By: Collette West
The moment Grey Kelleher locks eyes with All-Star shortstop Chase Whitfield, she's a goner. For years, she's watched him play on TV, and now she's gazing at his hard, lean body across a bar in her hometown.
Grey's crush on Chase goes all the way back to his rookie season. So when she approaches him for an autograph, she's startled by what a jerk he can be.
Chase is no mood to humor his fans, even one as alluring as Grey. He's in the last year of his contract and stuck having to prove himself on a minor league team. He's only there to rehab an injury, nothing more.
But when Grey tells him off, Chase realizes her fiery spirit may be just the distraction he needs to take his mind off not being in the majors. His heart is safe. No one's going to break his streak as baseball's most eligible bachelor. Not even someone as irresistible as Grey.
So Chase is a star baseball player who has to struggle with being on the disabled list for a season from the New York Kings. He gets sent to Stockton to play a few games for the Beavers where he meets Grey. Grey is a small town girl who has been in love with Chase for as long as she can remember. She and her family used to go to every Kings game in New York.
While this book is good it isn't great. I am a huge baseball fan and while the sport itself is on the slow side there is a lot of action, as well as ups and downs. This book like the game of baseball was very slow, almost too slow. However, I felt that it lacked any real focus. There was some action and a few ups and downs but I found that it just wasn't paced well.
The ideas behind the story were good and I loved the characters and the dynamic surrounding them. If it weren't for the pacing and speed issues this would have been a five star book. I mean I truly struggled to get through it but I loved the characters and wanted to find out what happened to them so I kept reading.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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