Series: Love Between the Bases #2.5
Genres: Best Friends Sister, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Sports
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Caitlyn Murray has never let on that she’s had fantasies about her brother's friend Eli Anderson for years. She'd do anything for the sexy baseball player who walked away from stardom to stay in Sapphire Falls and take care of his family. But she and Eli are friends. Just friends.
So when her brother hatches a plan to get Eli to the pro baseball try-out for the Kilby Catfish and another chance at his dream, Caitlyn is all in. After all, what's a little kidnapping among friends?
A spot on the pitcher's mound for the Catfish isn't the only tempting thing about the spontaneous road trip. Eli already knows that Caitlyn is as sweet as the candies she makes for the Sapphire Falls bakery, but alone with her overnight in the tiny motel room in Kansas, it's impossible to resist the urge to take a little taste.
But when that taste leads to falling for the girl next door just as his front door is moving hundreds of miles away, can Eli really have it all? Or do they have too many strikes against them?
So I have always been a big fan of romances where the heroine is the best friends little sister, I mean I love the dynamics where more is at stake then just one budding relationship. I thought this was an interesting set up for the story, ending up in a hotel room alone is a great way to see if sparks are going to fly.
So I felt for Eli right from the beginning because you could just tell he was a good guy. I mean he gave up everything he wanted to go back home after his father had a stroke and now he is helping him run the family hardware store because his father can’t do it himself anymore. I loved the dynamics between Eli and his family, you can really tell that they care about each other. I also really liked how Eli was just a good guy in general, I mean he wants the best for everyone, he wants to be helpful, and what can I say I love an athlete who is a good guy.
So Caitlyn is a sweet girl as well, and you can tell right from the beginning that she is super attracted to Eli and that she wants something more from him then just friendship. It’s funny because whenever the subject of her brother comes up, well its when she reveals herself. She doesn’t want to be looked at as her brothers’ little sister, she wants to be looked at by Eli an attractive girl he wants more from.
This is a sweet little romance, and the pacing was pretty good in it as well. I always worry when two authors get together to write a book that it won’t read cohesively, but this book did, and I was glad for that. What I will say though is that the story was a little bit to nice and sweet for me. The characters were just super good and sweet people, and honestly I liked my romances to be a little bit more on the gritty side of things, or at least people that read more realistically, flaws and all. I don’t know sometimes I am in the mood for sugar and sometimes I am not, but I will say that there was some really cute bantering going on between the them. If you like a sweet small town romance with some really cute banter then this might be just the book for you.