Talk about a wild day... As if being summoned to the deathbed of a grandfather she didn’t know existed wasn’t enough—Isla Bennett meets the man of her dreams. Spends an amazing day playing tourist around Nashville with him. And then finds out she’s inherited the Nashville Slammers major league baseball team. Oh, and her new dream man? He’s the Slammers’ star power hitter. Isla just went from amazing first date to holy heck I’m your boss in the span of a day.
Liam Cruz can’t believe how refreshing it was to spend a day with someone who didn’t know his batting average, the size of his last contract, or heck, even that he’s a baseball player. Now Isla’s thrust into the spotlight, and though she’s more than capable of handling herself professionally, he takes it upon himself to teach her everything he can about the game that is his whole life. But they’ll have to keep it on the DL.
Because doing what’s best for the team means they can never be together—and that might be the toughest play of all.
Each book in the For Love of the Game series is STANDALONE:
* Covering All the Bases
* Catching Her Heart
An enchanting story
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Entangled Publishing and NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing.
I adored this story. Unfortunately I started it late in the day and stayed up late to finish it. I could not put it down. I was so thoroughly enchanted with Isla inheriting a professional baseball team from her paternal grandfather that she didn't know was still alive (due to her manipulative and controlling father). Isla is too late to meet her grandfather before he passes away. In her grief and despair, she enters into a bar to get out of the cold rain. There she meet a gorgeous man behind the bar, Liam. Isla thinks that Liam is just your typical bartender. She doesn't normally go to bars so she has no idea. She is intrigued with the handsome Liam and vice versa. Liam offers Isla the use of the upstairs apartment over the bar as he realizes that he would like to spend more time with her. Especially as Isla has no idea that he is a MLB heavy-hitter for the hometown team. It is the next day when Isla is informed of her inheritance and then later discovers that Liam, the man who showed her around town and who is taking up more and more of her thoughts, is a player on the team. These two go through so much to get to their HEA that I just could not stop reading. Ms. Holford did such a wonderful job in creating such wonderful and realistic characters that I just become too attached.
The story was beautifully written. There was no part in this story that felt forced. It flowed smoothly. In fact, I really hated to see the story end. I would love to see another story with Isla's assistant Addie or even Liam's sister, Talia (really I'm hoping for both!)
The story was written in a dual POV format. That is my favorite as I can get into the characters' thought processes. It really helps me to identify with them and to understand their actions and speech so much better.
This is just a great story. I highly recommend this to anyone. There were a few "bedroom" scenes but the way that the author wrote them really left it up to the reader's imagination as to what actually went on.
Great start to the series!!
Talk about a wild ride!! Thinking back on all of the books I've read by this author, I don't think a single one was a sports romance. I'm a casual baseball fan and I loved that Isla had to be taught EVERYTHING about the team she just inherited. 'They're going to bring home the cup!' I swear I died!!
Isla and Liam were absolutely perfect together. Even when they were attempting to just be friends, they were supportive and understanding. Isla comes from an awful family and I hated every single second that she had to interact with them but Liam's family was the perfect opposites of them: kind, loving, helpful. I loved that friendships were building all around and a new family was created.
This is an awesome start to this series and I'm so looking forward to what might come next!!