Series: The Boys of Summer #1
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Sports
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House-sitting for a rich and famous friend has its perks, and Darcy Hamel isn’t shy about enjoying them. Especially when it means scoring a ticket to an exclusive fashion show hosted by the New Jersey Sonics. An avid baseball fan, Darcy has always dreamed of meeting the team—especially the starting pitcher whose body is as hot as his fastball. But there’s a catch. The gala is by invitation only. To get behind the velvet rope, mild-mannered Darcy will have to pose as party girl Lydia Logan.
Schmoozing is one of the downsides of fame, but Chase Westbrook knows how to liven up even the dullest event. And nothing spices a night up more than a beautiful socialite with a naughty reputation. What Chase doesn’t expect is a hint of sweetness beneath her sultry façade. Flirtation turns to seduction and leaves him aching for more. Chase just doesn’t know who the real Lydia is: the spoiled tease crying foul over some missing diamonds or the alluring woman making a play for his heart.
I wanted to like this book so badly! I love baseball, seriously love baseball. I’m that girl who will sit at home watching the Boston Red Sox every day they play and be blissfully happy doing it. So mixing of my favorite past time and a romance book, well that is a recipe for happiness. Unfortunately it just didn’t pan out for me.
I know a lot of people have issues with the whole mistaken identity thing, but I am not one of those people. Especially in this instance because Darcy was unbelievably clear at the beginning that she was not the famous Lydia, everyone just ignored her. That being said, I did have strong issues from the very beginning. My first issue was that Chase, who is suppose to be some dreamy and responsible baseball player, is kind of a dirt bag in my opinion. He sets his sights on Darcy (thinking she’s Lydia) and when she’s fall down sloppy drunk he still takes her home and tries to sleep with her. And then when she passed out, he seriously considers having sex with her anyway. That was a serious strike against Chase for me, one I’m not sure I ever recovered from.
As with all mistaken identity books, it had to be found eventually. And of course Chase was going to be mad. That’s a given. It’s totally understandable. But then he goes and decides to, literally the same night, date the real Lydia. Like hey, why not, the papers already think we are together, let’s date for real. So he goes and sleeps with her, dates, her the whole nine. Like Darcy, who he supposably loved never existed. Let’s face it by the end of the book I hated Chase, even when he made solid baseball decisions.
Darcy was an okay character, I understood the appeal of living a life of a famous person, and I also understand she has had a thing for Chase for a long time. I actually liked her the vast majority of the book, she’s clearly a good person, and while she makes some bad decisions (especially at the goading of her friend Cara), she doesn’t do it with any kind of malicious intention. But when she just takes Chase back, after her was with Lydia, I lost a huge amount of respect for her.
I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t mind the writing style so maybe in the future I will try out another Katie Rose book.