I received this book for free from the Author . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Perfect Catch by Sierra Dean
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2014-03-11
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Source: the Author
Buy on Amazon
Is their love a home run, or merely a pop fly? Boys of Summer, Book 2Minor league umpire Alice Darling loves everything about baseball. That means hunky ball players are strictly off limits—dating one would be professional suicide. With a young daughter and a brother to care for, she can’t afford to slip up. Truth is, as a young, stupid, nineteen-year-old townie, she did once date a player. That’s how she wound up with her precious, nine-year-old daughter...and a determination to never make that mistake again. Alex Ross’s arrival in Florida for spring training, though, shakes her resolve in a big way. Alex, a catcher for the Major League’s San Francisco Felons, has never let much get in the way of his game. One look at Alice changes everything, and he finds himself pursuing her with a single-minded purpose that plays hell with his concentration. Booted back to the minors, he returns to Florida with his tail between his legs to work on his swing...and heat things up with Alice. But when rumors of their affair hit the sports blogosphere, Alice’s career is put in jeopardy, and their love starts to look more like a strikeout than a home run. Warning: When a catcher struggling with his swing meets a stubborn single-mom umpire, his bat won’t be the only thing that heats up. Contains car sex, bed sex, sex sex, and a little angst for good measure.
If you didn’t know from following Sierra Dean on Twitter that she’s a baseball fan then you would definitely figure it out from reading this series. Baseball players, support staff and fans are lovingly brought to life by her with an eye for not only the good things that come from being in the lifestyle but the harsh realities players and staff live thru in order to be a part of this sport play out over the year.
We got to see Alex in the prior book in the series and I know I looked forward to getting to know this catcher a bit better. As we get to know him better we find that while he has had the typical love ’em and leave ’em lifestyle of the young, handsome, well-off player he really has a great heart that wants to find his match. He’s got sisters that serve to keep him in line when it comes to the treatment of women but when he meets Alice he has no clue how to handle a woman that runs so hot and cold to him. He shows how much he wants to be a part of her life in so many ways in this book but I have to say the way he tries to include her daughter in things melted my heart. He really does try to treat both of them like princesses and treasures so you will adore this soft side. He’s also extremely patient as he deals with Alice’s issues that at times I just didn’t see why he didn’t give up but I loved that he was willing to tolerate so much from her as in the end they make a great pair.
Alice is not my favorite heroine in many ways but I liked her and understood most of why she behaved the way she did. I didn’t always like her treatment of Alex but was happy that she owned her mistakes once she realized what she stood to lose if she didn’t open her eyes. She loves her job as an ump and being a single mother but finds herself struggling with keeping her home together while fighting an attraction to a ball player. This attraction could ruin her career as an ump but can’t seem to avoid wanting a man who fits all the things she thinks is horrible. She’s been burned by a ball player before and paints every single one of them with the same brush. This of course creates conflict with Alex as she isn’t open with him about her issues and it almost drives a permanent wedge between them as she always jumps to the worst conclusions with him. My frustration with her revolves around her willingness to forgive her brother for his actions but a man who has treated her with nothing but respect doesn’t get any chances because of his career? I was happy when she finally wakes up to what she stands to lose if she doesn’t change but jeez it took a while to get there.
I’ve got to thank Sierra for the chance to read this as I loved Alex and learned to love Alice. I’m ready for more more more…