Series: More Than a Game #2
Published by Kensington Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Sports
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A ballplayer and a team owner would give anything for a championship—even their hearts…
After inheriting majority ownership of the San Francisco Goliaths baseball team, Hunter Collins wants to prove to herself—and the rest of the league—that she’s got what it takes to build a champion. Her first move is to trade for a hot left-fielder. He’s got it all, speed, power, and a desire to win. Not to mention undeniable charm.
Marco Santiago is tired of being the new player in town. After four teams in six years, he’s facing free agency at the end of the season. He wants nothing more than a long-term contract and a World Series win. Hitting on his new owner probably isn’t the best way to get it, but love may be the most powerful challenger either of them has ever faced...
As previously mentioned I have an undying love of baseball. And for some reason I have been picking up every romance book with even the mention of baseball lately. Well to be honest, I’ve been picking up every book with any kind of sport in it, or at least that’s how it seems. As for this one, I liked it, it was pretty good.
First things first, the baseball. I think the baseball was done pretty well in this book. I think the inner politics of the sport were well done, as well as the dynamics of what goes on behind the scenes to make a baseball team actually function. I wouldn’t have thought to write a book about a female owner, but it’s a nice concept, and you have to admit when it comes to baseball there aren’t a lot of women involved, so this was a nice chance. Although at the end I was a little bit bummed at how quickly Hunter was willing to sacrifice herself, you’ll see what I mean when you read the book.
So Hunter is a pretty good character, I liked the whole woman owning a team and being the managing partner, it’s nice to see women in strong roles. I also liked that even though she is wealthy, she’s simple, she is comfortable in simple clothing, and nothing about her is over the top. Hunter did have some jealous tendencies, which is normally something that is annoying to me, but Marco is a pro athlete who has women throwing themselves at him, so I understood the jealousy, plus she never throws it in his face or makes it a big issue or anything. I also really liked the inner turmoil she had about the relationship she was in, the team versus her happiness. It definitely heightened the drama.
Marco, I liked a lot. I liked that he wasn’t a perfect athlete, he didn’t step out onto the field and command it. He had to work hard at getting into the swing of things. I liked that along the way he realized that the game isn’t decided by one person, but rather the team. I think it’s an important lesson in sports, one that so many people forget. I have to say I wish that the plot line with his family had been expanded on, I felt like it was more used as a catalyst at the end to get Marco to come to the right conclusions to end the book, and I really felt like there was more meat to the story that could have been fleshed out. Plus nothing felt resolved with his father at all. But overall, I liked how well Marco and Hunter fit together, and how dedicated Marco was to making her happy. I also liked his inner turmoil about whether he was worthy of Hunter and the dynamics of the boss/employee relationship.
One nitpicky note, I thought that the baseball cliches used between Marco and Hunter about there relationship was too much. So much of the book is baseball driven that it almost walked into that cheesy realm when they would use baseball metaphors all the time. Other then that, I would say if you like baseball and romance this is definitely a book you should check out. I look forward to reading more books by Kristina Matthews.