Series: #4 The Boys of Summer
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Love Swept
Released on January 5, 2016
I love baseball themed romances and pairing that with a second chance romance plot made it irresistible. This was my first encounter with the author and the series, but I still found it enjoyable and easy to read.
As I said, this was my first in the series. This is book four, but it works alright as a standalone. From what I gather each book can be read alone or out of order.
The story opens with older catcher, Connor Jackson, playing his last season and set to retire. He is glad that he will play with his hometown team to close out his successful career. He loves the game, but it is time and his hometown Sonics are in position to go all the way to the series and what better way to go out than with a series ring. But his other motivation is person. His college sweetheart and the woman he never forgot after they broke up so he could pursue his career has been divorced for a year. Connor wants to see if they still have a connection. He wants a wife and family now and Tracy is the only woman he can picture there with him.
Tracy Coleman is the divorced mom of four children under the age of six. She moved on from the disappointment of watching Connor Jackson leave and thought she was happy with husband and family until she discovers after she is pregnant with Lily that he has been cheating on her and divorced her to be with his other secret family. Hence, she is wary when Connor comes back into her life. She gets a thrill that he is still interested and wants to go out on a date, but she chooses not to tell him that she has four children. What would a successful guy who can have a model on his arm want with a divorced mom of four young kids?
And so these two navigate this chance for more through tough decisions and unspoken feelings even as Connor must work hard to be a leader in the clubhouse to help guide the team on to something big.
Alright, I was well-pleased with the story though I confess that there were times that I got impatient. For the most part, it’s a ‘what you see is what you get’. They are middle aged and trying on a second chance romance against his career, the kids, her ex, and their vulnerabilities. The narrative is split between them and I sympathized with both characters. Connor has to decide if he can take on all that comes with a relationship with Tracy and Tracy has to decide if she can trust that Connor isn’t her ex and that he won’t walk away again. Tracy did get me somewhat impatient because she really was ruled by fear and seemed to hear every reason they shouldn’t and couldn’t seem to buy into every reason they should. Her ex did a number on her and she does have to think of her kids first, but I just wanted them to be happy.
I found it a fun blend of baseball scenes, hilarious times with the kids around, and passionate times with just the pair of them. The story flowed along and had a few spikes of emotion when it came time to decide if they were going to go for it.
All in all, it was an easy quick contemporary sports romance that I can recommend to those who don’t mind a woman with a family and some baseball tossed in for good measure.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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