New York Times bestselling author of Forever My Girl.
WIN THE GAME. LOSE YOUR HEART.
Everyone knows who I am and that I could have any female fan I want. That's supposed to be the "perk" of playing left field for the Boston Renegades. But I don't want just any woman; I want her.
She should be just another face in the crowd, but I can't stop thinking about the one night we spent together-and her look of regret the morning after.
Because Saylor Blackwell is the kind of woman who haunts a man. Smart, sexy as hell, and one of the best managers in the business. She's every ballplayer's dream woman. And I'd do anything to make things right with her.
I'm done sitting on the bench when it comes to Saylor Blackwell. Time to swing for the fences.
Readers who don't object to the premise of McLaughlin's third Boys of Summer baseball contemporary (after Home Run) will enjoy its handling of thorny legal and ethical conflicts. The Boston Renegades are shocked when left fielder Travis Kidd, who's known for being a playboy, is accused of rape by a spurned fan named Blue. Travis's publicist, single mother Saylor Blackwell, knows the story's a fake: she was in the bar that night, reeling after a threatening letter from her ex, and heard Blue's threat to damage Travis's reputation after he rejected her advances. If Saylor comes forward, she will admit to violating her probation for drunk driving two years earlier, and could go to jail and lose custody of her daughter; if she admits that she and Travis had a one-night stand, she might lose her job because of her boss's strict anti-fraternization rules. Still, can she let Travis be convicted of a crime he didn't commit? Saylor fights her attraction to Travis but finally caves in and is immediately charmed by his ease with five-year-old Lucy, not to mention his sense of humor and genuine caring for others. When other women make baseless accusations against Travis and Saylor's ex tries to get custody of Lucy, the obstacles to happiness seem insurmountable. McLaughlin is careful not to downplay actual assault or imply that false rape claims are common, but the focus on them may nevertheless put some readers off. A first-rate cast of secondary characters bolsters this tale of how lies can destroy lives.
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Loved Travis Kidd
The Boston Renegades are back, but this time we get to finally hear Travis Kidd's story. The class clown and lady lover finally gets taken down by his publicist, Saylor Blackwell. Grand Slam centers around a scandal involving Travis and a jilted almost-one-night-stand. Travis and Saylor were a couple I was definitely rooting for, and I absolutely loved seeing how Travis interacted with Saylor's daughter. The ending felt a little rushed for me, but overall this is definitely a must read.
I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books.
This is a sweet, light, feel good baseball romance. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline, although there were times, the story didn't feel realistic. The story revolves around Travis Kidd, the left fielder for the Boston Renegades and Saylor Blackwell, his public relations specialist. Travis and Saylor spent a night together two years ago but Saylor immediately knew she made a mistake and promises herself it wIll never happen again.
Travis is an immature party boy who loves to have fun. He loves woman and having a good time but his perfect life changes when a woman makes some allegations against him. He has to defend himself and worries the accusations will hurt his career. Along the way, he starts to reevaluate the way he is living his life and all the women he has been with. Travis finally grows up but he finds it difficult to convince Saylor that he is a changed man and that she can trust him. Saylor is afraid to give up everything and take a chance on Travis and he has to work hard to convince her.
At first, I didn't like Travis. He is selfish and self absorbed but as time goes on, Travis slowly changes and as he does, I found my opinion of him changing, too. I began to admire Travis for not letting all the negativity ruin his life. Instead he makes positive changes and gains a new perspective. Saylor has learned the hard way to never trust anyone. She is strong and independent and has a hard time letting anyone in. She is dedicated her job and her five year old daughter but her daughter is her priority and Saylor is willing to make any sacrifice necessary for her.
This book is a grand slam!
Heidi McLaughlin hits one out of the park with the newest in The Boys of Summer series! Filled with emotion, drama and even a little suspense, Grand Slam is a must read!
If you've been reading the series, you'll know Travis Kidd is a player both on and off the field. He is unapologetic about his ways until one night changes everything. In that one night, something bad and something equally good happen.
Heidi McLaughlin does this book right! She doesn't force the story, but instead let's it play out naturally allowing you to fall in love with the characters and root for their happy ending!
Get your hands on this book! You're going to love it!