place.

After a chance encounter with Nick years ago, they get another shot.  Nick needs an agent to help him stay with the team he loves.  He puts his trust in Jillian and follows all her rules.  What works so well is that we really get to know Nick – not just the brute hockey player.  The author skillfully reveals his layers to the reader and my respect and admiration for the character grew as the story progressed.

The struggle between Jillian and Nick is not just agent and player.  They are battling intense attraction between them.  Jillian wants Nick, but she has professional boundaries that she doesn’t want to cross.  This creates some great tension and drama between the two and for the reader, it makes for some outrageously sexy scenes.

I think what I enjoyed so much about this book was learning about Nick.  How gentle and kind he could be under the tough exterior.  I adored his sense of justice and how bewildered he could be by courting Jillian.  There are some really awesome scenes in the book that make this a must read!

Enforcer’s Pride

Enforcer’s Pride (Demon Horde Series) by Sarah Hawthorne

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Overview by Publisher:

A man looking for redemption 

Colt spent eight months in prison for trusting the wrong woman, nearly bringing down his entire motorcycle club in the process. Now he needs to fix the MC’s cash flow problems or watch the only family he’s ever known fall apart. 

Meeting Krista wasn’t part of his mission. 

Falling for her could mean his destruction.  

A single mom trying to get by 

Krista was ready to leave hooking behind when her ex cleaned out her bank account. Stuck working to provide for her daughter, she protects herself with one rule: never get involved with someone at the club. 

Not that she wants to. Sex has become a job, a means to an end. 

One night together as an escape 

Krista’s body wakes at Colt’s touch, allowing her to imagine a life after the MC. A future. A happily-ever-after, if only briefly. Krista brings out feelings in Colt he forgot could exist. But just as he begins to trust again, Krista’s truth is revealed—testing the very boundaries of Colt’s jealousy and faith.

So….this was a different book!  I was surprised, because to be honest, I didn’t really read the whole blurb when I requested this book on Netgalley.  I just saw *BIKER* and clicked YES!

What an experience.  This book was really worthwhile.  It was the first time I have read a book at a woman who is sex worker.  We all think we understand why women work in the sex trade, but to read a story about a woman who you get to know, makes it personal.

Krista is a single mom.  She works as a bartender at the biker club and sleeps with the members on the side.  She is a great mom and has put herself through school.  Since she got pregnant at age 16, she is a statistic that society doesn’t care about.

The author makes it so easy to slip into Krista’s world and understand her life.  It doesn’t mean that it is easy to read about her work.  What I appreciated as the reader was that Krista’s life and work was not romanticized, nor glamourized.  She didn’t like being a stripper or prostitute.

Krista meets Colt when he beats up her dead beat baby Daddy-meth head.  He takes an immediate interest.  For Krista it was the first time in a very long time that she felt actual attraction.  He made her feel alive.  That is so liberating and was exciting to read about.  However, misunderstanding abound and the two are on and off and on and off.

There is a purpose for Colt being in Tacoma.  He is about to patch over the club, but has to find who is skimming off the club books.  I really enjoyed this sub plot.  It was an interesting story of the dynamics of biker clubs and the investigation allowed more time to get to know Colt.

The sex is quite prevalent throughout the story.  As a reader, I was able to clearly distinguish between the work Krista did and the emotional moments she had with Colt.  I found this to be an interesting and thought provoking story to read.

Hooked

Hooked  (Viking Motorcyle Club) by Christina Phillips

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Overview by Publisher:

Zach…

I like my sex dirty and disposable. I’m not into commitment or chicks who want more than one night. My brothers and club come first, second and last.

Until she walks into my life. Classy, rich and so out of my league it’s crazy. A week together should get her out of my system, but this good girl is so bad when we’re all alone and I can’t get enough of her.

I don’t do forever, but she’s hooked me so bad I don’t ever want to let her go. Except there’s no way a princess can live in my world and I sure as hell won’t live in hers…

Have you ever daydreamed what it would be like to hook up with a biker?  Or a rough around the edges guy that is far out of your norm?  I think one of the reasons that Sons of Anarchy did so well was that so many women loved Jax and had fantasies about hooking up with him.  Imagine that – then what?

This book starts with a hot and very sexy encounter with two strangers.  Zach is a bad biker and Grace is an heiress and a good girl.  She takes a walk on the wild side. This story investigates what happens when the one encounter goes further.

The sex in this story is scorching hot.  I was worried at first (I know) that the book was pure erotica, but it just starts with a bang.  The story is well developed and I found that it was so realistic.  What does happen when two people who come from totally different worlds find something real with each other?  The story isn’t just about great sex, it focuses on Zach and Grace finding common ground and navigating how to take a sexual relationship into a real one.

The characters are well developed and I felt like I understood both perspectives.  I understood the life that Zach led and how he was uncomfortable in Grace’s rich world.  I also empathized with Grace as she tried to balance her families’ expectations with the tattooed biker she was bringing home.

This is a great biker read!  I have a recent fondness to this genre and this book was a great addition to my library!

Finding Kyle

Finding Kyle by Sawyer Bennett

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Overview by Amazon:

When you’ve lived your life as a criminal…
When you’ve done unspeakable things …
When your soul has become dark and stained…

The path to redemption begins where you least expect it.

Kyle Sommerville is in hiding and doesn’t want to be found by anyone. Certainly not by his quirky, free-spirited neighbor who’s managed to push her way past the walls he’s built around him. But Jane Cresson’s indomitable will and insatiable curiosity about her reclusive neighbor makes it impossible for Kyle to stay immersed in his dark world.

Little by little, she claws through his shell.
Day by day, she gets him to smile a little more.
Night by night, they both find pleasure they never knew existed.

When Kyle’s terrible past is exposed, Jane begins to think she’s in over her head. Can her love for this broken man finally clear his path to redemption, or will Kyle’s darkness extinguish every bit of hope she’s put into him?

I was beyond excited to find a new book out by Sawyer Bennett!  I adore her books!  Then I found out that this book had a link to her Wicked Horse series – which was ridicously hot!

I stayed up all night reading this story.  Kyle was undercover for the ATF in a motorcycle gang in Wyoming.  He helped to bring down the corrupt and dangerous bikers who were peddling drugs, guns and women.  He’s left tired and haunted by the things he did during his time with the gang.  He is hiding out on the East coast waiting for the trial so that he can testify and then get on with his life.

He comes to a sleepy town to be the lighthouse keeper.  His nosy and adorable neighbour Jane is like the welcome wagon on steroids.  She is pushy, but in such a sweet way that Kyle has a hard time getting rid of her, no matter how rude he is.  Part of me wanted to shake Jane and tell her to stop chasing after a man so shamelessly, but since I know as the reader how much Kyle needs someone like Jane in his life, I let it go.

The story is like a love letter to the East coast.  It’s charm and beauty and the culture of those who live in a small town.  It made me want to book a trip this summer and get lost in eating lobster, taking ferry rides and enjoying small town USA.  While Kyle is world weary, Jane is the epitome of small town and yet seeing the town through her eyes is like looking at a foreign land.

Kyle is sexy and rough, Jane is sweet and light.  I was really curious how Kyle would handle the bedroom scenes with Jane since she is the farthest thing from a club whore or biker chick.  But of course Sawyer Bennett never lets a reader down with the passionate and lusty scenes she creates.

If you have followed the Wicked Horse series and wondered what happened to Kyle, then you need to read this book and find out how he transitions back to reality.  A sweet romance with the baddest biker/cop!

Home Run

Home Run (Boys of Summer Novel) by Heidi McLaughlin

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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!

Check it out here on Amazon.