Thursday, February 13, 2014

Perfect Catch

Author: Sierra Dean
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61922-062-1
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date: 03-11-2014

Alice Darling loves baseball so much that she’s become a minor league umpire. She knows what it’s like to get involved with a handsome, fast-talking ballplayer because, as a nineteen year-old, that’s exactly what happened. It can’t occur again. Now she has a nine year-old daughter and a brother to take care of and can’t afford to let her emotions put her job at risk. No more baseball players. Ever.  

When Alex arrives in Florida for the pre-season, the San Francisco Felons player doesn’t expect anything special. He meets Alice when she stops to help him with a flat tire, and he’s smitten. Learning of her refusal to get involved with ballplayers doesn’t matter—his pursuit of her is on. Getting involved puts them both in jeopardy. When they’re seen kissing, Alice gets fired and when he leaves for the regular season, being apart wrecks Alex’s concentration. Can they find a way to make their relationship work?

Perfect Catch is the second release in Sierra Dean’s Boys of Summer series. While reading them in order would be nice, it can easily be a standalone.

Strangely enough I’m not a baseball fan but one of my guilty reading pleasures is baseball romances and this new, fun and entertaining book hit the spot for me. Really, that’s true for both releases in this well written series, because I enjoyed them both. The plot of Perfect Catch is well thought-out, has a smooth flow without any of those annoying lags in the middle and the personalities of Alice and Alex are nicely developed. I appreciate the explanation of Alice’s dating reluctance and all the emotions and professional ramifications that go with it. Very nicely done. Then there’s Alex. I like him and his perseverance in the face of Alice’s attitude and occasional anger.  And I can’t forget the secondary characters. There’s Alice’s cute daughter (can you say scene stealer) and troubled brother, and even her jerk ex to round out the plot and add interest and depth. 

I have no idea who’ll be the focus of the next one, but I can’t wait.

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