Series: Baseball #2
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Sports
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Photographer Sierra Stratton views the world through a lens all her own. She has an uncanny sense about people, something that often causes her trouble. When she meets the sexy and brooding Evan Dorsey, her intuition tells her he’s suffering, and she wants to be the one to help him.
Evan isn’t open to help from anyone, however. His focus is on his Major League career and making himself as marketable as possible for his upcoming free agency. He plans to ride out the season in Atlanta and then sign with another team, away from the painful memories that haunt him.
Someone’s eager to send him on his way, too. Between anonymous threats and equipment sabotage, it’s clear he’s earned himself an enemy along the way. To him, it’s one more sign that he’s right to move on.
But Sierra threatens his conviction. Her contagious smile proves hard to resist, as does her kiss. She tempts him in ways he never anticipated, making him question his plans for the first time. If he’s not careful, she might just convince him that he’s meant for her.
I’ve made no secret about the fact that baseball is by far my favorite sport, and I love when my romance book starts a hot and sexy baseball star, so I had high hopes for this book. I have to say that I had a hard time with this book in the beginning, but I stuck it out and I am really glad I did, because as the book progressed I really started to like it and the characters.
Evan is basically in a self-imposed isolation. He never stops moving and he certainly never lets anyone close to him. After his mother passed away it was like he shut everything down except for his pain over her loss. Sierra sees past that though, which let me tell ya, is more than a good thing for him. I think Evan’s funk, which really comes off abrasively to the people around him, is why I had a hard time with the book in the beginning, he wasn’t exactly likable. And while Sierra is super sweet and has only the best intentions she did have a tendency to come off as too over the top, and I think it bugged me a bit.
Sierra really is a good person, she is nice to everyone and gives everyone the benefit of the doubt. She really has a big issue being able to stand up for what she believes though (there were a couple instances with other people where she felt a certain way about them and Evan/others kind of smiled and nodded, and she really should have pushed it further). Honestly what brought me over to Sierra was her insane kindness towards both her dog and Evan’s two dogs, I have six of my own, so when I realized how much these two character’s lives revolved around their dogs the more I liked the two of them.
I did think the chemistry between Evan and Sierra was pretty good, not as intense as some others I have read, but it was totally believable and I enjoyed reading the push and pull of their relationship. Sierra always has faith that things will work out for her and Evan, but Evan is resistant every step of the way. He really is a one step forward two steps back kind of guy, but the more you learn about him the more you start to pull for him to get his life some happiness.
There is some suspense in the book as well, Evan seems to be the target of some interesting hate mail, which is kind of a theme in the book, and it actually ends up becoming an enjoyable plot point by the end of the book. I did like that little element of suspense. If you like books about sports guys, or you are a romance reader who loves dogs, this could easily be the book for you. I’m really glad I didn’t give up on this book, because in the end it was a really good read and I really did enjoy the evolution of the characters.