By: Collette West
The moment Grey Kelleher locks eyes with All-Star shortstop Chase Whitfield, she’s a goner. For years, she’s watched him play on TV, and now she’s gazing at his hard, lean body across a bar in her hometown.
Grey’s crush on Chase goes all the way back to his rookie season. So when she approaches him for an autograph, she’s startled by what a jerk he can be.
Chase is no mood to humor his fans, even one as alluring as Grey. He’s in the last year of his contract and stuck having to prove himself on a minor league team. He’s only there to rehab an injury, nothing more.
But when Grey tells him off, Chase realizes her fiery spirit may be just the distraction he needs to take his mind off not being in the majors. His heart is safe. No one’s going to break his streak as baseball’s most eligible bachelor. Not even someone as irresistible as Grey.
“Grey, we’re going to stalk his ass all over town if we have to. I’m not going home until I have a picture with my arms wrapped around that smokin’ hot body of his.”
I know she’s trying to overcompensate after what Mark did to her, and of course, she needs to get her groove back somehow. Just not when she’s desperate and inebriated.
“Uh huh, you just want to show off on Facebook.”
“Damn right, I do. I intend to show all those sorry bitches out there that I’ve still got it. C’mon, baseball’s most eligible bachelor? The kids and I would be set for life. What was his last contract for—$35 million? Now that would be sweet. Living in a penthouse. Having a maid pick up after us. Being pampered by one of the sexiest guys in the known universe.”
“Keep dreaming, Erin.”
“You’re just jealous because you want him for yourself. Admit it.”
Of course, I do. But I’m not telling her that. Her ego’s still bruised. If it helps restore her confidence, I’ll play along. It’s not like we’re actually going to meet him or anything.
“Fine, I’ll give you first dibs. As long as one of us Kelleher girls snags him, I don’t care who it is.” I act like we’ll be in some kind of Bachelorette-style showdown to win him over.
“Now that’s what I’m talking about,” Erin exclaims before whistling loudly. “I bet that boy’s a handful in the sack. Just look at all of the models and actresses he’s dated. It seems like he hasn’t found one yet who’s able to keep him satisfied. That’s for damn sure.”
My throat constricts as she rattles off my biggest pet peeve about Chase. He’s a player both on and off the field. Everyone’s just waiting for him to settle down, but he never does. Erin’s right. No one seems to be good enough for him, and I doubt he’s going to find what he’s looking for in Stockton.
“Listen, Erin. I gotta run or I’ll be late for work. But text me and let me know what time you want me to pick you up.” I grab a brush off my dresser, running it through the tangles the morning breeze left in my hair.
“I’m so wearing that new bra I bought from Victoria’s Secret. It still has the tags on and everything. Hey, you never know. I might get lucky.”
“All right, see ya tomorrow.”
I hang up, feeling both elated and dejected. I admire Chase just as much for his talent, but all women seem to focus on are his looks or his bank account. Not many know his batting average or his on base percentage. I only hope that the woman he does end up with at least has some interest in baseball. I mean it’s what he does for a living, and it wouldn’t kill him to be a bit more particular when it comes to whom he’s sleeping with.
Not that I stand a chance.
If you are in the mood for a “flirty, fun, make you smile” kind of book, then this is it! There’s some slight angst, but nothing major. And after reading, you walk away happy.
Grey Kelleher is a young, independent woman, from a small town, who loves baseball……especially shortstop Chase Whitfield. She has watched him since his rookie year. When Chase gets hurt, he ends up rehabbing for the minor league team in her town. So when she runs into him, after an unfortunate incident, she is thrown by how rude he can be. Grey is not the kind to hide her feelings, and tells him exactly how rude he is. That’s when the story takes off for me.
I did not like Chase in the beginning of this book. I understood his world, as he knows it, was falling apart around him, because of his injury, but I felt he was a rude, arrogant man. Eventually, he won me over, and I couldn’t stop reading, just to find out if there would be a happily ever after or not.
Chase and Grey live completely different lives. Chase doesn’t know if he wants to drag Grey into this lifestyle, and if she could even survive it.
“I don’t belong here. Chase is right. We would never work out in the long run.”
There are a number of obstacles for these two throughout the book, and a few moments that gave me “stomach butterflies”, but reading how they overcome the world around them was enjoyable. Chase messes up A LOT, but for some reason, I still liked him and wanted things to work out for them. There were a few times that I wanted to slap Chase through my kindle, but that is also what made me enjoy this book so much.
“I’m sick of trying to control whatever this is between us. You’re like a force of nature, Grey, throwing me in different directions, keeping me off balance. But at the same time, you make me feel things I’ve never felt before. Being with you has completely upended my life, but in the best way possible.”
This could have been a solid 4 star book for me, but I felt there were some parts that were a little far-fetched for me. Despite that, I really did enjoy reading this book, and always looked forward to getting back to my reading chair and curling up with my kindle, and Chase.
“Earning her love would be something worth striving for. It’d make me want to get up and face the day, regardless if I were still a Major League baseball player or not.”
*received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball’s biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette’s impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she’s not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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