Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pitch Perfect

Author: Sierra Dean
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-658-7
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date: 08-06-13

When Emmy Kasper’s hired as the head athletic trainer for the San Francisco Felons, she’s thrilled. It does means leaving her father in Chicago and making a new life for herself across the country. It didn’t mean almost running her bicycle over two of the team’s players on opening day and one is star pitcher, Tucker Lloyd. It’s an accident that could end her new career before it even begins.

Tucker’s just coming back after an injury and at thirty-six, he’s worried he’s nearing the end of his career. Getting knocked to the ground before training even starts isn’t how he expected to begin his day. When he learns the identity of the woman responsible, Tucker knows he’s in for trouble. How will he ever keep his mind on saving his career when all he can do is think about Emmy?

Pitch Perfect is the first release in Sierra Dean’s new series, Boys of Summer. It’s a fun and entertaining look into the world of professional baseball. Yes, I know the premise isn’t exactly original but that doesn’t stop it from being the perfect read for a hot summer day either. Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, you’ll find yourself pulled into the story of how Tucker and Emmy get together.

It’s pretty obvious that Ms. Dean’s either a fan herself, has done a lot of research or both. For me, the vivid details really helped the game and the world they inhabit come alive. That goes for the information regarding Tucker’s continued rehab too—I was able to understand him more easily. Please be aware that the book takes place almost entirely inside the baseball sphere and scenes rarely occur outside them, besides a bedroom. I admit I would have liked a little more variety once their relationship got off the ground. And did I mention Tucker and Emmy are smoking hot?

Secondary characters are numerous. I particularly like Tucker’s friend Alex and hope to see him featured in the future. But then several of the other players would be interesting to learn more about too. I look forward seeing what happens in the next book. 

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