Love of the Game by Lori Wilde
A Stardust, Texas Novel (Standalone)
Sports Romance, Sweet Romance. Contemporary
Release Date: April 26, 2016
This is a really sweet, small town romance that incorporates sports (baseball) family (5 adopted sisters) and love (magical). The relationship between the two main characters; Kasha and Axel, develops at a steady pace, although they do fall in love fairly quickly once they get their hands on one another. I suppose this makes sense for their characters though because both have painful pasts and when they finally meet “the one” it just clicks. They are also older than a lot of couples in today’s romance novels so the pace just works. My overall impressions of this book is that it is smart, charming, sweet, loveable, and passionate. The whole story just has really endearing qualities and makes me crave reading more of the stories in the series. While this is the first I have read, I can only imagine that the other stories revolve around Kasha’s sisters and the hope chest that they find (read it to see what I mean). This is a really cute and unique idea btw.
Okay so more about this story… Axel is a pitcher for the Gunslinger’s which is a baseball team in Texas. After becoming injured Axel acquires therapy from a woman named Kasha who he can’t seem to keep his eyes off of. While at first the relationship is a little angsty (Kasha doesn’t want to do anything with him out of fear of losing her much needed job) their attraction eventually becomes undeniable and the two fall for each other. Unfortunately for the two, they both have painful memories from the past that they can’t let go of. This will test their relationship and question whether love is right for them or not…
One thing about this novel that makes it extremely heartwarming is the fast that the heroine Kasha, has a long lost sister that she never knew of… However, her sister Emma has down syndrome. Kasha wants to take care of Emma and gain custody of her but taking care of a grown woman with the intelligence of an 8-year-old is difficult. When Kasha is trying to gain custody of Emma readers can see that she is not only totally loveable and sweet but she also has a lot of personal issues that she needs to overcome in order to be an effective caregiver.
Overall, I really liked this story. It’s well written, totally sweet, and has some definite swoon worthy moments. Axel is a man after my own heart and I could see myself befriending someone like Kasha. Clearly, I easily connected with the characters. So, if you’re looking for a sweet romance to sink your teeth into then try this book out!