Baseball has never been sexier in an all-new novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, K. Bromberg. Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything. So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather, his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him. Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on. And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to maintain the club’s best interest, in regards to whether he’s ready to play. But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat, or is one of them bound to get burned?
REVIEW - 4.5 Stars
I love a good baseball romance and this one hit the mark! Sports romances are difficult to write because there is a small sweet spot between too much sports detail and not enough. I happen to be a huge fan of baseball, so there was no problem for me. But, I contemplated it as if I were a novice and I think K. Bromberg did a fabulous job finding a balance. There is also a lot of humor, sometimes causing me to draw funny looks when I started laughing in random locations. The romance between Easton and Scout is hot and steamy, as well as sweet and romantic. Throw in some witty banter and explosive personalities and this book sizzles with tons of chemistry.
Easton is a definitely a hero you’ll fall in love with. He is a hot as hell, talented and famous athlete. He is dedicated and focused on his career, his charity work, the fans, and his family. But, what intrigued me most was the person he turned out to be despite an overly critical and controlling father, a huge legacy to live up to, and an alcoholic father. I admired the fact that he wasn’t completely jaded and after he gets to know Scout just a little bit, he doesn’t run from his growing feelings for her. He hasn’t become jaded about love and he wants to explore what they could have. He was also very logical about Scout’s precarious situation and the fact that they needed to hide their relationship, rather than pitching (no pun intended) a fit and trying to guilt her into not keeping them a secret. However, he’s strong and determined, so he doesn’t give her any leeway beyond those parameters for avoiding him. He forces her to face the relationship and stop running from her fears. I admired him more and more throughout the book as he put up with her reoccurring, emotional baggage.
Scout started out strong for me. I liked her immediately and thought she was witty and fun. She is definitely a strong character and the fact that she accepted her choice of career came with the locker room crap and simply went with it, ratcheted up my respect. I empathized with her sorrow and fear over losing her dad and my heart broke for her every time he pushed her away. The promise he made her make really aggravated me because it put a world of pressure on her at a time when she was already emotionally drained after the loss of her brother years before and now knowing her father was dying. However, there were glimpses into their relationship that showed he was a loving dad, he simply didn’t want his daughter to see him waste away and die.
My only issue with this book was in Scout’s continued hand-wringing over her situation with Easton. Her concerns were legitimate in the beginning and on through the book for a while. But, then I started to get annoyed. She gave me whiplash with how fast she would change her attitude and decisions sometimes. It started to grate on my nerves because she seemed to be habitually taking two steps forward and one and a half steps back. It made me feel bad for Easton and love him even more for sticking it out. However, this small issue wasn’t enough to make me dislike Scout, it was simply a little annoying at times.
If you’re like me and didn’t notice that this is book 1 in a duet, let me give you a heads up…MAJOR CLIFFHANGER! Luckily, we don’t have to wait too long for book 2! I really did enjoy reading this book and I absolutely cannot wait for the rest of Scout and Easton’s story. This one goes on the possible re[read shelf since I could see myself re-reading it in the future.
New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love. A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow. Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written. She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media or sign up for her newsletter to stay up to date on all her latest releases and sales HERE