Book: Better Than Perfect
Series: More Than A Game #1
Author: Kristina Mathews
Page Count: 224
Published: Lyrical Press, April 7, 2014
The woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he’s met on the field…
Pitcher Johnny “The Monk” Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All-star and has a perfect game to his credit. Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason minicamp. Except the camp is run by the one woman he can’t forget…the woman who made him a “monk.”
Alice Harrison’s three strikes include an unexpected pregnancy, a marriage of convenience and young widowhood. She once traded her dreams so Johnny could have a chance at making it to the Majors. Johnny comes back into her life just as she’s ready to resign as foundation director and pursue her own dreams of finally earning her teaching credential. Her plans may go on hold, though, depending on the reaction when she confesses she may have kept a major league secret from Johnny and her son.
With the minutes ticking by until Johnny will leave for spring training, they’ll need to let go of the past and work together in order to win the game of love…
I was really torn up about how to rate this book. One of the main reasons why I picked it up is because it’s about sports. With the many sports oriented contemporary romances I’ve read recently, I realized just how much I enjoy this sub genre, so naturally I want to rate every single book with a high score but if I have to be honest with myself, this book, as interesting and emotional as it was plotwise, lacked a few things in general.
Apart from being a sports romance, the idea of two people who were college sweethearts coming together after fourteen years was intriguing. Usually in such romances the couple meets, falls in love, gets over some obstacles, be it circumstances or people, and then finally get together and have their happy ending. But in this book, the couple starts off as one time lovers, and then they have to get over the fact that they might have a child, tackle the dead ex husband who happened to be their friend, and carefully avoid the maze of a thirteen year old boy’s psyche. In that regard, I love stories that involve children, if I haven’t already said so. They’re usually younger but to see a boy of thirteen who’s starting to shape his own personality was a nice change. And we read his point of view also, which was refreshing. I thought I might’ve been a bit annoyed with his way of thinking, though I admit I’m not familiar of the psyche of a thirteen year old boy, but it turned out I was wrong. Although they weren’t the parts of the book that I looked forward to, I think the author managed him quite well. Kids his age can be difficult after all.