Series: Barefoot William #4
Author: Kate Angell
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Page Count: 320
Published: Kensington, April 28, 2015
For Rylan Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot William may be home, but the pro baseball player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step–and Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter.
Beth is still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for Rylan’s two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it’s Atlas who won’t budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One more strike and she’s calling the dog out–unless she and Rylan admit that the attraction they’re feeling is a game-winning grand slam. . .
If someone asked me to describe this book in just one word, I think it’d be disappointment. Starting from its cover-and that saying goes both ways, I know- with its plot about a baseball player needing a personal assistant, adding to the mix his four dogs, I thought I got all the ingredients for a good read. And that was the problem with this story. All the ingredients were present, yet the end result was not tasty.
For a book whose hero is a baseball player, for starters, this story had very little baseball in it. Almost all the sports related scenes were skimmed over which is not something I’d like in my sports romance. If there will be no sport present, then what’s the point of me reading this subgenre? I kept waiting for more details during competitions but unfortunately all I got was a summary and a pat on the head and thanks-for-coming-see-you-next-time.
Aside from my disappointment about the baseball aspect of the story, I can’t say I was very pleased with the hero and the heroine either. The book, catching me completely off guard, started smack in the middle of the road. Yes, literally. Rylan and Beth had already met, though she wasn’t yet his PA, but most importantly, and this I was looking forward to a lot, the dogs had already made a connection with her, grouchiness and possessive behavior and all. Yes, we witnessed further bonding, but I would’ve loved to see the initial hardship a little bit more.
And Rylan and Beth as a couple? Let’s just say, two of the dogs had some flirting going on and well, their cute interactions interested me more than Rylan and Beth’s. Yep. I’m sorry to say, the two didn’t convince me at all as a couple. I didn’t see any romance blooming, and even their passion wasn’t as sexy as I expected. Didn’t see the start of their friendship nor their relationship, and the friendship Rylan had with his teammates, that later included Beth, also felt forced. Many adult people acted like children here, mostly Rylan’s teammates, at least those that we met. People acting like stereotypical man children was, needless to say, a turn off for me.
Unfortunately this book was a big disappointment in both romance and sports aspects, the characters weren’t relatable, and we didn’t delve enough into their psyches for me to like them. They were more like two people whose actions I was being dictated. And that was another problem that made this read a hard one for me. No distinct changes between points of views of characters that more than once I got caught off guard as to whose side I was listening to. The storytelling wasn’t flowing as easily as I wished either. I wasn’t kidding when I said I felt like I was being dictated the characters’ movements because that was what happened. Hero came through the door, hero went into the kitchen, heroine poured him tea while they ate their biscuits. Just to give you a rough idea as what I read. It was a bumpy read.
Unfortunately I can’t say I enjoyed my time in Barefoot William. I’m adding one spoonful of this story into my hodgepodge, and I wish them all happiness in their lives-and agility when it comes to Atlas the dog- but I don’t think I will be back there. At least not anytime soon.
Barefoot William series by Kate Angell:
- No Tan Lines
- No Strings Attached
- No Sunshine When She’s Gone
- No One Like You