Moonshot

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

4 stars!

“Life is a series of stupid decisions interrupted by luck.”

Tyler Rollins lived most of her life working as a bat girl for the Yankees, the team her father played for. At seventeen years old she’s close to graduating high school from home school and has secured a job with the Yankees after. Chase Stern also enters her life, a new player for the team. Knowing his reputation, Tyler’s father asks her to stay away from him. But Ty and Chase have a connection from the very beginning, a genuine one that cannot be denied.

“A woman shouldn’t be created in such heartbreakingly beautiful combinations. A woman shouldn’t, in fifteen minutes, have the ability to ruin him for life.”

This book came as a bit of a shock to me, Torre can be a hit or a miss and this book was definitely a hit! I went into this book knowing many of the spoilers (because I am a spoiler whore) and I think it helped me personally with this book as there are aspects not everyone would love. Some things bugged me but I was able to look past them and enjoy.

I was surprised to find that this book had one of my favorite tropes: second chance romance. While the first half of the book was very romantic and sweet, the second half had the angst I wish for in every book with a tiny bit of suspense thrown in. I really loved the romance story, Chase and Ty were amazing. I just wish the suspense aspect was gone because it didn’t seem necessary at all. This book would have been 5 stars without it.

Anyways, I know there are a lot of baseball books out right now but I have really enjoyed every single one I’ve read. So you don’t want to miss out on this one!

“As a teenager, he had corrupted me. As a woman, he had ruined me.”

Thank you to the ladies at BBU, I won this ebook from them in a FB giveaway. You ladies rock!

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Stealing Home

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Stealing Home by Nicole Williams

4.5 stars!

“You know how this game works. I know how.”
“You just have to decide if you want to play.”
“Because you have decided?”
“Doc, I’m already playing.”

Nicole Williams is an author that has a special place in my heart, mostly for the Lost and Found series. Because of this I signed up for an arc of this book and I am so glad I did! This is Nicole Williams as we have never seen her before! From the books I’ve read, normally they are sweet on the side of clean. This book was steamy, sexy and hot!

Stealing Home is about Allie, a athletic trainer for the Shock’s baseball team. Eager to keep her new job, she works harder than anyone else to keep the players in shape and medically safe. Luke is the hottest and best player on the team, and he expresses a romantic interest in Allie. But he’s one of the players on the team (not to be mistaken for a playboy) and Allie doesn’t want to risk her job.

Luke. Luke Luke Luke Luke Luke. I friggin love that man!! Was he an alpha hero? No. Did that make him seem weak? Not at all. He’s a trained athlete with a tragic past, and when he saw what he wanted, he went for it. Maybe not right away, he was careful and observed Allie first to make sure she was a good person, but he made up his mind and went for it. I totally fell for Luke, he’s a friggin amazing book boyfriend. But then again, there has yet to be a boy Nicole has written about who isn’t book boyfriend material.

Allie’s internal struggle with the decision to be with Luke, I totally felt for the woman. She’d been hurt in the past and had doubts about her job being affected. I loved her as a heroine and totally related to all that she felt.

If you’re looking for a fun summer romance with an amazing hero, some serious steam and a little bit of angst, this is the book for you!

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Anything But Minor

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Anything But Minor by Kate Stewart

4.5 stars!!!

I always know one thing going into a Kate Stewart book: she’s gonna leave me with a big old smile on my face.

“I’m not sure what you want me to think of you, Rafe.”
“I’m pretty sure I just want you to think of me, Alice.”

Anything But Minor is about a woman named Alice who has left Ohio to live in Charleston and has a new career as a flight instructor. Having been sheltered by her mother her entire life, Charleston is Alice’s chance to live free and discover new things. On a whim, she attends a baseball game for the local minor league team where she meets Rafe, the star pitcher. Rafe makes it clear from the beginning he is interested in Alice, but Alice wants something more substantial than a fling. The two agree to be friends but there is an attraction between them that Rafe doesn’t want to deny.

“I may be wrong about you, I think. I thought you were one of those bone-headed, stupid athletes who only cared about baseball and women. But I have a feeling you’re worth knowing.”

I really loved reading the progression of the relationship between Rafe and Alice, their adventures together and the little moments where they got to know each other. Alice is quirky and nerdy and I loved her. I loved that Rafe embraced her nerdiness and quirks, and he saw how her past made her the woman she was. Rafe, he was quite the hero. Friendly, strong, and determined, I also loved that he was a big dude! Cause I like my alpha males and all.

The side characters are a delightful cherry on top and I am dying to see them again. I really want to see more from Kristina as I adored her friendship with Alice. The VHS tapes at the beginning of the chapters were another awesome touch to the book, in fact this entire book just made me want to sit down and watch 80’s movies.

Another great book from Kate Stewart and I look forward to what’s to come!

“I’ve got you.”
“I’ve got you, too.”

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

This Is Falling

This Is Falling by Ginger Scott

3-3.5 stars

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Sadly, I don’t think this was the book for me (sorry Jasmine! *hides* lol).

This Is Falling is the story of reclusive Rowe, yet another new adult heroine who does not see that she is amazing and has the popular hot guy fawning all over her within a matter of minutes. Normally I’m all for the damaged heroine plots, but for some reason this one didn’t really stick with me. Maybe if the author told Rowe’s story earlier on in the book I might have cared about her issues more? Anyways, this is the story of how Rowe and Nate meet and fall in love within a 3 weeks time period.

“And it happens all at once—just looking at him, I fall in love. But it doesn’t matter—because I can belong to no one.”

Don’t get me wrong, this book was really sweet and I did enjoy it, but it didn’t have much of a wow factor for me. So, I liked this book, but did not love it. I didn’t find anything particularly special about either of the MC’s and honestly, Nate just always seemed too goo to be true.

“I’m not angry at Rowe, I’m angry at myself for falling for her—for falling for a girl who can’t let herself be mine to love.”

What I did love about the book, was the side characters Cass and Ty. I am pretty darn excited that they get their own book! But on the subject of Ty…. Why the hell was he on the third floor of the dorm and not the first? I would think it’d be an issue if he couldn’t get to and from his room because the elevator broke down. (I lived in a 9th floor dorm room, believe me when I say that the darn elevators actually do break down in dorms!) Sorry to rant, but that really bugged me.

This book was also way too much instalove for my taste. So in the end, I would say this book was enjoyable, but I didn’t love it. I think other people other than me would thoroughly enjoy this and I’d have no problems recommending it.

“You are the face in all of my dreams and the smile I see when I close my eyes. Your voice when you sing in the shower late at night, when you think you’re alone, is like music to my ears.”

*ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*