HOME RUN by Heidi McLaughlin
Series: The Boys of Summer, #2
On Sale: January 17, 2017
eBook: $4.99 USD
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.
“Can I call you, sometime?”
Ainsley looks down at the ground and crosses her arms over her chest. “Listen, I’m sure you’re a nice guy and all, but I don’t date baseball players. You guys all come in here, acting sweet and caring about the kids, but will be gone in two months. We’re forgotten all about until next spring training.”
From her spiel, I can tell someone has hurt her in the past, but I’m not willing to give up. There’s no way I can now. “Whoa, why the one-eighty?”
“I mean, a second ago I sort of thought… never mind.” I shake my head and start to walk away, only to turn back. “I don’t know about the other guys. I only know me, and I’m not like that. I’d like to prove myself. Just one date to show you that I’m genuine?”
She shakes her head no again, but there’s a glint in her eye that tells me she’s thinking about it. “I’m sorry I can’t.”
Ainsley is walking away before I can even think to form a rebuttal. Our left fielder is there to pick up the pieces and remind me that I just had the first strike out of my major league career. Wonderful.
I drag my sorry ass out toward the waiting bus with my head hanging in shame. I thought for sure I’d at least get her number and be able to convince her that I’m not an epic douche like some of the other guys.
Just as my foot touches the bottom step, my name is called from behind. In a heart-stopping moment, I think it’s Ainsley, only to find another female worker running toward me. I step away and wait for her to get to me.
“Here,” she says, slipping a piece of paper into my hand. When I look at what’s written on it, I’m surprised to see Ainsley’s name and what I’m assuming is her number. “She’ll kill me if she knew I did this, but it’s her cell. Sweep her off her feet. She deserves it.” The woman winks before running back toward the zoo.
Our catcher slaps me on my shoulder. “Well, you lucky dog.”
Woah!!! This book is unexpectedly filled with emotion. Had I known this to begin with I would have had some tissues on hand! Eeek! Anyway, this is a really GREAT book and I loved reading it. It's the perfect mix of heart and soul that I have been craving in a read, so think you Heidi McLaughlin! It's also a sports romance which, let's be honest, makes it even better! Other than that, readers will definitely love this one because it's not your typical romance. Heidi McLaughlin has upped her game in giving us an emotion filled and sometimes, funny book with relatable characters, a strong plot, and a hero that will ultimately melt your heart. What I love most about him is the fact that he isn't like other sports hero's that we meet in other books. Instead of being an arrogant player (which is way overused in the romance genre) we get a humble and down to earth hero who comes off as pretty shy and sweet. The heroine is just as wonderful as well, but let me say she carries some emotional baggage that will leave you teary eyed.
So, should you purchase this one? Absolutely! In fact, I highly recommend this book. It's got so many great things going for it that it would be foolish to skip it. It's different than the romances many are accustomed too, and definitely stands out in the genre. So grab your copy!
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Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, and a Highland West/mini schnauzer, Jill.
When she isn't writing stories, you'll find her sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.
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