Title: HOME RUN
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Series: The Boys of Summer, #2
On Sale: January 17, 2017
eBook: $4.99 USD
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LOVE ISN'T A GAME . . .
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.
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“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.”
Baseball has always been my favorite sport, so any chance I get to read a baseball romance - well, you can bet that I'm going to take it! And while I was a little nervous to read Home Run, I was also excited because it's been such a long time since I've read one. It was so good seeing my favorite sport and romance combined together - I just completely loved this book!
I loved Ainsley - she's strong and brave and sweet. She's kind and she's just nice, you know? Ainsley is one of the people who you feel comfortable with. She's warm and of course, she doesn't do everything perfectly, but she really is wonderful. I'm sure you'll love Ainsley - I know I do!
And I know without a doubt that you will love Cooper! He's sweet and understanding and sensitive. He's thoughtful and protective and you never really have to worry about how he feels about Ainsley. Cooper's not one of those guys who parties too much - he's responsible and he's got his head on straight. Cooper is every bit as wonderful as Ainsley and I positively loved him!
I was worried that Home Run was going to be really angsty and while it had a few heartbreaking moments and brought tears to my eyes, most of my worrying was for nothing. I actually had a great time reading Home Run! It was exciting hearing about the baseball and the team and I loved how cute Cooper and Ainsley were together. It was just an excellent, entertaining read full of passion, sweetness, beauty, and love and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Home Run is the second book in The Boys of Summer series, but it can be read as a standalone. It's told from Cooper and Ainsley's POV that and they get their happily-ever-after.
~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars
THIRD BASE, #1
HOME RUN, #2
GRAND SLAM, #3
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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