From the New York Times bestselling author of Forever My Girl comes a sports romance with "a hot, complex hero and a gutsy, multidimensional heroine" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
I've given up everything for the chance to play major league baseball. Everything. Now I'm so close I can practically hear the crowd chanting my name. There's nothing that could take my dream away from me . . .
Unless I lose focus. And Ainsley Burke is the most beautiful, distracting woman I've ever met. When I'm with her, I can't think of anything else.
But no matter how much I want Ainsley, there's no room for love in my game plan. I can give her a quick tour of the bases, but that's it. Then I have to let her go. If she wants to think I'm a love 'em and leave 'em player, fine.
All dreams require sacrifice. I just wish this one didn't mean tearing out my own heart.
McLaughlin knocks it out of the park with her second Boys of Summer sports contemporary (after Third Base). Ainsley Burke, raised by a single mother who's always warned her daughter about the danger of falling for an athlete, has sworn not to date the baseball players who train in her Florida hometown. Then Cooper Bailey, a player for the fictional Boston Renegades, comes to town. While on a media day at the zoo where Ainsley works, Cooper asks Ainsley for her number. She refuses, but her coworker slips him the info, and Ainsley and Cooper begin a red-hot relationship. Soon, though, Cooper's game starts to worsen and his overbearing, obnoxious father blames Ainsley, leaving the lovers to make some tough choices. This novel goes above and beyond the typical sports romance with a hot, complex hero and a gutsy, multidimensional heroine, as well as a stellar cast of supporting characters. McLaughlin keeps the pace lively throughout, and just when readers think they have the finale figured out, she throws them a few curveballs. This novel will appeal to McLaughlin's fans and win her many more.
Love Cooper and Ainsley!
Heidi really hit it out of the park with this one. Cooper and Ainsley have a connection from the very beginning, although she tries to fight it. I loved that she worked at a zoo and had such a close relationship with the animals, especially the giraffes. As a rookie for the Boston Renegades, Cooper has a lot to prove, especially since it's his first year in the major leagues. It was very obvious the author is familiar with the subject of baseball as it showed in the specifics and stats of the players and the game. I highly recommend Home Run.
Not to be MISSED!!
Heidi can write baseball and romance!!!
Cooper is ready to start his rookie season with the Boston Renegades and is eager for the starting position at center field. So the last thing he needs is a pretty strawberry blonde as a distraction.
Ainsley is definitely not looking to date especially a baseball player. She has enough on her plate caring for her sick more and her job at the zoo. But Cooper Bailey is relentless and ready to show her not all athletes are bad.
I loved watching Cooper chase Ainsley and not give up but with every relationship there is always a curve ball thrown and Cooper and Ainsley have to decide if there relationship will be a Home Run or a just a strike out